HOW TO PREPARE FOR LLM
Shree Rastogi, Legal News Reporter
The Master of Laws (LLM, or in Latin, Magister Legum) is a post graduate degree in Law. This degree allows a law graduate to specialize in one of many legal sub-streams. The duration of Master of Law is two years but is shortened to One year. The basic eligibility for this program is an under-graduate law degree from any recognized university with a minimum of 55% marks.
LLM. Entrance Tests
- CLAT- Common Law Admission Test is conducted for admission in LLB and LLM courses offered by eighteen National Law Universities of India.
- The National Law University of Delhi, National Law University of Orissa and The private Law Schools conduct their own admission tests.
- LSAT- Admission to Jindal Global Law School is done through the LSAT (Law School Admission Council), USA conducted by Pearson VUE, through its affiliate in India.
CLAT for PG courses will cover topics from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law etc. The maximum questions and maximum marks should be 150 and the duration of examination is of 2 hours and there is also a negative marking system. The important aspect that would help you to prepare notes related to Current Affairs.
To achieve the best score, the candidate has to follow proper study plan and schedule along with the best study material. Every candidate should keep in mind the following things:-
- Check the examination pattern: – Candidates should be aware of what kind to pattern they are going to face. It will help them while preparing.
- Set a Goal: – Categorize and divide the topics as per the assigned time help in achievement of your set target.
- Manage your Time: – “Time is money”. Manage your time wisely, select questions you solve first, keep in mind your stronger areas of study.
- Build up your Basics: – One should focus on the basic concepts and topics which will be helpful for the rest of the paper to be understood well and correctly.
- Solve or Revise previous years question papers: – Solving or practicing past years paper can be beneficial. Keep revising in addition to new topics.
- Practice: – “A practice makes a man perfect”. Always try to solve the question’s which are less time consuming. Always practice as much as you can, Solve as many MCQ questions as possible and keep practicing questions till the last day. It will improve your performance and will help you to manage your time.
- Make use of memory supports: – Like Flashcards make use of short-term techniques to revise syllabus. This will help you in reducing time of going through entire syllabus.
- Avoid last minute preparation: – Do not start preparing and reading new topics in last few days of the exam. Read and revise all the topics you have already prepared.
- Speed and Accuracy: – Maintain speed and accuracy in the exam. As the exam is of 2 hours in which 150 questions need to be solved, the candidate should try to solve the questions in a minute.
- Be positive and Confident: – The candidate should feel positive and confident that he/she can do it .Candidate should avoid unnecessary tension and exam fear.
- Essays are important: – Most LLM applications require that you write one or more essays, with at least one requiring you to explain where you are headed in your career, why you want to do an LLM and why you have chosen their particular program.
- Improve your English: – As we know the mode of examination is English, so it is necessary to understand that what the question is asking.
- Guidance by Experienced Candidate: – He/she may get tips to their seniors and can get more knowledge about the examination and how they should manage time and answer to question. It will be a kind of Motivation and Guidance.
- Take Regular Breaks: – It is very hard to work in a concentrated way for more than about an hour, so One should take 10minutes periodically breaks, get a refreshment, walk around a bit and then start your study.
- Vary your locations: – Research has found that this can help to improve memory retention. It is not clearly why, but the suggestion is that the brain makes connections between the background and what you are studying: more different connections make things easier to remember.
- Use flow charts and diagrams: – Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about a topic and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes to one page diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know for your exam.
Conclusion: – Candidate should keep herself/himself to be relax and calm. He should concentrate and read questions properly. He/she should avoid wasting time on questions which are not getting clear by second or third go. No guesses should be made (avoid getting minus markings). Stay composed. Trust yourself and give your best!
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence”. – Colin Powell