What do the letters LLB stand for?



The Bachelor of Laws (NOT Bachelor of Law or Bachelor in Law) degree is abbreviated as LLB or LL.B (NEVER L.L.B.).

But many lawyers do not understand how come or why this strange abbreviation. Well, it comes from Latin. The Latin word lex means law. Its plural is legum. Creating an abbreviation for a plural, especially in Latin, is often done by doubling the first letter (e.g., pp for pages), hence LL for laws.

LLB stands for Legum Baccalaureus, Latin for Bachelor of Laws.
LLM or LL.M (NEVER L.L.M.) stands for Legum Magister, Latin for Master of Laws.
LLD or LL.D (NOT L.L.D.) stands for Legum Doctor, Latin for Doctor of Laws.
The discipline, law, is already expressed inside the title of any of these law degrees; so you cannot have “LLB in Law”, or “LLM in Law”, or “LLD in Law”; just LLB, LLM, or LLD.

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