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NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

Admission Test

Admission to the First Year of the 5-year BA BL(Hons) Degree Program is made strictly on merit on the basis of an All India Entrance Test. To be eligible for admission, the student should have passed the Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent recognized by the University, and should have secured 50 percent marks and younger than 20 years of age (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates). The number of students to be admitted on the basis of entrance test shall be SIXTY with the following reservations <Scheduled Caste 15% (9 seats); Scheduled Tribe 7 1/2% (4 seats); Women 30% (18 seats Horizontal)> 20 seats are separately allotted for Foreign Nationals on Direct Admission basis on the basis of prescribed academic qualification and an interview. The Test Paper is of 90 minutes duration carrying 150 marks and will contain questions on (a) General Knowledge - 50 marks; (b) General English - 30 marks; (c) Legal Aptitude - 20 marks; (d) Reasoning - 20 marks; and (e) Essay - 30 marks.

Course Structure

NALSAR offers, at the graduate level, a five year BA BL (Hons) degree program. Each year consists of two semesters: mid-june to october end and january to april. The placement program is conducted for a period of 6 weeks from november first week. The course in total has 10 semesters with 5 courses each in every semester. To be awarded the degree the student has to pass all the prescribed and optional courses totaling fifty (50) within a maximum period of seven (7) years. The course is a nice blend of social sciences and law subjects for the first two years (i.e. 4 semesters). Social sciences include two papers each in history, economics, sociology and political science. There are two papers in english as well. The papers in social sciences and english are completed by the end of 4 semesters along with 10 law papers which includes legal methods and law of torts in the first semester. Over the next 3 semesters (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) 2 papers each on law of contracts, family law, criminal law and a paper each on property law and law & poverty are completed. The law & poverty course is an unique course offered at NALSAR. The next 6 semesters deal comprehensively with various law subjects like jurisprudence, administrative law, constitutional law, corporate law, taxation laws, labour laws, environmental law, international law, intellectual property law, insurance, banking etc. The course also covers interesting aspects of law like law & rural development, statutory interpretation, human rights, international humanitarian law, refugee law, international trade law and also private international law. The course also includes 4 clinics. Clinic I deals with Alternative Dispute Resolution. Clinic II is about trial & appellate advocacy and drafting pleading & conveyancing. Legal aid and para legal services is dealt with in clinic III. Clinic IV exposes the student to court attendance, diary and professional ethics. These clinics are in the 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th semesters respectively. 3 seminar courses also have to be completed as a part of the course. 2 seminar courses have to be completed in semester IX and the last one in semester X. The 3 courses are to be chosen from 45 courses currently on offer. The 45 courses are divided under 5 headings: public law and policy choice, family laws, business laws, international legal studies and criminal law. Every student has to pass atleast eight out of the ten courses offered in one year to move on to the next year. Every student has to submit one project per course in each semester.

Lectures have been given at NALSAR by Upendra Baxi - eminent jurist, Mr. N.S.Gopalkrishnan - an authority on intellectual property rights, Mr. Muralidhar - on patents and mass torts, Mr.Arvind Sivaramkrishnan from the University of Taunton on federalism and separation of powers. That was the heavy academic stuff and course structure for you. It is a nice blend of theory and practice out here in NALSAR. The course is quite hectic with surprise tests, mid-semester exams, project submissions and presentations every semester and all this contributes to your final grade in the specific course accordingly. With the dedication and experience of the faculty and the enthusiasm of the students NALSAR is right up there amongst the best law universities in India. Must surely be there in the top 2 choices for anyone wanting to study law.

College Infrastructure

The university is only in it's fourth year and most of the infrastructure is still being developed. The library being the most essential is being shifted to an entire floor above the academic block. The library is well stocked with essential books for a comprehensive understanding of the course. In October 2001, the chief minister of AP, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu and the chief justice of the AP High Court, Mr. Satyabrata Sinha laid the foundation stone for an entire library building along with the computer centre. The foundation stone was also laid for the auditorium which is to be equipped with the state of the art technologies.

The state government has also agreed to grant to the university internet connectivity via satellite (V-SAT) worth Rs.50 lakhs. The new library, computer centre and the auditorium will be completed by the time of the 2002 batch admissions. The classrooms are spacious and well designed. Other infrastructure like shops, telephone booths etc are available on campus. Since the campus is quite far from the city, the university has a bus which comes to the campus from the city every morning and leaves everyday to the city after class hours. The university has also arranged for APSRTC buses in the mornings and evenings. Medical needs of students on campus is taken care of by the Mediciti doctors who visit the campus every weekday. Incase of medical emergencies the students are taken to the Mediciti hospital, 3 kms from the campus. As far as knowing what goes around the world, the university has it's own cable connectivity. And for the physical, there is equipment for working out as well. In time for the 2002 batch, the university will wear a completely different look with the new library, computer centre with high speed internet connectivity and the hi-tech auditorium.

Extra-Curriculars and Co-Curriculars

Extra curriculars in NALSAR are taken care of by the literary and debating committee, cultural committee, moot court committee and the sports committee. There are selections for the moot court team are done early in the academic year. Depending upon the ranks in the moot court selections teams are chosen for various moot court competitions. The best moot court result has been second position at the Bar Council of India Moot Court Competition held at NLSIU in 2000. As far as debates go, for every national debate separate rounds of selection are conducted. This year (2001) NALSAR was invited, for the first time, to the Mukarji Memorial Debate in St.Stephen's, Delhi. NALSAR also won the Generationext National Debate Festival at Pune in September 2001. NALSAR has it's fair share of other extra-curricular activities like quizzes, cultural activities, intra and inter college sports competitions. NALSAR also has two bands, Civil Wrongs and Moksha. The cultural committee celebrates all major festivals of india during the academic sessions in typical fashion by organising the unique characteristics of the festival. With the diverse student community in NALSAR, this task becomes slightly easier. A dramatics group called "the bards" took shape in september 2001. The university also organises guest lectures by eminent jurists, professors, lawyers etc. Since the campus is still being developed, there are a large number of workers on campus. A group of students are involved in teaching the children of workers on campus. It was the initiative of this group of students which led to these children being sent to school by the university authorities. This group shows great commitment in educating the children and contributing their bit while these children are on campus.

Job Opportunities

This is something the whole University is looking forward to with great expectation. The first batch of students in NALSAR will be in their final year starting from june 2002. The final job placements will materialise by the end of the academic year 2002-2003. The final job placements will essentially be a student initiative. The success of the annual internship placement programs promise a successful job placement in 2003. EXISTING VACATION PLACEMENT PROGRAMME: Every year for 6 weeks starting from november 1st week, students have to undertake placements. Students of the degree program are placed with NGO's, national and international institutions, lawyers, judges of the high court and supreme court, corporates, newspapers, magazines etc. The placement is arranged by the university by liasoning with these various organisations and individuals. Students express their area of interests and the university arranges for placements in these areas as far as possible. Students are sent with express placement goals and are required to submit a report on the placement to the university on their return. Students of the university have been placed with UNHCR, UNICEF, Centre for GATT Studies, International Red Cross, Enviro-Legal Defence Firm, Centre for Women's Development Studies, Law Commission of India, Lawyers Collective, State Legal Aid Services, Judges of the Supreme Court namely, Justice K T Thomas and Justice U C Banerjee, Judges of High Courts, trial court placements, Advocate Generals, renowned jurists like Upendra Baxi, media placements in Times of India and Frontline, law firms like Anand & Anand, Singhania etc, National Defence Academy, Peoples' Watch, Prayas: Social Work in Criminal Justice, Commonwealth Human Rights Commission and many more NGOs, other institutions of international repute and various corporates. The university, through it's placement program, essentially tries to give the students a feel of all the opportunities that awaits them once they graduate. It's a nice step wise progress from ngos, to courts, to law firms and corporates... getting a feel where the students can get maximum job satisfaction.

Hostel Life

The hostel facilities at NALSAR are excellent. In the first and second year, 2 students share one room. From the third year onwards all students have one room to themselves. With 2 halls of residence nearing completion (one for girls and the other for boys), students from the second year onwards will get single rooms. The university has separate halls of residence for boys and girls. All halls of residence have common rooms for watching television and playing table tennis. The rooms are spacious and the toilets and the bathrooms are kept clean as well. Hot water is available 24 hrs in the halls of residence.

Mess food is pretty much bearable. Though nothing exceptional it is not one of those dreaded mess food experiences. As an afterthought the crispy dosas and soft idly vadas are quite a treat early in the morning with hot steaming filter coffee. The university has two wardens, one for the boys halls of residence and one for the girls halls of residence. The curfew timings for the halls of residence is 9 pm which can be relaxed only in exceptional cases.

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