NLSIU Bangalore

5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)

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.

Admission to the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme is purely on the basis of merit as assessed through a Common Law Admission Test conducted for the purpose. A total of 120 students are ordinarily admitted. Classes begin on 1st July every year.

Teaching Methodology

The teaching methods adopted for the Degree programme are such as to promote multi-disciplinary inquiry and practical appreciation of problems. This involves lectures, discussions, case studies, Moot Courts and project work. An innovative feature of the teaching method followed by the NLSIU is co-operative 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.

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, students are expected to complete an evaluation of the courses undertaken by them in that Trimester. Projects are another component of each course that requires both literature survey and field investigations. These methods are designed to improve research skills, analytical abilities as well as communication skills of students.

NLSIU, Bengaluru accepts students from the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to its undergraduate B.A., LL.B. (Hons) and postgraduate LL.M. programmes. A total of 120 students are admitted.

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A candidate for admission to the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Course should have passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+2) system or an examination equivalent thereto securing in the first attempt, not less than 45% (General) and 40% (in the case of SC / ST candidates and persons with disability) in the aggregate.

There is no age limit for applying to this Course.

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

Total intake – 120

Vertical reservation:

General – 93 seats
Scheduled Caste (15%) – 18 seats
Scheduled Tribe (7.5%) – 9 seats

Horizontal reservation:

Persons With Disability (5%) – 6 seats
Karnataka Students (25%) – 30 seats [Compartmentalised reservation]

Note: “Karnataka Students” are candidates who have studied for not less than 10 years in a recognized educational institution in Karnataka.

Admission to Foreign Nationals

There is no provision for direct admission of foreign nationals to NLSIU. Foreign Nationals who wish to apply to NLSIU have to compulsorily appear for the Common Law Aptitude Test (CLAT).

Foreign nationals who possess a PIO (Person of Indian Origin) or OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) card are eligible to appear for CLAT.

The admission will be granted on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination (CLAT), 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. Upon converting your Class 12 school grades, it should be equivalent to 45% under the Indian grading system to be eligible for admissions.

The Admissions Committee may organise an English language competence test if found necessary. The candidate will be admitted 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.


Year 1

I Trimester

Sociology I
Economics I
Legal Methods
Torts I

II Trimester

Economics II
Torts II
History I
Contracts I

III Trimester

Sociology II
Political Science I
Contracts II
Constitutional Law I

Year 2

IV Trimester

Family Law I
Political Science II
Constitutional Law II
Criminal Law I

V Trimester

Jurisprudence I Constitutional Law III Property Law Family Law II

VI Trimester

Criminal Law II
Administrative Law
Land Laws
History II

Year 3

VII Trimester

C.P.C. I
Criminal Law III
Law of Evidence

VIII Trimester

Corporate Law I
Law, Poverty & Dev.

IX Trimester

Corporate Law II

Year 4

X Trimester

Labour Law I
Taxation Law I
Professional Ethics

XI Trimester

Labour Law II
Environmental Law
International Law I

XII Trimester

Intellectual Property Law
Human Rights Law
Jurisprudence II
Seminar Course

Year 5

XIII Trimester

Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Litigation Advocacy

XIV Trimester

Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Litigation Advocacy

XV Trimester

Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Seminar Course
Litigation Advocacy

Seminar Courses

To encourage specialisation in a small way, students of the 5th year are expected to select eight seminar courses out of the total number that are offered in an Academic Year. (Two courses in the XIII Trimester, three courses in the XIV Trimester and three courses in the XV trimester). Some of these optional seminar courses are taught by Guest Faculty from other Universities and from the profession. The list of courses available in a particular trimester will be notified at the end of the previous trimester and students are expected to indicate their choice before they leave for the vacation.

Academic Calendar for A.Y. 2021-22

July 7, 2021: Commencement of First Term Classes
July 7, 2021: Last date for notification of project topics to students
July 21, 2021: Holiday (Bakrid)
August 2 – 12, 2021:  Intensive Seminar course
August 7, 2021: Last date for submission of first set of projects
August 15, 2021: Sunday – Holiday (Independence Day)
August 20, 2021: Holiday (Last Day of Muharram)
August 21 & 28, 2021: Viva-Voce for first half submissions
September 7, 2021: Last date for submission of second set of projects
September 10, 2021:  Holiday (Vinayaka Vratha)
September 18 & 25, 2021: Viva-Voce for second half submissions
September 29, 2021 : Last day of classes and last date for submission of Elective & Intensive Elective research papers
October 1 – 7, 2021: (2nd is Holiday and 3rd is Sunday) End-term Examinations for the II year students
October 1 – 5, 2021:  End-term Examinations for the III, IV and V (Litigation Advocacy)
October 6, 2021:  End-term Examinations for Elective courses, if any
October 8 – November 1, 2021: Vacation

Note: No elective classes will be held during the period from 2 – 12 August, 2021 due to conduct of Intensive elective courses.



Fee Structure for the Academic Year 2021-22 (First Year Students): 

Admission fee- one time – Rs. 8,270.00
Tuition and facilities fee per annum – Rs. 2,01,445.00
Hostel residential Charges – Rs. 29,320.00
Mess charges – Rs. 34,860.00
Refundable deposits – one time for General Category – Rs. 14,960.00
Refundable deposits – one time for SC/ST Category – Rs. 11,550.00

General Category – Rs. 2,88,855.00 per annum
SC/ST category – Rs. 2,85,445.00 per annum 

Note: The fees/charges are provisional and subject to confirmation & revision as per the decision of the
University authorities.

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Fee Structure for Second Year and Upwards:

Tuition and Facility Fee per annum: Rs. 1,73,250.00 (USD 8500)
Hostel Residential Charges: Rs. 25,625.00 (USD 570)
Mess Charges: Rs. 21,082.00 (USD 470)