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Programme Design

What are the academic objectives of the LL.M.?

The LL.M. in Law & Development is a full-time one year programme that is spread over two semesters. The programme consists of three components- core and elective courses, field work, including a four- week external internship and a dissertation. Students must achieve a minimum of 36 credits spread over these three components in order to complete the programme successfully.

The programme is intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • facilitate the creation of a diverse cohort of academically proficient and socially engaged scholars and practitioners of law;
  • introduce students from law backgrounds to the context, debates and imperatives of the processes of development in India, and the significant role of legal institutions in conditioning these processes; and
  • Enable students to critically engage with the possibility and the means of using law as an agency of positive social change.

How many core and elective courses do I have to do?

The programme includes four core courses - Law & Justice in the Globalising World, Research Methods & Legal Writing, Law & Development, and Comparative Public Law/ Systems of Governance. In addition, you will complete three elective courses over two semesters. A wide range of elective courses that intersect the domain of law and other related areas such as anthropology, ecology, education and political philosophy are available for students to develop their areas of academic interests. You will also participate in a year-long mandatory field engagement programme that will expose them to an experiential understanding of law and society.

The LL.M. in Law and Development programme requires a mandatory component of dissertation writing. This will help you develop your skills and confidence in conducting more advanced research such as a doctoral degree or conceptualising an independent research project. The dissertation spans over the two semesters



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