Hidayatullah National Law University

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Hidayatullah National Law University
HNLU Logo1.png
MottoDharma Sansthapanartham
Motto in English
For the sake of establishing the primacy of the laws of eternal value
Vice-ChancellorC.B. Bajpai [1]
Location, ,
AffiliationsUGC, BCI
Academic block of HNLU

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is an all India Rank 6th autonomous National law university in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. The University is named after the former Chief Justice of India, Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah. It is one of the National Law Schools established in India being sixth in the series of such national law schools. It was established as a centre for legal excellence by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003). The university offers a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) integrated Programme, an L.L.M. Programme, and PhD Course.

It is a residential university and is affiliated to and receives central assistance from the University Grants Commission[2] and is recognised by the Bar Council of India.[3]


Heading the administration of the university are:[3]


Admissions to Undergraduate and postgraduate courses is made on the basis of merit as assessed through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Prior to 2008, admissions were conducted through National Entrance Tests which was replaced by CLAT as per the Supreme Court of India's directives.[4] Admissions to the PhD Programme is conducted separately by the University.[5] Students belonging to the state domicile Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Class, and PWD and minorities are provided with scholarships by the state government.[6]

Courses and curriculum[edit]

HNLU currently offers following courses:

  • BA, LL.B (Hons.) - Integrated Undergraduate Law Degree Program[7] (5 years)
  • LL.M - Master of Laws - Postgraduate Program[8] (1 year)
  • PhD[9]

Courses offered[edit]


The university follows a semester system in its undergraduate program, with the students studying a total of 56 papers in 5 years. The university earlier had a system of students declaring a major (Political Science, Sociology or Economics), but currently it offers a single major, Political Science. In the 4th and 5th year, students have to choose two honors papers. All students are also required to study six optional papers during their 4th and 5th year.


The university offers a one-year LL.M Program which runs according to a trimester system. The specialisations offered are corporate law, intellectual property law and environmental law.


HNLU Student Bar Journal is the flagship peer review journal of the Students Bar Association of HNLU. In 2014 the university started the HNLU Journal of Law & Social Sciences (ISSN No. 2347-839X), a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an editorial board of experts on law as well as the field of social sciences. This bi-annual journal is being published with the objective to provide a platform to judges, jurists, academicians, research scholars and legal practitioners to express their views on topics of contemporary significance in law and social sciences.[10]


Old campus[edit]

Previously, the university ran from a classical heritage building adjacent to the Raj Bhawan in the heart of the city.[11] In 2009, the university shifted to its newly constructed campus at Uparwara, Naya Raipur, about 22 km from the center of Raipur city.[12]

New campus[edit]

The new campus is built over 65 acres (26 ha) of land located beside a lake and in a serene and pollution free environment. The circular academic and administrative building has been built on the design of the Parliament of India. The academic block consists of a three-storied library with an air conditioned reading hall and an air-conditioned computer lab equipped with 200 computers. The academic block also houses the Moot Court Halls designed to match the standards of the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled. There are 21 air-conditioned classrooms fitted with modern teaching aids and equipment.[6][13]

The air-conditioned classrooms are fitted with teaching aids such as DLP projectors and no single interactive boards. It also has a conference hall and an amphitheatre. The halls of residence at the new campus have been constructed to provide single room accommodation to each student.



Halls of residence

HNLU provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Each hostel has two blocks which are connected to the mess. There are over 400 single occupancy rooms and under construction 216 double occupancy rooms. The hostels are equipped with separate mess and gymnasium facilities with a resident doctor.[6]

Library and reading room[edit]

HNLU Library

HNLU has a three-storied library with an air conditioned reading hall.[citation needed] As of 2016, the library collection includes 22,788 titles: 15,040 books and 7,748 bound journals. The library hosts 1219 books from the personal library of justice Mohammad Hidayatullah, donated by his family.[14]

IT infrastructure[edit]

Information Technology Lab

HNLU has an air conditioned computer lab with desktop computers with internet connectivity. All the legal databases are available through CD-ROMs and subscription to web based databases like JSTOR, Manupatra and Westlaw International, SCC Online, and Economic and Political Weekly. A Wi-Fi facility provides the students with wire-free access to the web resources through their laptops. The Information Technology Committee, a student body, maintains the Computer Lab.[15]

New academic block and guest house[edit]

In 2013 the university began construction on a second academic block adjacent to the original one, with classrooms built to accommodate the additional students, after intake was increased from 100 to 175.

A guest house has been built where parents of students and guests are accommodated. The lake facing guest house has air-conditioned rooms which are available at a nominal fee on application to the registrar.

New hostel block and auditorium[edit]

Construction began in 2014 for the new hostel blocks for both the boys' and girls' hostels. The new hostels are twin-sharing contrary to the old single rooms. The Chhattisgarh Government also allotted a major budget in 2014 for the construction of a state-of-the-art auditorium.

Moot courts[edit]

2nd Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition
HNLU Moot Court Hall
HNLU Moot Court Hall

To familiarise students with the workings of courts, the university conducts courtroom exercises and moot courts. Courtroom exercises are conducted in every semester. Students are encouraged to participate in moot court competitions so that they get the chance to interact with other law students from all over the country. The Moot Court Committee is the facilitator of the moot court. The committee is guided by the faculty coordinator and three faculty advisers.

Campus life[edit]

Student Bar Association[edit]

The Student Bar Association at HNLU is the representative body of the students. The Association comprises fourteen students who are the conveners of the twelve committees of the University. A President and a Vice-President are elected from amongst these fourteen members. The members and officers of the Association hold office for a year. The Association makes all decisions affecting the students and makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor. The Association coordinates and supervises the activities of all the committees at the University.[16]

The HNLU Students Bar Association consists of fourteen committees: Moot Court Co-ordination Committee, Academic Support Committee, Finance Committee, Legal Service Society, Literary and Debate Society, Library Committee, I.T. Committee, Public Relations Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Mess Committee, Halls of Residence Committee, Cultural Committee, Students Editorial Board and Sports Committee. Each has a convener and co-convener, and at least two faculty advisers. The President and Vice President of the Student Bar Council are elected by popular vote.


Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court competition[edit]

HNLU organises its flagship moot the Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition every year in October, in which teams from across the country participate.[17][18] The Moot sees participation from across the country, with the Judges of the Chhattisgarh High Court officiating over the finals. The competition has been previously sponsored by the Competition Commission of India and renowned law firms such as Khaitan & Co., J. Sagar & Associates, and Sai Krishna & Associates.[19][20] The 1st Edition of the Moot in 2007 was based on Biotechnology Law,[21] the subsequent editions being based on Competition law (in association with the Competition Commission of India). The 7th edition of the Competition in 2014 saw the theme being changed from to Environmental law.[22] HNMCC is listed as a tier 5 Moot in the Mooting Premier League.[23][24]

Edition Year Winner Runner-up Best Speaker
7th 2014[25] SASTRA University, Tanjore Symbiosis Law School, Noida Siddhanth Kocchar (UPES Dehradun)
6th 2013[26] National Law School of India University, Bengaluru Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad Pranav Agarwal (NALSAR, Hyderabad)
5th 2012[27] West Bengal National University Juridical Sciences, Kolkata Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad Akshat Gupta (WBNUJS, Kolkata)
4th 2011[28] National Law University, Jodhpur West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata Vishal Sagar (NLU Jodhpur)
3rd 2010[29] National Law University, Delhi Campus Law Centre, Delhi Aditya Singha (NLU, Delhi)
2nd 2008[30] ILS Law College, Pune National Law University, Jodhpur


Colossus[31][32] is the flagship sports fest of HNLU which is organised in March every year. The fest was first organised in 2013 and comprises 15 sports events and an equal number of cultural events. The sports events include football, cricket, tennis, table tennis, basketball, throw-ball, volleyball, and chess. The cultural events include a dance contest, singing competitions, fashion show, photography competition, and Mad-ads. The fest initially began with participation from local universities and colleges in Chhattisgarh such as NIT Raipur, BIT Raipur, MATS University, PIE Tech Raipur, APIC, and CIT.[33]

The second edition in 2014 saw additions like classical dance, solo singing and street plays. Participants included Sastra University, Thanjavur, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, University Law College, Bhubaneshwar and Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.[34]

Literary and debating[edit]

The university has an active debating circuit which is supported by the Literary & Debating Committee. The university teams selected on the basis of challengers or benchmarks participate in Parliamentary debates across the country including the National Law School Debate, the Mukarji Memorial Debate at St. Stephen's College, Delhi, the NALSAR IV and the NUJS Parliamentary Debate at WBNUJS, Kolkata.

Year round activities held on the campus include:

  • The Aruna Hyde Memorial Debate: It is a parliamentary debate held by the L&D Committee and named after the late Aruna Hyde, Faculty of English.
  • Literary & Debating Week: Activities include debates, one act plays, Scrabble competitions, quiz contests, and the Hindi Debate.
  • The Republic Day Debate: It is an annual tradition to hold a debate on a relevant social issue on Republic Day.
  • The India Quiz & Debating Premier League: DPL started in 2014, as a debating equivalent of the IPL, where investors buy teams which are pitted against each other.
  • Freshers Debate: The inaugural edition was held in 2013, meant for the first-year students of the University.

Intra-university sporting events[edit]

The university has an endowment cricket tournament, the Sudeep Memorial Cricket Tournament, named after an alumnus.[35] There is an annual football tournament held in the university known as the Hidayatullah Premier League (HPL). A basketball tournament, Dunkyard, has also been held since 2013.

Student associations[edit]

International Law Students Association[edit]

The HNLU ILSA Chapter was established on 11 October 2010, with Aakansha Kumar as its Chief Officer and Shilpa Jain and Neeraj Tiwari as Faculty Advisers.[36] Through the years the Chapter has tried to forward the study on International Law in HNLU through various initiatives, including a two-day Lecture Series by Prof. David Ambrose from the University of Madras and the HNLU-ILSA Refugee Conference.[37]


The students of the university have won various awards and accolades. In 2012 the Supreme Court Lawyers Welfare Trust, awarded its first annual fellowship, named "The Lawyers Welfare Award" to HNLU alumnus Pallav Mongia.[38]

An alumnus of the 2012 graduating batch, Saksham Chaturvedi won the ABA Section of International Law's Rona R. Mears Student Writing Competition and Scholarship Award, 2011 for his essay on "The Geneva Conventions: What Past? What futures?" and was awarded the prize in an event hosted by the American Bar Association in Washington[39]

HNLU alumnus have gone on to join LL.M (Master of Law) Programme's at the Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, NYU School of Law, UC Berkeley, Boston University, George Washington University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, Queen Mary University of London, University of Warwick, Goethe University Frankfurt, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, National University of Singapore, South Asian University and other prestigious institutions.

Moot Courts[edit]

HNLU has represented India in some of the best International Moot Court Competitions like the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition;[40][41] International Maritime Moot Court Competition, Sydney, the LAWASIA Moot, the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the Washington College of Law, the FDI Moot, Louis M. Brown Client Counseling Competition, Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition held at St. Thomas University - School of Law, Miami, and the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition.[42]


  • Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, Sydney, Australia, 2005: Won the Best Oralist Award (Preliminary Rounds) at the competition conducted by the International Institute of Space Law. The team was a semi-finalist and was the only Indian team that advanced to the semi-finals.
  • Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot (Sub-continent Rounds), 2010: The team which qualified for the National Rounds through the Henry Dunant Moot Court Competition, won the Sub-continent rounds of the International Red Cross Moot Court Competition and qualified for the International Rounds in 2011.[43]
  • Hong Kong Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot (International Round), 2011: The team qualified for the World Finals and went on to secure the Runners-up position.[43]
  • Asia-Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Competition, 2011: Won the Best Memorandum Award.[44]
  • Represented India at the World Rounds of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition after being Runner's Up at the North India Rounds of 2012 event in January 2012.[45]
  • 3rd International ADR Mooting Competition, 2012 held at the City University of Hong Kong: Won Runner up Memoranda.[46]
  • 4th International ADR Mooting Competition, 2013 held at the City University of Hong Kong: Won the Best Team in Mediation, and stood overall Runner-up.[47]
  • 9th Susan J. Ferrell Intercultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 2014 held at St. Thomas University - School of Law, Miami: The Team was adjudged Runner-up and also awarded the Best Memorial Prize.[48][49]
  • 9th LAWASIA Moot, 2014: The team was awarded the Best Endeavor Award.
  • IASLA Space Law Moot Court Competition (Asia-Pacific Rounds), 2014 held at Sydney, Australia: Team was awarded the Best Memorials Prize.[50]
  • 11th William C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, 2014 held at Hong Kong: Semi-Finalists Pan-Asian Award.[51]


  • K.L.E. Society's League of Mooters Moot Court Competition, 2005 : Runners' Up and Best Memorial Award.
  • Xth All India Moot Court Competition, 2005 held at the University Law College, Bangalore : Adjudged Runner's Up.
  • "Jus Amicus" National Moot Court Competition, 2007, Bharathi Vidyapeeth, Pune: Adjudged Runners Up and Best Lady Advocate.
  • Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (North-India Rounds), 2009: Best Orator Prize.[52]
  • The NLIU-Juris Corp Corporate Law National Moot 2010 held at NLIU Bhopal - Winners.[53]
  • Henry Dunant India Rounds-2010: Winner and qualified for the Sub-Continent rounds.[43][54]
  • Bar Council of India International Law Moot Court Competition, 2011: Best Female Oralist.[55]
  • NALSAR - NFCG Corporate Governance Moot Court Competition, 2011: Runner-up, Best Speaker Prize.[56]
  • ULC Bangalore All India Moot Court Competition, 2011: Best Memorial and Best Researcher Awards.[57]
  • Monroe E. Price Media Law National Moot Qualifier Competition held at NLU, Delhi: 3rd Best Team and qualified to represent India at the Oxford Monroe E. Price Media Law International Moot to be held at Oxford University in March 2011.[58]
  • Nani Palkhiwala Tax Moot Court Competition, 2011: Awarded Best Speaker Prize.[59]
  • Philip C. Jessups Moot Court Competition (North India), 2012: Second Best Team and 4th Best Memorial.[60]
  • 1st D.H. Law National Moot Court Competition, 2012 held at CNLU, Patna: Adjudged Winners.
  • Surana and Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot, 2012 (North Eastern Rounds): Winner, Best Advocate, Second Best Advocate, Second Best Memorials and Best Speaker in the Finals.[61]
  • 4th Rizvi Law College Saqib Rizvi Memorial Moot, 2012: Adjudged Runner-up.[62]
  • 9th Nani Palkhiwala Tax Moot, 2012: Best Researcher Prize.[63]
  • 17th Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, 2012 (North India rounds): Best Memorial Award.[64]
  • 6th Pro Bono Moot Court Competition 2012 held at SOEL, Chennai: Runner's up, Best Memorial, Best Speaker and Best Researcher award.[65]
  • 15th S.C. Javali Memorial National Moot Court Competition, 2012 organised by Karnatak University's Sir Siddappa Kambali Law College, Dharwad: Adjudged Runner-up.[66]
  • KK Luthra Memorial Criminal Law Moot, 2013: Best Memorials Prize.[67]
  • 1st NLS - TIOL Tax Law Moot, 2013 held at National Law School of India University, Bangalore: Adjudged Winners[67]
  • Surana and Surana Trial Advocacy Moot, 2013 (North Eastern Rounds): Winner, Second Best Memorials and Third Best Speaker[68]
  • Army Institute of Law National Moot Court Competition, 2013: Adjudged Winners[69]
  • 3rd Paras Diwan Memorial National Moot Court Competition, 2013 organized by UPES, Dehradun: Adjudged Winners.[70]
  • ITMU Moot Court Competition, 2013: Adjudged Winners.
  • 2nd KIIT University Moot Court Competition, 2014 held at KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar: Adjudged Winner, Best Speaker.[71]
  • 8th Justice Bodh Raj Sawhney Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2014 held at NALSAR, Hyderabad: Adjudged Winner.[72]
  • 5th NLIU Juris-Corp Moot Court Competition, 2014 held at NLIU, Bhopal: Adjudged Runner-up.[73]
  • Surana and Surana Trial Advocacy Moot, 2014 (North Eastern Rounds): Adjudged Winners, Best Advocate Prize.
  • Dr. B.P. Saraf National Tax Moot Court Competition, 2014 held at NUJS, Kolkata: Adjudged Runner-up.[74]

Common Law Admission Test[edit]

HNLU conducted the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) in 2013. CLAT is conducted for conducted for admission into various academic programmes (LLB and LLM) of the 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. The 2013 edition of CLAT saw 29,500 test takers. Initially HNLU rejected 1,317 out of 29,500 application forms that were "incomplete or filled improperly", but on 23 April notified on its website that "on the basis of requests made by applicants and their parents" it would allow rejected applicants to apply again on a "provisional basis".[75][76]


University rankings

Hidayatullah National Law University was ranked seventh in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges in 2017"[77] and thirteenth in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017".[78]


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