The Bar Council of India has abolished one year LL.M. (Masters of Law) Degree Course by notifying “Bar Council of India Legal Education (Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive, Vocational, Clinical and other Continuing Education) Rules, 2020”.
In 2013 the one-year LL.M degree program was introduced by the UGC (University Grants Commission).
As per the rules of Bar Council of India, the one year program shall remain valid until the academic session in which these rules are notified and implemented but not after that.
As per the new rules published on 2nd January 2021, the post graduate degree in law i.e. LL.M shall be of two years distributed in 4 semesters.
The Admissions shall be made through Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law (PGCETL) to be conducted by the Bar Council of India annually.
Until the PGCETL is introduced the present system shall continue and admissions shall be made on merit only.
Further the rules also provide that the LL.M course shall be run by University only not affiliating institutions.