Nalsar University of Law
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|Nalsar University of Law|
|Motto||Dharme Sarvam Pratishthitham|
|Type||National Law University|
|Chancellor||Chief Justice of A.P. High Court|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr. Faizan Mustafa|
|Location||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Affiliations||Deemed University under the aegis of the UGC|
Nalsar University of Law, or officially the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), is a legal studies institution located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, India. It was established in 1998 as a state university by an Act of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Act 34 of 1998). The university is fully residential and conducts teaching in law and allied disciplines.
NALSAR offers a five-year integrated B.A., LL.B.(Hons.) program. Admission to the undergraduate program is on the basis of the highly competitive national-level Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). In 2012, of the roughly 24,000 candidates who wrote CLAT, the top 117 ranks were offered admission to the college under the general category- an acceptance rate of 0.48%- making NALSAR one of the toughest law schools to get admitted to. 
NALSAR offers a two-year postgraduate LL.M. program. 50 students are admitted through CLAT with ten more allocated to foreign nationals. About ten areas of specialization are offered, and the program requirements include a dissertation. Additionally, two-year (four semesters) self-financed Master's Degree in Business Laws and Administration (MBLA)is also offered by the University apart from a one year Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) which is open to candidate with an LL.M. degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).
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NALSAR was ranked first by Outlook in 2012. NALSAR was previously ranked second in 2010 and 2011. India today ranked NALSAR as third in its 2012 ranking. The magazine had previously ranked NALSAR as first in 2011 and 2008. 
The law school is divided into five precincts. The first is the Administrative Block which is adjoining the Academic Block. The Academic Block consists of the classrooms, conference halls, the library, the internet center, a moot court hall, and research centres. The residential block consists of four separate hostels for boys and girls each; all of them are internet enabled through Wi-Fi and LAN. The stadium forms the fourth while the law school dining hall forms the fifth. Miscellaneous structures include the commemorative 'Keerthi Stambh' and a copy of 'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin. An auditorium, with a seating capacity of close to 500, has been completed.
Law library 
It has 500,000 volumes of books. The Law Resource Center is the hub of all library activities and aims at fulfilling the research and academic objectives of the university. Its rich collection of primary and secondary legal resources is accessible to all the users in the campus. The web Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is accessible from any terminal in and out of the campus. It is designed to provide online information on availability of titles, and to allow the patrons to request for items that are on loan, renewal of books, access to patron accounts and other information services. Unlike the traditional OPACS, each record provides bibliographic information with hot links to table of contents pages, reviews, publishers' notes, and peer driven reviews and ratings.
The library has a depository of UN collections. A separate section houses all the proceedings of the organs of the United Nations. The print collection is augmented by online access.
Research centres 
NALSAR houses research centres:
- M.K. Nambiyar SAARC Law Research Centre
- Dr. N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law Studies
- Dr. S.P. Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Law Studie
- Centre for Corporate Law and Governance
- Centre for Air and Space Law
- Centre for Land Rights
- Centre for Proximate and Continuing Education (C-PACE)
- Centre for Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law
- Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Centre for Media Law and Public Policy
- Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education
- Centre for Tax Laws
- Centre for Culture, Law and Society (C-CLS)
- Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy & Good Governance
- Centre for Criminal Justice Administration and Human Rights
- Centre for Disaster Management and Law
- Centre for Family Law
- Centre for Tribal and Land Rights
Student achievements 
Moot Court Competitions 
NALSAR students have excelled in mooting at the national and international level. Early in 2007, a team of Third Year students were placed among the top eight teams in the world, at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. NALSAR was ranked amongst the top four in the world at the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2006 at Washington D.C. NALSAR made it to the top 12 teams and competed in the International Finals of the 11th Annual Stetson Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Stetson University College of Law, Texas in November 2006. In 2007, Nalsar finished as runners-up in the first edition of the ICC Trial Competition at The Hague.  In 2010, the team from Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition. . In 2011, Nalsar finished as runners-up in the ICC Trial Competition 2011, and semi-finalists in the Asia-Pacific rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition 2011 . In 2012, Nalsar won the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford. NALSAR also won the extremely prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, conducted at Vienna.  In 2013, Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the ICC Trial Competition 2013.
Students from NALSAR have received the Rhodes Scholarship in the following years: 2003, 2007, 2010,2011,2013. Additionally, there are 4 Felix scholars and 2 Inlaks scholars from Nalsar. Students have received various scholarships to pursue higher studies at Oxford, Cambridge,Harvard,University of California, Yale, Columbia,University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, and Leiden University.
NALSAR won India's oldest Parliamentary Debate at St. Stephens College, Delhi in December 2005. This was followed by victories at the Annual Parliamentary Debate held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in January 2007 and 2009, the debate conducted by the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad in February 2007, and that of the Young Orators Club of Secunderabad in 2008. NALSAR further cemented its reputation on the debating circuit by winning the inaugural IIM Bangalore Parliamentary Debating Championship 'Cicero' in January 2009.
Teams from Nalsar have been very active in the Hyderabad quizzing circuit. Achievements including finishing as runners-up in the KCircle India Quiz 2010 and 2011, as well as winners in BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus' annual fest Pearl 2012 and 2013.
Published journals 
NALSAR publishes the following law journals:
- NALSAR Law Review
- NALSAR Student Law Review
- Indian Journal of Constitutional Law
- Media Law Review
- Environmental Law & Practice Review
- The Indian Journal Law & Economics
- Nalsar ADR Journal
- Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law
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