National Law University, Jodhpur is an autonomous Law University in India committed to the cause of providing Legal Education. The institute offers under-graduate and post-graduate courses in various facades of law.
The degrees offered at the under-graduate level are;
All of these are ten semester courses and open only for students on fully-residential basis. Since 2008, the admission to these courses would be on through the Common Law Admission Test the first of which would take place on May 11, 2008.
At the post-graduate level the degrees offered are (subject-wise basis);
The admission to these courses is though the National Entrance Tests organised by the University each year.
The National Law University, Jodhpur was set up in November 1999 (by the passing of the National Law University Act,1999 by the State Legislature of Rajasthan) under the leadership of Dr. N.L. Mitra. Since then the University has seen two more Vice-Chancellors and an equal number of under-graduate batches pass out. The first batch (both under-graduate and post-graduate) of the University was admitted in the year 2001. The first under-graduate batch passed off in 2006 with their graduation ceremony (First Convocation) organised in January 2007 and attended by the then Vice-President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and the then Governor of Rajasthan and now President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil.
The second under-graduate batch passed out in 2007 and the Convocation ceremony for them was organized on March 29, 2008 and was attended by the then Home Minister, Government of India, Mr. Shivraj Patil.
Established in 2001, National Law University boasts of being the first institution of its kind in the country where study of law is coupled with other disciplines such as Science, Management Science and Policy Sciences. It introduced for the first time the degree of B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons) (i.e. Management and Law) in the country, requiring the students of the course to undertake specialized courses in Management Studies (such as Audit, Accounting, Principles of Management, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Strategy, etc.) and assimilate the learning therein especially with the fast evolving corporate and financial laws.
As the University itself puts it, National law universities only answers intention to do the same from the entire country following the traditions of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in technology education, Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in the management education and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in medical education. Terming its establishment as a Third Generation Experiment, the University calls forth and furthers the need behind viewing and handling legal education today in a multidisciplinary scenario. Keeping this objective of multidisciplinary total education in view and the growing needs of legal profession in the global context, the university has established five schools of learning. These are School of Policy Science, School of Management, School of Science, School of Languages and School of Law, which not only intertwines the knowledge of other disciplines with the subject of law but also allows the students a choice in designing their courses of specialization and thus making, prized experts in their respective fields.
Towards these ends, the University offers five year integrated undergraduate program in three streams B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) and B.Sc., LL.B. (Hons.), each with a vision to integrate the knowledge of law with humanities, management and natural sciences respectively. In this under-graduate program, not only all the compulsory subjects prescribed by the Bar Council of India are taught in the comparative context but the University also administers Honours courses in six specialized disciplines, namely;
The University claims to have taken great care in structuring various subjects to make the Honours courses in their respective streams highly innovative and knowledge oriented. Further, to keep the syllabus in line with the ongoing developments of the dynamic world, the University boasts of a high-profiled Advisory Board to advice and assist the faculty in the development and teaching of a customized and updated curriculum.
The University as such highlights various critical issues facing the legal education and equally the profession today in the light of the changing dynamics of the growth and complexities in other disciplines of social life and insists upon these being addressed in the teaching of law. Some of these critical areas identified by the University
To accentuate these objectives, the University practices various methodologies of teaching & learning process such as co-operative teaching, case studies, lecture demonstration, group discussions, and self-conducted research. Evaluation is carried out on continuing basis on grade points. As a teaching-learning process, courtroom exercises are an integral part of the curriculum from the very first year. The University has found these exercises to be highly successful in sharpening the lawyering skills in the students and providing them a real life exposure to the profession.
In additional to the above, the University also takes pride in its eight centres of learning which it describes as the Centres of Studies & Research namely,
The University also conducts several short and medium term orientation, training and refresher courses for NGOs, Government officials and public administrators, local self-Government, legal professionals including members of the bar and the bench, other administrative authorities and corporate officials.
The University has four officials;
Besides the officials, the University has three official bodies;
The General Council comprises the following members;
The Executive Council comprises the following members;
The Academic Council comprises the following members;
The University also boasts which of a high-profiled Advisory Board to assist in the formation and updating of the curriculum. Its members comprise of legal and other luminaries, which include;
|No.||Vice Chancellor||Took office||Left office||Career highlights at NLU|
|01||Dr. N.L. Mitra||2001||2004||Founding Vice Chancellor • Building an exclusive campus for University|
|02||Dr. A.K. Koul||2004||2008||Ensuring recruitment of all undergraduate and postgraduate students.|
|03||Justice N.N. Mathur||2008||Incumbent|
In the short-span of its establishment, the University has been witness to various high profile national and international visitors. Some of these have been;
The University has also been organizing and hosting various lectures and discussions by eminent and distinguished members of the legal and scholarly fraternity. Some of the previous lectures have been as under;
|February 29 2008||Vinod Dhall||IAS, Member and Acting Chairman, Competition Commission of India||"The Competition Act, 2002"|
|February 26 2008||Dr. Gary vanLoon||Professor of Chemistry, Queens University, Kingston, Canada & President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute||"Sustainable Development and Environmental Law"|
|February 25 2008||Dr. Justice Shivaraj V. Patil||Member, National Human Rights Commission of India & Former Judge, Supreme Court of India||"Human Rights, Constitution and our Responsibilities"|
|February 8 2008||Prof. John Philips||Professor of English Law, King’s College London||"Commercial Negotiations – Continuing Uncertainty"|
|October 25 2007||B.C. Khatua||Chairman, Forward Markets Commission, (India)||"Commodity Derivatives Market in India"|
|August 8 2007||Prof. Shyam S. Lodha||Professor of Marketing & International Business, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut||"Executive Functions in a Diversified Environment with Reference to Legal Issues"|
|July 21 2007||Justice M. Jagannatha Rao||Former Chairman, Law Commission of India||"Indian Judiciary: Problems and Prospects"|
|February 28 2007||David Malone||High Commissioner of Canada to India||"The UN Security Council: Boom or Bust"|
|December 28 2006||Nripendra Misra||Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)||(untitled)|
|October 16 2006||Barbara Timmer||Legal Consultant and Project Advisor, California||"Business Law & Technology Policy"|
|October 7 2006||Justice P.P. Naolekar||Judge, Supreme Court of India||"Clinical Legal Education: The Future Agenda"|
|September 29 2006||Madhav J. Joshi||Chief Legal Officer, Tata Tele Services Limited||"Disputes Resolution in Telecom Sector"|
|September 15 2006||D.D. Rathi||Whole-time Director and Chief Financial Officer, Grasim Industries Ltd.||"Corporate Governance"|
|September 9 2006||Prof. Anurag K. Agarwal||Faculty, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad||"International Commercial Arbitration: Party Autonomy and Role of Courts"|
|September 4 2006||Dr. Satvinder S. Juss||Reader of Law at King's College London||"Refugee Law: Modern Societies Coping With Refugees/ Immigrants"|
|August 23 2006||Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Mani||Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat National Law University||"International Litigation"|
|March 3 2006||Prof. S. Narayanan||Former Ambassador of India to the WTO||"Dispute Settlement at the WTO"|
|January 29 2006||H.R. Bhardwaj||Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India||(untitled)|
|January 29 2006||Justice A.K. Mathur||Judge, Supreme Court of India||(untitled)|
|January 18 2006||Dr. P.S. Rao||Ad Hoc Judge, International Court of Justice, Member, International Law Commission||"International Liability for Transboundary Harm"|
|January 11 2006||Justice S.B. Sinha||Judge, Supreme Court of India||"Law in India: Emerging Thoughts"|
|December 29 2005||Vallabh Bhanshali||Chairman, Enam Financial Consultants Ltd., Mumbai||"Business Tomorrow"|
|December 27 2005||A.K. Mohapatra||Secretary to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India||"Parliamentary Democracy"|
|December 24 2005||V. Lakshmikumaran||Advocate and Founding Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Shridharan, Associates (Law Firm)||"Subsidies and Countervailing Measures"|
|January 29 2006||Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon||Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal||"Legal Education in Social Context"|
|September 19 2005||Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh||Vice Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law||"Critical Legal Thinking"|
|September 17 2005||Dr. Rakesh Mohan||Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India||"Economic Reforms in India"|
|September 3 2005||P.H. Parekh||President, Supreme Court Bar Association (India)||"Law is a Jealous Mistress"|
|August 20 2005||Prof. (Dr.) C.P. Shrimali||Chairman, HRM Area, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon||"Competency Building for Meeting Challenges of the Corporate World"|
The University also hosted the Second All India Law Teachers Conference (AILTC) held on January 29-30, 2006 and attended by the law teachers from all over the country.
Moot Courts are a critical paradigm of legal education today and they are well integrated in the curriculum of the University. They are a part of the University's culture in both internal and external front. On the external side, since its establishment, the University has been successfully hosting the prestigious M.M. Singhvi Bar Council of India Trust Moot Court Competition which is being organised to commemorate the memory of Late Mr. M.M. Singhvi, a leading lawyer in Rajasthan High Court. The Competition is organised under the aegis of the M.M. Singhvi Memorial Trust and the Bar Council of India. Teams from almost all law colleges in the country participate in the Competition and since 2007, the competition has turned international with even teams from outside India participating in the Competition. The University also also hosted the North Indian rounds of the Stetson Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, which is another prestigious and leading Moot Court Competition. Apart from this, the University has also hosted the Surana & Surana National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition which is sponsored by the Surana Foundation, Chennai.
On the internal front, moot courts are well integrated in the curriculum of the University. In all law subjects (beginning right from the first semester of the under-graduate program), 15-20 percent of the marks are earmarked for moot courts and are assessed by the panel of two-three judges (comprising of the teaching faculty and/or retired judge(/s)) where the students are required to address the court on the problem related to the subject-matter being taught in the paper and assessed upon their performance. Based on the cumulative performance in these internal moot courts and other criterion, the Moot Court Committee organises an intra-University moot court competition once in each semester and depending upon the rankings of these intra-University moot court competitions, the students are sent to represent the University in various National and International Moot Court Competitions.
The students have performed well in various national and international moot court competition, the most notable being the victory of a team at the Susan J. Ferrell Inter-cultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition conducted by the St. Thomas University, Florida, in January 2007. The team comprising of Anil Raj ('07), Gauarav Solanki ('07), Reshma Khan ('08), Kunal Mehta ('08) and Riddhi Sancheti ('09) secured the first position and also the second best memorial prize. Also, Reshma Khan and Riddhi Sancheti were awarded the "Best Oralist" and the "Third Best Oralist" respectively.
National Law University provides 24*7 Internet access to its every student. it has subscribed various Online Law Libraries like Westlaw and Manupatra which makes the cases and research material available on the fingertips of the student. It has Wireless Networking in the form of 802.11g Wi-Fi available in the Academic Block with internet speed of 2 Mbit/s, Library Building and Mess. Besides this 100 Mbit/s with internet speed of 2 Mbit/s from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. and 4 Mbit/s from 5 P.M. to 8 A.M. Ethernet Wiring is provided in every hostel room. This enables the faculty teachers to share study resources in the internet also.