BA LLB or BBA LLB - Which one is better?Image Courtesy - Lloyd Law College

As the education system is developing, the integrated courses have emerged as the most demanding course for the students who do not want to spend more time thinking about the next step they need to take after completion of their under-graduation courses. The integrated Law courses have been in higher demand in terms of career growth and better salary. 
However, the field of law can be opted by 12th pass out students who can directly enroll themselves through various national-level entrance exams. Professor Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon introduced the integrated course for the law in 1987. The integrated law courses that are offered for 12th pass out students not only include B.A.LL.B but also B.B.A LL.B, B.Tech. LL.B, BSc. LLB, and B.Com LL.B depending on the interests a student has developed. 

What are the eligibility criteria for appearing for an integrated Law course?The eligibility criteria for appearing for law integrated course after passing out 12th are as follows:

1) The aggregate percentage for filling of entrance form is 50per cent marks scored in 12th boards exam.
2) There is no age limit set by the council. 
3) There are no minimum marks required for qualifying the entrance test. 
4) The appearing candidates have to prepare for subjects like logical reasoning, basic arithmetic, current affairs and general knowledge, and necessary legal knowledge. 

Different exams are held for the entrance exam. They are as follows: 

a)
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is a national level entrance exam for law admissions in the country. If the students satisfy the cut-off marks, they get entry to corresponding NLU (National Law University).
b) AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) is held at the national level where if a student satisfies the entrance exam, he/she gets admission to National Law University Delhi.
c) Mh Cet Law entrance exams cover all the colleges in the Maharastra Province. When a student satisfies the cut-off marks, he/she gets admission in law colleges within the Maharastra State.   

Is there any specific subject stream for opting for law during the 12thclass?
No. There is not any specific subject stream for opting for an integrated law degree during a student’s 12th class. Anyone from Arts, Science or Commerce stream can appear for law entrance, those who have developed an inclination towards law making it as their career. The only requirement for filling the form of entrance test is the minimum percentage of the applying student to be 50%.

What is the duration of the Integrated Law Course?
The maximum duration of the integrated law course is five years. On completion of the course, the student can easily apply for a job without studying any further. But if they aim for more specialization in any particular subject, they can opt for LLM degrees

How B.A.LL.B is different from B.B.A.LL.B?
The significant difference between B.A.LL.B and B.B.A.LL.B is that the subjects taught in both of these degrees vary. The subjects that B.A. LLB covers are as follows:
Ancient history, Medieval history and after Independence India.
Comprehensive English and communication skills
Economics
Sociology
Political Science 
Law subjects which include tort, Contract law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Media Law, etc. 
Whereas, the subjects that B.B.A LL.B includes are: 
Economics
Accounts
Business Studies
Comprehensive English and Communication Skill
Law subjects include tort, contract law, criminal law, etc. 

When a student wants to make a career as a Cooperate lawyer or wishes to have an insight into the finance world, in an investment sector, or in any other industry which is related to business, investment, commerce, etc., he/she should opt for B.B.A. LL.B. However, B.A.LL.B studies the growth of society and its change concerning human interaction, politics, economy, and history. So, if a student has developed an interest in understanding the growth and evolution of society in different aspects, they should opt for B.A.LL.B. 

There are NLUs and other government and private colleges which offer both of the courses and ensure admissions through entrance test. And the duration of completion of both of these integrated courses is the same that is five years. And the period of these degrees is also long because the students have to complete 2 degrees within these five years, rather than studying three years for UG courses and another three years for PG law courses. And within this long period, they also become well versed in different law areas. 

Which integrated course is better?
Both these integrated degree courses hold the same career growth opportunities and high salary offers by top national and international law firms. With the degree of B.A.LL.B, any student who is looking forward to work in a Non-Profit Organization like NGO’s, or work as a policy researcher, could also bag a job in United Nations or work as a litigator in any specific law area depending on their interest. 

However, by opting for B.B.A LLB, one can bag a job in a cooperate field and could work as a legal advisor for any commerce industry. As one who gains specialization in commerce, they can also work as a planner, finance manager, or in the banking sector, etc. or as a litigator in any specific law area. There is no specification that one who has opted for B.B.A LL.B cannot practice as a criminal lawyer, family lawyer, and so forth in the District Court, the High Court or in the Supreme Court.  

The area of getting a job also expands when one opts for an integrated course degree. One does not need to stick to only become an Advocate by profession. These degrees also require a lot of patience in understanding one’s interest by interning in all of these five years, which is equivalent to 2 semesters per year. However, during the summer break and winter break, students are also expected to find their interest by interning in a different sector. 

Conclusion:
B.A.LL.B and B.B.A LL.B both of the integrated course degree holds its importance in an aspect of specialization ones seeks to gain. However, one needs to be sure in which area they have more inclination, and as per their interest, a student should opt for either of the degrees.  

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Samriddhi Srivastava