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national law universities (NLU)

National law universities (NLUs) or national law schools, as they are also known, are law schools set up by Indian states, usually each with their own enabling statue. NLSIU Bangalore was the first NLU to have been started in 1987.
11 October 2019

As we had first reported late last month, NLU Delhi had begun looking for a new vice chancellor (VC), in what will no doubt be one of the most hotly-contested jobs in the field.

27 September 2019

HPNLU Shimla students returned to classes today after 10 days of protests and yesterday’s appearance of the university chancellor, who took note of their concerns and assured them things would improve.

18 September 2019

Update 19 September 2019 01:59: HPNLU Shimla’s administration has effectively kicked all students out of campus after students did not stop protests as the administration had requested.

11 September 2019

Bennett University’s law school founding dean and former Nalsar Hyderabad and NLSIU Bangalore professor Prof VC Vivekanandan has been appointed as the new vice chancellor (VC) of HNLU Raipur.

06 September 2019

The government has approved several of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) recommendation to make institutions with law schools Institutions of Eminence (IOE), which, apart from bragging rights, would carry with it a significant amount of funding in case of public universities, and more autonomy in case of private institutions.

31 July 2019

Nigam Nuggehalli, a 1997 NLSIU Bangalore graduate and former visiting professor there, has been appointed as dean of the new BML Munjal University law school.

28 June 2019

Lately, domicile politics has aggressively and even incrementally hit prominent NLUs including NLSIU Bengaluru, NALSAR Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur and NLU Odisha.

09 June 2019

New Vice Chancellor (VC) appointments or renewals at national law universities (NLUs) punctuate 2019. While NUALS Kochi and GNLU Gandhinagar got their new VCs recently, two NLU heavyweights viz. my alma mater, NUJS Kolkata and NLSIU Bangalore are in the midst of VC selections. Reportedly, Prof NK Chakrabarti has been recommended by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi for the position of NUJS’ VC recently and the Executive Council ratification in this regard is awaited.

06 June 2019

The government has released a draft policy to improve education in India; also buried within its 484 pages are recommendations to improve legal education in the country by ensuring it “reflect[s] social-cultural contexts” and “fall[s] back upon the culture and traditions of people, the history of legal institutions and victory of ‘Dharma’ over ‘Adharma’ writ large in Indian literature and mythology”.

02 April 2019

Following last month’s second suicide at NLSIU Bangalore in just over two years, the Student Bar Association (SBA) has produced a groundbreaking report that has revealed extremely worrying statistics and trends about life and academic pressures particularly at NLS, but also at other elite national law universities (NLU).

01 April 2019

The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) legal education committee has sent a circular to national law university (NLU) vice chancellors (VCs) on 10 March 2019, recommending that NLUs do more to improve legal ethics in budding professionals.

19 March 2019

The RGNUL Patiala administration has agreed to protesting students’ four main demands in writing, putting to an end five days of student protests kicked off by the suspension of six students.

18 March 2019

RGNUL Patiala students have now held a peaceful protest for the fourth night in a row since Friday, after a series of long-standing grievances had remained unaddressed by the administration, coming to a head over the suspension of six students.

21 February 2019

The Consortium of National Law Universities’ executive committee (EC), set up in 2014, has decided to lobby the BCI to allow full-time law teachers to also practise law.

18 February 2019

NUJS Kolkata has finally complied with part of its duties under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and supplied to students 240 PDF documents containing meeting minutes of executive, general, academic, finance and standing councils and committees, going as far back as 2000.

06 February 2019

NLSIU Bangalore vice chancellor (VC) Prof Venkata Rao is due to retire on 10 May 2019 and a search committee has been formed to find his successor, though it has not yet met, according to authoritative sources.

27 November 2018

NUJS Kolkata students staged a campus demonstration yesterday (26 November) to lend voice to national law university (NLU) students’ common demand that NLUs should be given Institute of National Importance (INI) status.

01 November 2018

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) should not cost law aspirants more than Rs 1,500 recommended a government committee that found it “egregious” that the national law universities (NLU) were making a profit of 90-95% on the joint entrance exam which currently has an application fee of Rs 4,000.

26 October 2018

As RGNUL Patiala remains one of several national law universities (NLU) that still do not publish their annual financial statements online, one right to information (RTI) applicant approached the Central Information Commission (CIC) against the law school.

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