The Karnataka Government established on August 29, 1987 through a Gazette Notification, the National Law School of India University at Bangalore under the National Law School of India Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). The Act is a unique piece of legislation which incorporates complete administrative and academic autonomy together with flexibility for innovation and experimentation in the pursuit of excellence outside administration of justice. The NLSIU is perhaps the best example of Academy-Bar-Bench co-operation in the field of Law in India today. The Chief Justice of India, as visitor of the NLSIU and the Chairman of the Bar Council of India as Chairman of the General Council of the School provide a stature and prestige to the School unparalleled in the history of legal education in the country. A large number of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts as well as Senior Advocates have offered to assist the NLSIU in its teaching and research programmes making education at NLSIU a rare and exciting experience to the student body. The NLSIU started its journey in 1987 under the stewardship of its Founder Director, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon.
Programme : LL.B. (H)
Duration : Five years
Eligibility Qualification : 10+2 with 50% marks
Mode of Selection : Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
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 recognized University and should have secured not less than 55% of marks in the aggregate of the maximum marks prescribed. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for the LL.M. is held along with the entrance test for the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) of the NLSIU.
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. An orientation programme for new students is also organized to help them acquaint themselves with the library system and services for maximum utilization of the available resources. The library has introduced computerized facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval to serve the academic community for the furtherance of the academic activities of NLSIU and to provide an effective information service.
The Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) is managed and published by the Law and Technology Committee of the Student Bar Association at the NLSIU. It is edited by an Editorial Board comprised of students and an independent Article Review Board of industry and legal experts. The IJLT was founded in August 2004, in order to furnish a platform in India for the discussion of domestic and international legal issues on technology.
The National Law School of India Review is the bi-annual flagship journal of the NLSIU, Bangalore . It is edited by the Student Advocate Committee, part of the Student Bar Association of NLSIU. Founded in 1988, the mandate of the Review is to encourage interest in writing in all matters related to law and the social sciences with special emphasis on matters concerning contemporary developments in the Indian legal system.
The Law and Society Committee (Law Soc) publishes the Socio-Legal Review , which is an annual feature devoted to exploring the relationship between law and society in its various facets. Submissions are solicited from a diverse range of authors - from academics and activists to legal luminaries and students from various disciplines. A rigorous editorial process ensures that quality submissions are published in the journal, including but not limited to field-reports, narratives, comparative perspectives, personalised accounts and full-length articles. Special regard is given towards developing a socio-legal jurisprudence from a critical Third World standpoint.
The University is fully residential, with complete residential facilities for students and staff. The campus had its first building in 1992 and today it has a main academic block, a distance education block, three Halls of Residence each for men and women, one post-graduate women's hostel, staff quarters and a well equipped training centre with residential facilities for participants participating in the training programs. The objective of the NLSIU is to facilitate the all-round development of the students. To enable them to lead a healthy stress free life the NLSIU from its inception has taken efforts to build sports facilities for students. Currently, the School has a basketball court, a volleyball/throw ball court, a tennis court on the campus and indoor facilities for table tennis in the Halls of Residence. The School has a small health centre on its premises with an experienced doctor serving as consultant available daily at designated hours. The health centre has a full time residential qualified Nurse. There is a canteen in the Academic Block which is open from 9.30 A.M. to midnight. A new fitness centre and Gym facilities with state of the art equipment was inaugurated. Arrangements have been made with the Sports Authority of India complex nearby for use of their facilities. The University accounts are with the Corporation Bank which has a branch on Campus functioning six days a week. The Corporation Bank also provides ATM facilities at Chandra Layout to students who have an account with them. There is also a branch of the SBI with ATM about 5 minutes walk from the campus where many students have accounts. Other Banks like ICICI, UTI, HDFC and Citibank have ATM counters in Vijayanagar which is 3 km from the Law School .
The 'clinical method' of legal education is another innovative method of teaching adopted by the Law School , which tries to integrate actual fieldwork with classroom instruction. It is a valuable method of self-study under supervision. It develops in the students varied skills in collection and assimilation of knowledge and critical writing. It helps improve his/her analytical abilities and communication skills. Placement Training also aims to teach professional skills, essential aspects of professional ethics and social responsibility issues and management of challenging situations in practical and professional life. It further provides opportunities for public service, developing useful professional contacts and for relating theoretical knowledge obtained in the library and the classrooms to social realities.
National Law School of India University
P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi
Bangalore 560 072
Phone No. : 080 2321 3160 / 080 2316 0532
080 2316 0533/080 2316 0535
Fax No. : +91 80 23160534