National Law School of India University


National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is the first Indian Law University established under an act of Karnataka Legislative Assembly, 1986. The institute started its operation in 1988. It was sponsored by the Bar Council of India with a view to improve the standard and quality of legal education in India.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore offers two academic programs – five year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) integrated program and two years LL.M. program – admission to which is made on the basis of an all India entrance examination called Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

Courses & Eligibility

Program:  B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)

Eligibility: (i) A candidate for admission to the above program must have passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10 2) or an examination equivalent thereof, securing in aggregate not less than 50% in all the core subjects and English put together.

(ii) He/she must not have completed 20 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission. In the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST the age limit will be 22 years as on 1st July.

Intake Capacity: The intake capacity of B.A., LL.B.(Hons.) degree programme shall be 80 with following breakup:

(a) General Category: 55
(b) Scheduled Caste: 12 (i.e. 15%)
(c) Scheduled Tribe: 6 (i.e. 7.5%)
(d) Persons With Disability (PWD): 2 (i.e. 3%)
(e) Foreign Nationals: 5

Program:  LL.M.

Eligibility: A candidate should have secured a LL.B. degree or its equivalent from a recognized University, having obtained not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. Candidates in the final year of their LL.B. course can also apply but their admission would be confirmed only after they submit LL.B. results with the required 50% marks in aggregate.

Course Pattern

The NLSIU follows a trimester system where under the academic year is divided into three parts and four subjects are taught in each trimester. As a result, a student would have studied sixty subjects when he/she completes the five year course (B.A., LL.B.). The wide spread of subjects helps a student to acquire extensive and intensive knowledge of the legal system.

On the other hand the LL.M. program follows semester system where an academic year is divided into two parts. The first three semesters include the subjects as prescribed by the university and the fourth semester will be devoted for writing dissertation.


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