Commencement: As pioneers of law teaching and legal research, the Post-Graduate Department of Law (PGDL, hereafter) has been initiated to cater the legal education needs of the southern Orissa, in the year 1985.
Infrastructure: Berhampur University with the help of UGC assistance embarked upon providing a wholesome post-graduate department of law. PGDL has its own infrastructure as per UGC stipulations.
1. Courses offered: Two years Fulltime masters degree in Law leading to LL.M degree, in semester pattern (4 semesters). The syllabus is structured on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) 2015.
2. Specializations: 1. Criminal Law and Administration; 2. Business Law and Governance; 3. Environmental Law and Legal order.
Courses: Currently, in consideration of student demand and market need the PGDL is offering specialization in two subjects, viz., (1.) Criminal Law and Administration and (2.) Business Law and Governance. The PGDL earlier imparted courses with specializations in (i.) Constitutional Law; (ii.) International Law, (iii.) Family Law; (iv.) Labour Law; (v.) Environmental Law;(vi.) Criminal Law; (vii.) Business Law and (viii.) Human Rights Law.
The PGDL has conducted a PG diploma Programme in Human Rights Duties and Education and PG Diploma in Disaster Management.
VISION: Achieve excellence in legal education and research in quest for development of a humane and just society.
MISSION: Commitment to holistic development of students:
Master Degree (LAW)
LL.M Course at Berhampur University commenced in the year 1985. The Distinction of LL.M studies lies in fundamental characteristics of being a full-time research oriented post-graduate programme in law. The syllabus is structured on Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) 2015
Admission into the Course Programme
Law graduates from both five years and three years stream of LL.B from Berhampur University and other universities (as considered equivalent by Berhampur University) can take admission into LL.M programme. The admission is conducted by open advertisement, on comparative merit basis. The scale of merit is devised on a career point scale with respective weightage given to course from Matriculation to graduate and LL.B studies. The career point scale for the purpose is devised and published in the prospectus issued by the Chairman, Post-Graduate Council. Usually the LL.M admissions commences with in fifteen days from the publication of LL.B results by Berhampur University.
11.00 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. Besides, subjects taught by the concerned professors in the classroom there is also library assignment, protectoral class and seminar presentation specified in the class Timetable. Mid-Semester examination is conducted at regular interval which is indicated in the class schedule.
As per BU PhD regulations and courses of study
As prescribed in BU LL.D/D.Litt regulations
Ph.D in Law with publications as above regulations
Available with limited facilities. Books are issued from the seminar library as and when required by the students. Although no fund is allocated by the University for the Seminar Library, we are trying our best to modernize it.
Available with limited facilities. Faculty and students use the computers with printers, Overhead projector available in the department as and when required. Internet facilities is also provided to the staff and students.
Legal aid clinic is functioning in the department. Students participate actively to attend different legal aid programmes, Lok Adalat conducted by the Judiciary.
Student Project Work
Students may opt for dissertation work as part of their academic course curriculum. They also prepare good research papers for seminar presentation as a part of the course curriculum.
This facility is provided to the students when funds are allocated by the University to visit the Supreme Court of India and different Law Universities in our country.
Research Area in the Department
The PGDL has contributed to research in Law very actively. More than 70 PhD thesis and five LL.D thesis have been awarded. The research scholars are chosen from all over the country, and the degree holders are contributing to the legal knowledge immensely, from the positions they are serving with the continuing legal research zeal.
Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law,Business Law; Family Law Environmental Law
Publication / Achievement / Credentials
The PGDL faculties are continuously publishing research articles in reputed law journals and books and have been encouraging the students to publish their writings. PGDL also have published news-letters, journals and books, whenever the financial resources were available.
The department has formed its alumni association in 2013. It is named as Electronic Science Alumni Association Berhampur University (ESAABU). Its Bylaws has been approved the Syndicate of the University. The first meeting was held on on 27th January 2013. The second alumni meet took place on 10th Nov 2014.
The second alumni meet started with two invited talks presented by two of our distinguished alumni Dr.Amalendu Patnaik, Associate Professor, IIT Rurkee and Dr. Gopal Patra through Skype.
Present Office Bearers
The students from the department are in various services in the nation in pursuance to the PG degree in law. The offices they adore include state judiciary, law faculty at various Universities in the country including national law universities, government offices, advocacy, law-firms, main-stream state politics, and private business houses of repute, voluntary organizations and the allied positions.
1 PhD (Law) Alumni Association is functional since 2009
Professor (Dr.) Bhagirathi Panigrahi
Dean and Head (Law)
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