Maritime Law is a two-year master’s degree programme designed to educate students in laws governing the sea and coastal areas of the countries.The programme requires a candidate to possess a bachelor’s degree in Law (BA LLB, LLB or B.L) from a recognized University.
The top institutes offering LLM Maritime Law course in full time or part time mode are:
Admission to LLM Maritime Law is quite competitive in almost all the Universities/Institutions. Eligible candidates need to appear in entrance exams conducted by institutions separately. Few institutes shall further conduct a personal interview and/or group discussion for final selection of candidates. The most important entrance exams that candidates aspiring for LLM Maritime Law should prepare for are:
LLM Maritime Law focuses on covering large spectrum of areas such as national maritime law, maritime insurance, laws governing carriage of goods via sea, environmental law, piracy, legislation drafting, international sale of goods and law of contracts.
The average tuition fee differs from institute to institute and ranges from INR 6,000 – INR 85,000. Post completion of the course individuals can practice as Maritime Law expert, advocate, legal counsel or associate. The starting salary for an LLM Maritime Law trainee is between INR 10,000 – INR 15,000. With experience and practice, one can earn up to INR 25,000 to INR 40,000 depending on the nature of work and client working for.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Duration of Course||2 years|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||LLB or BA LLB with minimum 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized University|
|Admission Process||Entrance and/or Personal Interview and/or Group Discussion|
|Course Fee||INR 6,000 – INR 85,000|
|Average Salary||INR 1.8 – INR 4 Lacs|
|Recruiting Areas||Ship Owning Companies, Insurance Companies, Port Authorities, Law Firms|
|Job Profiles||Legal Advisor, Advocate, Legal Counsel, Legal Associate, Legal Assistant Manager|
LLM Maritime Law is designed to educate law graduates and lawyers in National and International Maritime Law which allows them to make a contribution to the shipping industry. Being a highly specialized course it deals in sophisticate new areas of Maritime and Ocean Laws. The course is highly relevant and service oriented. The curriculum includes few compulsory subjects dealing in Indian Law, subjects covering Maritime Law, practical, internship, dissertation and viva voce examination.
The primary objective of LLM Maritime Law is to produce law professionals who can critically evaluate the laws and legal systems pertaining to water bodies and ports of India from a juristic perspective. It also fosters expertise specialized in areas of maritime law, jurisprudence and other emerging laws rising out of international disputes. On successful completion of the course, a law professional will enhance his/her drafting skills pertaining to maritime contracts. The course ensures that its participants become qualified legal experts capable of addressing legal issues arising in Fisheries and Marine sectors.
Studying LLM is not really essential in India; however specialized knowledge in a legal subject like Maritime Law is a sign of having an edge over others. It can help carving our niche career specially when there is a dearth of maritime lawyers in India. As reported by practitioners, continuing career as Maritime Law Advocate can bring the highest possible remuneration with lawyers charging in Lacs for one court hearing.
The course is best suited for:
|Institute Name||Location||Fees in INR|
|Andhra University, School of Distance Education||Visakhapatnam, A.P||INR 6,000|
|Gujarat Maritime University||Gandhi Nagar||INR 1,80,000|
|Cochin University of Science & Technology||Kochi, Kerala||INR 14,180|
|Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies||Kochi, Kerala||INR 84,425|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth University||Pune, Maharashtra||INR 85,000|
Candidates seeking admission to 2 years LLM Maritime Law course should have -
Candidates awaiting their final results may apply as well provided they can produce pass certificates and marks statements up to the pre-final semester at the time of admission.
The allotment of admission to eligible candidates is done through the combined merit of common entrance examination and interview conducted by Universities/Institutions separately. Some institutions may conduct group discussion and/or personal interview as per rules pertaining to admissions.
The entrance examination is objective type and comprises of questions from sections namely -
The syllabus for each University is different but majorly includes subjects/topics as given below:
|Subjects of Study|
|International Law of the Sea||Indian Maritime Law|
|Maritime Laws and Practices||Law and Social Transformation in India|
|Indian Constitutional Law: the New Challenges||Judicial Process|
|Legal Education and Research Methodology||Maritime Jurisdictions|
|Maritime safety and security||Maritime businesses & Contracts|
|Maritime Insurance policies and practices||Maritime environment laws and practices|
|Employment and seafarer's right||Maritime disputes settlements|
The scope of Maritime Law can be realized in the absence of qualified professionals in the Fisheries and Marine sectors. The rising national and international water disputes requires law professionals who have insightful knowledge about the laws of the ‘Dry Land’ laid down by states and nations one is working with. The disposal of such cases becomes critical for protecting national, security and economic purposes of a nation.
Hence, lawyers have opportunities in national and international Marine, Fisheries and Ocean related organizations. Job opportunities for Maritime Lawyers are available in sectors like:
The entry level salary as in apprentice in LLM Maritime Law is between in INR 10,000 – 25,000. The remuneration is directly dependent on the nature of work and the status of the client. The salary increases with experience, time reputation and quantum of work.
|Job Title||Job Discussion||Salary|
|Legal Advisor (Maritime Law)||Provides advice within legal jurisdiction to clients on trivial matters, documents, and decisions related to Maritime laws governing ones business activities.||INR 1.8 Lac to INR 4 Lacs|
|Legal Counsel||Provides legal couselling and advice on matters pertaining to coastal jurisdiction. They specifically look into conflict areas, disruption of Dry Land laws, prevent litigation and avoid occurrence of huge loses.||INR 3.6 Lacs – INR 4 Lacs|
|Maritime Law Advocate||Represent parties undertaking proceedings of arrest of shipping assignments, retrieves compensation or settles disputes in case of accident, collision or sinking of vessels.||INR 3.6 Lacs – INR 4 Lacs|