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Curriculum Components

Core Courses

The core courses are compulsory for all students. These courses are:

  • Law and Justice in a Globalising World
  • Law and Development
  • Research Methods and Legal Writing
  • Comparative Public Law/Systems of Governance

Along with the core courses, students will be required to take three elective courses as a part of the programme. Students can take one elective course in their first semester, and two in their second semester. These electives form a vital component of the curriculum, and build substantially on the inter-disciplinary enquiry initiated in the core courses, particularly in the core course on Law and Development.

For details of core courses and tentative list of electives click here.

Field work

The LL.M. in Law and Development programme includes a sustained empirical engagement with the field to promote experiential learning and critical interrogation of received normative and analytical frameworks. The compulsory field engagement requirement extends across both semesters. Students will be assigned to one or more faculty advisors who will supervise their field engagement. Small groups of students will work with faculty supervisors to design, implement, evaluate, and digitally archive a unique project relating to their chosen theme within the area of law and development. The skills and tactics utilized in projects include litigation, community organizing, legislative drafting and advocacy, strategic planning, policy research and analysis of media relations, or a combination of these. Through projects, the field engagement will work towards systemic change and law reform. At the same time, field projects will help students appreciate the role that lawyers and developmental practitioners can play in advancing justice through service.

Our field projects have dealt with issues related to Criminal Justice, Constitutional and Public Law, Human Rights, Legal System Reforms, Politics between Elections, Ecological Justice, Media and Politics, Education Law and State Public Service Commissions Reforms.


The LL.M. in Law and Development programme has a mandatory component of dissertation writing. The dissertation is a critical component of the LL.M curriculum and provides an important opportunity for students to be exposed to the methods and skills essential for scholarly academic writing based on interdisciplinary research. The dissertation process spans across both semesters, and the final output will be a substantial written work of around ten thousand words, of publishable quality.

Dissertation topics have included “The Viability of the Uniform Civil Code”, “The Doctrine of Consideration in Indian Contract Law’’, “Analysing Notions of Development in Environmental Decisions of the Supreme Court”.

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