Chanakya National Law University

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Chanakya National Law University
Chanakya National Law University Logo.png
MottoGyandhanam Mahaddhanam
Motto in English
Knowledge is the greatest wealth
TypeNational Law University
Established2006 (2006)
Vice-ChancellorMridula Mishra (in charge)[1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsBar Council of India, University Grants Commission

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) is an autonomous law school in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 2006 by the Government of Bihar (Bihar Act 24 of 2006) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education. The Chief Justice of Patna High Court is the ex officio chancellor of the university. Presently, the position is held by Hon`ble Justice Mr.Rajendra Menon. Presently, the interim vice-chancellor is Hon`ble Justice Smt. Mridula Mishra, (Retd.).Previously this position was held by Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath.


The university came into being on 15 August 2006 under the guidance of its vice-chancellor/pro-chancellor, Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath, former dean and registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. CNLU was established under the Chanakya National Law University Act, 2006 (Bihar Act No. 24 of 2006) and included in section 2(f) & 12(B) of the U.G.C. Act, 1956.


CNLU offers both integrated undergraduate degrees and postgraduate research degrees in law.[citation needed]

CNLU library[edit]

The library has a collection of more than 11000 books. The library subscribes more than 5 Indian and foreign journals. The library subscribes to around 5 Indian and 1 foreign journals, and subscribes to the online database of Westlaw, Manupatra, Jstor .

Student activities[edit]

The Student Bar Council[edit]

The Student Bar Council (SBC) is the regulatory body that coordinates all student activities. It works on the motto of "Of the students, by the students and for the students". The SBC has created activity-based committees which regulate student activities within the law university.

At present, CNLU has four committees which coordinate the activities of the Student Bar Council (SBC), headed by the President of the university along with the Vice-president and other members of the committees. The committees are:

  • Academic and Debating Committee
  • Mooting Committee
  • Hostel and Mess Committee
  • Cultural Committee

The committees are re-constituted every year through student elections.


Students at CNLU are fond of quizzing. Intra-quizzing competition takes place every semester and is organised by the SBC.

Jeevatva (The CNLU Fest)[edit]

CNLU annual fest named JEEVATVA is being organised on 14-16th of February. Students from many colleges across India are participating in this fest. It includes cultural, sports and academic events.


The University has had a long culture of debating and has participated in the country's most renowned debates including the NLSIU Bangalore Debate, Mukerji Memorial Debate, etc. It has also been organizing its own parliamentary debate speculated to be one of the largest debating events in eastern India. CNLU also organised the first grand-scale Model United Nations event in Bihar.


Sports facilities like volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton and cricket are available on the campus.

Chanakya Premier League[edit]

Chanakya Premier League (CPL) is organised every year on the lines of Indian Premier League. The students and the faculty members are allowed to own a team; they bid for the players in the auctions.

Counter Strike Tournament[edit]

Counter Strike Tournaments are also held every year in the respective halls of residence of boys and girls.

CNLU Legal Aid Society[edit]

This society works for providing legal aid and awareness. This society basically helps people who are economically backward by helping them in their litigation. Programmes are organized by this society to make people aware of their rights and duties. It has worked in collaboration with NGOs like 'Bal Sakha' and 'Aman'.

CNLU has an active Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) chapter which trains underprivileged students for the law entrance exam CLAT.[2]

Journals published[edit]

  • CNLU Law Journal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Governing Bodies". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ Srivastava, Priyanshi. "My 3 semesters in CNLU, Patna". A First Taste of Law. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°35′38″N 85°07′57″E / 25.5938°N 85.1325°E / 25.5938; 85.1325