NLSIU Bangalore

Ph.D (Law)

The Ph.D (Law) programme offers candidates an opportunity to contribute to the academic field in their chosen areas of study. ​As a part of the programme, candidates are also provided an opportunity to teach or participate in ongoing research at NLSIU, in areas related to their dissertation, allowing for deeper integration with the NLSIU community and providing diverse feedback opportunities.

The admission notification for AY 2023-24 has been released. View the official notification here.

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For Indian Nationals

Fee Amount
Registration Fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 30,000/-
Course Work Fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 30,000/-
Annual Fee (Every Year within one month from the date of registration, failing which they will have to pay the fine prescribed by the University ) Rs. 25,000/-
Fee for Final Presentation Rs. 50,000/-
Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis) Rs. 20,000/-
Re-submission of thesis Rs. 20,000/-

For Foreign Nationals

Fee Amount
Registration Fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 65,000/-
Course Work Fee (at the time of admission) Rs. 65,000/-
Annual Fee (Every Year within one month from the date of registration, failing which they will have to pay the fine prescribed by the University ) Rs. 57,000/-
Fee for Final Presentation Rs. 1,12,500/-
Examination Fee (at the time of submission of Thesis) Rs. 45,000/-
Re-submission of thesis Rs. 45,000/-

To view the previous year’s question paper, click here.

Sample questions for AY 2023-24 will be uploaded shortly.

The University’s PhD programme in the previous year was offered in terms of the Ph.D. Degree Programme Regulations, 2021. The Regulations are being revised for Academic Year 2023-24. 

The FAQs below reflect the draft Ph.D. Degree Programme Regulations 2023 that are pending approval from the Governing Bodies of the University. The University reserves the right to update or modify any responses below based on inputs from the Governing Bodies. Applicants are advised to track this page for updates.

What are the Ph.D. programmes that NLSIU offers?

NLSIU currently offers two Ph.D programmes:

– The Ph.D. (Law) programme allows a candidate to contribute academically in the field of law;
– The Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary) involves research across disciplines to arrive at a more comprehensive perspective and solution for a particular problem.

Can students of the 3-year and 5-year law programme apply for the Ph.D (Law) programme?

Yes, they may apply for the Ph.D (Law) programme.

What is the eligibility criteria for the Ph.D. (Law) programme?

– Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B./LL.B. (Hons.) through regular mode from a recognized University. The degree programme in law must be of 3 year or 5 year duration.
Note: The 3-year degree in Law [LL.B or LL.B.(Hons.)] must be in addition to any other undergraduate programme in any discipline.
– Candidates who have obtained 75% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed are eligible. In case of SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/PWD candidates, 70% of marks or its equivalent grade is required to be eligible.
– Candidates who have earned a Masters in Law (LL.M.) through regular mode from a recognized University  and who have obtained 55% marks in aggregate or its equivalent grade on a point scale wherever the grading system is followed are eligible. In case of SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy layer)/PWD candidates, 50% of marks or its equivalent grade is required to be eligible).

Is there any age limit to apply for the Ph.D programmes?

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

How do I apply for the Ph.D (Law) programme?

Candidates will have to appear for the admission test NLSAT – Ph.D, conducted by the University. To apply for AY 2023-24, visit admissions.nls.ac.in

Note: While submitting the application for the admission test, candidates should also submit a research proposal of about 6-8 pages. The research proposal should contain:
i. Title
ii. Statement of the problem and the background information on the subject
iii. A brief outline of the research design including a set of research questions and the proposed methodology

Can I apply for both Ph.D programmes at NLSIU?

Candidates may apply for either or both Ph.D programmes – Ph.D (Law) and Ph.D (Interdisciplinary) for AY 2023-24 simultaneously, if eligible. Following the admission process, the candidate will be admitted to one of these programmes at NLSIU.

To apply for the Ph.D programmes for AY 2023-24, visit admissions.nls.ac.in 

Can I appear for both the NLSAT-MPP and the NLSAT-PhD examinations for AY 2023-24?

Yes, as the two examinations are being held on two different days, a candidate can apply for both.

The NLSAT-Ph.D will be held on April 30, 2023 while the NLSAT-MPP will be held on April 29, 2023. 

What is the examination pattern for the NLSAT-Ph.D?

The University shall conduct a written test (NLSAT-Ph.D) along the following scheme:

a) Research Aptitude – 50 marks
b) Essays on relevant topics pertaining to law/ other disciplines – 50 marks 

What is the basis of selection of candidates for the programme?

The candidates will be selected for admission to the programme based on their marks obtained in the NLSAT- Ph.D, research proposal and the oral presentation. Candidates securing not less than 50% marks on the aggregate in the written test will qualify for evaluation of their Research Proposal and an oral presentation before the University panel.

The weightage of each component shall be as follows:

Admission test – 70%
Research proposal – 20%
Oral presentation  – 10%

How will I know if I am selected for the programme?

The list of selected candidates as above shall be displayed on the NLSIU website.

If I am selected, am I required to be on campus throughout the duration of the programme?

Candidates are required to be present at the NLSIU campus for the duration of their coursework spread over three trimesters. Course work is compulsory for all the Ph.D. candidates.

The first component of the course work must be completed during the first trimester upon their admission. The remaining two trimesters of the course work needs to be completed within the first two academic years.  

What is the duration of the programme?

a) The candidate will have to complete a minimum of three (3) years’ research in their chosen subject, including the mandatory course work as provided in these Regulations.

b) Maximum period: The maximum duration of the Ph.D. programme shall be six (6) years* from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme, subject to the fulfilment of the requirements per the Regulations.

*- Provided that candidates who are Persons with Disabilities (having more than 40% disability) may be allowed a relaxation of upto two (2) years; however, the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme in such cases should not exceed eight (8) years from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme;
– Provided further that female Ph.D. candidates may be provided Maternity Leave/ Child Care Leave for up to 240 days in the entire duration of the Ph.D. programme; however, the total period for completion of a Ph.D. programme in such cases should not exceed six (6) years and eight (8) months from the date of admission in the Ph.D. programme.

c) Failure to complete the course within the maximum period set out in point (b) above will automatically result in cancellation of registration.

What kind of supervision is provided to Ph.D students at NLSIU?

There is a Research Advisory Committee for each Ph.D. scholar consisting of a Supervisor and two members (one from within NLSIU and one external member).

How much is the tuition fee for the programme?

Please refer to the fee tab on the respective programme pages for fee details. 

Will any sample papers be provided?

Yes, the University will release sample papers at a later date. 

Does NLSIU admit students throughout the year for Ph.D programmes?

We do not offer rolling admissions to the PhD programme. New students are admitted once a year, to begin studying at the start of the Academic Year in July.

Can I reapply for the programme if my application has been rejected?

Yes, but only in the next academic year. Candidates will have to appear for the NLSAT after applying for the programme in any given year.  

Can I visit the campus before submitting the application?

Yes. The University will notify a ‘Campus Open Day’ for you to visit us and familiarize yourself with the campus before applying for any programme through the NLSAT 2023. Follow our website for further updates.