The fight for seats in University Institute of Legal Studies’ integrated law courses is becoming fiercer with each passing year--applications for the course has gone up by a whopping 31% this year.
According to officials, PU’s UILS received 4,768 applications for its BA LLB (honours) and BCom LLB (honours) five-year integrated law course, of which 4,350 students appeared for the entrance examination held last month.
Last year, 3,630 students had applied of which 3,300 took the examination.
The institute has 240 seats up for g rabs—120 in each of the courses.
The number of students who took the examination implies that each seat has 18 contenders.
Entrance examination will account for 50% marks in the admission process, while the marks obtained i n Class 12 examination will make up for the rest. Calling the increase ‘phenomenal’ controller of examinations Parvinder Singh attributed the demand to the career prospects of the course.
“The five-year course is better as it is a professional course. Additionally, students attain a degree by the time they turn 21, thereby saving a year as compared to the three-year law course pursued after graduation,” Singh said.
Meanwhile, the demand for the three-year law course-of fered by PU’s de partment of laws and PU regional centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana and Hoshiarpur— has also seen a 21% increase this year.
On Monday, 3,150 of the 3,670 students who applied for the course took an entrance exam for 497 seats offered by PU. This implies, therefore, that each seat has six contenders.
Last year, the course had 3,160 applicants of which 2,588 appeared in the examination.
Like the undergraduate course, the entrance test will account for 50% marks, while the marks secured in the qualifying exam will account for the other 50%. Department of laws chairperson Nishtha Jaswal said that the last few years has seen a steady increase in the demand for law courses offered by PU. “These courses have a lot of job avenues, including banking, judicial services, corporate and banking as well as teaching Students who do not qualify for engineering courses also prefer a law courses, thus increasing the number of applicants,” she said.