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.
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 2022-23
- The admission notification for the Academic Year 2022-23 can be accessed here.
- Admission notification – Second List for AY 2022-23 can be accessed here.
- Admission notification – Third List for AY 2022-23 can be accessed here.
- Admission notification – Fifth List for AY 2022-23 can be accessed 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: https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/
Intake and Reservation
The total intake capacity shall be 180 (One Hundred and Eighty) for AY 2022-23. Seats shall be reserved as follows:
- Scheduled Castes – 15%
- Scheduled Tribes – 7.5%
- Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer) – 16.2%
- Economically Weaker Sections – 6%
- Persons with Disabilities – (Horizontal reservation) – 5%
- Women (Horizontal reservation) – 18%
- 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.
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 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.
Political Science I
Criminal Law I
Political Science II
Criminal Law II (CrPC)
Constitutional Law I
Civil Procedure Code (CPC) I
Family Law I
Public International Law
Family Law II
Constitutional Law II
Intellectual Property Law
Law of Evidence
Corporate Law I
Human Rights Law
Labour Law I
Law, Poverty & Development
Alternative Dispute Resolution (A.D.R.) (Clinic I)
Corporate Law II
Labour Law II
Financial Market Regulation
International Trade Law
Litigation Advocacy (Clinical Course II)
Internship (Clinical Course IV)
Academic Calendar for A.Y. 2022-23 | November 2022 Term
|2-Nov-2022||Wednesday||Commencement of classes for I, II, III, IV, V Year|
Guru Nanak Jayanti
|9-Nov-2022||Wednesday||Last date for notification of project topics for core courses|
|9-Dec-2022||Friday||Last date for submission of 1st set of projects|
|Thursday, Friday||Viva-Voce for 1st set of project submissions|
|9-Jan-2023||Monday||Last date for submission of 2nd set of projects|
|14-Jan-2023||Saturday||Deadline for Elective paper submission|
|Wednesday, Thursday, Friday||Viva-Voce for 2nd set of project submissions|
|20-Jan-2023||Friday||Last day of classes|
|21-Jan-2023||Saturday||Oral Presentations for Elective & Intensive Elective Courses|
|End Term Examinations|
|End Term Examinations|
|6-Mar-2023||Monday||Commencement of Term III|
|Note: No elective classes will be held during the period from December 5, 2022 to December 16, 2022 due to conduct of Intensive elective course.|
Fee Structure for the Academic Year 2022-23 (First Year Students):
Admission fee- one time – Rs. 10,000.00
Tuition and facilities fee per annum – Rs. 2,21,590.00
Hostel residential charges – Rs. 36,650.00
Mess charges – Rs. 43,575.00
Refundable deposits – one time for General Category – Rs. 16,000.00
Refundable deposits – one time for SC/ST Category – Rs. 12,000.00
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.
For fee payments, log in to the NLS portal with your credentials.
Read the official AY 2022-23 fees notification here.