The National Law School of India University (NLSIU or NLS) is an institution for under-graduate and graduate legal education. NLSIU is based in Nagarbhavi, a suburb in the western extremities of the city of Bangalore, the NLSIU was established in 1987.
The Bar Council of India decided to make the NLSIU law programme a five-year course (in contrast with the American post-graduate system), with courses in the liberal arts included in the first two years. NLSIU has exchange programmes in place with Georgetown University in the United States, the National University of Singapore, Canada's Osgoode Hall Law School and Germany's Hamburg University and University of Munich. It admits 80 students for its 5-year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) programme every year. Students are chosen on the basis of an all-India entrance exam (Common Law Admission Test). Foreign nationals are encouraged to apply, with five seats being reserved for foreign nationals (preference is given to students from SAARC countries).
NLSIU Bangalore in its Post-Graduate Degree Course (LL.M.), NLSIU presently offers two specializations, one in Business Law and the other in Human Rights. This course aims at producing scholars/experts in the pertinent field of law. Therefore, LL.M. students are designated as "Research Scholars". The LL.M. at NLSIU is a specially designed Post-Graduate Course, different from all the other Post-Graduate Courses presently offered by any other Indian University. There are currently 25 seats for Human Rights and 25 for Business Law. Two seats are reserved for Foreign Nationals.
Students are selected through the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) conducted by all the Law Schools in India. A prospectus can be obtained from NLSIU on payment of the requisite fee.
NLSIU also offers part-time distance learning programmes, including Masters Degree in Business Law and Postgraduate Diploma programs in Human Rights Law, Medical Law, Environmental Law and IP Law.
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