Legal education in the India generally refers to the education of lawyers before entry into practice. Legal education in India is offered at different levels by the traditional universities and the specialised law universities and schools only after completion of an undergraduate degree or as an integrated degree.
Law education can be pursued in two forms- right after 12th or after graduation, as I mentioned before. If it is after 12th that you are interested in pursuing Law education, then you must go for Integrated Law course. If it is after Graduation that you want to study law, you may go for L.L.B. course.
12th Science, Commerce and Arts stream students, who have cleared their Board examinations from a recognized board, are eligible to apply for Integrated Law course (5 years long program). Do check out that detailed article about this Integrated program to get more idea about course combinations that you may try, depending on your 12th stream.
Some common examples of Integrated Law programs are :
It is evident from the above courses that Integrated Law program is nothing but the combination of two Degree programs. One of the Degree programs is Law (L.L.B.). The other Degree varies and students may select an appropriate one that suits the stream that they pursued in 12th standard.
Another way to pursue Law Education is by selecting L.L.B. Course after graduation. L.L.B. is actually a PG course. Graduates from most branches and disciplines may pursue L.L.B. course. So, basically, after 12th, one has to go for any Graduation course and successfully complete it. After getting graduation Degree, one may go for L.L.B. Degree (3 years long program)!
Instead of going for regular L.L.B. program, Graduates may go for new Integrated programs like-
Most of these Integrated programs are relatively new and are offered by few Institutes in India.
After obtaining an L.L.B. Degree or completing the Integrated Law program, Law graduates may even go for specialization by selecting Master’s courses- LL.M./M.B.L./M.B.A. etc.