The Post Graduate Department of Law, Berhampur University was established in the year 1985. Research-oriented intensive full-time LL.M., Ph.D and LL.D Courses are offered in the Department.
The Department has successfully conducted different certificate and diploma courses viz. (i) UGC sponsored certificate course on Human Rights and Duties Education (ii) UGC sponsored P.G. Diploma Human Rights and Duties Education (iii) P.G. Diploma in Disaster Management.
Further, the Department has organized various National Seminars and legal awareness programmes to inculcate the knowledge of law among students, academia and common masses.
The Legal Aid Clinic of the Department established under the aegis of District Legal Services Authority, Ganjam, Berhampur caters the needs of the people of the vicinity in terms of legal assistance and advice.
The Department has brought many laurels in the past years. The students and researchers of the Department are well placed in corporate sector academics, judiciary, civil services and other Government services.
VISION: Achieve excellence in legal education and research in the quest for the development of a humane and just society.
MISSION: Commitment to the holistic development of students:
1. Intellectually alive,
2. Morally upright,
3. Socially responsible citizens ;
4. Lead the legal profession and academics to new heights.
Master of Laws- Master of Laws course is a two years fulltime course. It is based on the choice based credit system as per the guidelines provided by the University Grants Commission and the Curriculum Development Centre of U.G.C. It is aimed to develop the legal acumen in-abreast with contemporary legal development and train the LL.M. students for future research.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) is a fulltime two-academic years programme with four semesters. The first semester shall cover the period from June to December and Second semester from January to May in the first academic session. The Third semester shall commence from June to December and Fourth Semester from January to May in the second academic session.
The P.G. Department of Law currently offers Master of Laws course with specialization in Business Law and Human Rights Law.
Law graduates of 5 years integrated LL.B Course as well as three years LL.B course of Berhampur University and other universities (as considered equivalent by Berhampur University) can take admission into LL.M programme. Usually, the LL.M admission commences within fifteen days from the date of publication of LL.B results of Berhampur University.
Curriculum / Syllabi
Ph.D. Programme in law is for a minimum duration of three years, including course work and a maximum of six years. The admission is done as per the University Research Eligibility Test (URET) followed by a viva voce examination. However, candidates who have qualified in the UGC-NET (including JRF) / UGC-CSIR NET (including JRF) / SET / SLET / GATE/ Teacher-fellowship holder may be granted exemption from URET. However, such candidates have to appear in the Viva-Voce Examination . The PhD programme is currently regulated under the Berhampur University Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degrees Regulations, 2019.
Curriculum / Syllabi
Berhampur University is one of the few Universities in India offering LL.D Programme. The programme is regulated under the relevant regulations framed by Berhampur University.
Facilities in P.G. Department of Law:
The P.G. Department of Law provides a conducive atmosphere for research. The R.P. Padhi Library has a good stock of reference books and textbooks on various subjects of Law as well as inter-disciplinary areas. The P.G. Department of Law has a Computer Lab for the use of the Students and Researchers. Apart from the Departmental computer lab, theR.P. Padhi Library has also a computer lab which gives access to different e-resources subscribed by the University. The Berhampur University to provide seamless access to quality e-resources has subscribed ProQuest, J-Gate database, Oxford University Journals, Cambridge University Journals etc. Apart from these, students and researchers can access various Online Educational Resources (OER) by using University’s internet service.
The back volumes of Journals, as well as current journals on law and inter disciplinary areas, are available at the R.P.Padhi Library. The thesis and dissertation section of the R.P. Padhi Library is open for scholars and students for study.
Scholarship- The LL.M. students and full-time research scholars may avail various scholarship offered by Central Government and State Government of Odisha.
Research Area in the Department
The Department has contributed significantly to the society by conducting quality research. Social relevant research work is a feature of the Department from time of inception.Another significant feature of the Department is that scholars across the country have received Ph.D and LL.D degrees .
The main reasearch areas of the Department are Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law,Business Law; Family Law Environmental Law.
Publication / Achievement / Credentials
The faculties of the Department ,Ph.D and LL.D scholars are continuously publishing research papers in reputed law journals. Further, they have authored book chapters and books. Publishing of the Edited Volumes after conclusion of seminars and conferences is a regular feature of the Department.
Events organized by P.G. Department of Law, Berhampur University
Seminar, Workshop, Training and Awareness Programmes-
1. Two days National Seminar on Intellectual property Rights: Issues and Challenges sponsored by University Grants Commission, New Delhi was organized on 21st and 22nd December 2011.
2. Two days Legal awareness programme sponsored by the National Commission for Women on Women Related Laws was organized on 4th and 5th March 2017.
3. National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi sponsored One Day Basic Training Programme on Human Rights conducted on 10th November 2018.
4. An awareness programme on human rights was organized in association with District Legal Services Authority, Ganjam, Berhampur on 10th December 2018.
5. Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based Competition on Laws Relating to Women for University Students sponsored by the National Commission for Women was conducted on 11th December, 2018.
6. National Level Webinar On Right to Health and Covid-19 Pandemic -Issues and Solutions was organized on 15th July, 2020.
Extension Lectures- Extension lecture is the continuous feature of the Department . The department has organized lecture programme by inviting senior-most academicians, lawyers, legal luminaries at regular interval.
The Department has an alumni association of Ph.D Degree Holders . The first general body meeting of the alumni citation of Ph.D Degree Holders of Berhampur University was organized on 27th April, 2009. The association from its inception has been extending cooperation and support to the Department in promoting the cause of legal education and research. Besides, the association has organized seminars on different contemporary subjects inviting jurists and law professors across the country .
Further, alumni meet of the Master of Laws (LL.M) 1995-97 batch was organized on 25th December, 2018 in the Gopalpur PWD Guest House.
Prof. Sudhakar Patra
Email : crg.law[at]buodishal[dot]edu[dot]in