In 1988, NLSIU launched India’s first 5-year integrated BA LLB (Hons) programme. The success of this programme has secured NLS’s legacy as the institution that radically disrupted legal education in India. Three decades after this bold experiment, NLSIU launched a new interdisciplinary 3-year LLB (Hons) Programme in 2022 which reimagines legal education for the 21st century.
The 3-year LLB (Hons) is a postgraduate professional degree programme that is open to graduates from all disciplines. It is a qualifying degree for admission to legal practice. The programme meets all requirements of the Bar Council of India, and builds on top of that to deliver a rigorous legal education in keeping with NLSIU’s unique curricular and pedagogic approach. The programme is structured around interdisciplinary study of the law combined with experiential learning. The programme will bridge theory and practice. It is designed to produce lawyers who meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The 3-year LLB (Hons) is a full-time programme. Admission will be on the basis of all-India National entrance test. Classes usually begin on 1st July. Please note, 75% attendance is mandated for each course offered under the programme.
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Admission to the LL.B (Hons) programme will be through a national-level entrance examination process. Classes usually commence on July 1.
Any person holding a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized national or international University is eligible to apply to the programme. Applicants in the General Category should have graduated with an aggregate of not less than 45% of total marks. Applicants in the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD Category should have graduated with an aggregate of not less than 40% of total marks. Students in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply. However, their final offer of admission shall be contingent upon successful completion of their Bachelor’s degree with the minimum aggregate marks specified above. Proof of completion of the qualifying degree has to be submitted no later than December 31, 2023.
The total intake capacity is 120 for the 3-year LL.B (Hons.) programme in the Academic Year 2023-24. Admission to the programme will be through an all-India written admissions test, the National Law School Admissions Test (NLSAT-LLB).
NLSAT – LLB
All candidates seeking admission to the programme shall appear for the NLSAT-LLB. The NLSAT-LLB will have a single question paper comprising two parts – Parts A and B. All candidates shall be required to attempt both parts of the question paper. The examination shall be for a duration of 150 minutes.
Part A will consist of Multiple-Choice Questions, and shall be for a maximum of 75 marks. It will consist of questions relating to (a) Comprehension, (b) Current Affairs, and (c) Critical reasoning. Please note, 0.25 marks shall be deducted for each wrong answer, and for each unanswered question. Part A will constitute the first stage of the admissions process. A rank list of candidates will be prepared based on their performance in Part A of the NLSAT-LLB. Candidates will have to fulfil the following requirements in Part A to be eligible for evaluation of Part B of the NLSAT-LLB:
(a) Candidates should have secured more than zero marks in Part A of the NLSAT-LLB
(b) Candidates seeking admission in the General/EWS categories must secure a score above the 75 th percentile in Part A. Candidates seeking admission in the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD categories must secure a score above the 50th percentile in Part A.
From amongst eligible candidates, Part B of the answer scripts will be evaluated in a ratio of 1:5 based on performance in Part A. That is, five candidates per seat available will qualify for evaluation of Part B of the examination.
Part B shall consist of subjective questions which shall be for a maximum of 75 marks. In Part B, candidates will be tested on the following:
(a) Legal Aptitude/Reasoning (60 marks): Legal aptitude will consist of problem-based questions. Students will be expected to write short answers in response. Prior knowledge of law is not expected. This section will have 6 questions of 10 marks each.
(b) Analytical Ability (15 marks): Candidates will be required to write an essay of no more than 500 words on the topic/question. They will be tested on their knowledge of the issue, the ability to make cogent written arguments and the ability to write a well-structured essay. Knowledge of the law is not expected.
A fresh and final rank list shall be prepared based on the cumulative performance in Parts A and B of the NLSAT-LLB. Offers of admission shall be made according to this final rank list. To be offered admission, a candidate has to satisfy the following conditions:
(a) The candidate should have secured more than zero marks in both Parts A and B of the NLSAT-LLB
(b) A candidate seeking admission in the General Category/EWS category must secure a score above the 75th percentile in both Parts A and B respectively of the NLSAT-LLB, as well as in the aggregate score of Parts A and B. A candidate seeking admission in the SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD category must secure a score above the 50th percentile in both Parts A and B respectively of the NLSAT-LLB, as well as in the aggregate score of Parts A and B.
Note: The applicable reservations policy shall be applied at each stage of the admissions process.
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- The NLSAT-LLB will be held on April 30, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm in centres across the country.
- Application fees of Rs. 2500 (Two thousand five hundred only) shall be payable at the time of submission of the application. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC-NCL/PWD/EWS category shall be required to pay Rs. 2000 (Two Thousand only). Applications shall be accepted till 11:59:59 pm on April 6, 2023.
- The final admissions list will be published by the first week of June 2023.
- Classes will commence from July 1, 2023.
The syllabus for the NLSAT-LLB will be released on the website. Fees and other details of the programme are also available on the University’s website. NLSAT-LLB will be held in several centres across the country. The list of centres is available on the application portal (admissions.nls.ac.in).
Intake and Reservation
The total number of seats available are 120 (One hundred and twenty). Seats shall be reserved as follows:
- Scheduled Castes – 15%
- Scheduled Tribes – 7.5%
- OBCs – 27%
- EWS – 10%
- 5% of the total intake is reserved horizontally for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)
- 30% of the total intake is reserved horizontally for women
- 25% of the total intake is reserved horizontally (compartmentalised) for Karnataka Students.
Karnataka Students Category:
1. Candidates who have studied for not less than 10 years in a recognized educational institution in Karnataka shall be considered as ‘Karnataka Students.’
2. Candidates who have not completed ten years of study in Karnataka shall be eligible to apply under the Karnataka Students category if they fall under any of the below categories:
a. Children of defence personnel/ex-servicemen, who at the time of joining service, have declared their hometown to be in the State of Karnataka, and who have served or are serving outside Karnataka, corresponding to the candidate’s years of study outside Karnataka.
b. Children of employees of the Karnataka State Government who have served or are serving outside Karnataka corresponding to the candidate’s years of study outside Karnataka.
c. Children of serving or retired employees belonging to the Karnataka cadre of the All India Services (IAS/IFS/IPS), who have served or are serving outside Karnataka corresponding to the candidate’s years of study outside Karnataka.
d. Children of working or retired employees in the Central Armed Police Force service, who upon joining service declared their hometown to be in the State of Karnataka, and who have served or are serving outside Karnataka, corresponding to the candidate’s years of study outside Karnataka.
Illustration: If the candidate has studied in Karnataka for three (3) years, they must prove that their parent/s were serving outside Karnataka for at least seven (7) years corresponding to their own period of study outside Karnataka.
If the candidate has not studied in Karnataka continuously for at least one (1) year, they must prove that their parent/s were serving outside Karnataka for at least ten (10) years corresponding to their own period of study outside Karnataka.
3. Eligible candidates must keep their Study Certificates issued by their educational institutions and other relevant documents ready to be submitted at the time of admission.
The official admission notification containing the above details for the Academic Year 2023-24 has been released. View the official notification here.Apply for the Programme
Course Structure & Credit Requirements
As part of the 3-year LL.B (Hons.) programme, students will be offered a range of core courses (mandatory for all students), and electives.
Core courses provide an introduction to an area of study. These include foundational law subjects as well as interdisciplinary courses (See table below). Interdisciplinay courses offer students a perspective on how to understand the law, and to place the study of law in context. These courses will equip students with tools and methods of other disciplines in the study of the law. These courses do not aim to train the students in other disciplines.
Every credit for a core course shall entail 15 hours of classroom teaching. Two credit core courses will hence require 30 hours of classroom teaching. They shall not require a research paper as a part of the evaluation process. Four credit courses will run for 60 hours of classroom teaching and include a continuing assessment component comprising assignments, research papers, presentations, class participation, etc.
Scroll down to see the credit allocation for core courses.
To allow students to explore their areas of interest in a systematic and comprehensive manner, NLSIU offers a range of elective courses. In addition to NLSIU’s own faculty, electives are often taught by practitioners and other experts who come in as Guest Faculty. This allows students to interact with and learn from a pick of the very best in diverse areas of law. The list of courses available in a particular trimester will be notified at the end of the previous trimester.
Credits assigned to an elective will vary by course load and the number of lecture hours. A maximum of four credits is available for a single elective course. When the term “elective” is used in the table below, it implies that every student shall either opt for a single elective of 4 credits, or multiple electives totaling up to 4 credits.
Since elective courses are taught at advanced levels, they entail heavier reading, research and writing requirements. Hence, the credit distribution varies according to the following scale:
- One Credit: 15 hours of classroom teaching
- Two Credits: 30 hours of classroom teaching
- Four Credits: 40 hours of classroom teaching
Some electives will be in the form of clinics and practicums. These may entail lesser classroom engagement, and greater out of class evaluation components. The credits assigned to each clinical elective shall be notified in advance.
Every student has to complete a minimum of 48 credits in an academic year (between core and electives) and a total of 144 credits over the three years. If a student completes extra elective credits in one term, they shall be permitted to offset it in a subsequent term, subject to the requirement of completing 48 credits in an academic year, in order to be promoted to the next academic year.
To view past and current electives offered by NLSIU, visit our Course Catalogue.
The internship programme aims to expose the students to the practice of law. Internships may be undertaken in lawyers’ chambers, courts, administrative offices, quasi-judicial establishments, prosecution departments, police and correctional institutions, commercial corporate establishments, Government Law Offices, legal aid centres, legislative secretariat, think-tanks, research institutions, non-governmental organizations etc. It aims to teach professional skills, essential aspects of professional ethics and social responsibility issues and management of challenging situations in practical and professional life. Internships allow students to explore diverse substantive areas of law and different sites of legal practice and equip students to decide on future career trajectories. They often translate into job opportunities. Students need to compulsorily undertake an internship each year of the programme, during the term break between the first and second trimester.
Legal Methods (2 credits)
Introduction to Law and Social Science (2 credits)
Law of Torts (including Consumer Protection Act, and Motor Vehicles Act) (4 credits)
Contracts – I (4 credits)
Jurisprudence (4 credits)
Introduction to Law and Politics (2 credits)
Introduction to Law and History (2 credits)
Contracts – II (4 credits)
Constitutional Law – I (4 credits)
Property Law (4 credits)
Introduction to Law and Economics (2 credits)
Introduction to Law and Technology (2 credits)
Family Law – I (4 credits)
Criminal Law – I (4 credits)
Constitutional Law II (4 credits)
Interpretation of Statutes (2 credits)
Law, Poverty & Development (2 credits)
Criminal Law – II (Criminal Procedure Code) (4 credits)
Family Law – II (4 credits)
Electives (4 credits)
Law of Evidence (4 credits)
Civil Procedure Code – I (4 credits)
Public International Law (4 credits)
Electives (4 credits)
Drafting, Pleading and Conveyance (4 credits)
Administrative and Regulatory Laws (4 credits)
Corporate Law (4 credits)
Electives (4 credits)
Taxation Laws (4 credits)
Labour Law – I (4 credits)
Electives (8 credits)
Clinic 1 – ADR (including Mediation) (4 credits)
Labour Law – II (4 credits)
Electives (8 credits)
Professional Ethics (4 credits)
Environmental and Natural Resources Law (4 credits)
Electives (8 credits)
Moot Courts and Internship (4 credits)
Dr. Rinku Lamba
Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy
Fee Structure for the Academic Year 2022-23 (First Year Students)
Admission fee- one time payment – Rs. 10,000.00
Tuition and facilities fee – Rs. 2,21,590.00 per annum
Hostel residential charges – Rs. 36,650.00
Mess charges – Rs. 43,375.00
Refundable deposits – one time payment for General category – Rs. 16,000.00
Refundable deposits – one time payment for SC/ST category – Rs. 13,000.00
Total fee (including refundable deposits):
General Category – Rs. 3,27,815.00 per annum
SC/ST category – Rs. 3,23,815.00 per annum
Note: The fees/charges are provisional and subject to confirmation & revision as per the decision of the University authorities.
Read the official AY 2022-23 fees notification here.
The University offers means-based scholarships. To know more about NLSIU’s financial aid options for students, click here.
Academic Calendar for AY 2022-23 | March 2023 – June 2023 Term
|06-March-2023||Monday||Commencement of term|
|13-March-2023||Wednesday||Last date for notification of project topics for core courses|
|07-April-2023||Friday||Holiday Good Friday|
|13-April-2023||Thursday||Last date for submission of 1st set of project submissions|
|14-April-2023||Friday||Holiday Ambedkar Jayanti|
|22-April-2023||Saturday||Viva-Voce for 1st set of project submissions|
|01-May-2023||Monday||Holiday May Day|
|13-May-2023||Saturday||Last date for submission of 2nd set of projects|
|20-May-2023||Saturday||Viva-Voce for 2nd set of project submissions +
Deadline for Elective paper submission
|26-May-2023||Friday||Last day of classes|
|27-May-2023||Saturday||Oral Presentations for Elective & Intensive Elective Courses|
|End Term Examinations for Elective|
|27-May-2023||Saturday||End Term Examinations|
|End Term Examinations|
|Note: No elective classes will be held during the period from April 17, 2023 to April 28, 2023 due to conduct of Intensive elective course.|
The new 3-year LL.B (Hons.) programme is an effort in reimagining legal education for the 21st century. It is a qualifying law degree that will equip students from various disciplines to pursue a high-quality legal education. The programme is interdisciplinary in nature and will prepare students to use law in addressing contemporary challenges in diverse walks of social and political life.
The 3-year LLB (Hons.) programme will provide an opportunity for students who have specialized in other disciplines to pursue legal education. This programme will also make legal education at NLSIU more vibrant and add to the interdisciplinary focus of all our programmes. The unique NLS pedagogy and the rigour of the NLS classroom that is the hallmark of our undergraduate law programme will be applied to this new programme as well. We invite bright and motivated students who are keen on pursuing an intensive legal education after graduation to apply for the programme.
Yes, the 3-Year LLB (Hons) is a full time and residential programme.
Admissions will be through the National Law School Admissions Test (NLSAT).
NLS aims at creating the next generation of thought leaders in the field of law. Hence, the programme will have a unique interdisciplinary approach to legal pedagogy. It will teach doctrine (which will equip students to practice the law) along with courses that provide students insights from disciplines like sociology, anthropology, economics, history, politics, gender studies, development studies, etc. to evolve a nuanced perspective on what law is, how it functions in society, and how it relates to questions of social transformation.
Yes, the programme will bridge theory and practice by offering students a range of clinics and practicums as part of the curriculum. These courses will provide students the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to live cases and issues. The curriculum is being designed in a way that facilitates courses focused on experiential learning.
The syllabus complies with all requirements of the Bar Council of India. In addition, students will mandatorily take a unique set of courses developed by NLSIU at the intersection of law and other disciplines. Students will also choose from a wide range of electives that will allow them to specialize in their areas of interest.
Please note, 75% attendance is mandated for each course offered under the programme.
The LLB (Hons) is a professional degree programme and qualifies a student for admission to legal practice. NLSIU graduates have gone on to become judges, leading lawyers, and academics in top universities in India and abroad. Many of them also work in public service including in civil service, international organizations, and NGOs. Corporate law firms and corporate houses recruit directly from the campus. Graduates have also used their law degree as a foundation for careers beyond the law. We are confident that the 3-year programme will equip students with the knowledge, temperament, and skill set to pursue similar careers and to also tread new paths.
The two programmes are completely different. The 3-year LL.B (Hons) degree is open to graduates from any discipline. It is a professional law degree and is required to practice as a lawyer. LL.M is an advanced degree in law, to which only law graduates can apply.
The examination process and interview will be conducted in English.
Any person holding a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized national or international University is eligible to apply to the programme. There is no age limit to apply to the programme.
Candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can apply for admission to the 3-Year LL.B (Hons.) programme. Due to the prevailing pandemic conditions, many universities may not conduct their final examinations before completion of the admissions process to the LL.B course. To address this situation, admitted students who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree and have not obtained their final results, will have to provide proof of eligibility for admission by December 31, 2023. That is, they can commence the course in July, but their admission shall remain provisional till they provide proof of eligibility. Provisionally admitted students will have to complete all other requirements including payment of fees and regular attendance in classes.
The NLSAT-LLB (Hons) will be held on April 30, 2023.
The admission notification for AY 2023-24 has been uploaded on the NLS website. View the official notification here.
The exam will be an offline paper-based examination (subject to COVID conditions). The list of centres will be available on the application form.
NLSIU had released sample questions for NLSAT 2022. They are available here.
Please note, sample questions for NLSAT 2023 will be released at a later date.
You will be required to upload your student ID for the time being. You will have to provide the required proof if you are offered admission to the programme.