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 NLSIU started its journey under the stewardship of its Founder Director, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon. 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.
LL.B. (H) offers five years integrated programme and no candidate shall be eligible for admission unless he/she has passed the class 12th examination in the 10+2 scheme or its equivalent in Science, Arts, Commerce or any other discipline and has secured in the aggregate not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with disability). The NLSIU, Bangalore admits 82 students for its B.A. LL.B (Hons.) program through the 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 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) in accordance with the criteria set for the CLAT.
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 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. The IJLT furnishes 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. 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.
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. Currently, the academic block has around 100 computers which are networked. There is a 512 kbps leased line connection to the internet. 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
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Bangalore - 560 072
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