CUET Legal Studies Syllabus 2024: Check Out Subject-wise Syllabus

18 March, 2024
parthiva mewawala

Legal studies encompass everything that has to do with the law, including theories, methods, and principles of legal systems, how regulations are formed, and who the key stakeholders are.  In the legal studies program, key topics include environmental law, commercial law, government and law, legal theory, and international law or criminal justice.

While the NTA has released the CUET Legal Studies Syllabus 2024 on the official website- – they can also read up about it in this blog.

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Legal Studies Syllabus for CUET BA LLB 2024 


In the table below, you can find the syllabus for the CUET Legal Studies: 


Part Unit Chapters 


  • Structure and Hierarchy of Courts and Legal Offices in India 
  • Constitution, Courts, and Impartiality 
  • Appointments, Training, Retirement, and Removal of Judges 
  • Courts and Judicial Review 

Topics of Law 

  • Law of Contracts 
  • Law of Torts 
  • Introduction to Criminal Laws in India 
  • Adversarial and Inquisitorial Systems 
  • Types of ADR 

Arbitration, Tribunal Adjudication, and Alternative Dispute Resolution 

  • Arbitration, Administrative and Tribunals 
  • Meditation and Conciliation 
  • Lok Adalats 
  • Ombudsman 
  • Lokpal and Lokayukta 

Human Rights in India 

  • Introduction- International Context 
  • Constitutional Framework and Related Laws in India 
  • Complaint Mechanisms of Quasi-Judicial Bodies 

Legal Profession in India 

  • Introduction 
  • The Advocate Act, 1961 
  • The Bar Council of India 
  • Lawyers and Professional Ethics 
  • Advertising by Lawyers 
  • Opportunities for Law Graduates 
  • Legal Education in India 
  • Liberalisation of the Legal Profession 
  • Women and the Legal Profession in India 

Legal Services 

  • NALSA Regulation 2010
  • Criteria for giving free Legal Services 
  • Lok Adalats 
  • Legal Aid in Context of Social Justice and Human Rights 

International Context 

  • Introduction to International Law 
  • Sources of International Law- Treaties, Customs, and ICJ Decisions 
  • International Institutions, International Human Rights 
  • Customary International Law
  • International Law & Municipal Law 
  • International Law & India 
  • Dispute Resolution- ICJ, ICC, and other Dispute Resolution Mechanisms 

Legal Maxims 

Important Legal Maxims
Meaning with illustrations of the following maxims:

  • Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea
  • Ad valorem
  • Amicus Curiae
  • Audi alterem partum
  • Assentio Mentium
  • Bona fide
  • Bona Vacantia
  • Caveat Emptor
  • Corpus Delicto
  • Damnum Sine Injuria
  • De Die in Diem
  • De Minimis Lex Non Curat
  • Doli Incapax
  • Ejusdem Generis
  • Ex Post Facto
  • Ignorantia Facti Excusat – Ignorantia Juris Non Excusat
  • Injuria Sine Damnum
  • Locus Standi
  • Nemo Debet Esse Judex in Propria Sua Causa
  • Nemo debt non quad habit
  • Noscitur a Sociis
  • Obiter Dicta
  • Pari Materia
  • Per Incuriam
  • Qui Facit Per Alium, Facit Per Se
  • Quid pro quo
  • Ratio Decidendi
  • Res ipsa loquitur
  • Res Judicata Accipitur Pro Veritate
  • Salus Populi Est Suprema Lex
  • Stare Decisis
  • Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium


Key points to remember: 

The comprehensive exam format comprises:

1. According to the official announcement by NTA, The NCERT Curriculum for the 12th grade is the only one included in the legal studies course outline that is required for admission to CUET.

  1. Each correct answer will net 5 marks, while each incorrect response will result in one point being deducted from the maximum possible score of 200.
  2. There will be one question paper containing 50 questions. During the exam, candidates are required to answer only 40 questions.
  3. The examination format will be computer-based and taken online. 
  4. The examination will last for a total of 45 minutes and will include objective multiple-choice questions. 


CUET Legal Studies Syllabus – Exam Pattern 


Section Number Context Total Questions Total Duration 
Section IA 13 language options 50 Questions (Attempt Only 40 Questions) 45 Minutes (Each Language Paper)
Section IB 19 language options50 Questions (Attempt Only 40 Questions) 45 Minutes (Each Language Paper) 
Section 2 Domain-Specific Questions (legal aptitude, knowledge of the law, constitution, polity) 50 Questions (Attempt Only 40 Questions) 45 Minutes (Each Paper) 
Section 3General Knowledge Test 75 Questions (Attempt Only 60 Questions) 60 Minutes



The CUET Legal Studies Syllabus 2024 is divided into eight units, and each unit is further subdivided into subunits. When preparing for the Legal Studies for CUET, reviewing the curriculum carefully and in great detail is important. It is also necessary for candidates to practice mock tests as well as previous year’s questions. By practising them, they will better understand the exam pattern and difficulty level.


FAQs related to the Legal Studies Syllabus for CUET 2024 


1. How to prepare for the CUET Legal Studies exam? 

To prepare for the CUET legal studies exam, familiarise yourself with the syllabus and the CUET exam pattern. Get to know about the syllabus, duration, structure, and other details of the CUET legal studies exam. Also, read the books and study material. Besides, also read up on the topics covered in the exam. 


2. What are the subjects in the legal studies at CUET? 

The CUET Legal Studies syllabus comprises law topics, questions on the judiciary, legal maxims, and legal services. 


3. What are the total marks of legal studies in CUET? 

You need to know the CUET exam pattern to understand the CUET law syllabus. The CUET LLB Exam will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions conducted on a computer. It will last for two hours and will have a maximum mark of 200.


4. What is the course content of legal studies?

Legal Studies provide an understanding of the legal system, how regulations are formulated, and the key stakeholders in the legal process. Among the subjects involved are Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, International Relations and Philosophy.


5. What are the eligibility criteria for CUET Legal exam?

With a minimum aggregate of 45%, candidates must have completed their Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. In addition to law, commerce, science, and art, one can also take the CUET LLB entrance exam if they are in the last year of college.