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Studying an LLM (Master of Laws) in India
The Indian nation was a British colony and was subsequently referred to as the 'Jewel of the British Crown'.
During the colonial era, the British Empire was interested in India's natural resources and commodities such as: spices (pepper, curry), silk, indigo, gold, cotton and other products. In 1876, Queen Victoria was declared Empress of India, and British monarchs adopted this title until 1947.
The Indian nation was a British colony and was subsequently referred to as the 'Jewel of the British Crown'. During the colonial era, the British Empire was interested in India's natural resources and commodities such as: spices (pepper, curry), silk, indigo, gold, cotton and other products. In 1876, Queen Victoria was declared Empress of India, and British monarchs adopted this title until 1947.
The name India stemmed from the word 'Indus', which in itself is from the old Persian word 'Hindus'. Similarly, 'Hindus' was derived from the Sanskrit word 'Sindhu' which historically referred to the Indus River. India is a vast and culturally diverse nation; four world religions originated from the country: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
The Indian Rupee is the country's currency.Find an LLM in INDIA
What & where to study in India
There are many law schools in India, however the three top performing, consistently ranked law schools in India are: National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Delhi University Faculty of Law and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR).
National Law School of India University is situated in Bangalore, India and is one of the top fore-runners providing quality education in India. Students can study the LLM degree program and it is a two years course.
Delhi University (DU) is a public central university located in Delhi, India. It was established in the year 1922 and notable alumni from DU include Indian film actor Amitabh Bachchan. The Faculty of Law at DU was established in 1924 and is located in the university's North Campus in Maurice Nagar.
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research is a legal studies institution in Hyderabad, India. NALSAR offers a two-year LLM program. Around 50 students are admitted through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) with ten more allocated to foreign nationals. Students have the option of choosing a range of specializations including: Constitutional Law, Corporate Law and Governance (including International Business), Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade and Business Laws, and Jurisprudence.
Tuition fees & living costs
Tuition fees for the LLM program in NLSIU is about Rs. 30,000 a year, although the university may charge a lower amount for disabled students, this is however at the discretion of the university. Foreign national students can expect to pay around USD $2,000 for tuition fees. NLSIU prospective students should be aware of other fees they will be expected to pay besides the tuition fee such as refundable deposits, admission fees and various administrative charges.
Tuition fees for NALSAR University of Law costs Rs. 65,000 per annum for Indian students. Foreign nationals students are expected to pay around USD $2,000. Students are also expected to pay other charges such as internet charges, water charges, generator diesel charges and various administrative fees.
In general, it is advised that students have enough funds to cover their tuition and living costs, before embarking on their LLM program, in order to fully assimilate and concentrate on their studies. Students wishing to study in any Indian university should budget about Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 70,000 per annum for tuition fees alone.
Studying in India is relatively expensive as a result of infrastructural problems – however the cost of living (for an international student at least) is substantially cheaper than in some of the other countries you could opt to study your Master of Laws program at. There are some law school scholarships available at law schools in India – so if you do need some helpwith your funding do some research and see if you can find any funding that you are eligible for.
Application & admissions
Admission to the LLM program is based on the candidate’s performance at the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Admission usually requires a merit at the CLAT test and good LLB degree from a recognized university. Some universities demand an application fee of about Rs. 5,000, this fee is usually included in the total tuition fee. If you are an overseas student you will also be required to get an Indian student visa.
What to do when you aren’t studying
India is a country with many fun and interesting sights. Breath-taking scenic areas to explore include the Taj Mahal an epitome of beautifully crafted architecture, Ganges, Lotus Temple, Konark Son Temple, Valley of Flowers National Park among others.
India has played a major role in popularizing the game of Cricket, the sport is undoubtedly the most popular in India with reputable players such as Sachin Tendulkar. While living in India students are likely to get plenty of opportunities to play and watch cricket matches.
Night life in India is vibrant and very animated. Many new clubs are springing up like ‘BlueFROG’ located in Delhi which plays a variety of music from local to international. Many of the classy bars in Delhi are in 5 Star hotels, these are quite expensive bars, and are usually patronized by rich, immaculately dressed crowd. Whereas due to the curfew imposed in many cities in India, many clubs and discos close early. The clubs and pubs exempt from the curfew are situated in 5 Star hotels – although the drinks in these bars are rather pricey!
Where else in Asia can you study an LLM?
There are plenty of LLM opportunities for those interested in studying their Master of Laws in Asia.
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