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:
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.
|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|
|Master of Business Laws||Distance Mode||2 Years||Bachelor's Degree|
|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|
|Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.)|
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)|
|Doctor of Laws (LLD)|