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. Classes usually 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 accepts students from the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to its undergraduate B.A., LL.B. (Hons) programme.

Admission Notification AY 2023-24

  • View admission notification for AY 2023-24 here.
  • View admission notification (Second allotment list) for AY 2023-24 here.
  • View admission notification (Third allotment list) for AY 2023-24 here.


  • A Pass in 10+2 or an equivalent examination with a minimum of:
    (i) Forty Five percent (45%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD categories and
    (ii) Forty percent (40%) of marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  • The candidate will have to appear for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) to secure admission to the programme
  • 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 producing supporting documentary evidence at the time of admission.
  • There is no upper age limit for the UG Programme.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel the admission of any candidate in accordance with the Rules.

For details on CLAT, please visit:

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 and will be subject to the same rules and eligibility as General Category students.
  • The admission will be granted on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examination (CLAT). 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.

Intake and Reservation for AY 2023-24

The total intake capacity shall be 240 (Two Hundred and Forty) students for AY 2023-24. Seats shall be reserved as follows:

  • Scheduled Castes – 15%
  • Scheduled Tribes – 7.5%
  • Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer) – 21.6%
  • Economically Weaker Sections – 8%
  • Persons with Disabilities – (Horizontal reservation) – 5%
  • Women (Horizontal reservation) – 24%
  • Karnataka Students* (Compartmentalised Horizontal reservation) – 25%

* Karnataka Students Category:

(i) Candidates who have studied for not less than 10 years in a recognized educational institution in Karnataka shall be eligible to be considered as ‘Karnataka Students.’

(ii) 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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

(iii) Eligible candidates must keep their Study Certificates issued by their School/s and other relevant documents ready to be submitted at the time of counselling/admission.


The duration of the programme 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, November-January and March-June.

The University has revised the academic curriculum for the B.A., LL.B (Hons.) Programme keeping in mind the following objectives:

  • Introduction of a dissertation allowing for advanced legal research and writing in an area of a student’s interest for 5th Year class;
  • Increase in the number of elective courses for students of 3rd and 4th year;
  • Updating the curriculum in tune with the requirements of current legal practice.
  • Increasing the number of clinical courses in the programme.

Course Curriculum | Batch of 2022-2027

Note: Please note, there may be variations in the course curriculum for the previous batches.

Year 1

I Trimester

Sociology I
Economics I
Legal Methods

II Trimester

History I
Political Science I
Criminal Law I
Contracts I

III Trimester

Sociology II
Economics II
Political Science II
Property Law

Year 2

I Trimester

Contracts II
Criminal Law II (CrPC)
History II
Constitutional Law I

II Trimester

Jurisprudence I
Civil Procedure Code (CPC) I
Family Law I
Public International Law

III Trimester

Family Law II
Constitutional Law II
Intellectual Property Law
Administrative Law

Year 3

I Trimester

Law of Evidence
Corporate Law I
Elective Course

II Trimester

Human Rights Law
Labour Law I
Law, Poverty & Development
Elective Course

III Trimester

Alternative Dispute Resolution (A.D.R.) (Clinic I)
Corporate Law II
Elective Course

Year 4

I Trimester

Labour Law II
Jurisprudence II
Elective Course
Elective Course

II Trimester

Taxation Law
Environmental Law
Elective Course
Elective Course

III Trimester

Financial Market Regulation
Professional Ethics
Elective Course
Elective Course

Year 5

I Trimester

Elective Course
Elective Course
Elective Course
International Trade Law

II Trimester

Elective Course
Elective Course
Elective Course
Litigation Advocacy (Clinical Course II)

III Trimester

Elective Course
Elective Course
Elective Course
Clinic III
Internship (Clinical Course IV)

Academic Calendar for A.Y. 2022-23 | March 2023 – June 2023 Term

Date Day Particulars
6-March-2023 Monday Commencement of term
13-March-2023 Wednesday Last date for notification of project topics for core courses
22-March-2023 Wednesday Holiday Ugadi
07-April-2023 Friday Holiday Good Friday
13-April-2023 Thursday Last date for submission of 1st set of projects
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 of 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



End Term Examinations
03-July-2023 Monday Commencement of Trimester I (AY 2023-24)
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.



Fee Structure for the Academic Year 2023-24 (First Year Students): 

Admission fee (one time) – 11,000/-
Tuition and Facilities fee – 2,44,000/-
Hostel residential charges – 41,000/-
Mess charges – 61,500/-
Total fee per annum – 3,57,500/-

One Time Refundable Deposit:
Refundable deposit for SC/ST category students – Rs. 14,000/-
Refundable deposit for other students – Rs. 18,000/-

The total amount payable by SC/ST category students is Rs. 3,71,500.
The total amount payable by other students is Rs. 3,75,500.

1. Fees mentioned above are provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies.
2. Mess fee includes meal plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and an evening snack.

Read the official AY 2023-24 fee notification here.

For fee payments, log in to the NLS portal with your credentials.


Does NLSIU give additional time for International Baccalaureate (IB) and IGCSE students to submit their Grade 12 final transcripts?

We do not accept predicted or mid-year transcripts. Students will have to produce their final transcripts during counselling and allotment of seats. In case of COVID-related delays, provisional admission may be granted on a discretionary basis.

Is there any age limit to apply for the programme?

No, there is no age limit to apply for the programme.

Does NLSIU offer BA LLB through distance mode?

No, the 5-year integrated BA LLB course is only offered on campus.

Can I pursue BA LLB (Hons) as a part-time programme at NLSIU?

No, we do not offer a part-time BA LLB programme.

Does NLSIU accept students who wish to transfer from other law schools for the BA LLB (Hons) programme?

We do not accept transfer students.