Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University

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Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
DSNLU Logo.png
Yato Dharmastato Jayah
Motto in English
Act Dharma - Thus get victory
TypeNational Law University
Establishedc. 2008
AffiliationUGC, Bar Council of India, Higher Learning Accreditation Commission of Texas
Endowment₹35 crores
ChancellorHon'ble Justice J.k.Maheshwari
Vice-ChancellorS. Surya Prakash
DeanDayananda Murty (Academic Affairs & Research)
Academic staff
Nyayaprastha, Sabbavaram, Visakhapatnam
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17°44′15″N 83°20′19″E / 17.73738°N 83.338519°E / 17.73738; 83.338519Coordinates: 17°44′15″N 83°20′19″E / 17.73738°N 83.338519°E / 17.73738; 83.338519
Colors     Azure
     Cyan-lime Green
NicknameDSNLU - NLU Vizag

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) is located at Sabbavaram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India constituted by the DSNLU Act, 2008. It offers 5 year integrated B.A LLB. (Hons.) course to eligible Undergraduate students based on the Common Law Admission Test centralized admission process. The University offers postgraduate courses also, including the one-year LL.M. programme and, PhD and LL.D. programmes. The university is housed at Nyayaprastha in Sabbavaram with 75.5 acres built up area in the first phase. The establishing Act of 2008 of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (Act No. 32 of 2008), had provided the main campus at Visakhapatnam.[1] These centres were subsequently removed by the DSNLU (Amendment) Act, 2016. The University is fully residential.[citation needed]

DSNLU emerged as a big winner in first quarter of year 2019 in various competition by winning the most number of trophies among all law colleges of this country.

In year 2018-19 out of 80 students who opted for placement, 51 of them got placed in the finest of legal establishments and corporations with average package Rupees 6 Lakhs per annum.


DSNLU is one of the National Law Universities in India in the National Law University system of legal education in India. It has a similar academic structure as other National Law Universities within the system. It regularly organises seminars and conferences, and recently organised an event on Taxation, titled, "National Conference on Contemporary Aspects of Direct Tax" held on 16 March 2019.

DSNLU conducts teaching in law and allied disciplines, with emphasis on practical training of the students in technical skills of the profession through Moot Courts, Seminars, Project Reports, Expert Lectures, work and internships in law chambers, Court visits and conducting Legal aid and Legal literacy camps in parts of the country, with one being "Abhyeti" conducted in Bhopal.[2]
This is the only National Law University to enter into MoUs with other National Law Universities,[3] which are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  3. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
  4. Chanakya National Law University, Patna

The Universities that have agreed in principle for exchange are:

  1. National Law University, Delhi
  2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi
  4. Centurion University of Technology and Management, Odisha

The foreign MoU is with Vistula University (University of Economics and Computer Sciences in Warsaw), Poland.[citation needed]


Admissions to DSNLU are made through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), which serves as the qualifying examination for the university. Out of a total of 120 seats, 60 are reserved for students from the state of Andhra Pradesh, 48 for all India General category and 12 for NRI and foreign national candidates.[4]

Moot Court[edit]

The first national moot court competition of DSNLU was held on 15 & 16 February 2014.[5][6][7] The second national moot court competition was held by the University on 6 to 8 March 2015.[8] The third national moot was conducted in the last week of February, 2017.[9] Along with the national moot, the University conducted a statewide moot for the students of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the 1st D.V. Subba Rao Memorial Moot Court competition on 11 and 12 April 2015 in honour of D. V. Subba Rao, an advocate and legal luminary of Visakhapatnam.[10]


There are presently the following societies[11] operated by the students in DSNLU, along with a faculty convener:

  1. CARDS (Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement)
  2. MAS (Moot and Advocacy Society)
  3. SoLiD (Society for Literature and Debate)
  4. SOLT (Society of Law and Technology)
  5. RCC (Recruitment Coordination Committee)
  6. Legal Aid Cell
  7. Sports Committee
  8. Cultural Committee
  9. Mess Committee
  10. Gender Champion Committee
  11. Legal Incubation Center
  12. Internship Co-ordination Committee


The government appointed Prof. A. Lakshminath as the first Chancellor, Y. Satyanarayana as the First Vice-Chancellor and Amancherla Subrahmanyam as the first Registrar of the university. After the DSNLU Amendment Act, 2016 had been notified, the Hon'ble Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh is the ex-officio Chancellor of the University. The current chancellor of DSNLU is Hon'ble Justice C. Praveen Kumar and Vice-Chancellor is Prof. S. Surya Prakash and the Registrar-in-charge is Dr. P. Sree Sudha

Vice chancellors[edit]

No. Vice chancellor Took office Left office Milestones during term as VC
01 Y. Satyanarayana 2008 2011 Founder VC of DSNLU
02 R. G. Babu Bhagavath Kumar 2011 2015 Founded DSNLU National Moot Court competition • Established MoUs with other NLUs • Started overseeing construction of new campus at Sabbavaram • Presided over first convocation in December 2014
03 G.S.N. Raju 2015 2016
04 E.A. Narayana February 2016 June 2016
05 V. Kesava Rao 2016 December 2018 Made the shift to the new campus at Nyayaprastha • Established Centre for Advanced Research in Dispute Settlement (CARDS) • Conducted first placement drive
06 S. Surya Prakash December 2018 Incumbent


The faculty of DSNLU includes faculties from various National Law Schools like National Law School of India University, Gujarat National Law University,[12] NALSAR, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, National Law University, Jodhpur, Chanakya National Law University, Hidayatullah National Law University, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University.

In addition to the permanent staff, eminent jurists, judges, lawyers and academicians serve as guest faculty. Members of the World Intellectual Property Organization,[13] Tata Institute of Social Sciences and many other eminent personalities take guest lectures.


  1. ^ Bare Act No. 32 of 2008 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly
  2. ^ 'Campus Notes' - Times Of India dt. 29-12-2013 & 'Bhopal and beyond' - Hindustan Times dt. 29-12-2013
  3. ^ https://dsnlu.ac.in/mous/
  4. ^ A, Anuj (12 May 2016). "Breaking: DSNLU's State reservation just went down to 50%". BarAndBench. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ http://studentatlaw.in/first-national-moot-court-competition-damodaram-sanjivayya-national-law-university-dsnlu/
  6. ^ "Three-day national moot court competition gets under way". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. ^ "National Moot Court competitions begin". The Times Of India. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  8. ^ Special Correspondent (6 March 2015). "'Take moot court seriously'". Visakhapatnam. The Hindu. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Moot Court at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University". Visakhapatnam: Times of India. Times News Network. 26 February 2017.
  10. ^ Staff Reporter (11 April 2015). "DV showered with praise". Visakhapatnam. The Hindu. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Official DSNLU Societies Webpage". Societies. DSNLU. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Dr. Dayananda Murthy C P". DSNLU. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Dr. S. Rama Rao". DSNLU. Retrieved 8 July 2014.

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