Five-Year LLB Course: Definition, Eligibility, Admission Process and Entrance Exams

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Anjum Khan
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Updated on Jan 6, 2023 15:47 IST

Want to pursue law after class 12th but confused about how to pave the way? Know here all about the five-year LLB courses, eligibility criteria, and admission related details. 

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What is a five-year LLB course? A law degree offered in integration with a bachelor degree in any stream including, Arts, Humanities, Commerce, Science and even Engineering. Unlike the three-year Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree, which is based on the core law subjects, the five-year law degree is a chemistry of law subjects with subjects from other streams. In this article, you can get all the details for five-year law degrees offered in India including, their eligibility criteria, admission process and other details.  

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Types of Five-year LLB courses

Across all law schools in India, the five-year LLB courses offered are as under:

  • Bachelor of Arts LLB (BA LLB) – An integration of art subjects such as History, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Economics and, law subjects such as torts, CPC, corporate law, jurisprudence, international trade law, constitutional law, administrative law, labour laws, environmental law, criminal law and more are taught.  
  • Bachelor of Science LLB (BSc LLB) – The students interested in studying science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, as well as law subjects can pursue the degree.
  • Bachelor of Commerce LLB (BCom LLB) – Through the integrated law degree, students are taught commerce subjects including, Auditing, Economics, Accounting, Statistics as well as the common law subjects.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration LLB (BBA LLB) - The course curriculum is based on Management principles, commerce, business studies, business communication, organisational behaviour, quantitative techniques etc. along with the law subjects, corporate law, business law, IPR, Taxation law, mergers and acquisitions and more.
  • Bachelor of Social Work LLB (BSW LLB) - Through this course, subjects such as Society and Sustainable Development, Human Growth and Behaviour, Welfare and Development, Social Work Profession, Social Entrepreneurship and Law, Research Methodology for Social Work, Social Policy and Legislation, Access to Justice etc. are taught along with law subjects. 
  • Bachelor of Technology LLB (BTech LLB) - During the five-years duration of the law degree, one gets to study engineering subjects such as Basic Electronic Engineering, Engineering Graphics, OOPs using C++ and UML, Electronic Devices and Circuits, Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Network Security, Cryptography, Digital Crime, Computer Law, Information Security Intelligence, Compliance analytics, IT Forensic and Electronic Evidence, Information Security Governance etc. along with the law subjects. 
  • Bachelor of Legal Science LLB (BLS LLB) -  The law degree is all about the legal domain in-depth with the law subjects environmental law, constitutional law, family law, IPC, CrPC, IPR, torts, Criminal law, Jurisprudence as well as Legal Language Including Legal Writing & General English (drafting petitions, frameworks, legislations and more). 

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Eligibility Criteria for the five-year LLB course

Candidates can pursue the five-year LLB degree course right after class 12th and, the basic eligibility criteria for all the courses is as under: 

  • They must have passed Class 12th in any stream with at least 45% marks in aggregate of all subjects. 
  • Candidates appearing or awaiting results for Class 12th or equivalent examination are also eligible provided they submit the proof of qualifying examination at the time of admission. 
  • Candidates belonging to reserved categories are given relaxation in the requirements of the minimum marks by the respective law colleges. 

Note: Candidates holding a diploma after Class 12th, can apply for the five-year LLB courses on the basis of their class 12 scores. 

Admission Process for the five-year LLB course

The candidates seeking admission to the five-year LLB courses have to go through the admission process as under: 

  1. Apply for admission - Candidates first have to apply to the respective law colleges by registering and filling up the application form. The candidates can either apply online or offline mode along with the application fee as instructed by the colleges. 
  2. Appear for admission test/ entrance exam - Almost all the law schools in India accept admission through an entrance exam wherein the candidates who apply for admission have to appear for the written/ online mode test. The applicants are issued admit cards to appear for the entrance exams mentioning details related to the exam date and timings, exam centres allotted to them and other details. 
  3. Declaration of results and merit lists - The scores along with merit ranks of candidates who secured the marks as per the cut off criteria are displayed on the official website of the law colleges. On the basis of the results, the law colleges prepare merit lists to shortlist candidates who meet all the admission requirements. 
  4. Appear for admission/ seat allotment rounds - On the basis of merit list, candidates are called for the personal interview and admission rounds, where the academic and other documents pertaining to the eligibility of the candidates are verified. After this, the selected candidates have to pay the admission fees to secure a seat. 

Five-year LLB Entrance Exams in India

In India, the law aspirants have to appear for the following entrance exams for admissions to the five-year LLB courses: 

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT)

The entrance exam is conducted for the five-year LLB courses offered at the National Law Universities in India (except NLU Delhi). CLAT is conducted by the consortium of NLUs which is the exam authority comprising 22 NLUs including NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, NLUO Cuttack, WBNUJS Kolkata, RGNUL Patiala, NLU Bhopal, and more. CLAT is conducted as a pen-paper based test mode. The exam pattern of CLAT has undergone changes such as making the questions in each section more comprehensive type, reducing the number of question etc. 

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All India Law Admission Test (AILET)

The law entrance exam is conducted by the National Law University, Delhi for admissions to 110 seats of the five-year LLB courses. AILET is conducted as a pen-paper based test mode.

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Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT)

The entrance exam, SLAT also known as SET Law is conducted by the Symbiosis International (Deemed) University (SIU) for admissions to the five-year LLB courses offered at its four law colleges. More than 1,080 seats are offered at the four law colleges of SIU on the basis of SLAT scores. SLAT is conducted as a Computer-Based test mode. 

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UPES Law Admission Test (ULSAT)

The entrance exam is conducted for admission to the five-year LLB courses offered at the UPES Law School. ULSAT 2022 is conducted as a Computer-Based Test mode. 

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Law School Admission Test for India (LSAT India)

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) conducts LSAT India for admissions to the five-year LLB courses offered at more than 50 colleges in India. On the basis of LSAT India score, the law schools can shortlist candidates for admissions. This year, LSAC has formed a new exam conducting body - LSAC Global to conduct the law entrance exam in India, earlier, it was the responsibility of Pearson VUE. LSAT India is conducted twice in a year i.e. in January and in June. The exam is held in an online, remote-proctored mode.

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Important FAQs regarding Five-Year LLB Course

Q: What is the LLB course?

A: LLB or Bachelor of Law is the 3-year or 5-year course offered by different law institutes and universities in India. The programme includes different fields of law such as criminal law, labour law, family law, contractual law and many more. 

Q: What does LLB stand for?

A: The full form of LLB is Bachelor of Law/Laws. It is derived from the Latin word Legum Baccalaureus. It is a 3-year or 5-year course offered at all law colleges and universities.

Q: Which is better 3-year LLB or 5-year LLB?

A: Both are law courses with almost equal career opportunities. While a five-year LLB is an integrated course that can be pursued after passing Class 12, the eligibility requirement for a three-year LLB course is graduation. In a three-year LLB course, students have to study the formal 3-year Law syllabus prescribed by the University. On the other hand, in the five-year LLB course candidates are taught the subjects of graduation (BA/BSc/BCom/BBA) along with Law subjects.

Q: What are the types of five-year LLB courses?

A: Given below are different types of five-year LLB courses.

  • Bachelor of Arts LLB (BA LLB)

  • Bachelor of Science LLB (BSc LLB)

  • Bachelor of Commerce LLB (BCom LLB)

  • Bachelor of Business Administration LLB (BBA LLB)

  • Bachelor of Social Work LLB (BSW LLB)

  • Bachelor of Legal Science LLB (BLS LLB)

Q: What are the entrance exams for admissions to the 5-year LLB course in India?

A: Entrance exams for admissions to the five-year LLB courses in India are as follows:

  • Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT)

  • All India Law Admission Test (AILET)

  • Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT)

  • UPES Law Admission Test (ULSAT)

  • Law School Admission Test for India (LSAT India)

Q: What is a five-year LLB course?

A: A Five-year LLB course is a law degree offered in combination with a bachelor degree in any stream such as Arts, Humanities, Commerce, Science or Engineering.

Q: What is the age limit for a 5-year LLB course in India?

A: Earlier, the Bar Council of India (BCI) had an age limit of 20 years for a 5-year LLB course. Later the Council increased the age limit to 22 years after facing criticism from the Supreme Court. However, eventually, the Council altogether removed the age bar for admissions. Therefore, currently, there is no age bar to apply for five-year LLB admissions.

Q: What are the advantages of a 5-year LLB course?

A: In a 5-year LLB course, students have an option to choose from multiple subjects like BA LLB, BBA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BA LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BCom LLB (Hons), BSc LLB (Hons) and many other.

Q: What is NLU Delhi fees for BA LLB Course?

A: The total fees of NLU Delhi for BA LLB is INR 1,86,000.

Q: What are the law courses offered by NLU, Delhi?

A: The National Law University (NLU), New Delhi offers undergraduate law courses Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws (BA LLB), postgraduate courses - Master of Laws (LLM), PhD in Law and others.

Q: Can candidates pursue a 5-year LLB course after 12th class?

A: Yes, candidates can pursue a 5-year LLB degree just after class 12th if they have passed class 12th with at least 45% marks in aggregate of all subjects.

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Kiran Shelar

6 months ago

BLS LLB course is also available in Nalanda law college. The fees for admission in the 1st year BLS LLB is Rs. 6500/- only.

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8 months ago

mam i have 78 mark in cet in 5 year llb entarance, i want collage near me (kurla), which one is best as per my marks

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Sarabjeet kour

12 months ago

hello i had finshed my 12 in 2013 i hv a gap after i finish my 12 i started my careerer now i want to go for 5 yr llb m i eligble for it?

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Anjum KhanAssistant Manager

12 months ago

You are eligible to apply for five-year LLB course, irrespective of gap year or year of passing the qualifying examination.


Anjum KhanAssistant Manager

12 months ago

Hi, Since there is no age limit for the law courses, you can pursue a five-year LLB course. You just need to check the eligibility criteria before filling up the application form of any law entrance exam.


Kt jayan

a year ago

Iam pre degree only pass mark 51 year s old I can apply this course?

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Anjum KhanAssistant Manager

12 months ago

Yes, five-year LLB courses can be pursued by anyone who have passed Class 12 examination irrespective of their age, as the Bar Council of India has removed age restrictions on legal education in India.


Deshraj Yadav

2 years ago

What are the subjects in Bsc LLB ,Bcom LLB,BA LLB,BBA LLB

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Kumari Kumari

6 months ago

Hi my age 31 year IAM eligible for the five years LLB program plz reply me

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