The Postgraduate Programme at National Law University Meghalaya will be offered in two forms -
​​​​​​​(i) Regular two years Residential Programme and
​​​​​​​(ii) Micro-Degree Credit Postgraduate Programme (MDCPP) offered in hybrid mode along with short campus stay. The total credit requirement for MDCPP will be the same as Residential Postgraduate Programmes and will follow the same credit requirement for Taught and Non-Taught Courses. The students may convert MDCs (Micro–Degree Credits) in Postgraduate Degree on completion of stipulated credits;

The following Postgraduate Programme is available

  • Master of Laws [LL.M (Major in Corporate Law)]
  • Master of Laws [LL.M (Major in Criminal Laws)]
  • M.S. Public Policy Analytics

Definition of Course Levels in the University

Level Definition
100s:First-year – General Topics, High School Course Prerequisites;
200s:Second-year - General Topics, 100 Prerequisites;
300s:Third-year - More narrow topics, 200 and 100 Prerequisite;
400s:Fourth-year – 300 Prerequisite;
500s:Specialised Courses - 400 Prerequisite or Graduation;
600s:More Specialised Courses – 400 Prerequisite or Graduation;
700s:Highly Specialised Courses – 500 and 600 Prerequisite [PhD level Courses].

To complete the Postgraduate Programme requirements, a student must accumulate a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 140 credits within a two-year period.

Structure and Credit Load of Master of Laws

Non–Taught Courses (A)
Advisory Support CoursesResearch–led Courses40
Critical Legal Thinking20
Viva Voce4
Sub Total (A)108
Subject Level
Taught Courses (B)
500-600Core Courses12
500-600Depth Electives10
500-600Open Electives6
500-600 & 700Major10
Sub Total (B)38

Structure and Credit Load of Master of Laws

The Programme aims to provide participants with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary understanding of public policy by integrating essential theoretical frameworks and empirical methodologies from political science, economics, econometrics, and data science. The goal is to equip participants with the intellectual and analytical capabilities necessary for scrutinizing, evaluating, and addressing complex policy challenges in today's rapidly evolving socio-political landscape.

The Programme emphasizes acquiring and applying computer programming skills and quantitative analytical techniques to interpret large datasets, conduct precise empirical analyses, and formulate evidence-based policy recommendations. Alongside a solid grounding in theory, the curriculum offers practical engagement with real-world policy issues, providing participants with a balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and pragmatic skills. The Programme also aims to foster a spirit of intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, enabling graduates to become adaptive leaders in policy-making roles. The Programme aspires to create well-rounded, highly skilled professionals who can apply multidisciplinary perspectives and empirical rigor to formulate, implement, and evaluate public policy.

Non–Taught Courses (A)   Dissertation 40
  Advisory Support Courses Research–led Courses 30
    Critical Policy Thinking 14
    Seminar 4
    Viva Voce 2


  Advanced Writing 4



Advanced Teaching Learning 4


  Self-Taught Course 8
  Sub Total (A)    
  Subject Level    
Taught Courses (B)      
  500-600 Core Courses 16
  500-600 Depth Electives 12
  500-600 Open Electives 6


500-600 & 700 Major  
Sub Total (B) 140

For Postgraduate Programme, the following category of Taught and Non-Taught Courses shall be offered to students as approved by the Academic Council from time to time:

  • Foundational Course: shall be 400-500.
  • Core Courses: Six courses of two credits each shall be offered for Postgraduate students. The course level for Postgraduate courses shall be 500 – 600.
  • Depth Elective Courses: Depth electives are grouped together under specific legal domain heads for Postgraduate Programmes. Postgraduate students are required to select electives from among the 500-level courses and above.
  • Advisory Support Courses: [including Advanced Teaching - Learning, Advanced Writing, Critical Thinking and Research-led Courses]
    • In Advanced Teaching - Learning, Postgraduate students have to assist faculty in Undergraduate Programmes. Such assistance shall include preparing course content, readings (study materials), research topics, and project proposals. Students may also be involved in cooperative teaching in class with the faculty members associated with them.
    • Advanced Writing will include submitting a research paper on small empirical work or data analysis on a defined problem, case comments, book reviews, etc.
    • Critical Thinking will involve theoretical analysis of a conceptual framework.
    • Research-led Courses will redefine the micro-domain to emerging understanding in the existing domain or emerging knowledge domains.
  • Seminar.
  • Viva Voce.
  • Dissertation: The dissertation shall carry a total of 40 credits.