Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a national law school based in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a university in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. It is one of esteemed national law schools in India. It was established as a centre for legal excellence by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003) HNLU being one of the most prestigious centre for legal education in India offers innumerable opportunities for the students to interact with academicians, lawyers, Judges, firms, banking and other related institutions. The University imparts B.A. L.L.B. (Hons.). L.L.M., and Ph.D. degrees. It is a residential University and is sixth in the series of National Law Schools in India. HNLU has been included in the list of the Universities maintained by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 and has been declared fit to receive Central assistance in terms of the rules framed under Section 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956.
HNLU Raipur was established by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003).
Hidayatullah National Law University is located in the serene and pollution-free environment of New Raipur, the new capital of Chhatisgarh. The sprawling new campus is built over 65 acres of land abutting a beautiful lake and is located in a serene and pollution free environment.
The academic block consists of three-storied library with air-conditioned reading hall and a fully air-conditioned computer lab equipped with 150 computers. The academic block also houses Moot Court Halls carefully designed to match the standards of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and the High Courts. The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled.
- Visitor: Hon'ble Mr. Justice H. L. Dattu, Judge, Supreme Court of India.
- Chancellor: Hon'ble Mr. Justice Rajeev Gupta, the Chief Justice of High Court of Chhattisgarh.
- Vice Chancellor: Prof. (Dr.) Sukhpal Singh
- Registrar: Dr. B.C. Biswas
 Facts & Figures
Admission is made on the basis of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted each year.
- Under-Graduate Course: 409
- Post-Graduate Course: 22
 Fee structure
B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) Undergraduate programme
 Admission Fees (One Time)
 Tuition Fees
- 25,000/- (per Semester) (Two Semesters per year)
- US$3000 p.a. for NRI & US$5,000 p.a. for Foreign Nationals
 Other fees
Fees are to be paid in advance at the beginning of the semester.
 Default Charges
|Re-registered students:||2,000/- per course|
|Repeat Examination Fee:||300/- per course|
 Other Fees:
- Convocation fees:
- Transcript Fee: 200/-
- Provisional Certificate Fee: 500/-
- Migration Certificate Fee: 1000/-
Fees are to be paid at the beginning of the semester.
HNLU provides two separate hostels for girls and boys. Each hostel has two blocks which are connected to the mess. Students are allotted single rooms with quality furniture including a study table, a chair, a personal drawer and a cot. Every floor has a water cooler.There are 4 washrooms on each floor having 16 cubicles in total. The hostel premises and rooms are cleaned everyday by cleaning staff.
H.O.R offers a common room for TV and other creative activities. It also has a gym and an indoor badminton court inside the H.O.R. premises. TT facilities are also provided inside the H.O.R. There is a canteen within the H.O.R. premises catering to the needs of students.A new canteen has also opened up near the college gate which offers the students a wide range of fast food.
 Library and Reading Room
The HNLU has a three-storied library with air conditioned reading hall. The HNLU Library has adopted an open access system so as to make it easier for the readers to access to the library resources thereby saving precious time. The library has large treasure of law books, case law reports and journals. To assist the students and research scholars in locating their desired legal literature and other information, efficient library automation package has been installed. Photocopying facility is also available in the library.
The HNLU Library also conducts library orientation programme for the fresh students to acquaint them with the library system, services and resources so that they may exploit the available resources for their maximum benefit.
The library automation software also helps the staff in maintaining inventory and house-keeping jobs. There are quite a few P IV workstations placed in the library hall for the students to browse legal resources from West Law, Manupatra and other on-line sources, apart from Grand Jurix which is available for search off line.
 IT Infrastructure
HNLU has a fully air conditioned Computer Lab with sufficiently large number of Desktop Computers with Internet connectivity. Computer Lab is at use useful for preparing their project reports and Memorials for Moot Court Exercises. All the legal databases are made available to the students of HNLU through CD-ROMs and subscription to Web based databases like Manupatra and Westlaw International. Wi-Fi facility provides the students a wire free access to the web resources through their laptops. The Information Technology Committee, a student body, maintains the Computer Lab. The IT Committee helps students to procure their own laptop computers for the students at highly competitive prices. The lifestyle at HNLU requires every student to spend a considerable time at the Computer Lab.
The Moot Court Committee at HNLU stands as facilitator of the same in the university. With eight regular and eight co-opted members, it regulates mooting activities to meet the end. Additionally the committee is guided by the enlightening vision of the Faculty coordinator and three Faculty advisers. These members meet quite often to take all policy matter decisions.
The MCC has been entrusted with the job of notifying the students of upcoming Moot Court Competitions, conducting internal qualifying rounds, registration of the teams with organizers, etc. To encourage mooting culture in the University it advocates various academic exemptions. Recently the committee has expanded itself in the form of a blog to keep the students updated about the various notifications related to moots which keep coming to the University even during the vacations. Each year with the coming of new batch the MCC takes orientation program which entails introducing the mooting wheels to the freshers. It consists of demo moots, classes on researching skills, court manners, introductory mooting vocabulary etc. Various seniors who have previously brought mooting laurels to the University also oblige by sharing a tip or two.
The MCC helps to ensures that all moot court participation must take place in accordance with the set norms of the University. It accordingly inquires into all misconducts being practiced in the process. Every such inquiry is accordingly conducted in a most democratic manner.
Apart from above mentioned functions MCC is responsible for other functions as well. It drafts and updates rules to manage conduct of mooting activities in the University.
HNLU organizes Justice Hidayatullah National Moot Court Competition every year. The theme of the Moot Court Competition is International Trade and Competition Law. 
HNLU organised the 3rd Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition in October 2010.
 Journals and publications
The HNLU Student Editorial Board has ever since the inception of the University released three Student Bar Reviews. The fourth issue of this Student Bar Review is now in the stage of publication. The Editorial board has been entrusted with the task of compiling the articles, editing them and thereafter circulating the journal. In the past Faculty advisors have also been actively involved in this and even today continue to guide the editorial board.
The Student Editorial Board has also came up with a Wall Journal, in association with the Cultural Committee.
In addition to compiling articles, the ed-board conducts classes from time-time on legal writing. This involves a lot of support from the seniors who have got their articles published in various reputed journals, national and international as well as past editorial board members.
The Editorial Board is an enthusiastic bunch of people who hold frequent meetings to come up with bright ideas which may help to encourage law students especially the incoming batch of students every year to come up with articles, notes, comments, essays, book reviews, case notes etc. on various legal themes.
 Subjects available
Total number of semesters: 10
Total number of courses: 50 (Five in each Semester) (excluding the internship and court room exercises).
Normally students are required to work 40– 45 hours in a week. Unless otherwise instructed by the Faculty all courses other than Honours courses in the first three years are taught courses having a self-learning and small research project/paper writing and presentation component in it. In a taught course one credit shall mean one class hour and ½ to 1 hour self learning per week in normal condition. As such a 6-credit course means 6 ½ to 7 hours work per week. Optional and compulsory law courses are first-grade mixed courses requiring 1-hour class with 1-hour self-study. As such, each such course with 6 credits would require 6 class hours and 6 class hours of self-study, i.e., 12 hours of work per week.
Honours course is a mixed course of research and teaching. Teaching in honours course is not expected to be more than 25% to 33% of the entire teaching learning system. In Honours course one credit shall mean one class hour and 2 to 3 research hours per week in normal condition. Therefore 10-credit honours course may mean 3 class hours and 7 research hours or as instructed by the faculty per week. Each semester programme is for 15–18 weeks programme.
Core Courses: 6 each with 8 credit points:
- Political Science (2 courses distributed in Political theory; Political Obligations and International Relations)
- Economics (1 Course in Economics and law)
- History (1 Course in History of Law and Institutions)
- Sociology (Two Courses)
English: 2 courses, each course to have 6 credits. Long Law Courses:
- Constitutional Law (2 courses)
- Crime and Punishment (2 courses) each equal to 9 credits
Law courses: 26 courses
- Compulsory Operational/Functional courses = 8 courses with 8 credit each.
- Moot court, Internship, Legal Aid and Rules of Courts (continuous process)
- Drafting and Pleading
- Professional Ethics and Law relating to Legal Profession
- Jurisprudence-I : Interpretation of Statutes
- Civil Procedure
- Criminal Procedure
- Law of Evidence
Compulsory Substantive law Courses = 18 courses with 8 credit each
- Legal Method, Torts
- Family Law I and II
- Jurisprudence II
- Administrative Law
- Company Law I and II
- Property Law
- Labour Law I and II
- Public International Law
- Law and Agriculture
- Private International Law
- Environmental Law
- Consumer Protection Law
- Commercial Transactions
- Equity, Trust and Specific Relief.
Optional Courses : Four Courses with 9 credit points each: 1. Law of Mines and Industries 2. Law and Tribes 3. Women and Law 4. WTO Studies 5. Socio-economic Offences 6. Media and Law 7. Medicine and Law 8. Cyber Law 9. Law of Insurance 10. Law of Insolvency 11. Criminology 12. International Space Law 13. Law of Infrastructure 14. International Criminal Law 15. Maritime Law 16. Energy Law 17. Competition Law 18. Biotechnology and Law 19. Law of Taxation (Direct) 20. Law of Taxation (Indirect)
Honours Courses i. Constitutional Governance 1. Federalism 2. Protective Discrimination 3. Judicial Review
ii. Corporate Legal System 1. Corporate Finance 2. Corporate Reconstruction 3. Corporate Regulations
iii. Trade and Investment Law 1. International Trade Law 2. International Investment Law 3. National Regulation of International Trade and Investment
iv. Intellectual Property Rights 1. Copyright 2. Trademarks 3. Patents
v. Environmental Law 1. Natural Resource Management 2. Biotechnology and Law 3. International Environmental Law
The students of HNLU hav participated and won many of the National and International Moot Courts. HNLU represented India in some of the prestigious International Moot Court Competitions like Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, Sydney, Australia;International Maritime Arbitration Competition, Sydney; Law Asia Moot Court Competition, Gold coast; Commonwealth Summer School, Dhaka; Commonwealth Summer School, Dhaka; Louis M. Brown Client Counseling Competition; Philip C. Jessups Moot Court Competition etc.
- Won the Best Memorial Award at the Asia-Pacific Rounds of Manfred Lachs Space Moot Court Competition Asia-Pacefic Rounds.
- International Red Cross Moot (International Round), 2010: The HNLU team qualified for the World Finals and thereafter went on to secure the Runners- Up position.
- International Red Cross Moot (Sub-continent Rounds), 2010: The HNLU team which qualified the National Rounds through 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.
- Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Competition, Sydney, Australia, 2005 : Adarsh A. Varghese of HNLU was adjudged as the Best Oralist (Preliminary Rounds) at this prestigious competition conducted by the International Institute of Space Law. The Team composed of Adarsh A. Varghese, J Parthsarathi and Neil Padayatty was also one of the semi-finalists and was the only Indian team that advanced to the semi-finals.
- International Maritime Arbitration Competition, Sydney 2005 :Amit Shankar of HNLU was awarded the Alexis Goh Trophyfor the Best Individual Performance.
- Law Asia Moot Court Competition, Gold coast 2005: Debanshu Mukherjee was selected to represent India at the Law Asia Moot Court Competition held at Gold coast, Australia.
- Commonwealth Summer School, Dhaka, 2004: Amit Shanker Singh and Debanshu Mukherjee were selected to represent India at the Commonwealth Summer School held at Dhaka, Bangladesh in December 2004. Amit Shankar was also awarded the Best Mooter Trophy at the Summer School.
- Commonwealth Summer School, Dhaka, 2005: Again two students from HNLU Arvind V and R.P. Janani were selected to represent India at the Commonwealth Summer School 2005
- Bar Council of India International Law Moot Court Competition, 2011: Aishwarya Chandran, a member of the HNLU team at the competition, was adjudged the Best Female Oralist at the competition.
- ULC Bangalore All India Moot Court Competition, 2011: The team comprising of Saifur Rahman Faridi, Rimi Ghosh & Amit Kumar won the Best Memorial Award.Also, Amit Kumar was adjudged the Best Researcher at the competition.
- The NLIU-Juris Corp Corporate Law National Moot 2010 held at NLIU Bhopal: The HNLU team composed of Gaurav Dugar, Chanchal Aggarwal and Saksham Chaturvedi won the Competition.
- Munroe E. Price Media Law National Moot Qualifier Competition held at NLU, Delhi: The team composed of Sindhura Chakravarty, Ayshwarya Chander, Punarva Gera with Aditya Kutty as their coach, stood as the 3rd Best Team and qualified to represent India at the Oxford Munroe E. Price Media Law International Moot to be held at Oxford University in March 2011.
- Henry Dunant India Rounds-2010: The team composed of Guneet Ahuja, Anubhuti Mishra and Garima Mitra won the National Runds and qualified for the Sub-Continent Rounds.
- 4th Amity Moot Court Competition, 2005: Anand S. Jha was adjudged as the Best Student Advocate at this Moot Court Competition conducted by the Amity Law School.
- Louis M. Brown Client Counseling Competition New Delhi, 2005 : The HNLU Team was Runner's Up in the Competition.
- K.L.E. Society's League of Mooters Moot Court Competition, 2005 : Team was the Runners' Up and it also won the Best Memorial Award in this competition.
- Philip C. Jessups Moot Court Competition, 2005: won the Third Best Team trophy as well as the Second Best Memorial Award at the national rounds.
- CUSAT Moot Court Competition, 2004 : The HNLU team won the Best Memorial award
- The National Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2004 : The HNLU team won the 2nd Best Memorial award.
- The S.C. Javali Memmorial Moot Court Competition 2006 : The HNLU team won the Best Memorial award.
- Mayank Mishra was adjudged as the 2nd Best Speaker at the Seminar on Solid Waste Management held at Madurai, Tamil Nadu in February 2005. Mayank also won a consolation prize in the Essay Writing Competition organized by Jain Associates, Meerut in December 2005.
- Xth all India Moot Court Competition, ULC Bangalore : The team of Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur has won the Runner’s UP Trophy.
- “Jus Amicus” National Moot Court Competition, 2007, Bharathi Vidyapeeth, Pune. The HNLU team won the Runners Up Trophy. Saloni Bajaj was adjudged as the best lady advocate of the competition.
- 14th Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition North India Rounds, North India rounds: Ms. Avani Bansal won the best speaker, and Mr. Debjyoti Das the second best speaker. The team also won the fourth best memorial.
- Amity Law School National Moot Court Competitions: Avani Bansal also bagged the best advocate and the Best Lady Advocate award. The HNLU team stood second on the Best Memorial list.
- 9th Surana and Surana International Technology National Moot Court Competition held at Symbiosis Law School, Pune, Pune: Aditya Kutty bagged the Third Best student advocate award.
- ↑ HNLU Website Homepage
- ↑ HNLU Act
- ↑ New Raipur Page
- ↑ HNLU Fees Page
- ↑ HNLU Facilities
- ↑ HNLU Website: Library
- ↑ http://www.hnlu.ac.in/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30&Itemid=60
- ↑ http://www.hnmcc.webs.com/
- ↑ http://www.hnlu.ac.in/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=66
- ↑ http://www.legallyindia.com/201102121799/Mooting/nalsar-beats-nls-in-bci-moot-finals-nips-at-nujs-heels-for-mpl-lead
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