NLSIU Bangalore

B.A, LL.B. (Hons)

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 80 students are ordinarily admitted. Classes begin on 1st July every year.

The teaching methods adopted for the Degree programme are such as to promote multi-disciplinary inquiry and practical appreciation of problems.

The method of teaching 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.

Faculty at the Law School are very accessible. With an excellent faculty student ratio, the law school provides an exciting opportunity for the students to interact with their teachers.

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, the students are expected to complete an evaluation of the courses undertaken by them in that Trimester. The extensive comments on the teaching, reading materials, availability for consultation, etc., in these evaluation forms are taken seriously by the faculty so that they can more accurately identify students’ concerns especially in courses that are taught for the first time.

The courses on Clinical Legal Education are taught by integrating classroom teaching with simulation exercises. Efforts are being made to expose students to court realities.

Project assignment is another component of each course that requires both literature survey and field investigations. These methods help in improving research skills, analytical abilities as well as the communication skills of the students.

Another characteristic feature of the Law School is that it has over 210 working days each year devoted for instructional purposes alone. The Trimester system of instruction demands maximum number of working days in each Trimester for completing the course requirements. Accordingly, the Law School schedule provides for instruction extending to not less than seventy (70) days in each Trimester.

NLSIU, Bengaluru shall receive the students from the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), 2020 for admission to its undergraduate B.A., LL.B. (Hons) and postgraduate LL.M. programmes for the year 2020-21. A total of 120 students are admitted. CLAT will be held on September 28, 2020.


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

At present, the intake capacity of B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme shall be 120 (One hundred and twenty)

  1. General Category : 93*
  2. Scheduled Caste : 18 (i.e. 15%)
  3. Scheduled Tribe : 9 (i.e. 7.5%)

Note –

  1. Six (6) seats comprising 5% of the total seats shall be reserved horizontally for Persons with Disability

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.

Fee structure for the Academic Year 2020-21 (First Year Students): 

One time Admission fee: Rs. 7,875.00 p.a.
Tuition and facilities fee: Rs. 1,91,850.00 p.a.
Hostel residential Charges: Rs. 27,925.00 p.a.
Mess charges: Rs. 33,200.00 p.a.
Refundable deposits – one time for General Category: Rs. 14,250.00
Refundable deposits – one time for SC/ST/PWD Category: Rs. 11,000.00

Total fee (including refundable deposits):
General Category: Rs. 2,75,100.00 per annum
SC/ST /PWD category: Rs. 2,71,850.00 per annum

For fee payments, log in to the NLS portal with your credentials.
Note: The fees/charges are provisional and subject to confirmation & revision as per the decision of the University authorities.

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)