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DU LLM: A Comprehensive Guide for Aspirants

Read all about DU LLM eligibility criteria, admission process, cut-offs, fee structure, syllabus, placements, and more!


DU offers an LLM (Legum Magister) degree course which is a choice-based credit postgraduate master’s degree in law through its Faculty of Law. It has produced a notable body of alumni who have excelled in various fields of law. A student must hold a bachelor’s degree in law from a recognized institution to seek admission. It is offered full time in two duration modes i.e. two-year course and three-year course. While the two-year course does not permit students to pursue or engage in any job, profession, or business, the three-year LLM program allows students to work. 

DU LLM Highlights

FacultyFaculty of Law, University of Delhi
DurationTwo-Year and Three-Year LLM 
Official Site
Admission Merit-Based based on Entrance Exam
DU LLM Highlights


An LLM from DU can be pursued only if the student holds a graduation/bachelor’s degree in law (either a three-year law degree or a five-year integrated law degree). 

The candidates must obtain a minimum overall percentage in graduation to qualify for DU LLM. However, the minimum percentage varies according to category. It is tabulated below. 

CategoryMinimum Percentage Required
OBC (Non-creamy layer)/SC/ST45%
Category-Wise Break Up of Minimum Percentage Required in LLB for DU LLM
  • The reserved category of OBC/SC/ST must be from the central list.
  • There is no upper limit for age requirements.

Admission Criteria

Admission to DU LLM is merit-based. If a student meets the eligibility requirements, they must take the DU LLM Entrance Examination to seek admission. The National Testing Agency conducts the exam on behalf of the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. 

The DU LLM Entrance Exam highlights are summarised below.

Mode of DU LLM Entrance ExamOnline
Duration 120 Minutes
Question TypeObjective Questions (MCQ type)
Number of Questions100
Mark Allocation4 marks for every correct answer
Negative Marking1 mark for every wrong answer

DU LLM Entrance Exam Overview

The exam is held in over 20 cities across India at the national level. Admission is awarded based on the results of the admission exam. A cut-off list is released in the form of a PDF on its official portal. Several cut-off lists may be released depending on seat availability.


The cut-offs of the DU LLB Entrance Exam are released for each category, after each round of seat allotment at the time of counseling. A student must have an insight into the previous year’s cut-offs to gauge his preparation for DU LLM Entrance Test. 

The cut-offs depend on various factors. They include the difficulty level of the paper, the number of seats offered in that particular academic year, the total number of aspirants appearing, the number of reserved seats, and the category of the appearing candidate. 

The cut-off for the DU LLM Entrance Exam 2021 is summarised as follows: 

CategoryCut Off (Marks)Cut Off (Combined Rank)
The DU LLM Entrance Exam cut-off for 2021 for different categories

Fees for DU LLM

DU remains one of the most reputed universities which offers affordable education regardless of any stream. The DU LLM semester fees include library fees (including e-resources), tuition fees, case material that elaborates on the case laws for various law subjects revised by the faculty members, journal fees, development fees, etc. It stands around 11k-15k for the entire duration of the course.

Seats in DU LLM

The number of seats offered may vary from one academic year to another. The DU LLM entrance examination is generally held for 143 LLM seats with 76 seats for the two-year course and 67 seats for the three-year course. They include seats reserved for foreign nationals and CW & PWD categories. 

The category-wise break up for two-year LLM and three-year LLM is tabulated below.

CategoryTwo-Year LLM Three-Year LLM
Foreign Nationals33
TOTAL 7667
Seat Matrix for DU LLM


All updates and revisions regarding the syllabus must be confirmed from the Law faculty’s official website. Most of the subjects are elective with very few compulsory subjects. Here is how the law subjects are generally divided among the semesters.

Semester I (2 core + 2 Elective)

1.Comparative Study of Law of Constitution and GovernanceCore
2.Research Methods for Legal and Social ScienceCore
3.International and Human Rights LawElective
4.Social Responsibility and Corporate ManagementElective
5.Industrial and Intellectual Property LawElective
6.Comparative Study of Wage and Labour LawsElective
7.Human Rights and Criminal JusticeElective
8.Comparative Study of Civil Code on Marriage and Divorce. Elective
9.Women and Child Rights LawsElective
10.Administrative LawElective
Sem-I Subjects in DU LLM

Semester II (1 Core+ 1 Elective)

1.Justice and Law in the Global WorldCore
2.Judicial Review and Administrative ActionElective
3.Corporate Finance and Regulation of SecuritiesElective
4.Industrial and Intellectual Property Law – IIElective
5.Law on Banking and InsuranceElective
6.Law on Cyber Crimes and Information TechnologyElective
7.White Collar and Corporate CrimesElective
8.Tort Law and Disaster Management Elective
9.Media and Censorship LawElective
10.Space LawElective
11.Competition and Consumer Protection LawsElective
Sem-II Subjects in DU LLM

Semester-III (All Elective)

1.Drafting and Interpretation of Legislations and TreatiesElective
2.International Law on Diplomacy and TradeElective
3.Corporate Finance and Regulation of SecuritiesElective
4.Law on EnvironmentElective
5.Law of SeaElective
6.Reforms and Policies of TaxElective
7.Administration of Justice and CriminologyElective
8.Inheritance and Succession LawElective
Sem-III Subjects in DU LLM

Semester-IV (Dissertation)

Sem-IV Subejcts in DU LLM

Scope & Job Opportunities

An LLM from DU equips a student to be proficient in conducting research in specific areas of law. One can further pursue a doctorate i.e. Ph.D. after attaining a master’s in law. Moreover, most students prefer to take the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is the qualifying exam for teaching positions in India.

A master’s opens wider career opportunities in the field of practice as well as specialized studies in a field of law are preferred for senior positions. Moreover, in-depth knowledge of a subject increases judicial acumen and the ability to research appropriate case laws for legal practitioners.

A student can even choose to sit for judicial examinations for the position of judicial officers or examinations for legal officers. Also, students can become legal researchers for judges or government bodies, or private organizations.

Final Thoughts

That wraps up our general overview of DU LLM! The competition to avail a seat in DU LLM remains high as the Faculty of Law has been a premier institute imparting quality education in law. Many notable and eminent members of the judiciary and giants in the legal world hail from DU. For more updates, stay tuned to Inside DU!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does DU offer a one-year LLM?

No, DU does not offer a one-year LLM. DU extends master’s in law (LLM) as a two-year and three-year full-time degree.

How many seats are there in DU LLM?

There are 143 seats in DU LLM with 76 seats for the two-year course and 67 seats for the three-year course.

Can I appear for DU LLM in my final year of LLB?

Yes, you can appear for DU LLM Entrance Examination if you’re in your final semester of LLB ( three-year or five-year integrated course). However, at the time of admission, you must meet all eligibility criteria like the minimum percentage and required documentation.

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