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About National Law School of India University, Bengaluru

Established in 1986, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru came into existence under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It is regarded as one of the first premier national law universities in India. Currently, it is regarded worldwide as a distinguished centre of legal research and studies.

The campus of the Law School has located about 10 km from the City Railway Station, in Nagarbhavi. It covers an area of twenty-three acres and is located just beside the Institute of Social and Economic Change.

The institute came into existence with the inspiration of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and the NALSAR University, Hyderabad.

The institute was established with the vision of reforming legal education and building a centre that would impart excellent legal education and become an outstanding centre for conducting research in the country. The efforts were put in by the Government of Karnataka, the Bangalore University, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Judiciary.

On 1st July 1988, the academic activities began regularly. The selection of the very first batch of students was made. This was done by conducting a National Entrance Test. It is to be noted that this first batch of students made a path-breaking achievement by winning the Bar Council of India National Moot Court Competition. They achieved this in the very first year.

Students seeking admission to the Law School had to clear the National Entrance Test. However, since 2008, a national level common admission test is being conducted, the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT). This test is conducted on a national basis for the selection of candidates seeking admission to all the national law schools in India. Other institutes that offer education on law are also allowed to join the selection process for selecting candidates who are seeking admission to these institutes.


"Dharmo Rakshati Rakshita"

Act 22 of 1986:

“One of the functions of the Bar Council of India is the promotion of legal education. To carry out that object the Bar Council of India created a charitable trust called the Bar Council of India Trust which in turn registered a Society known as the National Law School of India Society, in Karnataka.

The Society framed necessary rules to manage the National Law School of India with powers to confer degrees, diplomas, etc. and requested the State Government to assist it, by establishing the School as a University by a statue so that it could carry out its objects effectively. The State Government considers it desirable to encourage the establishment of such a national level institution in the State.”

The NLSIU has the following authorities:

  • The Academic Council
  • The General Council
  • The Finance Committee
  • The Executive Council

Students wanting to become lawyers can opt for the integrated B.A./LL.B. programme which spans over a period of five years. If a student completes this, he/she becomes qualified to sit for the bar in order to practice law in the country.

The course consists of legal subjects and social science. Political science, history, economics, and sociology are taught in the first two years. Also, standard legal subjects like contracts, constitutional law and torts are taught during this time. Legal subjects are stressed upon in the last three years.

The Law School also offers distance education programmes. Students can pursue a Master’s Degree programme in business laws. Also, distance education is available for pursuing Post-Graduate Diploma programmes in child rights law, human rights law, intellectual property law, medical law and ethics and environmental law.

These courses are being pursued by several officers and working professionals. The Law School faculty members organise programmes for officers of postal, administrative and other services.


  • The Law School has a vision of serving the needs of common people of the country by bringing about a change in legal reforms by becoming a paramount centre of global excellence in the fields of research, legal education and policy analysis and harnessing its graduates so that they can come up with innovative ideas


  • The college is on a mission to meet the highest global level of professional and academic standards and deliver legal education that is socially engaged. It also intends to meet the requirements of the people at the grassroots level in the country by directly responding to and evaluating social challenges, particularly focusing on the legal aspects of globalisation and also its impact and fostering a just and legal system


  • The university has a vibrant campus life with a wide range of opportunities to fill your free time
  • The university has an impressive and pollution-free campus with panoramic green surroundings, elegant landscaping, and beautiful flower-beds
  • The university has separate individual departments for all subjects with young, dynamic faculty and non-teaching staff and with good results
  • The university has the most eminent Faculty members and they are really well qualified, experienced and truly committed towards enhancement and development of the students
  • The university has well-equipped with modern facilities like library, laboratory, classrooms, computer lab, canteen, seminar halls, common rooms, auditorium, multipurpose halls, playground & hostel etc.
  • A sufficient number of classrooms with varying sizes are made available for the smooth conduct of different classes in the college
  • The university has a library with a good number of books (both text and reference) on various subjects to meet the needs of the students as well as the teachers with reading room facility. Daily Newspapers and selected journals are also regularly subscribed
  • The university has a book bank for helping the poor and backward class students
  • State of the Art Laboratories with sufficient space and all the necessary equipment are made available to various departments
  • The university has taken up the responsibility of imparting necessary, effective and practical education to the students so that they can reach great heights and attain maximum achievements in their life
  • The university runs a canteen inside the campus where staff and students can have meals and snacks prepared in a hygienic manner and at an affordable cost
  • Internet & Wi-Fi facilities may be availed by the students and teachers as per their needs
  • Transportation facility is available for the students
  • The university also has a hostel with providing all the facilities, security and good atmosphere, best suited for studies of the boys & girls coming from far-off places
  • The university has a large playground with well-equipment for different sports
  • A medical facility has been available in the college for the benefit of the students
  • State Government and Central Government offers a number of scholarships to the meritorious students and the students belonging to SC / ST / OBC
  • A special complaint cell (Sexual Harassment Cell) has been formed for the female students in the college. Students can directly complain orally or by written application to the head of the cell. Apart from this, Ragging is strictly prohibited on the college campus
  • To sharpen the skill of students and their personality development, various curricular and extra-curricular activities are the regular features of the institution
  • The university also organizes workshops, seminars, and conferences for improving teaching skills and methodology
  • The university consists Women Cell to help female students. This cell helps and guides girls to sort out from their personal problem and avoid them from any harassment

Speical Features:

  • NLSIU was the first institute in India to offer a five-year intensive course in social sciences and law
  • The Law School has undertaken many research projects funded by the UGC, the Government of India, the Government of Karnataka, the Department of Women and Child Development, the UN agencies, the World Bank, Ford Foundation etc. These have served to strengthen research and teaching at the Law School
  • Since 1991, it is a fully residential university on one campus with three Halls of Residence for men, three Halls of Residence for women, two Hostels for post-graduate women students, three blocks for Faculty Quarters and two blocks for non-teaching staff Quarters besides the Academic  Block
  • 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
Levels of study
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Legislative Law (Honors) Full Time 5 Years 10+2
Master of Law in Business Law Distance Mode 1 Year LLB / As Per CLAT Rule
Master of Law in Human Rights Law Full Time 1 Year LLB / As Per CLAT Rule
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Master of Business Laws Distance Mode 2 Years Bachelor's Degree
P.G Diploma
Streams Mode Duration Eligibilty
Post Graduate Diploma in Child Rights Law Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Consumer Law & Practice Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law & Cyber Forensics Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Rights Law Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Law & Ethics Distance Mode 1 Year Graduation
Additional Courses
Professional Courses:
Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Library
  • Sports
  • Hostel
  • Laboratories
  • Internet
  • Auditorium
  • Moot Court
  • Placement
  • Scholarship
  • Workshop
  • Wi-Fi
  • Seminar Halls
  • CCTV Surveillance System
  • Digital library
  • Playground
  • Curricular Activities
  • Reading Rooms
  • Multipurpose Hall
  • Digital Classrooms
  • UPS
  • Conference Hall
  • Medical Facility
  • Common Rooms
  • Computer Lab
  • Cafeteria/Canteen
  • Anti Ragging
  • Women Cell
  • Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee
  • Campus Security(24x7)
  • Public Transportation
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Training





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