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LLM in Foreign Universities v. LLM in Indian Universities

After successfully completing their LLB from Indian university many freshly graduated lawyers are posed with a question of whether to pursue LLM or directly start their careers by litigating in the courts of law? For the students facing such dilemmas, let World of legal researchgive them some piece of advice.

Why LLM !!!
Honestly speaking, if one’s objective is to pursue a career as a litigating lawyer, he may not consider shelving further studies and devote his time and other resources in straightaway enrolling himself with the State’s Bar Council and start his legal practice. In other words, he may join the practice under an able senior lawyer with whom he may get good experiences and exposure in terms of litigation practice, which shall bear its fruits in the long run.

Now, talking about the other perspective of the issue, for students who wish to pursue higher studies and also are academically oriented in their career pursuits, LLM is a great option for them! Generally speaking, LLM students have a knack of contributing to the existing academia and many of them aspire to become future law professors. LLM seems to be a great option for them and it is also a mandatory prerequisite in many specialized law jobs.

LLM from India and Future Prospects
For many other students, it is their idea to pursue higher education for personal reasons, which we say, is not a bad idea after all. Furthermore, sometimes even practicing advocates appear for CLAT-PG (entrance exam for LLM in India for NLUs) as on the basis of their score they become eligible for lucrative jobs in PSUs of the country. Therefore, we may safely reach a conclusion that having a masters qualification always goes a long way in anyone’s career and is surely a feather in anyone’s cap.

Foreign LLM Degree
ing to the nitty gritties of the issue on hand, LLM is really of value only to those students who want to gain international exposure to laws and legal systems of other countries and it also fuels the academic orientation for their career pursuits. In other words, anyone doing LLM from a foreign college / university will understand how people from different cultures and different countries think and analyze information which surely adds great value in terms of learnings as they broaden one’s horizons and thinking capabilities.

Real battle (The Real Legal Battles are in the Courtrooms)
Secondly, what really matters for a lawyer is the experiential / practical knowledge that he gains out of the courtrooms. THAT IS WHERE YOU ACTUALLY PRACTICE LAW!For the hardcore litigators out there, in case of your desire to pursue LLM, you may consider distance-learning colleges, which offer part time LLM courses. This way you will not waste your precious time, and you can use your time to study litigation cases and spend your time in court rooms without having to spend your full time in your post graduation. This way you can ride two horses at the same time, without compromising on your legal practice.

Coming to all the academic oriented people who some day aspire to become legal professors, investing your financial and other resources in doing LLM from a good foreign or Indian University is a big yes! Such LLM studies makes you imbibe diversify your thinking and you absorb a lot of foreign values in your learning.

There are many advantages of doing LLM from a foreign university, firstly, critical thinking and analysis is encouraged, one surely gains strong reasoning skills, your researching skills in any legal subject would also improve drastically. Secondly, an added advantage of doing LLM from a foreign university is that cross-disciplinary studies are emphasized and strongly encouraged. For example, you are doing your LLM in International Trade Law and you may want to take up a clinical subject of American Political History, in some foreign universities this is permitted and also strongly encouraged. This is something, which is actually unheard of in Indian universities. Thirdly, plagiarism is strictly frowned upon; you must produce original content for your assignments.

Therefore, we conclude that doing LLM from a foreign or an Indian university will surely add value to your learnings, for more guidance and assignment related help, contact World of Legal Research.

-Yash Shah & Mitsu Parikh

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