Bachelor Of Laws (LLB) – Check Scope & Career Options in Law Fieldpaperpks December 12, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The Bachelor of Laws is an undergradute degree in law originating in England and offered in japan and most common law jurisdictions except United state and Canada as the degree which allows a person to become a lawyer It historically served this purpose in the Pakistan as well
Historically, in Pakistan, Bachelor of Laws was the name of the first degree in common law. Pakistan common-law LL.B. programmes were, in practice, second entry professional degree, meaning that the vast majority of those admitted to an LL.B. programme were already holders of one or more degrees, or, at a minimum have completed two years of study in a first-entry, undergraduate degree in another discipline. In Pakistan, legal education had been traditionally offered as a three-year graduate degree conferring the title of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. / B.L.). The eligibility requirement for these degrees was that the applicant already have a bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognised institution. However upon the suggestion by the Law of commission of Pakistan and also given the prevailing cry for reform the Bar council of Pakistan, the governing body of legal education in Pakistan, instituted upon an experiment in terms of establishing specialized national law universities to raise the academic standards of legal profession in Pakistan.
NLSIU offered and continues to offer a five years law course upon the successful completion of which an integrated degree with the title of “B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)” would be granted. Pursuant thereto, various other were established that administer a five-year (5 year) undergraduate degree programme and confer an integrated honours degree upon completion, such as “B.A., LL.B (Hons.)”, “B.B.A, LL.B (Hons.)”, “B.Sc., LL.B (Hons.)”, “B.Com., LL.B (Hons.)” and “B.S.W., LL.B (Hons.)” . In the first two years of B.A., LL.B (Hons.) programme, students are taught Social Sciences (History, Political Science, Sociology and Economics) associated with B.A.alongside standard legal subjects, such as torts, contracts and constitutional law and in the B.Sc., LL.B (Hons.) programme, students are taught a combination of Physical, Life and Applied Sciences associated with BSC . alongside standard legal subjects, such as torts, contracts and constitutional law. In the first two years of B.B.A, LL.B (Hons.), B.Com., LL.B (Hons.) and B.S.W., LL.B (Hons.) programmes, students are taught regular subjects associated with BBA,B.Com respectively along with the standard legal subjects as mentioned earlier. In the later three years of all five programmes, legal subjects dominate the curriculum. The eligibility requirement for the five years integrated law degree is that the applicant must have successfully completed Class XII from a recognised Board of Education in Pakistan likeCISCE, CBSE etc.
Both the types of degree are recognized and are also qualifying degrees for practice of legal profession in Pakistan. A holder of either type of degree may approach a Bar Council and get upon compliance with the necessary standards, be enrolled on the rolls of the said Bar Council. The process of enrolment confers a licence to the holder to practise before any court in Pakistan and give legal advice. The entire procedure of enrolment and post-enrolment professional conduct is regulated and supervised by the Bar Council of Pakistan.
Today, almost all Pakistan universities offer five year integrated LL.B. programmes while others remain offering the traditional three-year programme.