One Year LLM Degree Programme Regulations *

  1. Degrees Offered:

University offers One Year full-time LL.M.Degree with specialization in

    1. Administrative Law

    2. Commercial Law

    3. Constitutional Law

    4. Consumer Protection Law

    5. Corporate Governance

    6. Criminal Law

    7. Environmental Law

    8. Human Rights Law

    9. Intellectual Property Law

    10. International Criminal Law

    11. International Trade Law

    12. Labour Laws

    13. Maritime Law

The specialised courses to be offered in a particular academic year shall be identified by the Department Council of the school/centre where the course is offered well in advance and intimated to the University authorities for the purpose of notification. LL.M. admission notification shall specify the areas of specialization intended to be offered in the current academic year.

  1. Admission to the Course:-

Candidates for admission to the one year LL.M Degree with specialization in various subjects shall be required to have passed the Bachelor’s Degree examination in Law with 55% from any of the Universities in Kerala or an examination of any other University accepted by the Syndicate as equivalent thereto. Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribe candidates are eligible for concession admissible under the orders of the Government. Reservation of seats to foreign candidates will be as per the decision of the University. The reservation rules governing admission to Masters Programs made by the Government shall be followed in making admissions. Admission to the course shall be based on the performance of the candidate at the Common Admission Test (CAT), group discussion and interview. Foreign candidates are exempted from CAT and they shall be admitted as per the procedure prescribed by the University.

Provisional admission may be offered for an applicant, whose final result is due, and cleared all previous examinations, to undertake the program provided the result / provisional degree certificate is submitted before registering for the first semester examination. In case, the provisionally admitted candidate fails to submit the result / provisional degree certificate before registering for the first semester examination, the provisional admission of the candidate shall stand cancelled. Matters concerning number of seats, payment of fees, etc., will be prescribed by the authorities and published in the prospectus for the course from time to time.

Eligibility for the degree:-

No candidate is eligible for the Degree of LL.M, unless he has undergone the prescribed Foundation and Specialization (Core courses) as well as the elective courses prescribed under this regulation for not less than one academic year and passed the prescribed examinations accruing at least 28 credits in courses offered with a CGPA of 6 points (D grade 50%). Candidates are allowed to substitute the elective courses by equivalent courses from the Schools Departments / Centre other than the School/ Centre where the core course is offered.

The candidate is, however, permitted to take courses up to a maximum of 36 credits during the total period of one year – not exceeding 18 credits per semester – offered from any School or Department/Centres in CUSAT including the School, Department or Centre where he joined. The additional courses taken by the student exceeding 28 credits shall be shown separately as audit courses and shall not be considered for classification. The candidate who has failed to secure a D Grade is entitled for two chances to repeat the course during the period of two years after the completion of the course.

  1. Duration and contents of the course:-

The one year LL.M Degree of the University is for a minimum of one academic year consisting of two semesters. Each semester will be of a minimum of 18 weeks of teaching and completion of a minimum of 90 hours of classes per core subject and elective subjects and 120 hours for Foundation courses followed by University Examination. There shall be a minimum of 30 contact hours per week. A candidate shall, in the course of two semesters, undergo instruction in Core Courses as well as elective courses consisting of 28 credits in total as stated below.

COURSE STRUCTURE: - One year LL.M. Programme shall have a minimum of 28 credits with the following components:

  • Three Foundation Papers shall have three credits each (Total 9 Credits)

  • Five Core Papers shall have two credits each (Total 10 Credits).

  • Two Seminar Courses in the area of dissertation topic chosen by the candidate having two credits (Total 4 Credits)

  • One Elective Paper shall have two credits (Total 2 Credits)

  • Dissertation shall have five credits (Total 3 Credits)

  1. Foundation Courses

There shall be three foundation Courses for the one year LL.M. programme. There can be more than one course structured in each group of foundation courses other than the course on Research Methodology. In cases where there are more courses structured in the foundation courses the course teacher shall identify the appropriate course, in consultation with the Department Council of the school/centre where the course is offered, which suits the core courses selected by the student and shall be offered. The following are the foundation courses:

  1. Justice in the Globalised World

  2. Comparative Public Law

  3. Research Methodology

  1. Core Courses

Every student admitted to the one year LL.M. programme shall choose any one specialisation group offered by the School/centre where the course is offered. Every student so admitted shall choose at least five courses from the subject group chosen by him for his specialisation.

  1. Seminar Course On Dissertation Topic

Every student shall finalize his topic for Dissertation at the beginning of the first semester in consultation with the course coordinator assigned to the student by the Department Council. The student shall present the progress of his/her research in every week in the Seminar Class organized for this purpose. The evaluation of the course shall be made by the team of teachers entrusted with this duty by the Department Council. There shall be a minimum of two teachers to evaluate the presentation made by each student. Presentations shall be evaluated on the basis of the presentations of the findings of the research and the students’ ability to meet questions raised as well as on the ability to raise relevant questions to lead and enrich the discussion in the seminar class. Written submission of the findings of the research shall be submitted to the Director or the course teacher designated for this purpose by the Director at the end of each course for which credit shall be given in the assessment. There shall be full internal assessment for the course.

  1. Elective Courses

Every student admitted to the one year LL.M. Programme shall study one elective course. This course can be taken either from the School of Legal Studies or from any other School/ Department of the University. The Student can choose his elective course from the papers listed in the specialization group which he took as his area of specialization or from any other specialisation group offered in the School/centre. Core papers offered in other specialisation groups can be opted by the student as his elective course in consultation with the course coordinator. The School can also structure special papers for offering as elective courses for the one year LL.M. Programme.

  1. Open Electives

The School shall structure and offer, in accordance with the demand, open elective courses which can be opted by post graduate students of the Cochin University of Science and Technology pursuing core courses other than law. Such courses shall be structured in such a manner as to facilitate learning by a candidate who had not undergone any previous course in law. These courses are not open for candidates’ pursuing Post Graduate course in law. These courses are meant for facilitating inter disciplinary studies at post graduate level.

  1. Dissertation

  • Every student admitted to the one year LL.M. programme shall write a research paper under the guidance of the course teacher assigned to him by the Department Council. The paper carries five credits and shall be a minimum of 90 pages of research writing.

  • Student is required to finalize the dissertation topic in the beginning of the first semester during the Seminar course on dissertation.

  • An initial presentation of the topic shall be made before the evaluation committee constituted by the Director in consultation with the Department Council after the submission of the synopsis.

  • After the successful completion of initial presentation, a guide shall be assigned to the student by the Department Council based on the feasibility and subject-matter expertise of the concerned faculty.

  • No guide shall be entrusted with more than 5 candidates.

  • After the completion of writing dissertation to the satisfaction of the guide, student is required to make a pre-submission presentation before an evaluation committee constituted by the Director in consultation with the Department Council Towards the end of Second Semester of the course with an advance notice of 15 days to the course coordinator.

  • Final written-submission (thesis) shall be made within one month from the date of pre-submission presentation. Three hard copies of the thesis must be submitted along with a softcopy in pdf format to the office of the School/Centre concerned.

  • Thesis shall be assessed by an examiner selected by the Director from a panel of experts submitted by the guide and approved by the Department Council. The panel can include teachers from the School/Centre where the course is offered.

  1. Course Content and Distribution

The following shall be the detailed structure of the one year LL.M. course offered in the School of Legal Studies.

Award of Degree:-In order to become eligible for receiving LL.M. Degree the student shall have enrolled as a regular student and undergone the prescribed course of studies and completed all the tasks as specified in the curriculum. He should have secured minimum 50% marks or a minimum of D grade in all the courses, including dissertation with a total of 30 credits. The student who completes the course successfully by choosing a particular branch of specialisation shall be awarded LL.M. degree indicating the Branch of specialisation. For example a candidate who took criminal law as core area for specialisation shall be awarded LL.M. (Criminal Law).

Revision of Regulations and Curriculum: The University may from time to time revise, amend or change the Regulations, scheme of Examinations and the syllabus. The One Year LL.M. Regulation previously adopted shall stand repealed. This Regulation shall come into effect from 2017-18 academic year onwards.

* These regulations are subjected to changes as per the decisions of concerned authorities