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National University of Advanced Legal Studies


National University of Advanced Legal Studies

National University of Advanced Legal Studies
Established 2005
Type National University
Chancellor Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Rose Varghese
Students 400+
Undergraduates 370
Postgraduates 12
Location Cochin, Kerala, India
Campus Urban, 9.97 acres

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) (earlier National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies) is a uni-disciplinary university in Kochi, India for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate legal education.

NUALS was established to advance and disseminate learning and knowledge of law and legal processes, to develop scholarship and a sense of responsibility towards society and to promote legal and judicial reforms to strengthen the administration of justice in India. The Chief Justice of India is the Visitor, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Kerala is the Chancellor, and the Minister for Education, Kerala state is the Pro-Chancellor of the University.


  • History 1
  • New campus at Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery 2
  • Fora 3
  • Centres 4
  • Curriculum 5
  • Course structure 6
  • Syllabus 7
  • Faculty 8
  • Notable visiting faculty 9
  • Tie-ups and exchange programmes 10
  • Achievements 11
  • LL.M. programme 12
  • Ph.D programme 13
  • References 14
  • External links 15


The National University of Advanced Legal Studies was established by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies Act, 2005 which merged the erstwhile National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), earlier established and managed by the Bar Council of Kerala and Bar Council of Kerala Trust. Dr. K. G. Balakrishnan, then Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India and Visitor, NUALS, dedicated it to the nation on 7 January 2006.[1] Cochin, locally known as Kochi, was found to be the ideal location to set up the first national law school in Kerala since it is the seat of the High Court of Kerala and Lakshadweep.[2]

Initially the university functioned from Kaloor, Cochin. It now functions from its permanent campus in KINFRA Hi-Tech Park, at Kalamassery. The campus is on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land taken on lease for 90 years from KINFRA and is nearer to Nedumbassery,India where the civilian airport is in Kochi.

New campus at Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery

  • Extent of campus : 9.97 acres
  • Number of buildings : 7
  • Hostel for boys of 2,135 m2 with 35 rooms (each for up to three students)
  • Hostel for girls of 1,718 m2 with 35 rooms (each for up to three students)
  • School of Professional Education (SCOPE) of 4,718 m2 in five storeys.
  • Staff apartment block of 11,459 m2 (three three-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments)
  • Amenities Centre of 1,376 m2 (two-storeyed building with a plinth area of 1,376 m2 and an auditorium on the second floor)
  • Administrative Block (Conference Room, Convocation Hall)
  • Library Block (2 storied)


Moot Court Society, Legal Aid Clinic, Law and Economic Forum, Quiz Club, Debate and Seminar Forum, and the Law and Society Forum function under the guidance of teachers.


The University has thirteen centres for study and research. They are:

  • Centre for Law and Environment.
  • Centre for Law and Development.
  • Centre for Law and Agriculture.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Police Studies.
  • Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Law Reforms.
  • Centre for Continuing Legal Education and Extension.
  • Centre for Consumer Protection Law and Policy.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Social Justice.
  • Centre for Intellectual Property Rights
  • Centre for Human Rights
  • Centre for Law and Economics
  • Centre for Health and Law
  • Centre for Woman and Family Studies


The Bar Council of India has recommended 38 subjects (including four training courses) for the five-year LLB course. With its Choice Based Credit System completely revamped, from Academic Year 2015-16 onward, students at NUALS will study 60 subjects for their B.A.LL.B. (Hons) Course.

The students are required to conduct Legal Aid camps and Legal Aid clinics in selected villages in Kerala.

Course structure

Maritime Law, Medical Jurisprudence, Law and Medicine, Law and Forensic Science, etc. are some of the specialised subjects taught by experts in the field. The students are also given exposure to socially relevant subjects like, Cyber law and E-Governance, Energy Law, Media and the Law, Environment and Law etc.


The syllabus of NUALS was drafted under the leadership of former director of NUALS (then NIALS), Prof Dr. K.N.Chandrasekharan Pillai, the former director of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The syllabus introduces subjects relevant to the study of law but never incorporated hitherto in the syllabi of Indian law schools.


Faculty members have published books on subjects of their specialization, which include Electronic Signatures, Indian history, legal language etc. They also have paper publications to their credit in law journals in the country. A majority of the faculty belong to the Bar and are advocates in the High Court and lower courts.

Guest lecturers and visiting faculty are part of the extended family of NUALS. The university constantly solicits the wisdom of experts and specialists who have carved a niché for themselves in their fields. They include Supreme Court lawyers, scientists, medical professionals, Heads of Departments of other Universities, and Professors from foreign Universities.

Honourable [2]Justice K.T. Sankaran], Judge, High Court of Kerala teaches Civil Procedure Code.

Notable visiting faculty

  • Sebastian Paul - Doctorate in the Law of Press; Former Member of Indian Parliament.

Tie-ups and exchange programmes

  • Student-Teacher Exchange Programme with University of Paris – Nanterre, France.
  • Exchange Programme and Scholarship with Albert-Ludwigs University, Germany.
  • Approved by Supreme Court in the panel of National Law Schools


  • Winners of 5th NLIU - Justice R.K. Tankha Memorial National Moot Court Competition, National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, from 20 -22 February 2015.
  • Winners of the Dr. Annasaheb G.D. Bendale Memorial 10th National Moot Court Competition 2015, S.S. Maniyar Law College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra.
  • Runners-up at the UPES National Trial Advocacy Competition 2015.
  • Winners of the IMS Unison University 2nd National Moot Court Competition 2014.
  • Winners of the 6th RLC Saquib Rizvi Memorial National Moot Court Competition 2014, Rizvi Law College, Mumbai.
  • Runners-up at the National Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Competition 2014, GLC Thrissur.
  • Runners-up at the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, 2014 (India Funding Rounds)
  • Winners of the Best Memorial at the NLU-J Competition Law Moot Court Competition, 2014.
  • Winners of the RMLNLU Media Law Moot Court Competition, Lucknow, 2013.
  • Winners of the Amity IPR Moot Court Competition, New Delhi, 2013.
  • Runners-up at the NLU-D Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, New Delhi, 2013.
  • Runners- up at the Christ Competition Law Moot Court Competition, Bangalore -2012.
  • Winners of the prize for the Best Memorial at the All India Moot Court Competitions organised by the Government Law College, Thiruvananthapuram, January 2011.
  • Winners of the 2nd Annual NALSAR Justice Bodh Raj Sawhny Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2008
  • Runners-up at the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, 2007 (National Round) and represented India at Stetson, Florida, USA[3]
  • Winners at the 2nd Surana and Surana Trial Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • NUJS Moot Court 2007[4]
  • Winners at the 18th Kerala Law Academy Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Winners at the 17th Kerala Law Academy Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Winners at the ULC Bangalore National Moot Court Competition, 2006[5]
  • Winners at the 2nd Indian Institute Arbitration and Mediation (IIAM) Hamline Arbitration Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Winners at the 1st Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition, 2005
  • Runners-up at Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Runners up at Calicut National Moot Court Competition, 2005
  • Semi Finalist Philip.C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, 2007
  • The institution has been a partner institute for Surana & Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition from 2006 onwards.

Have also won several prizes in the following competitions:

  • M.M. Singhvi Moot Court Competition, 2004
  • A.K. Khan Memorial Minority Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Philip.C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • Stetsons International Moot Court Competition, 2006

LL.M. programme

NUALS runs an LL.M. programme in International Trade Law and in Constitutional and Administrative Law. From academic year 2011-12, the admission is through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted by the consortium of National Law Universities.

Ph.D programme

NUALS runs a Ph.D. programme, in accordance with the guidelines set by the University Grants Commission.


  1. ^ The Hindu : Front Page : NUALS dedicated to nation
  2. ^
  3. ^ The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Accent on moot court competitions
  4. ^ The Hindu : Kerala / Kochi News : Kochi students top moot court contest
  5. ^ Laurels for NUALS team -

External links

  • Official website of NUALS

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