All students enrolled in the full-time academic programmes at the NLSIU are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA).
It is a matter of great pride for all of us at the Law School that the student body enjoys substantial autonomy and is in fact encouraged by the faculty to engage in a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities as well as hostel administration.
The SBA adopted a Constitution of its own in 2000, which regulates its structure and functioning. The SBA Constitution provides for the yearly formation of twelve Activity Based Committees (ABCs), each having a specific focus. The individual members of each ABC are chosen on the basis of merit in the respective area. Each ABC is headed by a student Convener elected by the particular committee’s members, and its functioning is supervised by a faculty advisor. The University funds the intra-institutional activities of the various ABCs, while individual committees raise external sponsorships for their respective inter-institutional events and activities. The working of the ABCs is co-ordinated by two elected representatives, namely the President and the Vice-President.
Every class elects two student representatives who together form the Class Council. This body liaises with the faculty on academic issues.
Similarly, students are also involved in the administration of the hostels through three committees appointed by the Warden – namely the General Welfare Committee (GWC), Mess Committee and Disciplinary Committees.
The SBA has earned a formidable reputation for its wide range of events and activities – be it mooting, legal services, literary and cultural competitions or academic publications.
We publish three student edited journals i.e. the Student Bar Review (SBR), the Indian Journal of Law and Technology (IJLT) and the Socio-Legal Review (SLR). LeGala is our annual inter-collegiate literary and cultural festival which runs concurrently with Strawberry Fields , which is India ‘s largest student-organised rock show. In recent years, Spiritus , our inter-law college sports festival, as well as the NLS Debate , which is South Asia ‘s largest parliamentary style debating tournament, have attracted both voluminous participation as well as media attention.
Recruitment is also managed completely by students. Each outgoing batch elects a Recruitment Co-ordination Committee (RCC) from amongst its own students, which networks with advocates, law firms and companies interested in recruiting NLSIU students. The recruitment process has so far unfailingly enjoyed a 100 % success rate, and in recent years has even attracted major foreign recruiters. Apart from this, many of our students secure admissions to prestigious universities each year for further study (many of them with scholarships such as the Rhodes, Inlaks, British Chevening among others). Some opt for careers in the academic and voluntary sectors.
We understand that the fee-structure at the NLSIU may cause a prospective student to think twice about seeking admission to the Law School . We are proud to state that these concerns have been addressed by way of a comprehensive merit-cum-need’ based scholarship programme as well as the easy availability of loans and financial assistance. The University follows the principle that no student once admitted shall ever have to discontinue his/her studies on grounds of financial hardship.