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National Law University, Delhi
National Law University, Delhi logo.png
Mottoन्यायस्तत्र प्रमाणं स्यात् (IAST: nyāyastatra pramāṇaṃ syāt)
Motto in English
There shall justice prevail
Established2008; 11 years ago (2008)
ChancellorChief Justice of Delhi High Court
Vice-ChancellorRanbir Singh[1]
VisitorChief Justice of India
Location, ,
AffiliationsBCI; UGC; NAAC
National Law University, Delhi from front

National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) is a law university in India, offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Situated in Sector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi -110078, India, NLUD is one of the national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India. The National Law University Act, 2007 provides for the Chief Justice of India to be the university's visitor, whereas the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi to function as the university's chancellor. whereas its vice-chancellor functions as the chief administrator.


National Law University, Delhi was established in 2008 by Act No. 1 of 2008 of NCT Delhi in the National Capital Territory of Delhi with the initiative of the High Court of Delhi under the leadership of Ranbir Singh, the founder-director and vice-chancellor of the Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad), who became the university's vice-chancellor. It was inaugurated by then President of India, Pratibha Patil. The college started functioning in 2008 from temporary buildings. By 2010, the college had completed its construction and was fully functional.



NLUD offers a five-year undergraduate, B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program. Seventy seats are offered and ten additional seats are allocated to foreign nationals. The undergraduate program is based on a credits system with additional seminar courses for further learning, pursuant according to the interests of the students. The program consists of approximately fifty subjects to be studied over the duration of ten semesters, with five subjects in each semester. Students are expected to submit fifty research projects before their graduation. The curriculum remains intensive and has led to concerns being brought about stress levels amongst the students.[2]

NLUD does not uitilise the Common Law Admission Test like other National Law Universities do;[3] admissions to the undergraduate (UG) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program are done through the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), a test conducted every year by the university.[4]


NLUD also offers a one-year LL.M. program. The admission is through a written test which is conducted by the University followed by an interview.[5] It additionally offers Postgraduate Diploma program in Urban Environmental Management, Judging and Court Management, and IPR and Patent Law along with[6] Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D).[7]


University rankings
Law – India
NIRF (2019)[8]2

NLUD was ranked second in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) law ranking in 2019.[9][10][11] The university was given a score of 3.59 on a four-point scale by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous institution of the University Grants Commission, and hence, was accorded the "Category-I" autonomy by the Government of India in 2016.[12][13]

Justice T. P. S. Chawla Library[edit]

The library is named after T. P. S. Chawla, a former judge of the High Court of Delhi who contributed significantly to the development of the library by donating his personal collection of rare volumes to it. The library is fully automated, and book circulation is maintained through electronic Library-cum-Identity Cards with the help of a bar code system. The collection comprises over 41,000 documents, including monographs, commentaries, textbooks, reference books and loose leaf material on various subjects, such as Jurisprudence, Judicial Process, Constitutional law, Intellectual Property, Public International Law, Environmental Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Aviation Law, Human Rights, Criminal Law, Cyber Laws, International Business Transactions, and Maritime Law.[14]Its vice librarian is Dr samar iqbal bakshi

The library consists of three storeys.


NLUD currently has thirteen research centres:[15]

  • Centre for Banking and Financial Laws
  • Centre for Communication Governance
  • Centre for Comparative Law
  • Centre for Corporate Law And Governance
  • Centre for Constitutional Law, Policy and Governance
  • Centre for Criminology and Victimology
  • Centre for Comparative Studies in Personal Laws
  • Centre on Death Penalty
  • Centre for Environmental Law, Policy and Research (CELPR)
  • Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC)
  • Centre for Social Inclusion And Minority Rights
  • Centre for Transparency and Accountability in Governance
  • Centre for Transnational Commercial Law

NLUD also possesses endowed chairs:

  • K.L. Arora Chair in Criminal Law
  • Justice B.R. Sawhny Chair in Professional Ethics


Kairos was the literary and cultural fest of the University. It included a variety of events, which are legal as well as cultural. Each night featured performances by popular stage artists and musicians, which have included The Raghu Dixit Project, Faridkot, Dualist Inquiry, Dhruv Visvanathan, The UrbanEarlymen and the Family Cheese.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Governance". National Law University Delhi. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Academic programmes". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ "AILET (All India Law Entrance Test)". Careers360. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ "B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Programme". National Law University, Delhi. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Academic Programmes - LL.M". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Academic Programmes -P.G. Diploma". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Academic Programmes -Ph.D." Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  8. ^ "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Law)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  9. ^ "Top law colleges in India, NLSIU-Bangalore is no. 1: NIRF ranking 2019". The Indian Express. Education Desk. New Delhi: Indian Express Group. 9 April 2019. OCLC 70274541. Retrieved 9 May 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Ganz, Kian (8 April 2019). "NIRF rankings 2019: NLSB, NLUD, Nalsar still top • NUJS jumps NLUJ, GNLU enters • Nalsar top in jobs, NLUD in teaching (all suck at research)". Legally India. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  11. ^ A. K., Aditya (9 April 2019). "NIRF Rankings 2019: NLSIU tops again, best three law schools unchanged". Bar & Bench. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  12. ^ Shrivastava, Prachi (21 March 2018). "Nalsar, NLU Delhi win full autonomy status from UGC • But what does it actually mean? VCs explain". Legally India. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  13. ^ Sahni, Simran (5 February 2016). "NLU Delhi receives Grade 'A 'NAAC Accreditation with High Score Rating". Live Law. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Library". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  15. ^ "National Law University Delhi". Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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