NLSIU offers a One-Year LL.M. Degree Programme. Similar to the BA LLB (Hons) programme, the LL.M. programme is organized around three trimesters every academic year. A total of 75 students are admitted to the LLM Programme for AY 2022-23.
In 2021, the University changed the structure of the LL.M programme. In the previous years, students were divided into two specialization-based streams and were offered mandatory and elective courses only within those streams. However, this year, there is no division of streams and students have been provided greater flexibility in choosing courses. The objective is to provide more opportunities to students to pursue the wide array of elective courses offered at the University. Besides this, students will have to write a mandatory dissertation in the third and last trimester.
This year, the University will be offering two additional core courses, which students mandatorily have to study in addition to the three that the UGC mandates. These two courses add to the UGC courses in deepening the students’ conceptual understanding of core areas of law. They will equip students to pursue careers in academia, research, legal practice, and judicial services. The names of the courses are given below:
Core Courses: Foundations of Private Law, and a course on the interface between law and society.
UGC-mandated Courses: Research Methodology, Law and Justice in a Globalizing World, and Comparative Public Law.
NLSIU accepts students from the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to its LL.M. programme.
Admission Notification AY 2024-25
- View the admission notification for AY 2023-24 here.
- View the admission notification (Second allotment list) for AY 2023-24 here.
- View the admission notification (Third allotment list) for AY 2024-25 here.
- The candidate must have an LL.B. Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of:
(i) Fifty percent (50%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD categories, and
(ii) Forty five percent (45%) of marks or its equivalent grade 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 into the postgraduate 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 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 PG programme in CLAT.
For details on CLAT, please visit: https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/
Candidates can apply for the NLSAT – International Examination for “international student” category, if they fulfil the following conditions:
- They should be a citizen of a country other than India; AND
- They should have completed a minimum of ten years of their education in a school/college/university outside India.
For more details, click here.
Intake and Reservation for AY 2024-25
The total intake capacity shall be 120 (One Hundred and Twenty) students for AY 2024-25 with the following breakup:
- Scheduled Castes – 15%
- Scheduled Tribes – 7.5%
- Other Backward Classes (Non-creamy layer) – 27%
- Economically Weaker Sections – 10%
- Persons with Disabilities (Horizontal reservation) – 5%
- Women (Horizontal reservation) – 30%
- 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.
Course Curriculum | AY 2022-2023
Note: The sequence of courses may be changed if required.
Comparative Public Law and Governance
Law and Justice in a Globalising World
Law and Society
Foundations of Private Law
Academic Calendar for A.Y. 2023-24 | November 2023 Term
|Commencement of classes (core and elective)
|Deadline for Elective paper submission
|Last day of classes (core and elective)
|Oral Presentations for Elective & Intensive Elective Courses
|End Term Examinations
|End Term Examinations
|Commencement of Trimester III of AY 2023-24
Fee Structure for the AY 2024-25
Admission fee (one time) – Rs. 12,000/-
Tuition and Facilities fee – Rs. 2,69,000/-
Total fee per annum – Rs. 2,81,000/-
One Time Refundable Deposit
Refundable deposit for SC/ST category students – Rs. 15,500/-
Refundable deposit for other students – Rs. 20,000/-
The total amount payable by SC/ST category students is Rs. 2,96,500.
The total amount payable by other students is Rs. 3,01,000.
1. Fees mentioned above are provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies.
2. Hostel accommodation shall be provided to the LLM Candidates only on the basis of availability. Information pertaining to availability of hostel accommodation and the process of application for hostel accommodation shall be notified in due course.
The University offers means-based scholarships. To know more about NLSIU’s financial aid options for students, click here.
Fee Structure for Foreign Students for AY 2024-25
Admission fee – one time – Rs. 36,000/-
Tuition and facilities fee – Rs. 8,07,000/-
Hostel residential charges – Rs. 45,000/-
Mess charges – Rs. 67,500/-
Total fee – per annum – Rs. 9,55,500/-
One Time Refundable Deposit
Refundable deposits – Rs. 60,000/-
The total amount payable at the time of admission, by foreign students is Rs. 10,15,500/-
* Fees mentioned above are provisional and subject to ratification by the University Governing Bodies.
* Mess fee includes meal plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and an evening snack.