National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, was established with a view to cater to the requirements of the legal profession, law teaching and research, and judiciary, and has been successful in doing so for over 25 years. It is considered to be one of the best law schools in the country and is ranked number one in many surveys and law school rankings. “NLSIU has dominated the legal education scene in India for decades and is widely acknowledged as one of the finest law schools in the country. We are constantly encouraged to explore diverse interests, push boundaries and strive for success,” says Anil Sabastian, a fifth-year student pursuing BA (LLB).
The institution came into existence in 1986 through collective efforts of the judiciary, the Bar Council of India, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bangalore University and the government of Karnataka to help reform and establish a centre for legal education and research in India.
USP: NLSIU facilitates exchange programmes with the National University of Singapore, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and Buceuius Law School, Germany. Faculty members have visited the universities of Wales, Warwick and Nottingham, and faculty from these universities have spent time here teaching and undertaking research under the exchange and faculty improvement programmes facilitated by the British Council, Chennai. A number of professors and judges from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Malaysia and New Zealand have visited, interacted with students, and even taught here.
“We believe that in the race for excellence, there is no finish line. We work towards offering ­stimulating, competent and socially relevant legal ­education to all our students,” says R Venkata Rao, vice chancellor, NLSIU. The university has also undertaken many research projects funded by the UGC, the Government of India, the Government of Karnataka, the Department of Women and Child Development, UN agencies, World Bank, Ford Foundation etc.
An e-journal is published exclusively by the LLM student body under the guidance of the postgraduate and doctoral council of the college. They also organise a number of national seminars, conferences, training sessions and capacity enhancement programmes. Two legal services clinics are also run on campus, providing free legal services to the socially and the economically backward sections of society, who face ­difficulty in accessing the judicial system.
Sarthak Gupta, a student, says “NLSIU has helped boost my confidence in a number of ways. Extra-curricular activities such as mooting, debating, etc, give you the exposure you need. In addition, since the academics here are quite rigorous, one learns how to prioritise. However, the biggest contribution NLSIU has made to my life is to open a vast array of career opportunities. Some such opportunities include starting one’s own law practice, joining a corporate house or a law firm, pursuing postgraduate studies in some of the world’s best ­universities, writing ­competitive exams such as the UPSC, ­starting one’s own business venture, pursuing humanitarian work, etc. I believe that for someone who wishes to pursue a career in law and allied fields such as public policy, NLSIU is the place to be.”
Programmes: NLSIU offers a five-year integrated BA (LLB )programme, LLM programmes and distance education programmes in masters of business law, postgraduate diploma in human rights law, medical law and ethics, environmental law, intellectual property rights law, child rights law, consumer law and practice, cyber law and cyber forensics.
Infrastructure: Located in Nagarbhavi, the NLSIU campus is spread over a sprawling 23 acres. It it is a fully residential campus with separate hostels for male and female students, and five staff quarters. The college library is a three-storey building with a collection of over 50,000 books covering a wide range of general and special subjects, comprising text books, reference books, back volumes of journal and reports etc along with current legal periodicals. It has also acquired mportant CD databases such as SCC-Online and AIR etc and added a number of e-books for the benefit of faculty and students.
IT Quotient: The computer lab has 30 systems set up, with 24-hour internet facility. All the classes are provided with LCD projectors with access points for Wi-fi connections.
Placement Cell: The college facilitates national and ­international placements for students. The last academic year saw 100% placement, with an average salary of Rs. 11.5 lakh.
There are close to 15 eating joints within 200m of the campus gate. Chandra Layout, which is a mere five minute auto ride or a ten minute walk away, offers a range of options including KFC, Café Coffee Day, Domino’s amongst others
A team of four students from the college won the first position at the Jessup World Cup of Mooting 2013
The first batch of NLSIU won the Bar Council of India National Moot Court Competition in their very first year of legal education
Students would love the addition of a full-scale auditorium for student events