Wednesday 7 October 2015

LLB in Pakistan (5 Years) Courses, Syllabus, Scope, Requirements & Admissions

The details of the breakup of the proposed LLB degree programme is as following:

  • - Eligibility/ Pre-requisite for admission: FAfFSc or Equivalent
  • - Total number of credit hours: 166
  • - Duration: 5 years
  • Semester duration:16-18 weeks
  • - Course load per semester: 15-18 credit hours
  • Number of courses per semester:5-6 Courses
  •  10 compulsory courses of 28 credits
  • · 08 general and non-law courses of 24 credits
  • · 34 law specific and major courses of 102 credits
  • · 4 elective courses within the major courses
  • · The scheme of studies is in accordance with the HEC standards.

The Committee developed the final draft curriculum for the proposed 5year law degree programme along with the Learning Objectives and Learning Outcome.

  • · Brief introductory notes have been prepared for the new courses to be included in the proposed 5-year degree program. The course contents of the law courses already part of the existing curriculum of 3-year degree will mostly remain the same. 
  • The recommended textbooks and other reading material has been fully revised and updated. The course contents for all compulsory, supportive/ non-law courses along with their breakup and reading lists of textbooks with complete details of the reading material have been prepared. Details for the elective courses may be developed by the universities for the consideration of the NCRC.
  • The Committee also discussed the recommendations of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) on 'Legal Education' as approved in its meeting held on April 16-18, 2010 and April 22-24, 2011.
  • The Committee resolved that all universities/ institutions imparting legal education must follow the mandatory or core courses prescribed by the PBC necessary for law students whose degree is recognized by the PBC for the purposes of enrolment as an advocate. 
  • It was also decided that the universities may include non-law courses according to their focus, need and available facilities. The universities may also include other law courses besides the courses provided in the list of elective courses. However, they must fulfill the mandatory requirements of credit hours/ course duration as per prescribed standards of the HEC.

Learning Objectives:

The NCRC in Law focused on the Learning Objectives of the proposed LLB degree programme. It held in-depth discussions on the questions of the structure and content of the proposed LLB (5-year) degree programme and its learning outcome. The participants agreed that the structure and course contents of the LLB degree should be such as to:

  1. inculcate in students a broad understanding of the social, political and economic contexts within which the Pakistani and global legal system operates;
  2. Equip students with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles of Law; and
  3. Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for employment in the legal profession and other careers. 

Learning Outcome:

The participants suggested that the course contents and the teaching methodology should place emphasis upon the acquisition and development of a wide range of intellectual and practical skills of students so that they can analyze, evaluate, synthesize and apply conceptual information to practical legal problems. It was agreed that attention is needed to develop the intellectual and practical skills and in particular law students should be able to develop and demonstrate independent thinking, plan and carry out independent research and apply basic legal research skills and research techniques. In addition to that the course contents and the teaching methodology should be such as to; develop the written and oral skills of the students, build their capacity to problem-solving; and expand their knowledge of information technology.

The final draft of the curriculum and the course contents spreading over 5year were considered by the participants. The issues of 'exit programme' and 'changing between the degrees' also came under consideration. There was a consensus to plan for an integrated degree of law at the moment and to develop modalities for other issues including as to how to accommodate individuals who wish to change their fields of studies after enrollment in LLB 5-year degree. It was recommended that such students may approach the respective universities/institutions for transfer of credits/exemptions for other degree programmes. 


Sr.             Categories                                 No. of courses (Min – Max)         Credit Hours(Min – Max)
1.    Compulsory Requirement (No Choice)         10 – 10                                          28 – 28
2.    General and Foundation Courses                  08 – 08                                          24 – 24
3.    Discipline Specific Major Courses                34 – 34                                         102 – 102
5.    Electives within the major                             04 – 04                                          12 – 12

                                                              Total    56 – 56                                      166 – 166
  • Total numbers of Credit Hours 166
  • Duration 5 Years
  • Semester duration 16 - 18 weeks
  • Semesters 10
  • Course Load per Semester 15-18 Cr Hrs
  • Number of courses per semester 5-6


1. Alternate Dispute Resolution
2. Banking Laws
3. Conflict of Laws
4. Consumer Protection Laws
5. Custom and Tariff Laws
6. e-Commerce Law
7. Election Laws
8. Environmental Laws
9. Gender and Law
10. Insurance laws
11. Intellectual Property Laws
12. International Economic Law
13. International Humanitarian Law
14. International Institutions
15. International Trade Law
16. Islamic Commercial Laws
17. Labour Laws
18. Land Laws
19. Law and Development
20. Law and Energy
21. Local and Special Laws
22. Media Laws
23. Medical and Forensic Law
24. Mergers and Acquisitions
25. Minor Acts
26. Islamic Legal Maxims
27. Public Interest Litigation
28. Securities Regulation
29. Shipping and Admiralty Laws
30. Taxation Laws
31. Telecommunication Laws
32. Civil Service Laws in Pakistan

  • 10 to 12 weeks internship after the completion of 8th semester for every student shall be compulsory with law firms, law offices, courts, private and public companies, government offices, NGO’s, police stations, legal branch of armed forces, stock exchanges, SECP, banks, financial institutions, ports, media, political parties, national research institutes, industries, and with other entities to be recognized by University/ institution on the suggestion of students or faculty. Attachment/ internship period spent by each student with any entity mentioned hereinbefore shall be assessed on the basis of his/her report, self-assessment, faculty assessment and assessment provided by organizations.

  • All Students after the successful completion of 9th semester must take a research project and write a long dissertation on assigned topics.
  • In the last two semesters (IX and X) students can opt for four courses (two courses in each semester) of their choice from the elective courses offered by the university/institution.

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