Students of 12th standard with a Science, Commerce and Arts stream, who have cleared the board exams from a recognized board are eligible to apply for the integrated law course (5-years long) programme.
Some examples of the integrated law programs are-
- B.A. LL.B.
- B.B.A. LL.B.
- B.Sc. LL.B.
- B.Tech. LL.B.
- B.Com. LL.B.
- B.S.W. LL.B.
It is quite evident from the above courses, that the integrated law programme is nothing but a combination of two degree programs. One of such programmes is law (L.L.B.). The other degree varies & students may select an appropriate one that suits their areas of interest.
What is an integrated law course?
An integrated law course helps one get two traditional degrees. The modern idea of studying law is no more limited to getting a separate LLB degree from a Law school after your graduation. In the present times, when time is of great essence and everyone is a part of the everyday rat race, an integrated course acts as a life-saver as the entire programme is of five years as opposed to pursuing three year law program which gets extended to six-seven years depending upon your graduation degree. And in a field like law, where seniority has a major role to play, you’ll always be on the winning end with the integrated programme. Another benefit which such programmes entail is that you give the exam once but you get two degrees in return! Hence, no separate entrance exam for law once you graduate.
Eligibility criteria to pursue an integrated law course
When it comes to the eligibility criteria, a candidate must have passed the12th standard, under the 10+2 schooling system from a recognised board. There aren't any restrictions regarding the stream that a student hails from. So, students from Science, Commerce or the Arts stream may pursue this course after completing their 10+2 schooling programme. A minimum of 50% marks is required for admission into prominent institutes. Also, in case of many institutes, the merit marks scored in the All India Entrance Test plays an important role at the time of the admission process. So, students should watch out for major law exams such as CLAT, AILET, SLAT, AIL etc. HPNLU now conducts admission through CLAT.
Skills required to grow in law career
Lawyers are supposed to be excellent orators! A lawyer who fails to put across his/her point can’t thrive for long in this field. Hence, those who have good communication skills, have confidence, can prove their stance/point, have good logical and reasoning skills & are quick in thinking will lead in this field. Some other skills that will come handy are - good memory, street smartness & authoritative attitude.
General details about integrated law course & its duration
As mentioned above, the integrated course is a combination of 2 courses. The courses included in the program may vary in case of the students from different streams.
There are many such combinations possible, like -
- B.A.+L.L.B., B.Sc.+L.L.B., B.Com.+L.L.B. etc.
- Since there are 2 courses involved, the duration of this program is of five years.
- Some popular Integrated Law programs for students belonging to the various streams are-
- B.A. L.L.B. (For students from any stream )
- B.Sc. L.L.B. Environmental Science (For students from the Science stream )
- B.Sc. L.L.B. Biotechnology (For students from the Science stream )
- B.Sc. L.L.B. IT (For students from the Science stream )
- B.Tech. L.L.B. (For students from the Science stream )
- B.Com. L.L.B. (For students from the Commerce stream )
- B.B.A. L.L.B. (For students from any stream )
Benefits of Pursuing Law
- The main benefit of pursuing law is that you can always find work. There is a great demand for lawyers across all industries. However, being a law graduate, you can work in government and private sector.
- Also, there is a potential to earn well in this field. Experience lawyers can make a large sum every year by practising and can live a comfortable life.
- To make a career in law, you can choose to specialize in different areas of study like Criminal Laws, Contract Law, and Cyber Laws etc.
- It is a career where you can genuinely help others and make a difference in people’s lives. However, it is the most flexible and promising career option available. Also, it is a rewarding career one can have.
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