Master of Law (LLM) in Intellectual Property and Trade Law is a specialized postgraduate degree course which deals with the concepts of law and order in terms of intellectual property and trade. Basic eligibility to take admission in this course is LLB degree with 50% marks from any recognized university. Only one institute, all over India, offers the course of LLM in Intellectual Property and Trade Law and that is School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. The course fee is 1.10 lakhs for Karnataka students and 1.20 lakhs for other state students. Admission to this course is done through entrance test conducted by Christ University.
The course is the perfect platform for a student to gain an in depth knowledge about the governance and legal subjects. The course is comprised of various levels where a student is made aware of the basics of research methods and legal writing on one level, and is introduced to the international trade laws on the other, while simultaneously learns about the concepts of globalization and various laws related to e-commerce, copyright, patent and designs and trademarks.
Candidates having this degree can find employment in law firms or in legal departments of various organizations. They can also practice as a private lawyer. The average salary one can earn after this degree is 4 to 6 lakhs per annum.
Any candidate who wishes to have a legal career in the field of intellectual property law and trade law are suitable for the course. The main aim of the course is to bring two specializations under one roof and compressed in a one year degree course. Intellectual property law deals with the legal aspects of trademark acquisition, the patent rights and also the copyrighting, however, on the other hand, the trade law deals with the concepts related to e-commerce, the world trade organization and law and policy related to the trade and investment from an Indian perspective.
Any person who wishes to have a career in the specialized field of intellectual property and trade law should opt for this course.
It is one year duration postgraduate degree program with a course structure divided in two semesters.
Any student, who has passed the Bachelor of Law (LLB) with at least 50% aggregate, is eligible for applying for the course Master of Law in Intellectual Property and Trade Law. The LLB program can either be a five year course or a 3 year course from any recognized university in India or abroad which has been duly recognized by either UGC or by AIU.
The students, who are in their final year or final semester of LLB are also eligible to apply for the course if their aggregate till now in all the semesters or years is at least 50%.
The admission process to the course in School of Law, Christ University is a multistep procedure. The candidates have to firstly fill the forms available either online on the college website or offline or Direct Mode, obtaining it from the Office of Admission at the Christ University campus.
The candidates are then required to take the Christ University Entrance Test. The second part of the admission process is based on the Skill Assessment which is also a written test, which tests the written skills, communication skills and logical reasoning of the candidates.
The next step of the admission process involves a personal interview of the candidate where the student is also assessed on the basis of the academic performances in class X, XII and the degree.
Further, the selected candidates after the personal interview will be categorized into three categories: Selected, Wait Listed and Not Selected. Accordingly, the candidates selected and wait listed should enroll themselves at the university campus in person.
The candidates who fall under the categories of Foreign Citizens, PIO Card Holders and OCI (Dual Citizens) can apply under the International Student Category.
The students applying from non-English speaking countries shall have to take an English proficiency test to prove their knowledge about the English language. These tests are either IELTS or TOEFL. The minimum eligibility for the course is an IELTS score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 and in the case of TOEFL, the minimum score is 550 in case of the paper based test and 213 in case of computer, or the TOEFL IBT score as 79.
The candidates who have not taken this test must either enroll themselves for the full time course of Intensive Certificate course in English Language or the part time One Semester Certificate Course in English Language.
There is furthermore another category under which candidates can apply for the course; the category is that of the NRI Student Category. The candidates who fall in this category are the ones who are defined NRI under the Indian Income Tax Law; either of the parents is residing outside India on a work permit or resident permit; Indian citizen financed by any institution or agency outside India, even if parents are residing in India; any Indian citizen who has pursued the studies for the qualifying examination in any foreign or Indian syllabi outside India or lastly, any candidate who has pursued the studies for the qualifying examination in foreign syllabi in India.
The admission process for the two categories: the International Student Category and the NRI Student Category are different and the candidates applying under any of these categories must contact the university over mail.