The conventional path to a degree in law meant 3 years in graduation, followed by 3 Yr. LL.B degree. Students who decide their career in the early stages of their academic life can save one year by pursing integrated LL.B degree, directly after class XII. Many law colleges in Maharashtra offer this program. Until 2016, admission to law colleges in Maharashtra was on the basis of aggregate marks scored in class XII.
In the beginning of 2016, Government of Maharashtra issued a notification, declaring Law as a professional course. Subsequently, MAH law CET was announced to screen students desirous of pursuing 5-year BLS / LLB course, directly after class XII. MAH law CET is conducted by state common entrance test cell. Nearly 37,000 candidates appeared for the first ever MAH Law CET conducted by the state government on 18th June, 2016 and 19th June 2016. Of these, 22,698 had applied for 3-year LLB program and 14,214 applied for 5-year LLB program. MAH Law CET 2017 is scheduled on 20th May 2017 (Saturday).