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NALSAR University of Law

Nalsar University of Law
Motto Dharme Sarvam Pratishthitham
Established 1998
Type National Law University
Chancellor Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Faizan Mustafa
Undergraduates 400
Postgraduates 120
Location Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Affiliations Unitary State University constituted by a statute of the Telangana Legislative Assembly

Nalsar University of Law, or officially the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), is a legal studies institution located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, India. It was established in 1998 as a state university by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly (Act 34 of 1998). The university is fully residential and conducts teaching in law and is ranked as one of the best law school in India.[1]



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%-.[2]


NALSAR offers a one year postgraduate LL.M. program. 50 students are admitted through CLAT with ten more allocated to foreign nationals. About ten areas of specialization are offered, and the program requirements include a dissertation.[3] 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,[4] and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).[5] 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.[6]


University Rankings
Law – India
India Today[7] 1
Outlook India[8] 1

India Today ranked NALSAR as the best law school in India in the latest 2013 ranking.[9] NALSAR was ranked first by Outlook in 2012. NALSAR was previously ranked second in 2010 and 2011.[10] India Today had previously ranked NALSAR as first in 2011 and 2008.[11] 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 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 four separate hostels for boys and girls each (and a fifth hostel is being constructed); all of them are internet enabled through LAN. 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.

Boys' Hostel

Law library

It 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 LAN based 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.[12] 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.

Nalsar Law library

Research centres

The SAARClaw Centre

NALSAR houses research centres:[13]

  • M.K. Nambiyar SAARC Law Research Centre
  • Dr. N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law Studies
  • Dr. S.P. Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Law Studies
  • Centre for Corporate Law and Governance
  • Centre for Air and Space Law
  • Centre for Land Rights
  • Centre for Proximate and Continuing Education (C-PACE)
  • Centre for Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law
  • 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

Student achievements

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.[14] 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, Texas in November 2006. In 2007, Nalsar was placed amongst the top eight teams in the world, at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Also, Nalsar finished as runners-up in the first edition of the ICC Trial Competition at The Hague.[15] In 2009, Nalsar won the D.M. Harish International Moot Court Competition. The team also won the Best Speaker and Best Researcher prize. In 2010, the team from Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition.[16] In 2011, Nalsar finished as runners-up in the ICC Trial Competition 2011,[17] and semi-finalists in the Asia-Pacific rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition 2011.[18] In 2012, Nalsar won the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford.[19] NALSAR also won the extremely prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, conducted at Vienna.[20] In 2013, Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the ICC Trial Competition 2013.

NALSAR was adjudged the best in India in mooting in the first two seasons of Mooting Premiere League in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.[21]


Graduate students from NALSAR have received the Rhodes Scholarship in the following years: 2003, 2007, 2010,2011,2013. 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, 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.[22] NALSAR further cemented its reputation on the debating circuit by winning the inaugural IIM Bangalore Parliamentary Debating Championship 'Cicero' in January 2009.[23][24]

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.[25]


Over the past few years, NALSAR has been very active in the Hyderabad and Indian quizzing circuit. Teams have won a number of inter-college quizzes in the twin cities. The college has a strong quizzing base and sees them being hosted within the college regularly from time to time. Achievements 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 and 2013. A 4th year team bagged 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. The college has done well in annual quizzes like Tata Crucible, IPE Business Quiz, TAPMI QoTB, etc.

Published journals

NALSAR publishes the following law journals:[26]

  • NALSAR Law Review
  • NALSAR Student Law Review
  • Journal of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Crimes
  • Indian Journal of Constitutional Law
  • Media Law Review
  • Environmental Law & Practice Review
  • The Indian Journal Law & Economics
  • Nalsar ADR Journal
  • Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law

See also


  1. ^ "India Today College Rankings 2013 – NALSAR replaces NLSIU at top; CLC in third place while NUJS and NLIU complete top 5". Bar and Bench. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  2. ^ "CLAT 2012 Top 104 ranks have the option to go to NALSAR". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  3. ^ "Academic Programmes - LL.M". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Academic Programmes -M.Phil". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Academic P--~~~~rogrammes -M.Phil". Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  6. ^ "NALSAR MBA announcement". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  7. ^ "India's Best Law Colleges 2011".  
  8. ^ "Top 10: Other Professional Colleges".  
  9. ^ "National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University Best Law Colleges 2013 India Today Survey". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  10. ^ "Outlook Rankings: NALSAR, Hyderabad ranked the best law school in the country; followed by NLSIU, Bangalore and NLIU, Bhopal". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  11. ^ "National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University Best Law Colleges 2013 India Today Survey". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Welcome to Our Nalsar Library......". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Research - Research Centres". Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  14. ^ "NALSAR tops Asia Pacific in Jessup competition". The Hindu Business Line. 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Earlier Editions". 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  16. ^ "Australian National University wins Jessup Moot Court Competition NALSAR reaches semi-finals". Bar and Bench. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  17. ^ Overload, Partner. "ICC Trial success for Nalsar: MPL win out of contention? | Mooting | Law students". Legally India. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  18. ^ Overload, Partner. "Spectactular: GNLU, Nalsar, NLU Delhi dominate Manfred Lachs Asia; Delhi in finals for MPL silver | Mooting | Law students". Legally India. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  19. ^ "NALSAR students win international moot court competitions". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-16. 
  20. ^ "Nalsar wins Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2012". Bar and Bench. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  21. ^ "Mooting Premier League 2009-10 - Legallypedia". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  22. ^ The Hindu. "NALSAR, Nasr school sweep YOCS competition". 
  23. ^ NALSAR University of Law. "Student Achievements". 
  24. ^ "NALSAR, Hyderabad Wins IIM Bangalore's Parliamentary Debating Championship 2009". 2009-01-01. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  25. ^ "Education Plus : NLU Delhi wins Parliamentary debate". The Hindu. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  26. ^ "Research - Publications". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 

External links

  • NALSAR website

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