LLM – Master’s of Laws
Admission to the B.A.,LL.B.(Hons.) Degree programme is purely on merit as assessed through a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted by the CLAT Committee constituted for the purpose.
Each year, the CLAT will be conducted in the month of May at such centre and on such date as the CLAT Committee may notify. The Test will be consisting of objective type questions of a standard expected of 10+2 students and will be of 2 hours’ duration. The test will carry a maximum of 200 marks. If more than one candidate gets the same rank in the merit list, the order of priority for the selection of the candidate against the available vacancies will be strictly based on the percentage of marks obtained in the qualifying examination.
Applications for CLAT, when called for, can be obtained from the Convenor CLAT Committee by sending a Demand Draft (for a sum which will be notified) drawn on the State Bank of India or any other nationalised bank and made payable to CLAT Committee. Application forms can also be downloaded from the website www.clat.ac.in and submitted with the application fee.
The filled-in application for the CLAT shall be returned to the Convenor, CLAT Committee on or before the last date specified.
The intake capacity for the Degree programme at the various Law Universities participating in the CLAT will be notified on the CLAT website and will be as notified, with reservations in favour of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disability as prescribed. Reservation in favour of Foreign Nationals will be separately indicated.
Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination in the year of admission are also permitted to take the Admission Test, but their admission to the course shall be subject to their fulfilling the conditions stipulated in the Regulations and production of supporting documentary evidence at the time of admission.
All admissions shall ordinarily be completed before 30th June every year.
A candidate for admission to the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Course shall have:
1. passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+2) system or an examination equivalent thereto securing in the first attempt, not less than 50% (45% in the case of SC / ST candidates and persons with disability) in the aggregate, and
2. Not completed 20 years of age as on 1st July of the year of admission.
In the case of candidates belonging to SC / ST and persons with disability, the maximum age limit shall be 22 years.
Those who do not clear the qualifying examination with the requisite marks are not eligible for admission. Candidates whose Statement of marks of the qualifying examination is not available at the time of formal interviews, are also not eligible for admission.
The University reserves the right to cancel the admission of any candidate in accordance with the Rules.
Intake and Reservation
At present, the intake capacity of B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme shall be 80 (eighty)
1. General Category : 57*
2. Scheduled Caste : 12 (i.e. 15%)
3. Scheduled Tribe : 6 (i.e. 7.5%)
4. Foreign Nationals : 5
These * 02 seats (3% Horizontal Reservation) are reserved for the special Abled Persons (SAP)
Foreign candidates will be admitted directly on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination, overall academic record and command over English language. The candidate must have studied English language as one of the compulsory subjects in 10+2 or equivalent Higher Secondary School Examination.
The Admissions Committee may organise an English language competence test if found necessary.
Preference will be given to the candidates from SAARC countries and other developing countries. They are exempted from taking the CLAT and the rule concerning age limit.
They will have to apply directly to the University in the prescribed format available on the NLS Website along with the supporting documents to the Registrar, NLSIU, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560 242, on or before the prescribed date.
The candidate will be provisionally admitted only on his/her having the required proficiency in the English language.
The duration of the course shall be for a period of Five Academic Years. Each academic year is divided into three “Trimesters” with an average of not less than 70 working days for each.
The academic terms will be announced in advance each year and will ordinarily be between July-September, October-January and March-June.