Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

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Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Motto Educate, Evolve, Excel.
Parent school University of Delhi, Bar Council of India
Established 1954
School type Public, Law School
Dean Prof. Ashwani Kumar Bansal
Location India New Delhi, Delhi, India
Enrollment 7000
Faculty 130
Website du.ac.in, law.du.ac.in, clc.du.ac.in, lc2.in
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The Faculty of Law was established in 1924. The Law Faculty is claimed to be one of the largest law schools in India. The centre is situated in the university's North Campus in Maurice Nagar, and is surrounded by a host of other prestigious academic institutions of the country such as the St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Hindu College, Delhi School of Economics, and the Faculty of Management Studies

The school attracts students from every state of India and more than 20 countries of Asia, Europe, America and South Africa. It has over 4000 students and 100 full-time faculty members anytime on its rolls. The alumni of this institution include Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, Ministers of Union and State Governments, civil servants, and many of India's lawyers.

It has been consistently ranked in the top three laws schools of the country and finished at the second position in the year 2012.[1] Among law schools offering three year LLB courses to graduate students, it is rated as the best by 'Lawyers Update' - A monthly magazine for Legal Professionals and students. It has the most powerful alumni network in the legal profession. Of the 35 sitting judges of the Delhi High Court, 31 are from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University and an overwhelming majority are Campus Law Centre, the university's premier centre for legal education.[2]



The Faculty of Law was established in 1924 and the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi.Hari Singh Gaur was its first Dean. The Faculty was initially housed in the Prince's Pavilion in the Old Viceregal Lodge Grounds. It was only in 1963 that the faculty moved to its present location at the Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi.

The Bachelor of laws (LL.B.) degree course was, initially, started as a two-year part-time course, teaching being conducted in the morning with ten teachers. In 1942, along with the morning, evening classes were also started. In 1944, the one-year Master of laws (LL.M.) degree course was introduced. In 1947, after Independence and partition of the country, the demand for the study of law increased. It was also time to look beyond the entrenched British model and restructure legal education to meet the demands of a now Independent India clamouring for equality in access to power, respect and knowledge. Lawyers played a major role in the struggle for freedom. They now had to be trained to create & use law as an instrument of social change and, as Nehru put it, to wipe a tear from every eye. In 1947, LL.B. was made a full-time course (classes being held both in the morning and evening) and new courses were added. LL.M. was made a whole time two-year course. Two new courses, namely, Certificate of Proficiency (Law) and Bachelor of Civil Laws (B.C.L.) were introduced (later abolished in 1961 and 1966, respectively).

The year 1966 was a turning point in the history of the Faculty of Law and legal education in the country: Dean P.K. Tripathi and his team of dedicated teachers adopted and implemented almost all the recommendations, in the 1964 Report, of the Gajendragadkar Committee on Legal Education (appointed by Vice-Chancellor Dr. C.D. Deshmukh). The two-year LL.B. course was made a three-year (six semester) course with an internal examination at the end of each semester. There were major innovations in the method of teaching: the discussion method of teaching (the Socratic method of teaching) was to be followed and not simply the lecture method where students were merely passive recipients of information. Towards this end, the case method of teaching, with decided cases and other study materials being given to the students in advance, was introduced, which enabled the Delhi Law School to achieve the goal of making students active participants in the learning process, thereby also ensuring an in-depth study of law. Teacher participation in the management of the Law School was ensured through appointment of various committee with elected members.[3]


In 1970, to meet the increasing demand for more evening admissions, evening classes in the Faculty of Law were discontinued and two new evening centres were established: Law Centre-I at Mandir Marg (Currently in the Faculty of Law building) in 1970 and Law Centre-II at Dhaula Kuan in 1971. The admission in these centres is as per merit in entrance exams.


[4] The best Law Faculty, established in 1924, is at the threshold of great expansion and innovation. The hallmark of this expansion and innovation is the decision of the University to integrate all the three Law Centres into one single unit. To be located in an area of nearly 13 acres at Dhaka, the existing faculty of 75 will add 212 new members. From the academic year 2010-11, the Faculty would increase admission intake by 54% as decided by the University to give full effect to 27% reservation in admissions in LL.B. and LL.M. courses for the socially and educationally backward classes (O.B.C.) (non-creamy layer). This will increase the students strength considerably with the annual intake of 2445 in LL.B. and 106 in LL.M. courses. The total students strength is likely to go to more than 5000.

The Faculty of Law attracts students from abroad. These foreign students come from highly developed and developing countries including United States of America, United Kingdom, France, China, Korea, Mongolia, Iran, Nepal, etc. They join LL.B., M.C.L. and Ph.D. programmes. During this year, two foreign nationals, one each from Korea and Iran, were awarded Ph.D. Degree on subjects such as Law of Partnership and Criminal Law. The student visitors for a limited period study included Ms. Li Lairu, Lecturer, Law Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and International Business School, Yunnan University of Finance & Economics and Ph.D. scholar visited the Faculty in March, 2010 to collect research and study materials on law of contract for her research work. Three students from France, viz. Ms. Clara Giraud, Jean-Baptiste Coquard and Penelope Bouchard, Exchange Students from Lyon III, France are presently studying at this Faculty from the beginning of the current academic year. They have been allowed to opt courses of LL.B. at their choice.[citation needed][5]

Programs Offered[edit]

The Faculty of Law is currently offering the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Laws(LL.B.),
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.),
  • Master of Comparative Laws (M.C.L.),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and
  • Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.).

Structure of LL.B. Entrance Exam[edit]

The Entrance Test Paper will have 175 Objective Type Questions with Multiple Choice Answers. Each question carries 4 marks and wrong answer deducts 1 marks. Generally cut off varies between 300-450 for all the three centers. Questions are mainly from - English Language Comprehension, to test the ability to analyse written information, comprehending the main ideas and significant details and drawing inferences from the material presented and testing the general comprehension of language including grammar; Analytical Abilities, Legal Awareness and Aptitude for testing the ability to evaluate an assumption, inference or argument that is presented in a short statement and solving the legal problems; for testing general awareness aptitude about law and the legal system; and General Knowledge. The test contains maximum number of questions from Current Affairs and General Knowledge. Total marks = 175 * 4 = 700.

See Postgraduate Admission Portal of University of Delhi: PG Admission Portal

Structure of LL.M. Entrance Exam[edit]

The Test paper will consist of 175 Objective Type Questions with Multiple Choice Answers in the following areas, viz. Constitutional Law of India, Jurisprudence, Law of Contracts (General Principles), Law of Torts, Criminal Law, Family Law of Marriage & Divorce and Public International Law (Law of Peace).


  • Hari Singh Gour 1924-26
  • A.C. Bose 1926-29
  • Abdur Rahman 1929-34
  • Ram Kishor 1934-43
  • R.U. Singh 1944-45
  • S S. Nigam 1946 47
  • L.R. Sivasubramaniam 1947-55, 1956 62
  • M P. Jain 1955-56
  • M. Rama wami 1962-65
  • P .K. Trip thi 1965-71, 1981 84
  • K B Rohatgi 1971 75
  • Upendra Baxi1975-78
  • D.K. Singh 1978-81
  • K Poonuswami 1984 86
  • K K. Nigam 1986-89
  • P.S. Sangal 1989-92
  • Tahir Mahmood 1992-94
  • Dhruv Arora 1995
  • M.P Singh 1994-97
  • S.K Verm (Ms.) 1997-98
  • A.K. Koul 1998-2001
  • Parmanand Singh 2001 03
  • Surendra Prasad 2003-04
  • Nomita Aggarwal 2004-07
  • S.N. Singh 2007-10
  • Gurdip Singh 2010-2013
  • Prof. Ashwani Kumar Bansal 2013 - Till Date[6]

Law Centers[edit]

The Faculty of Law now has three Law Centres: The Campus Law Centre (CLC) in the Faculty of Law building (University North Campus) on Chhatra marg, Delhi-110007, Law Centre-I (LC-I) in the Faculty of Law building (University North Campus) also on Chhatra marg, Delhi-110007 and Law Centre-II (LC-II) in the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College building at Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi-110021. Each Law Centre has its own teaching faculty and administrative staff (headed by a Professor-in-Charge). The three Law Centres conduct the LL.B. Programme. In addition, there is a fourth unit headed by the Dean, Faculty of Law, which administers Master of Laws (LL.M.) (Two-year full-time & Three year part-time courses), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) programme along with Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) for foreign students. The Faculty has been admitting students from many foreign countries such as Bhutan, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Ukraine and Vietnam, etc. to these programmes. The classes for the post graduate courses are conducted in the Faculty of Law .

The Campus Law Centre classes are held during the day-time, starting from 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Law Centre-I (LC-I) has three batches commencing from 11:00 A.M. to till 9:15 PM. The morning Batch from 11:00 to 3:00 P.M., afternoon batch from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 p.m. and the evening session from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The students can opt for either session (allotment being subjected to availability of seats on the basis of first come first serve basis). The Law Centre-II classes are currently held in the evening from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. The total number students admitted to the first year of the LL.B. course is about 2400 (CLC:770, LC-I:924 and LC-II:616). The admission is on the basis of an Entrance Test conducted by the Faculty of Law. The admission to the three centres is held once a year. Teaching and examinations at the respective Centres are conducted under the control and supervision of the Professor-in-Charge of the concerned Law Centre. The Faculty currently has a total strength of 130 full-time and 14 part-time teachers.

The Faculty of Law at Delhi University is among the top five law colleges in India. Despite the fact that three year LLB courses are fading away in terms of attraction, faculty of law at Delhi University still maintains its quality and standards. However, the recent reservations for OBC may hamper the growth and development of the faculty as there is acute shortage of resources and increased number of students will further aggravate the situation. Teacher-student ratio is poor and needs an improvement.[7]


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  • Rank - 3 India Today's 2013 Law Schools Ranking[8]
  • Rank - 2 India today's 2012 law school Ranking[9] [10]
  • Rank - 4 The week's 2011 law school Ranking[11] and India Today's Ranking[12]
  • Rank - 4 India today's 2010 law school Ranking[13]

Despite the fact that Faculty of law is on 2nd, 3rd or 4th rank in the previous years it remains on No-1 position among all three years Law Schools in previous years.


  • The Faculty of Law has been publishing a journal titled "Delhi Law Review" since 1972. The journal for year 2012 is ready to go to Press. The Delhi Law Review journal for 2013 invites articles, notes and comments for which last date of 15 December 2013 is fixed.
  • It appears from 2013 CLC Campus Law Centre Journal will be "Journal of Campus Law Centre"
  • JOLT (journal of law teachers of India) by Law centre -I,[14]
  • a journal titled "National Capital Law Journal" since 1996 by Law Centre-II,
  • "Winds of Change" Annual Report of Legal Service Society of Law Centre-I.


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The Library of Faculty of Law was established in July, 1924. it is one of the best law library in the country. it is maintained by the staff of 20 employees. it has over one lakh fifty thousand books and a large number of law reports and journals. it subscribes to nearly 140 national and international journals. the library uses TROODON:4 software for the issue and return of books with bar code method. The library has a dedicated E-Resource Centre with computers for accessing a large number of electronics databases of journals and reference sources subscribed by it like - lexis nexis, British parliamentary papers, oxford university press, world bank online etc.

The Law Faculty Library has a collection of books, journals and periodicals. This library caters to the needs of all the students, research scholars and teachers of the Faculty. In addition, the Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II have their own libraries which are used mainly by the students and teachers of the concerned Law Centre.[15]

Moot Court[edit]

Every year students of Faculty of law participated in different moot courts competitions in different law schools and it also conduct national and international level moot courts in its campus like :-

  • K K Luthra International Moot court[16] by Campus Law Centre,
  • NHRC & LC-1 Moot Court[17] on Human Right By Law Centre-I,
  • Delhi NCR Moot Court by Law Centre-I.

Legal Services Programme[edit]

The Faculty has been running a Legal Services Programme[18] since the early seventies. The programme is sustained by the voluntary participation of the law students, teachers and lawyers who are inspired by the legal aid ideals. The main objective of Legal Services Programme are to:(a) impart clinical legal education, (b) provide social service opportunities, and (c) impart socially relevant legal education. The Faculty's recent legal services programme includes legal services at the Beggar's Court, the Juvenile Justice Board and visit to the Tihar Jail. The Faculty has a comprehensive Programme for clinical legal education with a view to undertake activities such as moot courts, legal aid services, legal awareness and professional skills development for the students of all the three Law Centres, in addition to curricular course on clinical legal education and practical training. Law Centre -1 run its own Legal Services Clinic[19] in collaboration with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority.[20][21] The faculty also is associate with delhi state legal services authority-Para-Legal Volunteer Programme(PLV) and,Mass Legal Literacy Campaign and Opening of Legal Literacy Clubs in Schools and Colleges,http://dlsa.nic.in/reports.html


  • Legal Services Clinic
  • Legal Awareness Programmes
  • Prison Visits
  • Lok Adalat

Hostel Accommodation[edit]

There are twelve hostels for male and female students who are pursuing full-time courses in the University. These are: Gwyer Hall, International Students House, Jubilee hall, Mansarovar Hostel, Post-Graduate Men's Hostel, University Hostel for Women, Meghdoot Hostel, D. S. Kothari, V. K. R. V. Rao Hostel, International Students House for Women, North East Students House and W.U.S. University Hostel. However, hostel facilities will be available only to CLC,LC-1 and LL.M. 2 year course students as per rules and procedure prescribed from time to time by the University and the hostel authorities about which information can be obtained directly from the provost of the concerned hostels.

Delhi University attracts maximum number of outstation students. It is estimated that over 10,000 undergraduate students from outside Delhi are admitted every year in the university-affiliated colleges. Delhi University does not offer any hostel accommodation at the undergraduate level, only individual colleges provide hostel facilities. Foreign students are accommodated at International Student’s Hostel. Foreign girl students are accommodated in PG Women’s Hostel. The capacity of college hostels is limited, accommodating less than 20% of all hostel applications. Out of the 13 hostels available for undergraduate students in Delhi University, 11 are in North Campus colleges and 2 are off campus. Candidates seeking admission to hostel may contact the college concerned directly.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/16-year-toppers-in-law-colleges/1/199792.html
  2. ^ Sitting Judges of Delhi High Court
  3. ^ 'Bulletin of Information' 2013-14
  4. ^ From Prospectus of faculty of law 31 March 2010
  5. ^ University of Delhi Law Prospectus 2011-2012
  6. ^ Bulletin of Information 2009-13
  7. ^ http://www.lawyerjourno.com
  8. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/bestcolleges/2013/readyrecnor_directory_list.jsp?Y=2013&ST=LawL
  9. ^ http://barandbench.com/content/india-today-2012-college-rankings-out-nlsiu-tops-du-secures-2nd-position-and-nalsar-3rd-nujs#.UbC8OdI3CuL
  10. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/bestcolleges/2012/ranks.jsp?ST=Law&LMT=1&Y=2012
  11. ^ http://barandbench.com/brief/2/1544/another-ranking-with-no-indication-of-methodology-week-magazine-says-nls-1-nuals-2-nalsar-3nujs-13-nluj-25#.UbC97tI3CuI
  12. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/specials/bestcolleges/2011/ranks.jsp?ST=Law&LMT=3&Y=2011
  13. ^ http://indiatoday.intoday.in/specials/bestcolleges/2011/ranks.jsp?ST=Law&LMT=3&Y=2010
  14. ^ JOLT
  15. ^ http://crl.du.ac.in/law/index.htm
  16. ^ http://kkluthramoot.org
  17. ^ http://nhrc.nic.in/disparchive.asp?fno=12816
  18. ^ Website of Legal Services Society of Law Centre-1
  19. ^ Legal Services Clinic of Law Centre-1
  20. ^ Delhi State Legal Services Authority
  21. ^ Legal aid society
  22. ^ Hotsels Information
  23. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/resigned-to-end-unnecessary-controversy-ashwani-kumar/article4705811.ece
  24. ^ Faculty Member Profile
  25. ^ "Fourteenth Lok Sabha: Members Bioprofile". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  26. ^ http://www.persmin.nic.in/ersheet/MultipleERS.asp?HiddenStr=01UP072100

External links[edit]

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