LLM in Law and Development
For a young, new generation of lawyers empirically grounded in an interdisciplinary understanding of public policy problems and the process of development in India.
The law and the legal system are key foundations of modern society. The law is one of the primary institutions for reform and a better society.
In India, lawyers as a professional community have been deeply immersed in progressive social change, safeguarding human rights and the Constitution ever since the freedom movement. In 1987, the first national law schools were established with the hope of producing lawyers who would act as grassroots social engineers.
In the spirit of this history of the law in India, we train you to be empirically grounded lawyers with a deep understanding of public policy problems and development in India. It is our belief that a legal education needs to foster core democratic and constitutional values with professional competence and skill.
We foster decisive and meaningful intervention in the intersections of law and development in India. We hope you will become critical reflective practitioners with competence, integrity and social commitment.
To learn how the law works
We make sure you have an empirical understanding of the law. You will learn how legal institutions operate, while being well-versed in doctrinal and philosophical approaches.
To work with a socially engaged faculty
We have a diverse cohort of socially engaged scholars and academics who will introduce you to the context, debates and backgrounds of the process of development in India.
For a critical practice
We believe that you need to become critical practitioners who can use your professional and academic knowledge to respond to critical problems in our country today.
A chance at experiential learning
We offer experiential learning with legal clinics. You will use the law as instruments to bring positive social change with public interest lawyering and legal aid.
To participate in law and research networks
We are a part of The Asian Law Institute, National University of Singapore and The Law and Development Research Network.
Story of our alumna
This programme will train you in a rigorous philosophical and conceptual analysis of legal doctrine, with a social scientific enquiry into law and society in India. You will engage with legal and social problems in field engagement and work in advanced legal research.
These compulsory set of courses are an overview of legal arrangements and the foundations of modern legal systems. They examine notions of justice and the ways in which they are shaped in our globalised world. You will study how various legal arrangements operate and analyse the law’s interaction with social, economic, and political spheres.
We train you in careful reading and writing and methods in social sciences in order to generate meaningful knowledge about the law and in order to work within legal institutions. An important component of this course is the relationship between law and development. We focus on theories of constitutionalism and rights, and how contemporary debates address constitutionalism.
Comparative Public Law and Systems of Governance
What do public policy and public administration in India consist of? What is the architecture and rationale of public authority and administrative practices? What is the nature and scope of the bureaucracy?
Law and Justice in a Globalising World
The concepts of law and justice have been critical to the journey of the modern world. What made modern law universal? What has been the journey of law and justice in globalisation?
Law and Development
The relationship between law and development.
Research Methods and Legal Writing
A systematic approach to research methodology for legal studies.
You can deepen your understanding of the core ideas of law and development by choosing from an assortment of courses ranging from studies on legal system reform, human rights, environmental justice, global health and political economy. These courses help you understand the ways in which the law interacts with the social order and the role of the legal system in India.
Climate Justice in India
This course develops abilities, character, and a sense of direction towards climate justice.
Comparative Corporate Governance
This course aims at enabling students to be academically proficient and ethically engaged in matters of public importance.
Criminal Justice and Public Policy
This course aims to adopt a fine balance between doctrinal and empirical analysis of the criminal justice institutions, with an interdisciplinary approach to respond to critical problems in criminal law, governance, and public policy.
Feminism – Law and Politics
This course examines the relationship between feminism, politics and the law.
Foundations of Private Law
This course offers a foundational view of the entire domain of private law that can shape perspectives and approaches to subsequent specialized courses in private law.
Human Rights, Democracy, Development
What are the links between development, human rights and democracy?
Introduction to Indian Income Tax Design and Policy
Introduction to the foundational questions of tax law and tax system design.
Implementation – Theories and Practice
What are the contexts in which public policy is implemented?
Law and Literature
Understanding law from the perspective of legal subjects
Law and Social Transformation
The law as a key influence in shaping the social order and modern world.
Law, Politics and Popular Culture
Understanding the basic methods of classical jurisprudence.
Law, Violence and the State
This course will provide students a critical-ethnographic perspective on theories of governance and public policy relating to violence and disorder.
Legal System Reforms
India's legal system and its systematic changes.
Nation in the Legal Imagination
The course examines legal-constitutional discourse on nationalism (including the constitutional text, constituent assembly debates and court judgments) and uses audio-visual materials to consider the contours of the relationship between law and nation.
State and Governance: Concepts and Practices
This course will provide a critical understanding of how political authority is constituted and exercised by the modern state in relation with the broad goals of governance.
Technology and Human Rights: Law, Governance and Policy
The course contributes to the debates on ethical questions in the wake of contemporary science and technology developments, and the consequent challenges to the public policy and governance/regulation issues in our times.
The Legal Life of Partition
This course centers the Partition as an entry point into questions of legal, political and social belonging and exclusion in South Asia.
Transformations in Citizenship in India: 2000 – 2020
Engages with the question of Citizenship as an issue of increasing importance in India.
The course examines a set of extraordinary state responses that aim to restore rule of law in societies emerging from violent, usually undemocratic pasts.
Urban Development: Law & Policy
This course seeks to examine and explain how laws and policies structure, regulate, and
affect urban development in India.
Welfare Rights in India – A Research driven analysis
This is a course that seeks to provide students with an overview of welfare rights in India, while simultaneously requiring them to conduct in-depth research on aspects of a specific welfare rights programme.
We believe that experiential learning is an important part of your study. In this component of the programme, which includes two to three weeks of workshop style classes, you will use the law as a lever and instrument for creating positive social change.
You will work with one faculty advisor who will assist you in a field engagement and design, implement, evaluate and write about a chosen topic that you will engage with through skills and tactics ranging from litigation, community organising, legislative drafting, advocacy, policy research, public interest lawyering or legal aid. You will understand how governance and legal services work and how to engage with them. This will help you understand the important role that ethical lawyers and development practitioners can play in social change.
Writing a dissertation is an important opportunity that will help you learn the skills and methods of scholarly academic writing. It provides a foundation for you to conduct independent research later, in the form of doctoral degrees, research projects or social interventions.
You will write a dissertation across two semesters and build on the core course of Research Methods and Legal Writing. You will draft a research proposal and Statement of Purpose and frame a timeline in your first semester and begin work on your research by your winter break. A faculty advisor will work with you as you begin writing in your second semester. The dissertation will be 12,000 words in total and includes a viva.
Total 36 credits