Gujarat National Law University

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Gujarat National Law University
Gujarat National Law University Logo.png
MottoAa No Bhadraha, Kratavo Yantu Vishwatah
Motto in English
Let the noble thoughts come from all directions
TypeNational Law University
FounderLate Kirtibhai N. Raval
ChancellorChief Justice of India
DirectorSanjeevi Shanthakumar
Location, ,
23°09′10″N 72°39′39″E / 23.15278°N 72.66083°E / 23.15278; 72.66083Coordinates: 23°09′10″N 72°39′39″E / 23.15278°N 72.66083°E / 23.15278; 72.66083
AffiliationsUGC; BCI; NAAC

The Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a National Law University established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003 in the state of Gujarat.[1] The university is located at Gandhinagar, which is the capital of Gujarat and is located 23 kilometers north of the city of Ahmedabad. The statute provides for the Chief Justice of India or a Senior Supreme Court Judge to serve as the Visitor of the university. The present director, Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeevi Shanthakumar serves as the chief administrator.

Gujarat National Law University is the seventh National Law University to be setup in the country


GNLU was formed in the year 2003 by the efforts of the then Solicitor General of India, Kirit Raval, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi and the Bar Council of India. The University is based on the structure of the National Law School of India University. GNLU was the seventh National Law University (NLU) to be set up in the country. It was established with the active support of the Government of India, the Government of Gujarat and the judicial fraternity. Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Mani was the first Director, followed by Prof. (Dr.) Bimal N. Patel.[2] In 2012, GNLU got its new 50 acre campus situated in the Knowledge Corridor of Gandhinagar.[3]


The Foundation Stone

Admissions to GNLU were originally done on the basis of a separate entrance exam conducted by the university itself, but after a Supreme Court ruling directing that all law entrance examinations must be clubbed together, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was introduced in 2008. The first CLAT was conducted by NLSIU, and as of 2018, all admissions in GNLU, for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs are made on the basis of performance in CLAT. In 2019, around 60,000 students appeared for CLAT, making it one of the most competitive entrance examinations in India.[4]

University rankings
Law – India
NIRF (2019)[5]9
India Today (2017)[6]10
Outlook India (2017)[7]3
The Week (2017)[8]8


GNLU was ranked 10th by India Today's "India's Best Colleges 2017: Law",[6] 3rd in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges in 2017"[7] and 8th in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017".[8] In the latest National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), GNLU was ranked 9th among the various law universities.[9]

Academic Block "Shishya Bhavan"

Academic setup[edit]

The curriculum of the law school is based on a two-semester per year system. The curriculum is decided by the professor concerned itself and not by the board of studies, which gives the professors a lot of flexibility. The courses include project work, report writing, research and analysis. As GNLU is a Research based Training University (RbTU), each faculty prepares the course outline, devises the syllabus based on their first in-house research and consultation with subject experts across the country and the world. The teaching of each subject now includes leading judgments, legislations and pending bills at the national and state levels in their syllabus for reference purposes. The university gives a lot of importance to research-based projects. Mooting is compulsory in the First Semester. All students taking admission in an undergraduate course even have a choice to learn any one foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Swahili, and Sanskrit other than English).

Research centres[edit]

Research centers present at GNLU, function in niche areas of economy for the dissemination of specialized knowledge and professional excellence.[10]

  • Centre for Law and Society
  • Centre for Foreign Policy and Security Studies
  • Centre for Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Centre for Private International Law
  • Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Centre for Banking Investment and Taxation
  • Centre for Public International Law
  • Centre for Corporate and Competition Law
  • Centre for Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Centre for Business and Public Policy
  • Centre for Intellectual Property Rights
  • Centre for Law and Economics

Journals published[edit]

A full list of journals published by GNLU is here under:

  • GNLU Law Review[11]
  • Gujarat Law Journal[12]
  • GNLU Journal of Law Development and Politics[13]
  • GNLU Journal of Law & Economics[14]
  • GNLU Law and Society Review[15]
  • GNLU Student Law Review[16]

Legal incubation centre[edit]

The law school has a specialized incubation center to mentor law graduates aiming to be legal entrepreneurs. In a bid to instill business skills to start a legal venture, the law school has set center on the lines on top B-schools. It is the first legal incubation center of its kind in India.[17] It will give an opportunity to two GNLU graduates at a time to become initial incubates as it aims to create jobs, train entrepreneurs, have innovative start-ups, legal firms, and companies. The incubation center will be started with Rs 10 lakh to create physical infrastructure such as office space, provide seed funds apart from others to promote entrepreneurship in the knowledge-driven profession.

Legal History Museum[edit]

The Indian Legal History Museum housed at GNLU is aiming to represent the development of civilization in India by exhibiting artifacts of legal heritage. It is the first legal history museum in India.[18] The museum is divided into three floors basically One can understand here the history of 5000 years Civilized has given us a rich heritage of diversified religions, beliefs, languages, scripts, arts and cultures. Each change or diversion in history has been recorded in each category given above and ultimately resulted in growth judiciary and administration of Justice in this country. The Museum is divided into three floors. Each floor will be designed in chronological sequence to trace and learn the legal system in the 14th century CE. It will showcase the legal historical contents from Indus valley civilization to the Dynasties of Mauryan, Gupta, Shunga, Barhut, Khstrapa, Ganga, Vijaynagar, Palav, Chola, Pala and Sultanate era. The first floor will have exhibit covering the legal history of 14th-18th century CE. The exhibition will comply to showcase the later medieval period by depicting largely Mughal era, various company period and religious texts and Icons of Law and Justice. The second floor will exhibit the legal history contents from the 19th century CE to till date. The exhibits will the story of British period in India to the Independent India. On the third floor there is a miniature form of the courtroom of Supreme Court of India, there will be a section of ‘Around the world’, depicting salient features of the legal system in different and noteworthy countries. The exhibition will also have a section of ‘Hall of fame’. The Museum will make sure of using all interactive devices to make visiting experience learning with entertainment. I. Each floor is designed in chronological sequence to trace and learn the legal heritage of India. The museum has a reception area with cloakroom and Museo-shop. It will also have its publications i.e. brochures, newsletter, Guidebook to the Museum etc. It will also have its conservation facility to conserve cultural heritage. The museum has the original certificate of Sardar Patel's admission to the bar at Lincoln's Inn.

Extracurricular activities and committees[edit]

Moot court competitions[edit]

Moot courts and other legal events are held in the university, as a part of the curriculum as well as an extracurricular activity. The university has a Moot Court Committee for conducting moot court activities. Students participate in national and international moot court activities have won laurels to the university. GNLU won the India rounds of the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2016.[19] In 2017, the university team won the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition.[20] In 2018, the university team won the South Asia Rounds of the Oxford Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.[21] The university team also won the ISRO India Funding Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition[22] and the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition[23] GNLU also conducts two moot court competitions of its own.

The GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC) was launched in 2009 with the objective of creating a platform for testing the legal acumen and potential of law students globally. For a decade, GIMC has served as a unique platform for law students to explore nuances of international trade law and hone their research and advocacy skills.[24] GNLU also conducts the GNLU Moot on Securities and Investment Law (GNLUMSIL). Since its inception in 2015, GNLUMSIL has garnered much praise for filling a void in the Indian mooting scene by providing an opportunity for research and student advocacy in the field of securities and investment law.[25] In 2019, GNLU along with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) started the NHRC-GNLU National Moot Court Competition (NHRC-GNLU NMCC) to nurture and hone amongst law students, a better understanding and concern for the protection and promotion of human rights, along with providing them a platform to deliberate before experts in the field, thus improving their advocacy skills.[26]

Student Activities Committee[edit]

Famous singer KK at the 2014 version of "PENTAGRAM"

The Student Activities Committee, popularly known as SAC is an organization of students who work to promote extra-curricular activities in the University. The various student activities organized by the SAC offer students, the much needed ‘break’ from the busy, officious and monotonous schedule of Law School. The SAC caters to diverse student interests varying from cultural pursuits like Music and Dance to literary activities like Quizzing and Music. Specific student involvements in Films, Books, etc. are also nurtured by the SAC. SAC organizes Acoustic Night and Movie Night every month. The SAC consists of nine clubs which address the varied student interests.The SAC also organizes the annual three-day-inter-university literary and cultural fest called Pentagram. The event is scheduled for March every year and is marked by different themes on the five days of the week preceding the fest, this week is known as the Penta Week.

Student Research and Development Committee[edit]

With an aim to create and promote research culture and explore research potential and bring innovation into the overall academic, research and training environment of GNLU has established the Students Research and Development Committee (SRDC).[27] This committee is run by the students. The committee can initiate, design, develop, plan, execute and monitor all research activities. The research shall aim to contribute to the GNLU's contribution to the civil society and nation building. The SRDC can draw members from all batches, LL.B. and LL.M. alike. The research activities may be undertaken by students in collaboration with counterparts from other Indian and foreign universities and institutions.


Halls of residence[edit]

Boys' Halls of Residence

GNLU, as a fully residential university, provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Students are allotted double-sharing and triple-sharing rooms. The hostels have a common room consisting of a television, and has a refrigerator, a microwave oven, washing machines and an indoor badminton court within the hostel premises. There is also a provisions store to meet the daily requirements of the students. A beauty parlor for women and a hair salon are also established within the hostel premises. Guest houses are provided for parents, visiting faculty and students.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gujarat National Law University Act" (PDF). Government of Gujarat. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2007. Retrieved April 7, 2007.
  2. ^ "GNLU Gandhinagar appoints a new director". Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  3. ^ Ganz, Kian. "800+ GNLU students move into 'monumental' 50 acre, Rs 150 crore campus in Gandhinagar". Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  4. ^ "CLAT 2019: Around 60,000 appear for the test - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  5. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Law)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  6. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Law". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  8. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Law Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  9. ^ Ganz, Kian. "NIRF rankings 2019: NLSB, NLUD, Nalsar still top • NUJS jumps NLUJ, GNLU enters • Nalsar top in jobs, NLUD in teaching (all suck at research)". Retrieved 2019-05-04.
  10. ^ "Research Centers and Endowed Research Programmes". Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  11. ^ "Home | The GNLU Law Review". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  12. ^ "Gujarat Law Journal". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  13. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  14. ^ "GNLU Journal of Law & Economics". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  15. ^ "Gujarat National Law University Law and Society Review". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  16. ^ "GSLR". Retrieved 2019-07-20.
  17. ^ "Home | Legal Incubation Council". Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  18. ^ "Legal History Museum". Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  19. ^ Ganz, Kian. "It's official: GNLU beats Nalsar, NLS, NUJS to win MPL 7, after rocking ELSA moot and season". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  20. ^ Saba (2017-04-13). "GNLU wins Stetson International Rounds". SCC Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  21. ^ Bhumika (2018-11-27). "GNLU wins the South Asia Regional Rounds and qualifies for International Rounds of Oxford Price Media Moot". SCC Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  22. ^ Ganz, Kian. "Mooting Premier League re-boots: GNLU wins Man Lachs funding, RGNUL Patiala bags NUJS Herbies • NLS tops table after Man Lachs '17 win". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  23. ^ "Gujarat National Law University Wins 16th Hong Kong Regional Moot Court Competition".
  24. ^ "About GIMC". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  25. ^ "Home | GNLUMSIL". Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  26. ^ "News | GNLU". Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  27. ^ "About SRDC". Retrieved 2019-07-17.


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