NALSAR University of Law, or officially the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), is a premier legal studies institution located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was established in 1998 as a state university by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly (Act 34 of 1998) and has since then maintained its coveted position over and above all law schools in India. The university which is fully residential and conducts teaching in law, is ranked as the best law school in India by India Today magazine in 2013.
Admission to NALSAR is extremely competitive. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) serves as the qualifying examination for the university. In 2015, for the B.A, LL.B (Hons.) program, a total of 40,000 students contested for a mere 65 seats, making the examination one of the most competitive in India. However, since 2015, the intake has been increased to 120 students per year, in compliance with the BCI norms.
The university is famous for its prestigious undergraduate program which forms the core of its academic and co-curricular excellence. NALSAR offers a five-year integrated B.A LL.B.(Hons.) program. Admission to the undergraduate program is on the basis of the highly competitive national-level Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). In 2013, of the roughly 27,727 candidates who wrote CLAT, the top 104 ranks were offered admission to the college under the general category- an acceptance rate of 0.39%-
NALSAR offers a one-year postgraduate LL.M. program. 50 students are admitted through CLAT with ten more spots allocated to foreign nationals. About ten areas of specialization are offered, and the program requirements include a dissertation.Additionally, two-year (four semesters) self-financed master's degree in Business Laws and Administration (MBLA)is also offered by the University apart from a one-year Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) which is open to candidate with an LL.M. degree,and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).As a first among the Indian National Law Universities, starting academic year 2013-14, NALSAR now also offers a two-year M.B.A. program.
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NALSAR Pro offers PG Diploma courses in Patents Law, Cyber Laws, Media Laws and International Humanitarian Laws using web technology and direct contact programmes at various centres in India. CASL offers PG Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (PGDALATM); PG Diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing Laws (PGDGRL).
India Today ranked NALSAR as the best law school in India in the latest 2013 ranking.NALSAR was ranked first by Outlook in 2012. NALSAR was previously ranked second in 2010 and 2011. India Today had previously ranked NALSAR as first in 2011 and 2008.By popular estimates and rankings, NALSAR Hyderabad, and NLS Bangalore are together considered to be the most prestigious law schools in India.
Entrance to the Academic Block
The Academic Block
The law school is divided into five precincts. The first is the Administrative Block which is adjoining the Academic Block. The Academic Block consists of the classrooms, conference halls, the library, the internet centre, a moot court hall, and research centres. The residential block consists of five separate hostels for boys and girls each. The entire campus is WiFi network enabled.The stadium forms the fourth while the law school dining hall forms the fifth. Miscellaneous structures include the commemorative 'Keerthi Stambh' and a replica of 'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin. An auditorium, with a seating capacity of close to 500, has also been completed.
NALSAR's library has a collection of more than 27,000 items comprising law reports, reviews, periodicals, manuals and choicest publications of textbooks and other resources. The Law Resource Center is the hub of all library activities and aims at fulfilling the research and academic objectives of the university. Its rich collection of primary and secondary legal resources is accessible to all the users in the campus. The VPN-configured Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is accessible from any terminal in and out of the campus. It is designed to provide online information on availability of titles, and to allow the patrons to request for items that are on loan, renewal of books, access to patron accounts and other information services. Unlike the traditional OPACS, each record provides bibliographic information with hot links to table of contents pages, reviews, publishers' notes, and peer driven reviews and ratings.The library has a depository of UN collections. A separate section houses all the proceedings of the organs of the United Nations. The print collection is augmented by online access.
The SAARClaw Centre
NALSAR houses research centres:
M.K. Nambiyar SAARC Law Research Centre
Centre for Air and Space Law
Centre for Land Rights
Centre for Corporate Law and Governance
Dr. N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law Studies
Dr. S.P. Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Law Studies
Centre for Proximate and Continuing Education (C-PACE)
Centre for Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law
* Nalsar Law library
Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution
Centre for Media Law and Public Policy
Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education
Centre for Tax Laws
Centre for Culture, Law and Society (C-CLS)
Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy & Good Governance
Centre for Criminal Justice Administration and Human Rights
Centre for Disaster Management and Law
Centre for Family Law
Centre for Tribal and Land Rights
Moot court competitions
Nalsar students have excelled in mooting at the national and international level.
It was ranked amongst the top four in the world at the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2006 at Washington, D.C.In 2007, Nalsar was placed amongst the top eight teams in the world, at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2010, the team from Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the Jessup International Law Moot Competition.[
NALSAR made it to the top 12 teams and competed in the International Finals of the 11th Annual Stetson Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law, Florida in November 2006. Nalsar finished as runners-up in the first edition of the ICC Trial Competition at The Hague. In 2009, Nalsar won the D.M. Harish International Moot Court Competition. The team also won the Best Speaker and Best Researcher prizes. In 2011, Nalsar finished as runners-up in the ICC Trial Competition 2011, and semi-finalists in the Asia-Pacific rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition 2011. In 2012, Nalsar won the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford.
Nalsar won the extremely prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, conducted at Vienna.In 2013, Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the ICC Trial Competition 2013. In 2015, the Vis East team from NALSAR returned as Semi-Finalists in the world rounds.
Nalsar was judged the best in India in mooting in the first two seasons of Mooting Premiere League in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.
Graduate students from NALSAR have received the Rhodes Scholarship in the following years: 2003, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015. Additionally, there are 4 Felix scholars and 2 Inlaks scholars from NALSAR. Students have received various scholarships to pursue higher education at University of Oxford, Cambridge University, Harvard University, University of California, Georgetown University, Yale University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, London School of Economics, and Leiden University.
NALSAR won India's oldest Parliamentary Debate at St. Stephens College, Delhi in December 2005. This was followed by victories at the Annual Parliamentary Debate held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in January 2007 and 2009, the debate conducted by the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad in February 2007, and that of the Young Orators Club of Secunderabad in 2008. NALSAR further cemented its reputation on the debating circuit by winning the inaugural IIM Bangalore Parliamentary Debating Championship 'Cicero' in January 2009.
The NALSAR Intervarsity Debating Championship is the pioneer of the British Parliamentary Debating format in India. The idea for the NALSAR IV was born to introduce the British Parliamentary debate format to the national debating circuit and provide a preparatory ground for the WUDC (World Universities Debating Championship), the most prestigious debating championship in the world. Thus, the NALSAR IV is aimed at exposing debaters to the most competitive standards of adjudication. The NALSAR IV has now earned the name to be one of the most prestigious debating championships in India.
Over the past many years, NALSAR has been very active in the Hyderabad and Indian quizzing circuit. Teams representing the university have won a number of inter-college quizzes in the twin cities, and across India.The college has a strong quizzing base and sees quizzes being hosted within the college regularly from time to time. Achievements by quizzers from NALSAR include finishing as runners-up in the K-Circle India Quiz 2010 and 2011, as well as winners in BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus' annual fest Pearl 2012, 2013 and 2015. A 4th year team won the Best College Team title at the Landmark Quiz held at Hyderabad on 6 October 2013, something which has also been won by NALSAR before. NALSAR also finished second in Manipal's Quiz on The Beach 2015 and Tata Crucible Hyderabad 2015. A team won the Economic Times in Campus Quiz for two years consecutively in 2014 and 2015. The university has also become host to one of India's largest college QuizFests, titled 'Interrobang', which will be in its third edition in March 2016.
Prof. Ranbir Singh
Prof. Singh’s contribution in redesigning legal education in the country has been significant while he was a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India. His legal writings span the areas of Jurisprudence, Human Rights, Legal Education, Legal Aid, Personal Laws and Justice Education and has more than 50 research publications to his credit. He has edited two publications one on “Human Rights Education, Law and Society” and the other on “Cyber Space and the Law – Issues and Challenges”. He has also authored along with Prof. A. Lakshminath two scholarly publications one on ‘Fiscal Federalism – Constitutional Conspectus’ and the other on Constitutional Law. Under his guidance several scholars have been awarded Ph.D. Degree and his rich teaching / research experience enabled him to visit and participate in several International Conferences and Seminars and present papers in several countries which include Australia, Brazil, Bhutan, China, Taiwan, South Africa Cyprus, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, USSR, U.K. and United States of America,. He has visited best of law schools in U.K. and USA and interacted with leading legal academics and functionaries of higher judiciary in these countries.
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