National Law School of India University, Bangalore


The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is the leading institution for undergraduate and graduate legal education in India. By popular estimates, the school consistently ranks as the most prestigious law school in India. The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University (NALSAR), located in Hyderabad, is the school's closest competitor in this regard.

Located in Bangalore, NLSIU was established by statute through the Legislative Assembly of the State of Karnataka. The school was officially founded on August 29, 1987. By statute, the Chief Justice of India ceremonially serves as the school's Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor, currently R. Venkata Rao, serves as the school's chief administrator.


In 1987, NLSIU was established under the stewardship of its founder, then Vice-Chancellor N. R. Madhava Menon. Since that time, the school has had four more Vice-Chancellors, including now incumbent R. Venkata Rao who took over this leadership role in 2009. Previously, N. R. Madhava Menon, N. L. Mitra, A. Jayagovind and G. Mohan Gopal have held the position of Vice-Chancellor.

The first batch of law students joined the school's undergraduate program on July 1, 1988. Interestingly, classes commenced before all the school's buildings had been fully constructed; thus, NLSIU actually began instruction at the premises of the Central College of Bangalore University and continued therein until November 1991. Then, the school formally moved to its present-day location in Nagarbhavi, a suburb of Bangalore.


NLSIU offers undergraduates a five-year integrated B.A./LL.B. program which, upon completion, qualifies the student to sit for the bar to practice law in India.

The LL.B. is the standard undergraduate degree in law offered in most common law countries. The United States is the only common law nation that no longer offers the LL.B. degree. While the LL.B. was conferred by Yale University until 1971, all U.S. law schools have since conferred the professional doctorate J.D.

The undergraduate B.A./LL.B. curriculum at NLSIU consists of a mix of social science and legal subjects. In the first two years, the law student attends courses on history, political science, sociology and economics alongside standard legal subjects, such as torts, contracts and constitutional law. In the latter three years, legal subjects dominate the curriculum.


Admission to the B.A.,LL.B.(Hons.) Degree programme is purely on merit as assessed through a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted by the CLAT Committee constituted for the purpose.

Application for the Admission Test

Each year, the CLAT will be conducted in the month of May at such centre and on such date as the CLAT Committee may notify. The Test will be consisting of objective type questions of a standard expected of 10+2 students and will be of 2 hours’ duration. The test will carry a maximum of 200 marks. If more than one candidate gets the same rank in the merit list, the order of priority for the selection of the candidate against the available vacancies will be strictly based on the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.

Applications for CLAT, when called for, can be obtained from the Convenor CLAT Committee by sending a Demand Draft (for a sum which will be notified) drawn on the State Bank of India or any other nationalised bank and made payable to CLAT Committee. Application forms can also be downloaded from the website and submitted with the application fee.

The filled-in application for the CLAT shall be returned to the Convenor, CLAT Committee on or before the last date specified.

The intake capacity for the Degree programme at the various Law Universities participating in the CLAT will be notified on the CLAT website and will be as notified, with reservations in favour of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability as prescribed. Reservation in favour of Foreign Nationals will be separately indicated.

Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination in the year of admission are also permitted to take the Admission Test, but their admission to the course shall be subject to their fulfilling the conditions stipulated in the Regulations and production of supporting documentary evidence at the time of admission.

All admissions shall ordinarily be completed before 30th June every year.

Eligibility criteria

A candidate for admission to the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Course shall have:

a) passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+2) system or an examination equivalent thereto securing in the first attempt, not less than 50% (45% in the case of SC / ST candidates and persons with disability) in the aggregate, and
b) not completed 20 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission.

In the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST and persons with disability, the maximum age limit shall be 22 years.

Those who do not clear the qualifying examination with the requisite marks are not eligible for admission. Candidates whose Statement of marks of the qualifying examination is not available at the time of formal interviews, are also not eligible for admission.

The University reserves the right to cancel the admission of any candidate in accordance with the Rules.


The National Law School is a residential University with all its 500 odd students living on campus. For the many to whom this is their first time living away from home, hostel life offers many exciting experience. Residing on campus enables students to widen their horizon and acquire important inter-personal skills. The Hostel on campus is a miniature society. Here, one will meet people of very different backgrounds and personalities.

Contact with hostel-mates is much more intensive than that of the earlier contacts with school classmates. With more interaction comes greater need to adjust and accept, especially with the roommates. One needs to discuss issues of common interest with the roommates to sort out existing problems particularly when opinions are divided. One learns to be tactful and patient and learn to look at things from another person's perspective.

Participating in the management of the hostels also helps one to gain valuable organizational skills. There is really a lot to learn and hostel life forms an integral part of education at the National Law School . 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. Students of the I year are generally allotted dormitories.

From the second year, men have the option of triple seater rooms, which are T-shaped and once a curtain is drawn across the entrance, each cubicle becomes a private room. Women have a choice of twin seaters, in addition to the triple seater rooms. There are also a few single rooms available in both hostels. These are usually given to students in the final year. All rooms have a cot, cupboard, chair and desk. Students are advised to bring their own mattresses, curtains and bed-linen.

All hostels have 24 hour running hot water. Laundry facilities are also available on campus. All hostels have their own generator and hence there is an uninterrupted power supply. The Halls of Residence have a common room, each equipped with cable television, limited facilities for indoor games and a small in-house library. The Hostels also have Tea/Coffee vending machines.


The library is the 'heart' of any academic institution and plays an important role in all academic activities and more so in law institutions. Keeping in view the aims and objectives of the Law School , the library has been planned and is being developed by a team of qualified professional library staff and guided by the Library Council. It 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 Library functions from 8.30 A.M. to midnight . The library has adopted an open access system so as to facilitate readers to have easy access to the library resources.

The NLSIU 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 the NLSIU. To assist the Students and Research Scholars in locating literature as well as information in their area of research, general reference, current awareness and computerized catalogues have been introduced. Further, essential reading materials will be supplied to the students in each subject at the beginning of the trimester by the University. An orientation program for new students is also organized to help them acquaint themselves with the library system and services for the maximum utilization of the available resources.

The NLSIU has introduced computerized facilities for both housekeeping as well as information retrieval. Since we have now a leased line connection to the internet, it is possible to have easy access to information directly from all available computerized data bases all over the world, not only in the field of law but also in other disciplines. Keeping in mind the vision to create an E-Law School , the University subscribes to many international online databases like Westlaw International, JSTOR, Kluwer Online, Springer Link etc. which contains enormous resources like international case reporters, statutes, and articles from law reviews, an invaluable source for a law school student. Similarly, Indian online data bases like, are also available for students and faculty. NLSIU is among the first legal educational institutions in India to subscribe to these online databases. The Library has CD-ROMs search facilities and the library has acquired important CD-ROM databases such as SCC-Online and Grand Jurix. With a computerized library system it is the aim of the library to establish a network of law libraries in India and also to establish a National Legal Information Centre, which will act as a clearing house of information in the field of law.

At present the library is housed in one portion of the Academic Complex. The building has all the modern state-of-the-art gadgets with wi-fi internet connection as well as highly modernized Audio-Visual equipments with teleconferencing facility etc. Special arrangements also have been made for the physically handicapped persons to make use of the library. This is a multi (three) storeyed building with ample space of 30,000 sq. ft. built area for storage of books and reading purposes. The building has been planned by well known Architects and with the financial assistance of the UGC and Mrs. Sudha Murthy.


The Law School's alumni have, in the space of only a few years, made glorious strides in severel diverse fields. From courtrooms to commercial law firms, from universities to NGOs and from international organisations to the civil services, our 1000-strong alumni community is making waves not only in India but also on foreign shores. The NLS alumni believes firmly in giving back to the institution and to the Law School community generously not only in terms of financial assistance and assistance in organising and judging moot courts, client counselling competitions and debates, but also by way of academic input to present students. These not only take the form of guest lectures and one-credit courses, but also career guidance talks and internship programmes.

Several NLS alumni have even chosen to come back to campus to engage full-time courses over lucrative job opportunities. The Alumni Association was formally registered as a society in 1997, and it elects its office-bearers every year at its Annual General Meeting. The Association comprises largely of Bangalore-based ex-Law Schoolites, who actively assist the SBA and the University in their many endeavours. For instance, several alumni take time off from their busy work schedules to take specialised seminars and practice-oriented clinical courses. The Alumni Association has, since 2005, hosted a dinner for the outgoing students a day before their convocation. Since the alumni community is spread the world over, the best way to stay in touch, naturally, is through e-groups.

Some of the prominent e-groups and mailing lists are listed below:

• (Delhi-based alumni)
• (Mumbai-based alumni)
• (Hyderabad-based alumni)
• (LL.B. class of 1995)
• (LL.B. class of 1996)
• (LL.B. Class of 1997)
• (LL.B. class of 2004)
• (LL.B. class of 2005)
• (LL.B. class of 2006)
• (LL.M. class of 2006)
• (LL.B. Class of 2003)
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