MA in Law, Politics and Society

Programme Description

The M.A. Programme in Law, Society and Politics at the SLGC is designed with the premise that a focus on the intersection of law and politics is of crucial importance in shaping a better understanding of modern India. That law is both living and dynamic as against something static is evidenced in the way courts and the judiciary has constantly re-interpreted texts of the law as well as the Constitution.
The study of law has thus far been confined to legal departments or universities and the choice of locating a Masters Program in law within a social science and humanities university is a self-conscious one. The excessive focus on legal formalism has resulted in an emphasis on skill development and an instrumental approach to legal education. While the imparting of legal skill is an essential aspect of legal education, it would be short-sighted to reduce the study of law into a vocational training. We believe a study of law is much richer when it incorporates insights from social sciences, humanities and other disciplines.
AUD provides a unique environment to house such a school as the faculty and scholars come from a wide range of disciplines ranging from law to the core disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities.
Students from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to law, sociology, political science, history, economics, literature and philosophy, will find this programme attractive. Law graduates through this programme will be able to deepen their understanding of interdisciplinary legal studies, including legal history, sociology of law and law and economics. Graduates of other social sciences will be able to acquire a socio-political understanding of law and the functioning of legal institutions. The programme will have a comparative focus constantly foregrounding the debates of the global south within a wider political and cultural context.
The program will also invite eminent legal scholars and practitioners as guest lecturers and to offer electives that will introduce students to link the theoretical study of law with its practical application.
The programme is oriented towards those interested in deepening their understanding of law towards a career in research, teaching and legal practice. The programme will be useful to those who plan to work in research, advocacy, policy development, non-governmental organizations, academics and those who would like a more informed approach to the practice of law.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises of 64 credits over 4 semesters. It includes 14 taught courses (4 credits each), a summer internship (2 credits) and a written thesis (6 credits). Of the 14 taught courses, 7 are core courses, which are compulsory, and 7 are elective courses, which students can select from a list of courses on offer.
The course structure is as follows
Core Courses:
  • Law and the Making of Modern India
  • Introduction to Law and Legal Methods
  • Law, State and Politics
  • An Introduction to Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy
  • Indian Constitutionalism: Law, History & Politics
  • Sociology of Law
  • Research Methodology
Elective Courses:
(this list is indicative and not exhaustive)
  • Theorizing the Indian State
  • Rethinking Development
  • Speech, Crime and Law
  • Constitutionalism and Social Transformation
  • Criminal Imaginaries and Legal Order
  • Environmental Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Economic Analysis of Law
  • Law and Modernity
  • Law and Politics of Indigeneity
  • Law, Society and Crime
  • Legal Biographies and the History of the Law in Modern India
  • Policing and Society
DURATION: 2 years (4 semesters) full time
Total 42 seats
Delhi (NCT) 36 seats
Unreserved-18; OBC-10; SC-5; ST-3
Outside Delhi (outside NCT) 6 seats
Unreserved -4; SC -1; ST-1


The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 45% marks or an equivalent grade from a recognised university. (Relaxation of 5% marks for SC/ST/PwD). Candidates appearing for the final year examination of a degree can also apply.
Selection will be through a written examination (80%) followed by an interview (20%).. The entrance test will comprise of Multiple Choices Questions (MCQs) as well as essay type questions testing awareness of themes related to law, politics and society; writing ability; and analytical reasoning. All applicants must appear in both the written exam and the interview to be eligible for admission. Total number of seats: 42; Reservations norms of Government of NCT of Delhi will apply.
SLGC is housed at AUD’s Karampura campus.
AUD has 45 seats for women students in its hostels at Kashmere Gate. Some seats for women students in a hostel at Karampura campus may also be available.
For the year 2018-2019, tuition fee of Rs.92,800/- (@Rs. 1450/- per credit i.e. Rs. 23,200/- per semester) + Rs.5000/- (one-time, refundable caution deposit) + Rs.500/- per semester for student welfare fund. If a student opts for extra credits, an additional fee of Rs.1450/- per credit. (Fee for 2019-21 may marginally increase)
Partial/Full fee waiver and scholarships are available. Full fee waiver of tuition fee will be extended to students belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories.
Rs. 440 for general candidates and Rs. 180 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.


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