The teaching methods adopted for the Degree programme are such as to promote multi-disciplinary inquiry and practical appreciation of problems. The method of teaching involves lectures, discussions, case studies, Moot Courts and project work. An innovative feature of the teaching method followed by the NLSIU is cooperative teaching where two or more teachers jointly offer a course and interact with the students in the same class. This is particularly useful for the multidisciplinary analysis of socio-legal problems.
There is a high degree of interaction between the students and the teachers in the classroom. This is largely facilitated by the fact that at the commencement of the Trimester, each student is given a set of reading materials containing the course outline, teaching plan, reading lists and a fairly large volume of study materials in respect of each course. They consist of case studies, judicial decisions, articles and excerpts from reports.
With this material, the students are expected to come prepared for the classes and actively participate in classroom discussions.
Faculty at the Law School are very accessible. With an excellent faculty-student ratio, the law school provides an exciting opportunity for the students to interact with their teachers.
Beyond exchanges between students and faculty in the classroom, there are more formal means of communication aimed at improving the class experience and student life. At the end of each Trimester, the students are expected to complete an evaluation of the courses undertaken by them in that Trimester. The extensive comments on the teaching, reading materials, availability for consultation, etc., in these evaluation forms are taken seriously by the faculty so that they can more accurately identify students’ concerns especially in courses that are taught for the first time.
The courses on Clinical Legal Education are taught by integrating classroom teaching with simulation exercises. Efforts are being made to expose students to court realities.
Project assignment is another component of each course that requires both literature survey and field investigations. These methods help in improving research skills, analytical abilities as well as the communication skills of the students.
Another characteristic feature of the Law School is that it has over 210 working days each year devoted for instructional purposes alone. The Trimester system of instruction demands maximum number of working days in each Trimester for completing the course requirements. Accordingly, the Law School schedule provides for instruction extending to not less than seventy (70) days in each Trimester.