The introduction of the one-year Master of Laws (LLM) has been touted as a game changer for post-graduate legal education in India. This paper argues that, despite the unclear rationale for the course and the hastily put together course structure, the one-year LLM may transform post-graduate legal education if rigorous intellectual effort is invested in the process of translating the curriculum into active learning materials allowing for a critical pedagogy to emerge in the classroom. Using the Law and Social Transformation course in the two-year LLM as an example, the paper shows that despite a well designed curriculum, the syllabi and textbooks developed subsequently effectively neuter the objectives of the course. The new decentralized institutional environment for the development of the one-year LLM, with the emergence of new private Universities taking the lead with course development, offers hope that the promise of the one-year LLM will be realized.

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