NLIU (National Law Institute University), Bhopal
Admission to the BA LLB (Hons.) course is based on an All India Entrance Test conducted each year.
Eligibility - Students with 55% or more in the 10+2 or its equivalent are eligible for admission. In the case of SC/ST/OBC the minimum percentage for eligibility is 45%. The age limit for admission is 21 years. For reserved categories a relaxation of two years on the age limit is permitted.
The admission test is normally held on the 3rd Sunday of May. The exact date will be released through the official admission notification. The level of questioning of the admission test is 10+2. The test will consist of questions covering english, analytical reasoning, verbal reasoning, legal reasoning, legal aptitude and general knowledge.
The National Law Institute University offers an integrated academic 5 year BA LLB (Hons.) program. There are 80 seats for this course. 50% of the seats are reserved for students from Madhya Pradesh and the remaining are for students from all over Inida. A total of 63 compulsory subjects (credit and non-credit) are offered to the students. Out of the 17 seminar papers offered, students must select 10 for their elective specialisations. Some of the various papers offered are Feminist Jurisprudence, Health Law, Affirmative Law, Information Technology Law and Space Law.
Teaching Methodology - Faculty at NLIU use an inter-disciplinary approach to teaching students in order to keep the students' minds from being narrowed down by formal logic of law and its divergence from practical life. Students are taught how to apply the theory they learn from textbooks to real life social problems, this way they are prepared for the practical use of law. Learning is through a combination of textbooks, classroom tuition, discussions, seminars and research projects. 75% attendance is necessary if students wish to give he final BA LLB exam. The minimum passing percentage in each examination is 50% or grade C. Each course carries 4 credits unless specified otherwise.
The NLIU campus is situated on the side of a hillock. The new campus complex has been designed to keep the environmental impact on the land to a minimum thereby creating a blend of modern architecture and natural landscape. The new guesthouse is ready as is the faculty residential block, the latter being already in use. The new library building with the language labs and computer lab is nearly completed and would be functional in te near future.
Libraries - The University has a reference library with 12000 volumes, which contains over 9000 books covering 44 law subjects. A large number of books and journals have come from the personal library of the late Professor TVS Satyamurthy. The MP High Court will soon be making a large donation of important journals as well. The new library building will be centrally air-conditioned and will soon be functional.
IT infrastructure - The students have access to 40 internet-enabled computers in the computer lab for both online as well as offline work. Computer courses offered are aimed at making students proficient in computer languages, internet usage and basic computer applications. The library subscribes to www.lexusnexus.com and www.scoonline.com. Grand Jurix is also available for students to use.
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Recruitment - is handled by a student formed Placement Co-ordination Committee (PCC) which has representatives from the final year batch. The PCC is given active support by the University administration. Though the main networking is done by the PCC, the administration also helps by providing infrastructural support and amenities as well as inviting future employers to take part in the recruitment process. The first batch of 25 students who graduated in 2003, had 100% placements.
The key recruiters involved are Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi & Mumbai), Jyoti Sagar & Assoc. (JSA), Bajpai & Co., Data Access, Holla & Holla & Patel & Nettar, Exim Bank, Singh & Singh Advocates (New Delhi) and Enviro-Legal Defence Firm (ELDF). Some students that did not start practicing law are pursuing higher studies.
Internships - The University provides for two internship periods, January and May-June for students to gain experience through practical training while working with proper law firms, lawyers and organisations. Some of the companies and firms who offer internships are Amarchand Mangaldas, Dua Associates, JSA, ARA Law and Luthra and Luthra. Other corporates that offer internships are Coca Cola, Reliance Infocom and Bharati Telecom. Some students also intern with judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts.
There are two hostels, one for boys and one for girls. Admission is strictly on the basis of merit in the entrance test. They are located within walking distance of the academic block. The city is also quite accessible and public transport regularly available. The University provides buses for students to commute to the city and back.
Facilities - Each hostel has a common room, indoor games room and TV room. Both hostels have 155 single occupancy rooms with a bed, study/computer table, and two cupboards (small and large). Each wing consists of six rooms, a balcony and common bathroom. Students have access to STD and PCO facilities in each hostel. The hostels are also provided with adequate security facilities.
Mess - There is a mess and dining hall in each hostel. These are supervised by the hostel wardens along with the students' mess committee. The mess menu is changed periodically and food arrangements are contracted out every year.
Discipline - Hostel residents must follow the rules laid down by the University. A warden is appointed to manage each hostel. There is also a 'hostel committee', 'Discipline committee' and 'mess committee' in each hostel. Breaking of any of the rules may result in serious action being taken such as suspension/rustication from the hostel/classes, payment of fines, submission of written undertakings or any other punishment as prescribed by the University authorities.