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, 2020 and 2021.
On Campus Students
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.
NLSIU’s Postgraduate Programmes include the one-year Master of Laws (LL.M.) Programme and the two-year Master’s Programme in Public Policy (MPP). The MPP Programme is an interdisciplinary programme that provides comprehensive training in designing, translating, and evaluating the efficacy of policies.
The Research Programmes are intended for students and practitioners keen on pursuing advanced studies, research and scholarship. The University offers four research degree programmes: Ph.D in Law (Doctor of Philosophy), Ph.D Interdisciplinary Programme, Integrated Ph.D in Public Policy, Doctor 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.
NLS encompasses a unique pedagogic model that I feel lucky to practice and complement in my teaching of sociology to law students. The NLS faculty is a community of fearless thinkers who think with the law about the world at large. I must add here, the absolute pleasure that the NLS classroom presents itself to be, for an instructor of sociology/anthropology: a group of young, agile minds with an insatiable hunger for thought.
Dr Atreyee Majumder
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Starting with rich discussions on “What is History? -by E.H. Carr” and debating various schools of jurisprudence, to witnessing spirited constitutional debates in the classroom, NLSIU taught me to look beyond the black letter of the law. That law school would provide an enriching classroom experience was known, but it also gave us a platform to hone our skills and talents beyond the classrooms.
Above all, NLSIU gave me a sense of community and belonging. Not only did I develop my closest friendships, but also learnt from a culturally diverse and super talented community – that was equally enthusiastic about organizing college fests as well as hosting a summer school for the children of our campus’ migrant workers.
NLS BA LLB '2013
Litigation Lawyer, Mumbai