When Arpit Gupta decided to enrol on a five-year integrated law programme after his class XII exams, he was flummoxed at the prospect of renouncing subjects like accounting and business management for disciplines such as political science and history. He was wary of the unfamiliar territory of the humanities. However, he discovered a middle ground -an integrated five-year dual degree programme, which would let him stay connected with commerce.

“I realised that instead of a BA LLB, a BBA LLB was better for students like me who had opted for commerce in class XII. Moreover, this is a good opportunity for those who wish to make a career in corporate law,” says Arpit, now a final-year student at National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur.

Fresh law graduates underscore the programme’s significance in the context of corporate law. Sonali Singh, a BBA LLB graduate from a university in Delhi now working as an associate at a Delhi-based law firm, recounts, “It was a conscious decision to pick a BBA LLB because I wanted to study subjects that would eventually be relevant in my corporate life such as managerial economics, business statistics and accountancy. These subjects give you the knowledge that, in turn, helps you deal with clients and understand their financial statements and shareholders’ agreement.”

Manoj Kumar, placement director and chief proctor, NLU Jodhpur, echoes the sentiment. According to him, “Those who study the BBA become well versed in subjects like accountancy, economics and management. This enables them to understand corporate nuances if they foray into corporate law.”

Making inroads

The BBA LLB seems to be making its presence felt already though it may take time to be as popular as the BA LLB. “The number of students is increasing every year but we still have only 26 students on the BBA law programme vis-a-vis 90 on the conventional law programme,” says Kumar.Similarly, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in the national capital has 40 BBA law students as against 60 BA LLB candidates. “BBA LLB graduates are in demand because of companies’ rigid corporate governance and related issues,” says Afzal Wani, dean, University School of Law and Legal Studies, which started the programme seven years ago.

Source: Times of India 05/10/2015

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