Know all about Cyber law - Introduction, Eligibility, Skills, Colleges
Know all about Cyber law - One of the emerging branches of law, cyber law encompasses a gamut of areas, including internet, cyberspace, communication technology, and any legal issues that may emerge thereof. Cyber law is also known as Law of the Internet. The law effectively deals with unlawful activities like forgery, defamation, plagiarism, taking place on the Internet.
Law aspirants who want to take up Cyber Law as an academic discipline have a number of options in front of them. For example, they may opt to take up the course at UG level, or take it up as a specialization in postgraduate level (both LLM and postgraduate diploma).
Eligibility Criteria to study Cyber Law:
Depending on whether the candidate intends to study an undergraduate program (5-year integrated), LLM or postgraduate program, the eligibility criteria would vary.
Eligibility Criteria for 5-year integrated law course in Cyber law
The candidate needs to have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board or university.
Eligibility criteria for LLM course in Cyber Law:
Qualifying exam: The candidate needs to have an LLB degree or an equivalent examination.
Minimum marks: The NLUs require a minimum of 50% marks or its equivalent for general/PwD categories, and 45% for those from SC/ST categories.
The above criteria are indicative only, and the candidate is advised to consult with the institute (or refer to the exam through which admission is conducted) for latest and correct details.
How to get admission in NLUs to study courses in Cyber Law
Admission to undergraduate law courses in the NLUs is based on CLAT UG scores, whereas admission to LLM courses will be based on CLAT PG scores. So the aspirant needs to appear in and qualify CLAT to be considered for admission.
Skill Set required of a Cyber Lawyer
To be a cyber lawyer, the candidate is expected to have these qualities
Great understanding of Indian Penal Code and also Indian Constitution.
An analytical bent of mind
Logical and coherent thinking ability
Clarity of thought
Command over the language (Hindi, English, etc.)
Popular 5-year integrated law programs in Cyber law
B Tech in Computer Science and Engineering and LLB (Hons) in Cyber Laws
BA LLB with Cyber Law
LLM in Cyber Law and fee structure (NLUs only)
Name of The University
One-year PG (LLM)
Fees Structure PG( For 1 Year)
Corporate and Commercial Law
Rs.1,14,000 (For 1st Sem)
NRI- $ 5,000
Corporate Law &
Commercial Law (CCL)
Corporate and Commercial Law
Corporate and Commercial Laws;
Corporate Securities Laws
Rs.1,80,000 NRI-RS.2,80,000 Per Year
Corporate and Securities Laws
Corporate & Commercial Law
Maharashtra Domicile- Rs.1,82,000
Corporate and Commercial Laws
Maharashtra Domicile- Rs.1,73,000
Postgraduate diploma programs in Cyber Law are offered by the following NLUs:
Name of the NLU
Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law
NLIU – Bhopal
Post Graduate diploma Courses in Cyber Law & Cyber Security
Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Cyber Law
Outside the NLUs, Cyber law courses are offered by following colleges:
ILS Law College, Pune
Indian Institute of Information and Technology, Allahabad
Career prospects of a Cyber Lawyer:
Considering Cyber Law is a very specialised niche, the candidate can take up a cyber-related job. Another option is to go for higher studies and then go into research or teaching. Here we outline some career prospects:
Lawyer: It is the most obvious route, with many taking up jobs at IT companies.
Arbitrator: Cyber/IT-based specialists
Legal advisor: Job role would entail counselling clients on matters related to legal rights and obligations.