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National Academy for Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)
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MottoDharme Sarvam Pratishthitham
TypeNational Law University
ChancellorChief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad
Vice-ChancellorFaizan Mustafa
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 55 acres (22.3 ha)
AffiliationsUnitary State University constituted by a statute of the Telangana Legislative Assembly

NALSAR University of Law, officially the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), is a premier legal studies institution located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Established in 1998 by an Act of the State Legislative Assembly (Act 34 of 1998) by the state of Andhra Pradesh, it was the among the first National Law Universities to be instituted in India. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in law and postgraduate programs in business administration. It is also the institution which have collaborations with various foreign institutions


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Undergraduate degree[edit]

NALSAR offers a five-year integrated B.A LL.B.(Hons.) program. Admission to the undergraduate program is on the basis of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) which is taken by upwards of 50,000 students every year.[1] With only 120 seats offered at NALSAR, the program is considered highly selective. NALSAR follows a credit based elective system, with certain mandatory courses, which requires students to earn 200 credits over a period of five years to earn the degree.[2]

Postgraduate degrees[edit]

NALSAR offers a one-year postgraduate LL.M. program. 50 students are admitted through CLAT with ten more spots allocated to foreign nationals. About ten areas of specialization are offered, and the program requirements include a dissertation.[3] 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,[4] and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).[5] As a first among the Indian National Law Universities, starting academic year 2013-14, NALSAR now also offers a two-year M.B.A. program.[6]

Similarly, CASL[7] has introduced innovative courses in Aviation, Space, Telecommunications, GIS and Remote Sensing. Its objective is to cater to the unprecedented growth and commercialization of the Aviation, Space and Telecom sectors. CASL’s initiative aims to institutionalize an academy-industry partnership in these sectors- a first of its kind, not just in India but perhaps in the entire Asia-Pacific Region. It offers the following two degree courses: Master’s Degree in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (MALATM) and master's degree in Space and Telecommunication Laws (MSTL).

NALSAR Pro offers PG Diploma courses in Patents Law, Cyber Laws, Media Laws and International Humanitarian Laws using web technology and direct contact programmes at various centres in India.[8] CASL offers PG Diploma in Aviation Law and Air Transport Management (PGDALATM); PG Diploma in GIS & Remote Sensing Laws (PGDGRL).


University rankings
Law – India
The Week (2017)[9]2

NALSAR was ranked second in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges In 2017".[9]


Entrance to the Academic Block
The Academic Block

The law school is spread over 55 acre (22 hectare), 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 centre, a moot court hall, and research centres. The residential block consists of five separate hostels for boys and girls each. The entire campus is WiFi network enabled.[10] The stadium forms the fourth while the law school dining hall forms the fifth. Miscellaneous structures include the commemorative 'Keerthi Stambh' and a replica of 'The Thinker' by Auguste Rodin. An auditorium, with a seating capacity of close to 500, has also been completed.[11]

Boys' Hostel

Law library[edit]

NALSAR's library has a collection of more than 27,000 items comprising law reports, reviews, periodicals, manuals and choicest publications of textbooks and other resources. 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 VPN-configured Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is accessible from any terminal in and out of the campus.[12] 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.[13] 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[edit]

The SAARClaw Centre

NALSAR houses research centres:[14]

  • M.K. Nambiyar SAARC Law Research Centre
  • Centre for Air and Space Law
  • Centre for Land Rights
  • Centre for Corporate Law and Governance
  • Dr. N.C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Law Studies
  • Dr. S.P. Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Law Studies
  • Centre for Proximate and Continuing Education (C-PACE)
  • Centre for Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law
* Nalsar Law library
  • 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[edit]

Moot court competitions[edit]

Nalsar students have excelled in mooting at the national level.

It was ranked amongst the top in the world at the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition 2006 at Washington, D.C.[15] In 2007, Nalsar was placed amongst the top eight teams in the world, at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2010, the team from Nalsar finished as semi-finalists in the Jessup International Law Moot Competition.[16]

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, Florida in November 2006. Nalsar finished as runners-up in the first edition of the ICC Trial Competition at The Hague, a feat it repeated in 2011.[17][18] In 2009, Nalsar won the D.M. Harish International Moot Court Competition. The team also won the Best Speaker and Best Researcher prizes. In 2011, Nalsar were the semi-finalists in the Asia-Pacific rounds of the Manfred Lachs Moot Court Competition.[19] In 2012, Nalsar won the Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Oxford.[20]

In 2014, Nalsar won the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition, conducted at Vienna.[21]

Nalsar was judged the best in India in mooting in the first two seasons of Mooting Premiere League in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.[22]


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.[23] NALSAR further cemented its reputation on the debating circuit by winning the inaugural IIM Bangalore Parliamentary Debating Championship 'Cicero' in January 2009.[24][25]

The NALSAR Intervarsity Debating Championship is the pioneer of the British Parliamentary Debating format in India. The idea for the NALSAR IV was born to introduce the British Parliamentary debate format to the national debating circuit and provide a preparatory ground for the WUDC (World Universities Debating Championship), the most prestigious debating championship in the world. Thus, the NALSAR IV is aimed at exposing debaters to the most competitive standards of adjudication. The NALSAR IV has now earned the name to be one of the most prestigious debating championships in India.[26]


Over the past many years, NALSAR has been very active in the Hyderabad and Indian quizzing circuit. Teams representing the university have won a number of inter-college quizzes in the twin cities, and across India.The college has a strong quizzing base and sees quizzes being hosted within the college regularly from time to time. Achievements by quizzers from NALSAR include finishing as runners-up in the K-Circle India Quiz 2010 and 2011, as well as winners in BITS Pilani-Hyderabad Campus' annual fest Pearl 2012, 2013 and 2015. A 4th year team won the Best College Team title at the Landmark Quiz held at Hyderabad on 6 October 2013, something which has also been won by NALSAR before. NALSAR also finished second in Manipal's Quiz on The Beach 2015 and Tata Crucible Hyderabad 2015. A team won the Economic Times in Campus Quiz for two years consecutively in 2014 and 2015. The university has also become host to one of India's largest college QuizFests, titled 'Interrobang', which will be in its third edition in March 2016.

Published journals[edit]

NALSAR publishes the following law journals:[27]

  • Indian Journal of Air and Space Law ( IJASL)
  • M. K. Nambyar SAARC Law Journal
  • NALSAR Law Review
  • NALSAR Student Law Review
  • Journal of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Crimes
  • 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Undergraduate Study | NALSAR UNIVERSITY OF LAW". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Academic Programmes - LL.M". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Academic Programmes -M.Phil". Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Academic P--~~~~rogrammes -M.Phil". Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  6. ^ "NALSAR MBA announcement". Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  7. ^ "CASL Nalsar".
  8. ^ "Distance Education in Patents Laws, Media Laws, IHL and Cyber Law Courses". Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "NALSAR Self Study Report" (PDF). NALSAR University of Law. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ "CM KCR Inaugurated NALSAR Auditorium, Siasat Daily". 20 March 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  12. ^ See pg 144,
  13. ^ "Welcome to Our Nalsar Library..." Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Research - Research Centres". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
  15. ^ "NALSAR tops Asia Pacific in Jessup competition". The Hindu Business Line. 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2006.
  16. ^ "Australian National University wins Jessup Moot Court Competition NALSAR reaches semi-finals". Bar and Bench. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  17. ^ "Earlier Editions". 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  18. ^ Overload, Partner. "ICC Trial success for Nalsar: MPL win out of contention? | Mooting | Law students". Legally India. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  19. ^ Overload, Partner. "Spectactular: GNLU, Nalsar, NLU Delhi dominate Manfred Lachs Asia; Delhi in finals for MPL silver | Mooting | Law students". Legally India. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  20. ^ "NALSAR students win international moot court competitions". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  21. ^ "Nalsar wins Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2012". Bar and Bench. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  22. ^ "Mooting Premier League 2009-10 - Legallypedia". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  23. ^ The Hindu. "NALSAR, Nasr school sweep YOCS competition".
  24. ^ NALSAR University of Law. "Student Achievements". Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
  25. ^ "NALSAR, Hyderabad Wins IIM Bangalore's Parliamentary Debating Championship 2009". 1 January 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  26. ^ "Education Plus : NLU Delhi wins Parliamentary debate". The Hindu. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  27. ^ "Research - Publications". Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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