The National Law School of India University came into existence through a Notification under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It signified the culmination of efforts by the Judiciary, the Bar Council of India, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bangalore University and the Government of Karnataka to reform legal education and to establish a centre of excellence for legal education and research in India. The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of the University. The Chairman, Bar Council of India, is the Chairman of the General Council. These connections lend a stature and prestige to the School which is unparalleled in the history of legal education in India. The Karnataka Act confers complete administrative and academic autonomy which facilitates innovation and experimentation in the pursuit of excellence in legal education. Ever since, admission to the Law School has been on the basis of performance at a National Entrance Test which has now, since 2008, graduated to a National Level Common Admission Test known as the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).
The Law School was established with a view to cater to the requirements of the legal profession, law teaching and research, and judiciary and it is expected that the students who study in this School will eventually become legal practitioners, law teachers or engage in legal research or enter the judiciary in due course.
The Law School has made web-based legal education and interaction a reality in the areas of distance education programmes and for that purpose improved infrastructural facilities to answer the needs. It has facilitated the use of technological aids in classrooms and Conference Halls. The Law School is moving towards setting up a Digital Library of its collections as part of the Open Access Initiative, and efforts are on to provide open and world-wide access to all law related source documents.
B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme
Admission to the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme is purely on the basis of merit as assessed through a Common Law Admission Test conducted for the purpose. A total of 80 students are ordinarily admitted.
Master of Law (LL.M.)
A candidate for admission to the LL.M. course should have passed the LL.B. Degree or its equivalent from a recognised University and should have secured not less than 55% of marks in the aggregate of the maximum marks prescribed (50% in case of SC/ST and persons with disability). The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for the LL.M. is held along with the admission test for the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) of the NLSIU. Generally, the foreign candidates are not expected to take the admission test.
The NLSIU also offers the following Research Degrees: M.Phil (Master of Philosophy) , Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy, LL.D. - Doctor of Laws.
The library has adopted an open access system so as to facilitate readers to have easy access to the library resources. The library has also established links with other important libraries in and around Bangalore in order to provide inter-library access for the benefit of students and teachers of NLSIU. To assist the students and research scholars in locating literature as well as information in their areas of research, general reference, current awareness and computerized catalogue have been introduced. The library has a collection of over 40,000 volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books, reference books, back volumes of journals and reports etc., apart from current legal periodicals.
The National Law School has been equipped with computers since its inception. During 1996, the University became one of the members for the usage of Email facility offered by Educational and Research Network (ERNET) through UUCP connectivity. The NLS has provided a campus wide Wired and Wireless Network for the students. The Academic block is equipped with 200 Wired Nodes and 150 Wireless Nodes. The students use the network facilities to browse online databases, CD-ROM databases and online full text journals, surfing, communication, etc. The Wi-Fi and Ethernet are provided at the New Library building. The computer lab has around 30 computers for the exclusive use of students and is open 18 hours on all days.
Every classroom is facilitated with an LCD Projector and a Laptop with Wireless connectivity. The Wi-Fi connectivity at the classrooms enables the students to participate in discussion with the research material available online. Video Conferencing Facility is provided for the various national and international discussion groups through a PictureTel video Conference Equipment connecting with an ISDN and also on Internet. Every year, the NLS hosts the Alternate Dispute Resolution Competition with the Stanford University through Video-Conference.
The National Law School is a residential University with all its 500 odd students living on campus. There are three Halls of Residence for men (the Ganga , the Kaveri and the Himalaya ) and three for women (the Nilgiris, Annexe and Mess Block). There is also a P.G. Women's Hostel. The Halls of Residence have their own student-managed Dining Hall and Kitchen, which serve vegetarian food on all days and non-vegetarian food on designated days.
National Law School of India University
P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore - 560 072
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