HNLU Raipur

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Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a national law school based in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.

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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 BA, LLB (Hons.). LLM, and Ph.D. degrees. It is a Residential University and is sixth in the series of National Law Schools in India. The State of Chattisgarh has opened the doors of opportunities to the aspiring young generation of Law Students on similar lines as National Law Schools in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Kolkata and Jodhpur. 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. The Chief Justice of India is the Visitor of the University. The Chief Justice of High Court of Chhattisgarh is the Chancellor and Mr. Anand Pawar, is the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University.'



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HNLU Raipur was established by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003).<ref></ref>


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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.<ref></ref>

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.


Hon'ble Mr. Justice S.H. Kapadia, the Chief Justice of India is the Visitor of the University, Hon'ble Mr. Justice Rajeev Gupta, the Chief Justice of High Court of Chhattisgarh is the Chancellor and Dr. Anand Pawar, is the Vice-Chancellor(In-charge) of the University.

Facts & Figures


Admission is made on the basis of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted each year.

Fee structure

B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) Undergarduate programme

Admission Fees (One Time)

  • Rs 5,000/- (One Time)
  • US$1,000 for NRI & Foreign Nationals (One Time)

Tuition Fees

  • Rs25,000/- (per Semester) (Two Semesters per year)
  • US$3000 p.a. for NRI & US$5,000 p.a. for Foreign Nationals

Other fees

Library Fees Rs 5,000/- p.a.
Halls of Residence Charges Rs 12,000/- p.a.
Internet Charges Rs 5,000/- p.a.
Campus Development Charge Rs 1,000/- p.a.
Charges for Student Activities Rs 1,000/- p.a.
Student Welfare Fund Rs 1,000/- p.a.
Transportation Charges Rs 4,000/- p.a.
Caution money (Refundable) Rs 25,000/- (One Time)

Fees are to be paid in advance at the beginning of the semester.

Default Charges

Readmission Fees: Rs 1,000/-
Re-registered students: Rs 2,000/- per course
Repeat Examination Fee: Rs 200/- per course

Other Fees:

  • Convocation fees:
    • In person: Rs 1000/-
    • In absentia: Rs 2000/-
  • Transcript Fee: Rs 200/-
  • Provisional Certificate Fee: Rs 500/-
  • Migration Certificate Fee: Rs 1000/-

Fees are to be paid at the beginning of the semester.<ref></ref>



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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

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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.<ref></ref>

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.<ref></ref>

IT Infrastructure

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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.<ref></ref>


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2nd Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition

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.

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HNLU Moot Court Hall

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. <ref></ref>

HNLU is organising 3rd Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court Competition in October 2010.

Journals and publications

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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,); Psychology (1 Course) and Sociology (1 Course).

English: 2 courses, each course to have 6 credits. Long Law Courses: Four courses on Constitutional Law (2 courses) and Crime and Punishment (2 courses) each equal to 9 credits. Law courses: 26 courses

Compulsory Operational/Functional courses = 8 courses with 8 credit each in 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 in Legal Method, Torts, Contract, 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



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