REGULATIONS FOR 2 YEARS LL.M. POST-GRADUATE DEGREE COURSE
SEMESTER PATTERN WITH CHOICE BASED CREDIT SYSTEM
WITH EFFECT FROM 2020 – 2021
I. Eligibility for Admission:
1. In order to be eligible for admission into the two years LL.M. an applicant should have successfully completed LL.B./B.A.LL.B. or equivalent recognised by the Pondicherry University and the Bar Council of India.
2. Further, the candidates applying for admission to this course should have secured 45% of marks in the qualifying examination.
3. The upper age limit- As decided by the Government of Puducherry in consultation with Pondicherry University from time to time.
II. Admission procedure:
The admission to the above courses shall be made following such procedure as may be prescribed by the Government of Puducherry from time to time.
The rule of the reservation set in force by the Government of Puducherry shall be followed.
(1) The course of LL.M. Post-Graduate Degree shall be of two years duration comprising of four semesters. No student admitted to this course will be eligible for award of LL.M. post-graduate degree unless he or she successfully completes all the four semester examinations.
(2) The Pondicherry University to which the college is affiliated holds examination at the end of each semester and a student will be permitted to appear for the said examinations only if he/ she satisfies the following:
(i) He/she secures not less than 75% of overall attendance arrived at by taking into account the total number of periods engaged in all subjects put together offered by the institution.
(ii) He/she earns a progress certificate from the Head of the Institution for having satisfactorily completed the course of study in all subjects of the semester concerned.
(iii) His/ her conduct is found to be satisfactory as certified by the head of the institution, and
(iv) Wherever applicable, internal marks awarded by the respective Institutions shall be sent to the University before the commencement of the scheduled examination.
(3) A student appearing for the semester examination will be declared successful only if he or she obtains not less than 50% of the marks in each of the subjects appeared. All other students shall be deemed to have failed in the examination. However, where a student who is not declared successful in the whole examination of a semester but obtains not less than 50 % in any paper of the concerned semester examination, will be exempted from re-examination in the said paper.
Note: Internal assessment marks awarded by the institution under the regulations will be forwarded to the University before the commencement of the semester examinations.
(4) Candidates who join this Course should pass all the papers prescribed for the course within the time frame prescribed by the Pondicherry University.
(5) Scheme of the Examination in all Theory Papers:
The break-up of the scheme of examination in Theory Papers shall be:
Internal Assessment : 40 marks
University Examination : 60 marks
Internal Assessment: Minimum pass marks for internal assessment is 20 out of 40. The minimum pass marks for University Examination is 30 out of 60; putting together the minimum pass marks for a theory paper is 50 out of 100.
The details of the segment of internal assessment in Theory Papers shall be as follows:
a. Internal written exam: 20 marks
b. Written assignment/ Project Submission: 10 marks
c. Seminar Presentation and Viva Voce: 5 marks
d. Attendance: 5 marks
The evaluation of the answer script of written test held in internal assessment shall be done by the respective college. The passing minimum in internal assessment components taken together is 20 marks. If a student fails to achieve minimum pass marks in internal assessment, he/she may reappear in the Internal Assessment only when the concerned paper is offered in the current semester. In case of reappearance in Internal Assessment, students must compulsorily undergo with written test, written assignment/ project submission, seminar presentation and viva-voce. The marks for attendance would be carried forward from the previous session only.
Note: (i) Maximum duration of the course and number of attempts: Candidates who join the regular stream of two years LL.M. Post –Graduate Degree course should pass all the papers prescribed for the course within the following time frame prescribed by the Pondicherry University. The duration of the course is 2 years and thereafter two years time period is available to successfully complete the course, making it maximum of four years only.
(ii) At the end of two years, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree will be awarded, provided the student has passed all the papers prescribed from the First semester to Fourth Semester.
VI. Course Structure
Areas of Specialisation: LL.M. post-graduate degree programme is offered in the following subjects of specialisation and the intake of the students shall be 10 in each of these subjects.
Branch – I Labour and Administrative Law
Branch – II Criminal Law
Branch – III International Law and Human Rights
Branch – IV Business Law
VII. Subjects and Credits Breakup
The course will be split-up into Audit and Non- Audit Courses.
A. The Audit Courses would bear 72 credits. There would be four common and eight subject-specific papers that will be compulsory and will be hard core papers bearing 4 credits each. Also, four soft core papers; that will be elective across the branches; bearing 3 credits each. There would be two term papers one each in the second and the third semester bearing 2 credits each. Dissertation in the fourth semester will bear 8 credits. Thus, totalling up to 72 credits.
Hard core Papers will be compulsory. These may be common for all branches or be a part of a specialised branch.
Soft core Papers will be elective in nature. From amongst the four specialised branches two subjects from each branch are available; one in the odd semester and the other in the even semester. Students are allowed to choose any four papers out of this entire pool considering the availability of that paper in the concerned semester. The election of such paper should be made in the end of the preceding semester. For the first year students this option must be made within one week of the beginning of classes.
Term Papers: There shall be two term papers bearing 2 credits each. One each in the second and third semester respectively. They will be evaluated out of a maximum of 50 marks only. 40 marks for the evaluation of the document by the appointed faculty-mentor and 10 marks for viva-voce which will be conducted by a panel of two members consisting of one External Examiner and the appointed faculty-mentor. Passing minimum for evaluation of Term Paper Document is 20 marks out of 40. The overall Passing minimum of a Term Paper is 25 marks out of 50. Viva voce is mandatory but there are no passing minimum marks for the viva. If any student fails to attend the said viva-voce, he shall be treated as absent for the said paper (Term Paper) and he should be required to undergo the same as and when it becomes due subsequently.
Dissertation carries 200 marks of which 50 marks is earmarked for the viva-voce. The passing minimum for the evaluation of the dissertation is 75 out of 150 marks and the overall passing minimum (both evaluation of the dissertation and viva-voce) is 100 out of 200 marks. Viva voce is mandatory but there are no passing minimum marks for the viva. If any student fails to attend the said viva-voce, he shall be treated as absent for the said paper (dissertation) and he should be required to undergo the same as and when it becomes due subsequently.
B. The Non-Audit Courses are prerequisite to be qualified to take up the end-semester University Examination. There are 6 components of the Non-Audit courses, out of which a student should undergo any 5 components. These would bear 10 credits in total. All these activities should be completed successfully only after the authorisation of the appointed faculty-mentor. Certificate of Completion by The Head of the Institute would be required to be submitted. The students can acquire these in accordance with the following provisions:
|Sl. NO.||NON-AUDIT COURSES||CREDITS|
|1.||Skill Development/ Soft skills workshops (15 Days)||2 credits|
|3.||Teaching Practice||2 credits|
|4.||Participation in Seminars/ Conferences (15 Days)||2 credits|
|5.||Completion of MOOCs/ SWAYAM Courses (Min. 30 hours)||2 credits|
|6.||Observation/ Training of Legal Aid/ Mediation/ Conciliation Proceedings (15 Days)||2 credits|
|Any 10 credits.|
INTERNSHIP: This will be required to be carried out in the intervening break between the second and third semester. It should be for a period of fifteen working days. A day to day report composed in the internship diary must be produced and a viva for the same would be conducted by an external examiner in the third semester.
TEACHING PRACTICE: This would be carried out in the fourth semester. Each student would be required to deliver six lectures under the guidance of the appointed faculty-mentor.
MOOCs: Either one or two MOOCs have to be completed. The minimum duration of each course would be 30 hours and its completion would have to be proved by the production of a completion certificate.
Note: Students are advised to attend seminars/conferences/workshop and Observation/ Training of Legal Aid/ Mediation/ Conciliation Proceedings during semester break/ vacations/ holidays.
VIII. Letter Grades and CGPA:
After consolidating Internal Assessment marks and marks secured in the End-semester examinations, the University shall declare Results both in letter grades and in Figures. The letter grades refer to the following distribution of marks:
|Range of Marks||Letter Grades||Weightage in calculating CGPA|
|Failed due to shortage of attendance||F||0|
CGPA: Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be calculated as a weighted average of number of credits that a course carries and the value of Grade Point, averaged for all the subjects.
Conversion formula from CGPA to percentage: CGPA x 10
IX. Declaration of Results: Pondicherry University shall declare the results of this course on the basis of the following Pass classes:
|Pass Class||CGPA RESULT|
|9.0 and above (in the first attempt)||Distinction|
|7.0 and above||First Class|
|5.00 to 6.99||Second Class|
In order to be eligible for admission into the two years LL.M. an applicant should have successfully completed LL.B./B.A.LL.B. or equivalent recognised by the Pondicherry University and the Bar Council of India