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Difference Between 3 Year LLB And 5 Year LLB

Diksha Sharma 10 MINUTES


In India, the universities and colleges offer law courses in two formats. A student can either enroll in a three year law course or in a five year integrated course. This is where most of the students are juggling, which of the two is better. A quick difference between the two will be helpful to understand which of the two serves an individual's purpose.

LLB (3 Year Law) BA LLB/ B. Com LLB/ BBA LLB (5 Year Law)

The LLB degree is a three-years duration course that candidates can pursue after their graduation degree.

BA LLB or Bachelor of Legislative Law is an undergraduate degree, which focuses on integrating knowledge regarding law and other subjects to the candidates. Students are also introduced to law case studies, which will help them practice for their career in the law field.
Top Entrance Exams

  • Delhi University (DU LLB)
  • Banaras Hindu University (BHU LLB)
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • ILS Law College, Pune
  • Department of Laws, Punjab University, Chandigarh
  • Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur
  • Faculty of Law, Osmania University
  • Faculty of Law, Allahabad University
  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Top Entrance Exams

  • CLAT
  • LSAT India
  • UPES Law School Admission Test
  • Banaras Hindu University BA LLB Entrance Test
  • MHCET Law
  • SLAT
  • AMU Law Entrance Exam
  • PU UG Law

Eligibility Criteria

The BA LLB can be pursued right after Class 12th, however, for admission to an LLB degree, candidates should hold a bachelor degree.


BA LLB is of five-years duration and an LLB degree is of three-years duration but candidates already would have completed a bachelor degree of three years which makes it - 3+3 = 6 years.


Both the degrees are valued for their own curriculum. An LLB degree has all the law subjects, whereas, BA LLB degree, as the name suggests, includes Arts subjects along with law subjects.

Law Practice

Candidates completing their LLB degree have to appear for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) by BCI. To clear the bar examination is mandatory for all law graduates to be able to practice law. All state bar councils in India have made it mandatory for advocates graduated after 2010 to clear this examination.

Top 10 Three Years Law Colleges In India

  • Faculty of Law, DU
  • Symbiosis Law College, Pune
  • Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • ILS Law College, Pune
  • BHU Law College, Benaras
  • University College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Maharishi Dayanand Law College, Jaipur
  • Chandigarh University, Chandigarh
CLAT 2022 Participating NLUs

  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • Ram Manohar Lohiya National law University, Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  • National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
  • National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  • National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
  • Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
  • Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
  • Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
  • Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
  • Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
  • Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MPDNLU)
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University


Rs. 18,000 (approximately)


Rs. 10,00,000 (approximately)

Law Specializations

  • Company Law
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
Skill Required

  • Fluency and clarity of speech
  • Confidence
  • Objectivity
  • Interest in Research
  • Intellect
  • Integrity
  • Convincing power
  • Ability to assimilate as well as analyse facts
  • Ability to argue on a topic
  • Interest in detail
  • Persuasiveness
  • Good judgement of situation/people
  • Mental and physical stamina
  • Good presentation skills


Students have access to the practice of courtrooms as colleges lay Moot Courts, research submissions, Mock Trial Courts in their curriculum. Every semester students also undergo internships with top law firms, corporations, NGO’s and the likes and further enhance their knowledge on the practical aspects of law.

Jobs And Career Opportunities

  • Litigation
  • Judiciary
  • Corporate Lawyers
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers
  • Law firms
  • Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO)
Top Recruiters

  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co.
  • AZB & Partners
  • Khaitan & CO
  • J Sagar Associates
  • Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
  • Trilegal
  • S&R Associates
  • Economic Laws Practice
  • Desai & Diwanji
  • Talwar Thakore & Associates

NOTE: In terms of corporate placements, a 5 year law course has an edge over a 3 year law course.

If a child is convinced enough to make law as their career, he/ she should go in for a five years law. This will overall save one year.

However, if the child is not sure about taking law as a career right after the school, he/she should go in for regular graduation and then enroll for a three year course.



Law Entrance Exams Last Dates of Application Exam Dates
CLAT 09-May-2022 (Over) 19-Jun-2022 (Rescheduled)
LSAT India
Now conducted in TWO sessions - January and May
January Exam - Application Closed
May Exam - 08-Jun-2022 (Open)
January Exam - 15-Jan-2022 (Over)
May Exam - 22-Jun-2022 onwards
AILET 25-May-2022 (Open) 26-Jun-2022
DU LLB Entrance Exam 10-Jun-2022 (Open) To be announced
UPES Law School Admission Test 30-Jun-2022 (Open) 03-Jul-2022 to 05-Jul-2022
Banaras Hindu University BA LLB Entrance Test 22-May-2022 (Through CUET 2022) To be announced
MHCET Law 22-Jun-2022 (extended) 02-Aug-2022 for five-year LLB course

03-Aug-2022 and 04-Aug-2022 for three-year LLB course
LFAT 22-May-2022 (Through CUET 2022) To be announced
Allahabad University LAT Expected to be announced in May-June To be announced
ILICAT 22-Apr-2022 (Over) 01-May-2022
SLAT 15-Jun-2022 (Open) 03-Jul-2022
AMU Law Entrance Exam 26-May-2022 (Open) 31-Jul-2022
PU UG Law Expected to be announced in April-May 17-Jul-2022
PU LLB Entrance Exam Expected to be announced in April-May 24-Jul-2022
AIL LET 17-May-2022 (Open) 25-Jun-2022
ILSAT 21-May-2022 (Open) 28-May-2022
AP LAWCET 13-Jun-2022 (Open) 13-Jul-2022
TS LAWCET 06-Jun-2022 (Open) 21-Jul-2022 for three-year LLB course
22-Jul-2022 for five-year LLB course
AP PGLCET 13-Jun-2022 (Open) 13-Jul-2022
TS PGLCET 06-Jun-2022 (Open) 22-Jul-2022
GLAT 15-Jun-2022 (Open) 21-Jun-2022
KLEE Expected to be out in May-June To be announced