Posted by: LST Team | March 3, 2009

Corridors of Knowledge

Now that you know what you will do for the next most important and most precious 5 years of academic lives, the next obvious question would be from where to do law from?

Well, law as a subject is a continuous learning process. One never stops from being a student of law. However, if one starts from well established schools or institutes, then the process just gets more planned and resourceful. So here are the premier institutes waiting for you to with open arms. These are the corridors of knowledge!!

NLSIU, Bangalore –

The most desirable and the most famous amongst all the national law schools in India is the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) situated at Bangalore. Since its inception in 1987, NLSIU has been a front runner in providing B.A., LL.B (Hons.), a 5 year integrated law programme, and producing brilliant alumni year after year. It has a trimester wise distribution ( 15 semesters in total) of the course with 46 different subjects including optionals.

Apart from the theory, the University also makes sure that its students gain more practical expertise during these years by providing student placement training and the most attractive Student Exchange programme wherein the University sends its students to various Law Schools in the USA , UK and Germany as Exchange Students depending upon the opportunities available from such Universities.

A football field, a basketball court, two volleyball/throw ball courts, a clay tennis court are available on campus for those who strive to remain physically fit too. A computer lab, a well stacked library are some other infra facilities.

Activity based committees like Legal Service Clinics, El-Tek (Law & Technology), Cultural Committee, Literary and Debating society, Event Management Committee and many more makes life exciting and learning more practical. The most awaited and favorite event of the year is the three days fest Le-Gala, which is law school’s prestigious Lit’n’Cul fest. Held concurrently is Strawberry Fields, the annual music fest, which is India’s largest & best loved college rock festival.

Mooting is a hobby amongst the students here and competitions like the Philip C Jessup moot court competition (Washington), International Client Counseling Competition, Chicago, the Bar Council of India moot, the GLC Mumbai moot, The Kerala Law Academy moot, etc. are a few where the students perform beyond excellence, year after year.

Its only because of all the activity based learning that the University has seen recruiters (past & present )like Arthur Andersen, Wipro, Infosys, Hindustan Lever, ICICI, SAIL, GESCO, Tata Sons, Amarhchand Mangaldass, Pathak & Associates, ARA Law, DSK Legal and also international recruiters like Linklaters (the world’s largest law firm) from London & Khattar & Wong from Singapore coming to its campus for catching the young brains.

NALSAR, Hyderabad –

Another prestigious college is the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)University of Law came into being in 1998. Situated 28 km away from India’s fifth largest metropolis Hyderabad, the University Campus – ‘Justice City’ – is located in a 50 acre site abutting the Shameerpet Lake. Academically, it has a well structured B.A., LL.B (Hons.) programme. Like NLSIU, NALSAR also has Students exchange agreements with renowned universities across the globe including Griffith University, Australia, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Germany, Kings College, London, and University of Oklahoma, USA.

It has a well equipped and qualified publication house which carries on year round publications of various law journals including NALSAR Law Review, IP Law News and Green News.

Its students outsmarted every other competitor by winning the Justice P. N. Bhagwati National Moot in May, 2003 and the 7th Annual Raj Anand Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, 2004. It was ranked 12th at the Eleventh Annual Willem C. vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held at Vienna, Austria in April, 2004 and was ranked 10th in the memorial scores at the 2004 Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court held in Washington, D.C.

‘The Summons’ is the inter college fest held here wherein colleges from all over India takes part in various activities like quizzes, parliamentary debates, dance competitions, etc.

‘Carpe Diem’ is the annual intra-college fest for NALSAR students by NALSAR students.

The campus in Wi-Fi enabled and also has a stadium for various sports activities. This year the CLAT is conducted by NALSAR.

WBNUJS, Kolkata –

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata, offers two integrated five- year courses, a B.A., LL.B (Hons.) degree course and a B. Sc., LL.B (Hons.) degree course.

It has a well-developed library with books and periodicals covering a variety of disciplines including law, social sciences and humanities.

The University also has a Legal Services Clinic that is headed by a retired District Judge functions in the University. It provides programmes for clinical education of students. It also offers a variety of legal services as well.

The Internship programme forms an integral part of education at NUJS. Students have to intern with law firms, Companies, Senior Advocates, NGOs etc. Students have interned with the top law firms, companies and NGOs including Amarchand Mangaldas, Anand & Anand, ARA Law, AZB & Partners, Baker Mckenzie(Hong Kong) etc.

NLIU, Bhopal –

Launched in the year 1997, the National Law Institute University uses modern methods of teaching and evaluation. The whole course is divided into trimesters and evaluation is by grades.

NLIU students have achieved a lot in various prestigious national and international Competitions, including the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court organized at Vienna and Hong Kong, the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court, the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court held at Washington D.C. And the Commonwealth International Law Moot Court at Australia.

The students also participate within the campus through various committees in the maintenance of discipline and other activities of the hostel viz. ‘Dining Committee’, ‘Cultural Committee’, ‘Discipline Committee’, ‘Medical Assistance Committee’ and ‘Event Management Committee’.

Students are given opportunities to gain practical experience in the concerned field. The internship and clerkship programmes are fundamental part of the education at NLIU. The students here get their internships and also gets placements in various law firms like Clifford Chance, London, Luthra & Luthra, Paras Khuad, MNCs like Genpact, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, etc. Government organizations like Gas Authority of India, Law Commission of India, WTO, etc. and various other financial institutions and NGOs.

The library is well equipped with over 30,000 volumes consisting of reference books, back volumes of journals and law reports, current legal periodicals and a wealth of statistical material and rare collections. A range of online access like lexis-nexis, Manupatra and other legal research based software such as SCC Online and Grand Jurix are available for research.

NLU, Jodhpur –

The National Law University is spread over 55 acre of land within the historical city of Jodhpur. NLU, like the other top law schools in the country offers the integrated 5 year law program. NLU is one of the few universities that provide multidisciplinary undergraduate programs. The University has introduced four new courses since 2004 –

  • B. Sc., LL.B (Honrs.) in Environmental Sciences

  • B. Sc., LL.B (Honrs.) in Bio Technology

  • B. Sc., LL.B (Honrs.) in Information Technology & Computer Applications

  • B. Tech., LL.B

The university has a well stocked library and with Indian, English and American law reporters, as well as books covering a variety of subjects, including Information Technology, IPR, trade, economics, biotechnology and bio informatics.

It has a sports and cultural committee, moot court committee, journal and editorial committee and also a legal aid and awareness committee. With LCDs in every classroom and air conditioning, a student loves to be in a class even after lectures. The Committee for External Initiatives of the University organizes various special lectures wherein eminent people from judiciary, law firms, industry and academia are invited to deliver lectures and interact with students.

The students have been recruited by national regulators, senior counsels, reputed national and international law firms, corporates, and financial institutions. The pay packages offered by the national law firms range between Rs. 4.8 lakh to Rs. 14 lakh per annum. Similarly, the pay packages of corporates ranged between Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 11 lakh per annum for the previous year.

HNLU, Raipur –

“Dharma Sansthapanartham” is the moto of Hidayatullah National

Law University which came into being in the year 2003. It offers two 5 year integrated programs, the B. A, LL.B and the B. Sc., LL.B courses. There are 10 semesters spread over five years, with 2 semesters per year. There are compulsory core subjects, language subjects, compulsory law subjects and optional law subjects. There are also optional clinical legal courses as well as optional honors courses. It has six different schools as centers of excellence in respective fields like Juridical & Social Sciences (SJSS), Constitutional & Administrative Governance (SCAG), International Legal Studies (SILS), Science, Technology & Sustainable Development (SSTSD), Business & Global Trade Laws Development (SBGTLD), Administration of Justice, Continuing & Clinical Legal Education (SAJCCLE).

In order to familiarize students with the workings of courts, the University conducts Court Room Exercises (CRE) and Moot Courts. These Court Room Exercises are an interactive method of teaching students and are frequently conducted in every semester. Students are also encouraged to participate in Moot Court competitions so that they get the chance to interact with other law students from all over the country.

All activities are conducted by specific Student Committees. There is a Sports Committee to handle sports, a Cultural committee to handle cultural events, a Moot Court Society for Moot Court competitions just to mention a few. Students are encouraged to take active part in all aspects of student life at HNLU.

The University’s Placement committee gives support to the Student Placement Committee, which conducts the actual placements. The University provides no financial support, but acts in an advisory position as well as providing logistical support.

GNLU, Gandhinagar

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) was created in 2003 by the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003. It offers 3 integrated 5-year programs, B.A, LL.B (Hons), B. Sc, LL.B (Hons) and B. Com, LL.B (Hons). Each academic year has two semesters, a total of 10 semesters for the whole program. In each semester, a student is required to clear 6 papers.

GNLU Library includes books and legal journals on a wide array of legal topics such as Constitutional Law, International Tax, Corporate Law, International Commercial Arbitration and International Trade. University Library greatly benefited from a general donation of books and periodicals from the Peace Palace Library, The Hague, Netherlands.

Students here actively participate in prestigious inter-college and national level events and competitions such as ‘Chaos’ in IIM Ahmedabad, DA- IICT Synapse, IIT Delhi Cultural Fest, ‘Summons’ in NALSAR to name a few. Musical and dance nights and theater festivals are organized to give the students opportunities to exhibit their vividness.

The Legal Services Committee (LSC) is another bridge which links students between the classroom and the real world, promoting student interest in public interest law and pro bono activities. The LSC makes community legal education materials, offers workshops and information sessions, and engages in other community development activities including campaigns to change the law.

GNLU is a fully residential University, with its infrastructure comprising the academic block, the administrative block and the Halls of Residence. The University is scheduled to move into a sprawling campus comprising 50.64 acres of land shortly.

So friends, now you know what you are aspiring to be at. These schools are a destination in themselves. However, your journey would only begin once you are in one of them. There are many more colleges and law schools other than these national law schools. Kindly go to for further details.


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