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National Law University, Delhi

National Law University, Delhi
The NLU Delhi from front
Motto Nyaayastatra Pramaanam Syaat
There shall justice prevail
Established 2008
Type Public
Chancellor Hon'ble Mrs. Justice G. Rohini, Chief Justice, Delhi High Court
Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh
Students 450
Undergraduates 400
Postgraduates 50
Location New Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations BCI; UGC

National Law University, Delhi (University of Law), abbreviated as NLUD, is a specialised law university offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Popular estimates place the University as one of the finest law schools of India.

It is situated in Sector- 14, Dwarka, New Delhi, India, right next to the Intellectual Property Office Building. NLUD is one of the elite national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India. The statute provides for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi to function as the University's Chancellor whereas the Vice-Chancellor functions as the chief administrator.


NLUD was established in 2008 by Act No. 1 of 2008 of NCT Delhi in the National Capital Territory of Delhi with the initiative of the High Court of Delhi under the leadership of Prof. (Dr). Ranbir Singh (also the Founder-Director/Vice-Chancellor of Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad). The University offers its flagship course, a 5-year integrated B.A., LL.B (Hons.) degree program with effect from the Academic Year 2008-09 starting in August, 2008. It was inaugurated by the erstwhile President of India, Pratibha Patil. The first Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh used to be the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. He was approached by members of the Delhi High Court to set up a world class law school in the country's capital with substantial funding and cutting edge facilities.

The NLUD logo is composed of 3 elements: n(N), L(L) and u(U) which are interlinked by the second element (L or Law). In its totality it represents the harmonious confluence of disparate elements (disciplines) and levels: a rule that Law and its executive, the judicial system, also performs. Its columnar arrangement suggests upholding of justice, equality, fraternity and human rights in all their facets in a secular democracy.


The college started functioning in 2008 with limited buildings and inadequate provisions for the halls of residence. However, constant support and advocacy of the college by members of the judiciary saw the college attract funding as well as eminent jurists and people. By the year 2010, the college had completed its construction and was fully functional with modern infrastructure. These years also saw the rising popularity of the All India Law Entrance Test as competition for earning a seat became intense. Further, the latter parts of these years were also notable for a variety of successes at debating and moot court competitions. Overall, these formative years established the University as one of the top law schools in South Asia. The year 2013 also marked the passing of the first batch of the college, which set placement records after the University became the only law school in India to have a Magic Circle (law) firm recruit from its first batch.


Currently, the college is recognized as one of the most reputed in South Asia. The University has carved a niche for itself with several strong academic collaborations, its persistence in hiring dynamic faculty, its various interdisciplinary research projects along with its domination in international moot court competitions. The college's reputation outside of legal circles has also been solidified after its domination of the national debating circuit.


Admissions to the undergraduate (UG) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program are conducted through the All India Law Entrance Test. The test consists of 150 questions to be attempted in a period of 90 minutes. These questions, aiming to test the analytical capacity of an individual along with his general awareness, focus on 5 primary subjects.

Subject Weightage (in marks)
English 35
Legal Aptitude 35
General Knowledge 35
Logical Reasoning 35
Mathematics 10

1) The English section tests the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates are assessed on their understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section focuses on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc..

2) This Legal tests the candidates' interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions consist of legal propositions/principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion.

3) As far as General Knowledge is concerned, the candidates are assessed on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.

4) The purpose of the Logical Reasoning section is to test the candidates' ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It includes a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc..

5) The Mathematics section tests candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics taught up to Class X.

The Academic Block


The NLUD campus is located in the heart of Sector-14, Dwarka Sub City with close proximity to the Eros Metro Mall. The newly constructed campus is beautifully landscaped and spacious, developed keeping in mind to create a vibrant atmosphere that emphasizes on learning. The University is fully residential to provide maximum peer interaction for stimulation of intellect. The University is well connected, being present at the heart of Dwarka with world class connectivity through public transport. The campus sprawls over 21 acres of prime land dedicated to the University.

Prof. Ghanshyam Singh Hostels

The Halls of Residence include dormitories and common recreation areas. For freshers, the rooms provided are on a triple sharing basis. The hostels consist of six stories with sixteen rooms on each floor. The rooms provided are adequately spacious and comfortable. The recreation areas are fully equipped with LED televisions and table tennis equipment for usage. The washrooms are equipped with shower stalls with heated water facilities by the use of solar water heaters. The Halls contain separate mess areas. A separate cafeteria also exists, being adorned by series of artworks added by the students themselves. The cafeteria, being able to seat over 100 people, serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

The NLUD Auditorium

Gymnasium and Sports

The University believes in the adage, 'Your body is a temple'. To ensure that the physical fitness of students is maintained, the University provides several options. A state of the art gymnasium is maintained in the Halls of Residence. Several facilities for indoor sports such as table tennis and pool are also provided in the Halls of Residence themselves. For outdoor sports, the University has constructed a basketball court, badminton court and volleyball court along with designated jogging tracks. Additional sports facilities are in the pipeline.


A 700 seater auditorium has been constructed by the University for holding University functions as well as seminars, conferences and cultural programs. The auditorium is equipped with state of the art audio and visual facilities. Four seminar rooms are also being used for ancillary purposes, primarily being the venues for the variety of conferences hosted by the University throughout the year. The 170 seater Moot Court Hall is utilized for judging internal moots and hosting the University's flagship moot.



NLUD offers a five-year undergraduate (UG) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program. Seventy seats are offered and ten additional seats are allocated to foreign nationals. The undergraduate program is based on a credits system with additional seminar courses for further learning, pursuant according to the interests of the students. The program consists of fifty subjects to be studied over the duration of ten semesters, with five subjects in each semester. Students are expected to submit fifty research projects before their graduation. The curriculum remains intensive and has led to concerns being brought about stress levels amongst the students.[1]


NLUD also offers a one year LL.M. program. The admission is through a written test which is conducted by the University followed by an interview.[2] It additionally offers Postgraduate Diploma program in Urban Environmental Management, Judging and Court Management, and IPR and Patent Law along with[3] Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).[4]

Prominent faculty

The faculty has been very vocal in the public domain, being regular contributors for The Hindu and NDTV. Apart from the regular faculty, the University is also a research hub, hosting alumni from institutions such as the University College London, School of Oriental and African Studies, Gujarat National Law University and the National Law School of India University. Also, a variety of established dignitaries in their respective fields are a part of the guest faculty that frequently deliver lectures at the University. The highly distinguished visiting faculty consists of Prof. John Shulman, Harvard Law School alumnus Prof. Gagan Kumar Kwatra and Prof. Babu Mathew, among others.

Justice TPS Chawla Library

The Justice TPS Chawla Library has a state-of-the-art, easily accessible library building, with three floors and an immense seating capacity. The library is named after Hon'ble Justice TPS Chawla of the High Court of Delhi who contributed significantly to the development of the library by donating his personal collection of rare volumes to it. The library is fully automated, and book circulation is maintained through electronic Library-cum-Identity Cards with the help of a barcode system. The collection comprises over 41,000 documents, including monographs, commentaries, textbooks, reference books and loose leaf material on various subjects, such as Jurisprudence, Judicial Process, Constitutional law, Intellectual Property, Public International Law, Environmental Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Aviation Law, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Cyber Laws, International Business Transactions, and Maritime Law.[5]

The library itself consists of three stories of infrastructural elegance. The reception of the library is preceded by a waiting room adorning a picture of the Late Justice TPS Chawla. Of note in the library is the IT zone consisting of personal computers equipped for use by the students, the laptop bays for usage and the several moot court research labs dotted around for better research facilities. Another feature of note is the Recommendation system where any book can be ordered by the students, paid for by the library.


NLUD has twenty six exclusive research centres.

  • Centre for Air and Space Law
  • Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Centre for Canadian and Indian Studies & Research
  • Centre for Child Rights and Juvenile Justice
  • Centre for Communication Governance
  • Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy & Good Governance
  • Centre for Corporate Law and Governance
  • Centre for Criminal Justice Administration and Human Rights
  • Centre for Cyber Laws
  • Centre for Disaster Management and Law
  • Centre for Environmental Law
  • Centre for Gender Justice
  • Centre for Health Rights
  • Centre for Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law
  • Centre for Intellectual Property Rights
  • Centre for Law and Urban Development
  • Centre for Law, Science and Technology
  • Centre for Leadership and Access to Justice
  • Centre for Media Law and Public Policy
  • Centre for Rights of Tribals
  • Centre for Studies in Disability and Law
  • Centre for Tax Laws
  • Centre for Technology and Law
  • Centre for Training of Faculty
  • Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Governance
  • Centre for W.T.O. Studies and International Trade[6]

NLUD also possesses endowed chairs.

  • K.L. Arora Chair in Criminal Law
  • Justice B.R. Sawhny Chair in Professional Ethics


NLUD Student Law Journal

The NLUD Student Law Journal is the first law journal published by the University, being published since 2012. It is a collection of articles by blind peer-review process. The dispositions of the scholars range from legal to non-legal perspectives on different contemporary issues. The Editorial Board consists of legal luminaries like Soli Sorabjee, Justice Gita Mittal, Justice A.K.Sikri, Mr Lalit Bhasin, Mr Hemant Batra, Professor B.B. Pandey and Professor Upendra Baxi.

International Journal of Transparency and Accountability in Governance

This annual journal has been first published in 2014, with the objective of functioning as a forum for reflective writings on the theory and practice of good governance models by keeping abreast with research done by the scholars in this field. The Journal aims to provide high level commentary on issues applicable to improving governance measures in India. It is the flagship journal of the Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Governance.

Journal of National Law University, Delhi

The Journal of National Law University, Delhi, first published in 2014, is a faculty run, peer-reviewed journal published by the National Law University, Delhi. The Journal seeks to provide a platform for engaging in multi-disciplinary discussions on themes of law, society and justice. Towards this end, the Journal welcomes submissions from academicians, practitioners and research scholars (including PhD candidates) from law and allied fields. The Journal does not accept student submissions.

Moot Court Competitions

The University has entered into MoU with Price Moot.

The University has gained widespread global coverage after its domination in international moot court competitions. Latest achievements include being the first Indian team to win the 2014 ICC Trial Moot Court Competition and the 23rd Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot. It won the 6th Oxford Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition as well as the 11th Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot during the 2012-13 season, along with winning the 5th LawAsia Moot in 2010. The University has won the Asia-Pacific rounds of the 2013 edition of Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot. Students have also won the prestigious Best Speaker nomination at the Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court. Further achievements include the Runners Up trophy at the Oxford International Intellectual Property Moot. The University has also consistently performed well at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, breaking in regularly with good speaker citations. It has also consistently dominated the North India rounds of the competition.

Domestic achievements of National Law University, Delhi are equally impressive. The University has garnered accolades at moot court competitions all across the country, regularly challenging for the title in LegallyIndia's Mooting Premier League, an indicator of moot court achievements over a particular season. Its latest edition places the University at second position, a culmination of season long mooting successes inclusive of domestic triumphs as well as international accolades.[8]

Competitive Debating

The University organizes its flagship debate, the Prof. Ghanshyam Singh Memorial Parliamentary Debate, every year. The debate features participation from a wide variety of colleges all over the country, with over 300 students and 60 colleges taking part. The latest edition of the debate received rave reviews for high quality adjudication and lavish hospitality provided by the organizers.

The University is one of the most accomplished debating institutions in the country, having won two of the most prestigious debating competitions in the subcontinent, the 66th St. Stephen's College, Delhi's Mukarji Memorial in 2014 and the NLS Debate twice, in 2014 and 2012, along with finishing runners up at the IIT Bombay National Debate. Notable victories include the gold at the 1st NALSAR Inter-Varsity Parliamentary Debate, the 4th IIT Guwahati Debate, the IIT Madras Debate 2009, the 6th NUJS Parliamentary Debate, the 7th N.V. Thadani Memorial Debate (Hindu College), Crossfire 2013 (Sri Ram College of Commerce), the 10th Premchand Memorial Debate (Hindu College), the 5th CNLU Parliamentary Debate, the R.V. International Debating Tournament 2013, 2010 (RVCE), the NLU Jodhpur Debate and the Q.E.D, BITS-Pilani. Participants from the University have also finished with the silver at the IIT Delhi Debate, IIT Roorkee Debate, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai British Parliamentary Debate, 1st Indian National Debate Championship, XIth NLS Debate, NLIU Bhopal Debate, NLU Jodhpur Debate and the Punjab Engineering College Debate.

Student Bar Council

The Students' Bar Council serves as the umbrella organization that governs the various committees existing in the University. Members of the Council and the committees are appointed through elections. The Council consists of multiple committees which are headed by the students.

  • Academic Committee
  • Cultural & Dramatics Committee
  • Hostel Welfare Committee
  • Legal Aid & Services Committee
  • Library Committee
  • Literary, Debating & Quiz Committee
  • Mess Committee
  • Moot Court Committee
  • Sports Committee
  • Student Welfare Committee


Kairos, the maiden edition taking place in 2014, is the literary and cultural fest of the University. Expected to feature massive football, it includes a variety of events, which are legal as well as cultural. Each night features performances by popular stage artists and musicians, including Dualist Inquiry, Dhruv Visvanathan and The Family Cheese.

Other Activities

Apart from taking part in moot court competitions and debating tournaments, as well as hosting Kairos, the University also encourages holistic development through routine participation in extra-curricular events, many of which the college organizes itself.

  • Audi Alteram Partem (AAP) is the scholastic magazine published by the students. The magazine keeps abreast of contemporary sociological topics as well as providing an insight into the various events that take place in the University.
  • Jamghat is the annual poetry recitation competition of the University. The event features participants from different corners of the country as several students participate with their self composed poetry.
  • Balls to Justice is the annual mini football tournament of the University, an event which consists of five-a-side teams. The tournament is inter-batch. The event is legendary for its inter-batch rivalries and excitement.
  • The Freshers' Talent Hunt is the event leading up to the Freshers' celebration and involves a display of creativity and talent from the incoming undergraduate batch. The Hunt is characterized by a variety of performances including musical and cultural activities.
  • Every Monday, a movie is screened by the students, often revolving around, but not limited to topics of social relevance for the other members of the student community. The event is considered a popular break by the students and is organized by the NLUD Cinema Club.
  • The Dandia Night earmarks the beginning of the Dusshera holidays by providing a night full of festivity and frolic. The event features classical Gujarati cuisine coupled with the popular folk dance, Garba.


The first batch of the University passed out in 2013, with the convocation being presided over by Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India at the Vigyan Bhavan. The alumni of the University have established themselves at leading national and international law firms, the Supreme Court of India, various High Courts and other research avenues. Many students have also gained admission to prestigious universities for post graduation. Currently, the University has alumni presence at the likes of Linklaters LLP, Allen & Overy LLP, Harvard Law School, University of Oxford and the Supreme Court of India, amongst others.

Notable Alumni

  • Suhail Mathur, author


See also


  1. ^ "Academic Programmes". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Academic Programmes - LL.M". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Academic Programmes -P.G. Diploma". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Academic Programmes -Ph.D.". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Library". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Research Centres". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Moot Court". Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  8. ^ 

External links

  • Official Website of the National Law University, Delhi
  • Approval of NLU Delhi
  • Legally India - NLU Delhi

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