At a Glance

NLSIU was the first National Law University established in India to pioneer legal education reforms. The University has remained a leader in the field of legal education in India for over 30 years. NLSIU has been ranked No 1 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Here and Now


NLSIU Covid 19 Resource Centre


28th Annual Convocation Address
Niraja Gopal Jayal
Jawaharlal Nehru University


Dr N R Madhava Menon Doctoral Scholarship

NLSIU introduces its first PhD Scholarship for three meritorious students for 2020-2023

N.R. Madhava Menon


“We’re upgrading our courses, making the campus Covid-ready”

Sudhir Krishnaswamy,
India Today

We’re upgrading our courses, making the campus Covid-ready, says NLSIU's Sudhir Krishnaswamy
Shreya Shree


Meet our Faculty Member:
Shreya Shree

Courting Success, India Today, on NLSIU


Courting Success | Best Law Colleges

“NLSIU Bengaluru, with its sharp focus on cutting-edge practices and small batch sizes, remains ahead of the pack.” – India Today


NLSIU Bangalore ranked first among law institutes by NIRF


NLSIU Welcomes MPP Batch 2020-2022


The 7th Cohort of the Masters of the Policy Programme

NLSIU Welcomes MPP Batch 2020-2022


Call for Applications. Research Positions for Regulatory Governance Project. Deadline – October 23, 2020.


Meet our new faculty member
Dr. Mrinal Satish

Dr Mrinal Sathish


Undergraduate Degrees

The five-year integrated Undergraduate B.A. LL.B (Hons) Degree Programme is the flagship degree at NLSIU that offers students training in a range of legal and non-legal subjects. NLSIU pioneered this five-year programme in India with an intention to provide a strong foundation upon which students can choose to pursue professional options or further academic opportunities.

Postgraduate Degrees

NLSIU’s Postgraduate Programmes include the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programme and the Master’s Programme in Public Policy (MPP). The LL.M programme is a one-year program with two branches of specialization – Business Laws and Human Rights Laws. The MPP Programme is a two-year interdisciplinary programme that provides comprehensive training in designing, translating, and evaluating the efficacy of policies.

Research Degrees

The Research Programmes are intended for students and practitioners keen on pursuing advanced studies, research and scholarship. The University offers five research degree programmes: M.Phil (Master of Philosophy)Ph.D in Law (Doctor of Philosophy)Ph.D Interdisciplinary ProgrammeIntegrated Ph.D in Public PolicyDoctor of Laws (LLD)

Online & Hybrid Programmes

The Online and Hybrid Programmes offered by the Distance Education Department of NLSIU are intended to make legal education more accessible to interested students and practitioners, desiring flexibility with location and time. We offer eight Programmes to graduates of any discipline from a recognised University.


Over the last three decades, NLS has played a significant role in legal research and reform. This has included working on key legislation that has shaped India’s development. Its specialised research centres have been repeatedly called upon to shape laws and improve implementation in intellectual property, child rights, and environmental laws, among many others. Our focus areas for the path ahead include state capacity in the 21st century, issues of law and technology, the future of work and legal system reform.


Sanyukta Chowdhury, NLSIU

NLSIU is a microcosm of the world beyond its cozy campus. As students experience diversity and evolve individually, the academic programme empowers them to think for themselves, raise questions and care for outcomes. This trinity assures that irrespective of their life path – legal practice, academia, civil services, judiciary, policy advocacy, social work or business – our students will strive for fairness, justice and excellence.

Similar to the student body, the teaching community is diverse, talented and gains from the culture of intellectual freedom that is fostered by the University.

Sanyukta Chowdhury

Assistant Professor of Law

More about Sanyukta
Chitwan Sharma is a Fifth-Year BA LLB, NLSIU student

I have always wanted to be a litigator, and fortunately, some members of the faculty were litigators themselves. These professors would take the class through every single argument, in a manner that led us to believe that our arguments were invincible. Only for us to realize later that the alternative argument could be devastating too.

This stimulating atmosphere was coupled with being surrounded by the best law students of the country. The current students and the alumni have set exceptionally high standards of achievement. It always inspired me to know that I occupied the same hostel room as a leading competition law practitioner did back in the early 2000s.

I credit NLSIU not for teaching me the law; I credit it for teaching me the skill of learning new skills. With just 4 hours of classes scheduled in a day, I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted, the freedom to think independently. To my mind, there’s no doubt that if you are going to spend your five years taking a quality legal education, NLSIU is the place to be.

Chitwan Sharma

B.A. LL.B.(Hons.), Fifth Year Student

More about the B.A.L.L.B (Hons) programme
Mukund R.S, NLSIU - Batch of 1998

NLS helped me get detail oriented, sharpen my analytical and research capabilities – very passively rekindling my appetite for knowledge and information.

The institution provided me a diverse atmosphere of people of different thoughts, leanings, origins and cultures and helped me appreciate every individual in their personal capacity as uniquely special.

A big learning for me personally was humility and simplicity, something that I picked from most of the teachers and professors who impressed me with their dedication and humility despite the richness and bountiful knowledge that they possessed individually.

Mukund R.S

Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel,
Anviti Insurance Brokers Private Limited (A Catamaran Company),
NLS, Batch of 1998

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