National Law University, Jodhpur

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National Law University
Motto "Knowledge is Empowerment"
Established 2001
Type Public (Autonomous)
Affiliation Bar Council of India
Chancellor Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Poonam Pradhan Saxena
Undergraduates 600
Postgraduates 150
Location Jodhpur, Mandore, Rajasthan, India
Language English
Colors White and Blue

National Law University, Jodhpur is a premier law Institution in India. The University offers both under-graduate and post-graduate courses in various streams of law.

The degrees offered at the under-graduate level are;

  • B.A.,LL.B. (Hons)
  • B.B.A,LL.B. (Hons)
  • B.Sc.,LL.B. (Hons)

All of these are ten semester courses, and are open to students only on a fully residential basis. Since 2008, the admission to these courses is through the nationwide Common Law Admission Test, the first of which took place on 11 May 2008.

At the post-graduate level the degrees offered are:

  • Constitutional Governance (MA/M.Sc in Constitutional Governance, Four Semesters)
  • Intellectual Property Law (LL.M-IPR/MIPR, Four Semesters)
  • Management and Law (MBA,LL.M/MBL, Six Semesters)
  • Insurance (MBA in Insurance, Four Semesters)
  • International Trade and WTO (LL.M.(International Trade), Four Semester)
  • Banking and Finance (MBF, Four Semesters)

The admission to these courses is though the National Entrance Tests[1] organised by the University each year.


The National Law University, Jodhpur was set up in November 1999 (by the passing of the National Law University Act,1999 by the State Legislature of Rajasthan) under the leadership of Dr. N.L. Mitra. Since then the University has seen three more Vice-Chancellors. The first batch (both under-graduate and post-graduate) of the University was admitted in the year 2001. The first under-graduate batch passed out in 2006 with their graduation ceremony (First Convocation) organised in January 2007 and attended by the then Vice-President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and the then Governor of Rajasthan and formerly the President of India H.E. Mrs. Pratibha Patil.

The second under-graduate batch passed out in 2007 and the Convocation ceremony for them was organised on 29 March 2008 and was attended by the then Home Minister, Government of India, Mr. Shivraj Patil.


Established in 2001, National Law University claims to be the first institution of its kind in the country where study of law is coupled with other disciplines such as Science, Management Science and Policy Sciences. It introduced for the first time the degree of B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons) (i.e. Management and Law) in the country, requiring the students of the course to undertake specialised courses in Management Studies (such as Audit, Accounting, Principles of Management, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Strategy, etc.) and assimilate the learning therein especially with the fast evolving corporate and financial laws.

As the University itself puts it, National Law University only answers the intention to do the same from the entire country following the traditions of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in technology education, Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) in the management education and All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in medical education.[2] Terming its establishment as a Third Generation Experiment, the University calls forth and furthers the need behind viewing and handling legal education today in a multidisciplinary scenario. Keeping this objective of multidisciplinary total education in view and the growing needs of legal profession in the global context, the university has established five schools of learning. These are School of Policy Science, School of Management, School of Science, School of Languages and School of Law, which not only intertwines the knowledge of other disciplines with the subject of law but also allows the students a choice in designing their courses of specialization and thus making experts in their respective fields.

Towards these ends, the University offers five year integrated undergraduate program in three streams B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.); B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons.); and B.PSc., LL.B. (Hons.), each with a vision to integrate the knowledge of law with humanities, management and natural sciences respectively.[3] In this under-graduate program, not only all the compulsory subjects prescribed by the Bar Council of India are taught in the comparative context but the University also administers Honours courses in seven specialized disciplines, namely;

  • Constitutional Governance,
  • Corporate Legal System,
  • Trade Related Laws and WTO,
  • Intellectual Property Rights,
  • International Law, and
  • Criminal Law & Forensic Sciences

The University claims to have taken great care in structuring various subjects to make the Honours courses in their respective streams innovative and knowledge oriented. Further, to keep the syllabus in line with world developments, the University has a Advisory Board to advise and assist the faculty in the development and teaching of a customized and updated curriculum.[4]

The University highlights various critical issues facing the legal education and equally the profession today in the light of the growth and complexities in other disciplines of social life and insists upon these being addressed in the teaching of law. Some of these critical areas identified by the University

  • Information technology and cyber knowledge
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • International trade and global standards
  • Global accounting and legal standards
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Project finance and good governance
  • Social justice and equation of interest

To accentuate these objectives, the University practices various methods of teaching & learning process such as co-operative teaching, case studies, lecture demonstration, group discussions, and self-conducted research. Evaluation is continuous. As a teaching-learning process, courtroom exercises are an integral part of the curriculum from the first year. The University has found these exercises to be highly successful in sharpening the lawyering skills in the students and providing them a real life exposure to the profession.

In additional to the above, the University also takes pride in its eight centres of learning which it describes as the Centres of Studies & Research namely,

  • Center for Studies in Agriculture and Law (CSAL)[5]
  • Center for Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions (CSBFI)[6]
  • Center for Criminal Law Studies (CCLS)[7]
  • Center for Human Rights Education and Research (CHEAR)[8]
  • Center for Intellectual Property Law (CIPLAW)[9]
  • Center for Insurance Studies and Research (CISR)[10]
  • Center for Regional Economic Groupings (EEC, NAFTA, ASEAN, SAARC) (CFREG)[11]
  • Center for WTO Studies (CWS)[12]

The University also conducts several short and medium term orientation, training and refresher courses for NGOs, Government officials and public administrators, local self-Government, legal professionals including members of the bar and the bench, other administrative authorities and corporate officials.

University Governance[edit]

University Officials[13]

The University has four officials;

  • The Chief Justice of India – Visitor,
  • The Chief Justice of High Court of Rajasthan – Chancellor,
  • Vice Chancellor, and
  • Registrar.

Besides the officials, the University has three official bodies;

General Council[14]

The General Council comprises the following members;

  • The Chief Justice of High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Minister In charge of Law Government of Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Minister In charge of Higher Education, Govt. of Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Attorney General of India Ex Officio
  • The Secretary to Govt., Law & Legal Affairs Department, Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Secretary to Govt., Higher Education Department, Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Secretary to Govt.. Finance Dept., Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Chairman, Rajasthan State Bar Council Ex Officio
  • The Chairperson of the University Grants Commission Ex Officio
  • Two eminent persons nominated by the Chancellor working in the field of Law & Law Education
  • The Vice Chancellor Ex Officio
  • Advocate General, Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • Three eminent Jurists/ Judges of the Supreme Court/ High Court, Retired or in office nominated by the Visitor
  • Five eminent Professors in Law, Science, Social Science to be nominated by the Chancellor.
  • All Professors – Directors of the Schools

Executive Council[15]

The Executive Council comprises the following members;

  • The Vice Chancellor Ex Officio
  • One Member of the General Council (to be nominated by General Council)
  • Advocate General, Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Secretary to the Govt. Law & Legal Affairs Dept. Rajasthan or his nominee not below the rank of Legal Remembrancer Ex Officio
  • The Secretary, Higher Education Department, Rajasthan or his nominee not below the rank of Special Secretary, Higher Education Dept., Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • The Secretary to the Govt. Finance Dept., Rajasthan or his nominee not below the rank of Special Secretary, Finance Department. Ex Officio
  • The Chairman, the State Bar Council, Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • Two senior most Faculty Members to be nominated by the Vice Chancellor by rotation.
  • Two eminent academician or Jurists to be nominated by the Visitor.
  • A seating Judge of the Rajasthan High Court to be nominated by the Chancellor
  • Chairman, Bar Council of India Ex Officio

Academic Council[16]

The Academic Council comprises the following members;

  • The Vice Chancellor, Chairman
  • Three persons from among the teachers or men of letters or members from learned professions, who are not in the service of the University to be nominated by the Chancellor
  • The Secretary to the Government, Law and Legal Affairs Department, Govt. Of Rajasthan Ex Officio
  • One person nominated by the Chairman, Bar Council of India
  • All Heads of Departments
  • All Professors (other than Heads of Departments )
  • Two members of the teaching staff, to be nominated by the Vice-Chancellor from amongst the Associate and Assistant Professors of the University in order of seniority in each category by rotation.
  • One member of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India to be nominated by the Chairman of the Committee
  • Three eminent Professors/Jurists/Lawyers to be nominated by the Chancellor

The University also has a Advisory Board[17] to assist in the formation and updating of the curriculum. Its members comprise legal and other luminaries, which include;

  • Justice S.B. Sinha, Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri F.S. Nariman, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri Arun Jaitley, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri P.H. Parekh, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri Shardul S. Shroff, Managing Partner, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Company
  • Shri D.D. Rathi, Whole Time Director & CFO, Grasim Industries Ltd.
  • Shri Pravin Anand, Senior Partner, Anand and Anand Advocates
  • Shri P.P. Rao, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Ms. Zia Mody, Managing Partner, AZB & Partners (M&D)
  • Shri K. Parasaran, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Shri C.S. Vaidyanathan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Mr. R.K.P. Shankardass, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Prof. Kuldeep Mathur, Former Professor of Law & Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Prof. Ashok Singhvi, Senior Professor, Physical Research Laboratory
  • Dr. Joydeep Kant, Vice president, CRD, Ranbaxy Research Laboratories Ltd.
  • Shri Ashok Goenka, Former chairman, GIC of India and Former Professor, Singapore University
  • Shri C.S. Rao, Chairman, Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority

Vice Chancellors of National Law University, Jodhpur[edit]

No. Vice Chancellor Took office Left office Career highlights at NLU
01 Dr. N.L. Mitra[18] 2001 2004 Founding Vice Chancellor • Building an exclusive campus for University
02 Dr. A.K. Koul[19] 2004 2008 Ensuring recruitment of all undergraduate and postgraduate students.
03 Justice N.N. Mathur[20] 2008 2013 Developing the University's infrastructure and ensuring that it continues to strive towards excellence.
04 Prof. Poonam Saxena[21] 2013 -

Visitors to the National Law University, Jodhpur[edit]

In its short life, the University has had various national and international visitors.[22] Some of these have been;

The University has also been organising and hosting various lectures and discussions by members of the legal and scholarly fraternity. Some of the previous lectures have been as under; [23]

Date Presenter Designation Topic
29 February 2008 Vinod Dhall IAS, Member and Acting chairman, Competition Commission of India "The Competition Act, 2002"
26 February 2008 Dr. Gary vanLoon Professor of Chemistry, Queens University, Kingston, Canada & President, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute "Sustainable Development and Environmental Law"
25 February 2008 Dr. Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Member, National Human Rights Commission of India & Former Judge, Supreme Court of India "Human Rights, Constitution and our Responsibilities"
8 February 2008 Prof. John Philips Professor of English Law, King's College London "Commercial Negotiations – Continuing Uncertainty"
8 August 2007 Prof. Shyam S. Lodha Professor of Marketing & International Business, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut "Executive Functions in a Diversified Environment with Reference to Legal Issues"
21 July 2007 Justice M. Jagannadha Rao Former chairman, Law Commission of India "Indian Judiciary: Problems and Prospects"
28 February 2007 David Malone High Commissioner of Canada to India "The UN Security Council: Boom or Bust"
28 December 2006 Nripendra Misra Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) (untitled)
7 October 2006 Justice P.P. Naolekar Judge, Supreme Court of India "Clinical Legal Education: The Future Agenda"
15 September 2006 D.D. Rathi Whole-time Director and chief financial officer, Grasim Industries Ltd. "Corporate Governance"
9 September 2006 Prof. Anurag K. Agarwal Faculty, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad "International Commercial Arbitration: Party Autonomy and Role of Courts"
4 September 2006 Dr. Satvinder S. Juss Reader of Law at King's College London "Refugee Law: Modern Societies Coping With Refugees/ Immigrants"
23 August 2006 Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Mani Former Vice Chancellor, Gujarat National Law University "International Litigation"
3 March 2006 Prof. S. Narayanan Former Ambassador of India to the WTO "Dispute Settlement at the WTO"
29 January 2006 H.R. Bhardwaj Minister for Law & Justice, Government of India (untitled)
29 January 2006 Justice A.K. Mathur Judge, Supreme Court of India (untitled)
18 January 2006 Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao Ad Hoc Judge, International Court of Justice, Member, International Law Commission "International Liability for Transboundary Harm"
11 January 2006 Justice S.B. Sinha Judge, Supreme Court of India "Law in India: Emerging Thoughts"
29 January 2006 Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal "Legal Education in Social Context"
19 September 2005 Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh [1] Vice Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi "Critical Legal Thinking"
17 September 2005 Dr. Rakesh Mohan Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India "Economic Reforms in India"
3 September 2005 P.H. Parekh President, Supreme Court Bar Association (India) "Law is a Jealous Mistress"

The University also hosted the Second All India Law Teachers Conference (AILTC) held on 29–30 January 2006 and attended by the law teachers from all over the country.

Moot Courts and Students' Achievements[edit]

Moot Courts are needed for legal education today and they are well integrated in the curriculum of the University. They are a part of the University's culture both internally and externally. On the external side, since its establishment, the University has been hosting the M.M. Singhvi Bar Council of India Trust Moot Court Competition, organised to commemorate the memory of the late M.M. Singhvi, a lawyer in India. The Competition is organised under the aegis of the M.M. Singhvi Memorial Trust and the Bar Council of India. Teams from almost all law colleges in the country participate in the Competition and since 2007, the competition has turned international with even teams from outside India participating in the Competition.

The University also hosted the North Indian rounds of the Stetson Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, which is another Moot Court Competition. Apart from this, the University has also hosted the Surana & Surana National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition which is sponsored by Surana and Surana.

In February 2010 the Moot Court Committee of the University hosted the First NLU AntiTrust Law Moot Court Competition. The specialised theme for this Moot Court Competition is AntiTrust Law, also known as Competition Law. This Competition is organised under the aegis of the Competition Commission of India, a statutory regulatory body and Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan Attorneys, a tax-based law firm. The Second NLU AntiTrust Law Moot Court Competition was held from 17 to 20 February 2011.[24]

On the internal front, moot courts are well integrated in the curriculum of the University. In all law subjects (beginning right from the first semester of the under-graduate program), 15–20 percent of the marks are earmarked for moot courts and are assessed by the panel of two or three judges (teaching faculty or retired judges) where the students are required to address the court on the problem related to the subject-matter being taught in the paper and assessed upon their performance. Based on the cumulative performance in these internal moot courts and other criterion, the Moot Court Committee organises an intra-University moot court competition once in each semester and depending upon the rankings of these intra-University moot court competitions, the students are sent to represent the University in various National and International Moot Court Competitions.

The students have performed well in various national and international moot court competitions. The first national competition was won in 2004 when the team composed of Manmeet Singh Rai ('08) and Sagarika Chakraborty ('08) won the national rounds of the Louis M. Brown Client Counseling Competition held at the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur. The team subsequently represented India at the World finals of the Louis M. Brown Client Counseling Competition at Glasgow.

Since then the University has been victorious at the Susan J. Ferrell Inter-cultural Human Rights Moot Court Competition conducted by the St. Thomas University, Florida, in January 2007. The team composed of Anil Raj ('07), Gauarav Solanki ('07), Reshma Khan ('08), Kunal Mehta ('08) and Riddhi Sancheti ('09) secured the first position and also the second best memorial prize. Also, Reshma Khan and Riddhi Sancheti were awarded the "Best Oralist" and the "Third Best Oralist" respectively.[25]

Besides, the University was an Elimination Round Participant (Frederic Eisemann Award) at the Fifteenth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, 2008 held in Vienna. The University team participating in the East edition of the Vis Moot held in Hong Kong also won several accolades, including Honorable Mentions for personal achievements by the speakers.

The University has qualified four times to represent India at the Shearman and Sterling Rounds (White and Case Rounds since the 2009–10 edition) of the elite Jessup Moot Court Competition (2005–06, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10) and was Octa-Finalist in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 Editions.[26]

In 2012, the University team consisting of Aritra Roy, Lakshmi Neelakantan and Jai Sahai has won the International Rounds of the Stetson Environmental Law Moot Court Competition 2012. This team also won the Surana and Surana Stetson India North Rounds earlier year.

The University team has also been a consistent performer at the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, having had won "Best Advocate" and "Best Memoranda" awards in many editions of the event. The team represented by Kartikey Mahajan ('11) and Meha Rashmi('11) won the 2009 edition of the North India rounds of the Stetson. They were also quarter finalists at the International rounds of the Stetson moot.

In 2009, for the second year in running the University qualified for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition to be held in Hague in 2010. They bagged the award for the 'Best Victims' Counsel' in the 2010 edition.[27] Only two teams from India had qualified for this competition.

In 2009, two members of the team representing the University at the Investment Law Arbitration Moot held at Frankfurt, Germany bagged honorable mentions for their speaking.

Teams from the University have received the Sarah Derrington Achievement Award twice at the International Maritime Law Moot Court Competition, Perth.[28]

Students from the University (team comprising Joydeep Sarkar ('09), Kartikeya Saran ('09) and Nupur Kabra ('08) in 2008 and team comprising Rishabh Chopra ('10), Shashank Prabhat Kumar ('10) and Meghana Sharafudeen ('11) in 2009) have also been selected to represent India at two editions of the Jean Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law. It also has been a consistent performer in the All India Bar Council Moot Court Competition, the premier moot court competition in India.

Apart from this, the students have attended various international and national conferences. In 2008, two students – Adarsh Ramanujam ('09) and Siddhartha Shukla ('09) and also in 2011, Aman Bhattacharya ('12) – were shortlisted for the final stage of interview for the Rhodes Scholarship.

Another worthy scholar by the name of Anirudh Arya ('16) graced the esteemed university with his short lived but memorable presence. He was noted for his peculiar sense of astronomy, wanderlust and generally all things wild. The university could not render the environment to satiate this scholar's thirst for knowledge and he wandered out for a greater pursuit.


As a premier national institution that seeks to promote critical thinking and quality scholarship National Law University, Jodhpur publishes two academic journals: NLUJ Law Review'; and Trade, Law and Development. NLUJ Law Review, published twice a year, is the flagship journal of the University. It is a bi-annual, double-blind student reviewed, and student-edited journal focusing on an inter-disciplinary approach towards legal writing. Currently, the Board of Editors comprise faculty and students at the University.

Trade, Law and Development[29] is a student-run journal launched by National Law University in 2009. TL&D seeks to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on world trade, international law, environment and development. The Journal is published twice a year, both online and in print. TL&D is staffed by student editors from the University. It is currently ranked as the best law journal in India across all fields by the Washington & Lee University rankings for years 2011-2013. It was also ranked as the 10th Best Trade Law journal in the world from 2011-2013. In addition, the Journal has a Board of Advisors, composed of Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati, Prof. Raj Bhala, Prof. B.S. Chimni, Prof. M. Sornarajah, Prof. Vaughan Lowe Daniel B. Magraw, and Glenn Wiser. The Journal published its first issue in July 2009. The theme for the latest issue of the journal is "Trade and Climate Change".

Student Activities[edit]

The Legal Aid Clinic of National Law University, Jodhpur spreads legal awareness amongst the rural masses of Rajasthan through educational street plays and free legal advice.[30]

In September 2009, the Sports Committee of the University hosted Yuvardha, the University's first Inter Law College Sports Fest. The success inspired the Jodhpur students to a new high. The student body then came up with a football league for law students- Lex la Liga (league of lawyers). The league is a professionally organized system based on a 5-a-side format (popularly known as 'Futsal'), played between five teams owned by individuals or consortia of students and alumni. It is run by a student managed University Football Association- the 'Asociación De Fútbol De La Universidad', inspired by cricket's Indian Premier League, with a 'Commissioner' and a 'Sheriff' to oversee the entire league.[31] The first edition of this league was successfully conducted in January–March 2010.

The University hosted its first Inter Law College Literary and Cultural Fest named NH-65 from 7 to 10 October 2010. Deriving its name from the location of the University on National Highway No. 65, the fest had a wide array of events including the flagship Parliamentary Debate, Presidential Debate, Mega Quiz and a concert by the Chennai based rock band Junkyard Groove.[32]

IT Infrastructure[edit]

National Law University provides 24*7 Internet access to every student. It has subscribed to various Online Law Libraries like Westlaw (India and UK), Jstor, Hein Online, Lexis Nexis, Kluwer Arbitration, Kluwer Online and Manupatra which makes cases and research material available easily. It has Wireless Networking in the form of 802.11g Wi-Fi available in the Academic Block with internet speed of 2 Mbit/s, Library Building and Mess. Ethernet Wiring with internet speed of 8 Mbit/s round the clock is provided in every hostel room. This enables the faculty to share study and research material on the University Local Area Network.



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