Osmania University College of Law, Osmania University, Hyderabad

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The Faculty of Law,Osmania University has a glorious history of more than 100 years.

The Law class was opened in the year 1899 to give instruction in law to students desirous of legal profession along with “Judicial Test” classes for Judicial Officers. Thus teaching of Law was in existence even before Osmania University came into existence in the year 1919.

In the year 1923 the law class and “Judicial Test” classes were abolished and Law Department was constituted in the Osmania University at the Arts College with a Head and two teachers, who were supported by the part-time lecturers to cope up with the teaching work. The University made successful experiment of teaching law in vernacular language, namely, Urdu. At that time Urdu was court language too. The Translation Bureau translated all the leading textbooks into Urdu.

From 1923 to 1934 there was only five papers for both the years. But in 1935 one paper each was added to both the years. The classes were held in the morning. Hardly there were hundred students in both years put together.

In 1942, LL.M. course was introduced with Comparative Jurisprudence and Comparative Constitutional Law as compulsory subjects with an option to choose either International Law or Conflict of Laws and Muslim Law or Hindu Law. Students of LL.M. had to submit a thesis on a subject studied by them in LL.B. and LL.M. In view of heavy demand for admission to Law course, the Law Department of the Arts College has been elevated into a full-fledged Law College in the year 1950 and shifted to Saifabad Science College in the city. The Law College used to function in the even from 6.00 to 8.30 p.m. and the medium of instruction was changed to English. In 1954 the college was shifted from Saifabad Science College ofChadarghat College building situated at Tilak Road, Hyderabad. Due to lack of accommodation, a morning session in 1956 was started in the same building for the convenience of the students.

From 1942 to 1958 students of LL.M. had no choice of subject, as all subjects were compulsory except the choice between Hindu Law and Muslim Law. In 1958 LL.M. syllabus was revised and another branch viz., Constitutional and International Law was opened. Within few years, Personal Laws branch was added.

In 1966, Mercantile Law was also introduced. In 1958 University Grants Commission sanctioned Rs.8 lakhs for constructing Law College Building. Law College Building was constructed in the Campus and Morning session of the Law College was shifted to the new Building.

Justice P.Jagan Mohan Reddy, the then Dean, Faculty of Law took active interest inestablishing the institution. The University College of Law was inaugurated in 1960 by the then Chief Justice of India Sri B.P.Sinha. Prof.G.C.V.Subba Rao was the first Principal of the College. The LL.M.Courses were shifted to the University College of Law in the same year. Four branches of LL.M. i.e., Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law and international Law, Personal law and Mercantile Law were offered by the College. Subsequently some of the branches of LL.M. were shifted to Evening College of Law.

IN 1977 all the LL.M. courses were shifted to the Evening College of Law. Again in 1994, three branches viz. Constitutional, Mercantile Law and Labour Law in LL.M. Course have been reintroduced in the University College of Law, O.U.


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1. A candidate for admission to B.A., LL.B. 5 Year Integrated Dual Degree Course has to qualify 10+2/ Intermediate or equivalent thereto, and the Law Common Entrance Examination (LAWCET) for that academic year. The candidates will be admitted strictly in accordance with the merit secured at the entrance examination, keeping in view the Rules in force in respect of the statutory reservation of seats under various categories of candidates.

2. Eligibility for admission: An applicant who has successfully completed 10+2 or Intermediate or equivalent from a recognized University of India or outside or from a Senior Secondary Board or equivalent, constituted or recognized by the Union or by a State Government or from any equivalent institution from a foreign country recognized by the government of that country for the purpose of issue of qualifying certificate on successful completion of the course, may apply for and be admitted into the B.A., LL.B. 5 Year Degree Course.

Provided that applicants who have obtained + 2 Higher Secondary Pass Certificate after prosecuting studies in distance or correspondence method shall also be considered as eligible for admission in the Integrated Five Years B.A., LL.B.Course.

Explanation: The applicants who have obtained 10+2 through Open University system directly without having any basic qualification for prosecuting such studies are not eligible for admission in the law courses.

3. Minimum marks in qualifying examination for admission: As prescribed by the Bar Council of India the minimum percentage of marks, not below 45% of the total marks in case of general category applicants and 40% of the total marks in case of SC and ST applicants, has to be obtained in the qualifying examination, such as +2 or Intermediate Examination, for the purpose of applying for and getting admitted into Integrated Five Years B.A., LL.B. Course.

Provided that such a minimum qualifying marks shall not automatically entitle a person to get admission into an institution
but only shall entitle the person concerned to fulfill other institutional criteria notified by the institution concerned or 
 by the government concerned from time to time to apply for admission.

4. Age on admission: The maximum age limit for admission into first year B.A., LL.B. Five Year Degree Course in the University College of Law and Post Graduate College of Law, Osmania University, shall be twenty years (twenty two years in case of candidates belonging to SC and ST categories) as on 1st July of the year of admission. For admission into the same course in other colleges affiliated to Osmania University the age limit shall be as prescribed by the Bar Council of India or any other competent authority.

5. No admissions/readmissions/promotions into any semester are to be made after the expiry of four weeks from the date of commencement of instruction for that particular semester of the Course.

6. A candidate admitted to the B.A., LL.B. 5 Year Degree Course will forfeit his seat and his admission stands cancelled and he shall not be eligible for readmission if :

He does not put in at least 40% of attendance in I Semester


He does not secure promotion to IX Semester of 5th year within a maximum period of nine years starting from the year of admission to Semester I.


He fails to fulfill all the requirements and pass all the examinations for the award of the degree as specified, within ten academic years from the time when he was first admitted to the B.A., LL.B. Five Year Course.

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 Hostel facilities are provided to the students of University College of Law who hail from district places.  
 The ‘E’ Hostel caters to the needs of LL.B. students.  It is managed by 3 wardens.
 The messes are situated near the hostels with the facilities for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.  
 The Guest and substitution system is strictly prohibited.

The following rules are prescribed in connection with the Hostel Admission.

1. The campus hostels are open for admission only to students who have been admitted to any one of the University Colleges situated in the University Campus.

2. The admissions to the Hostel will be strictly as per the actual available number of seats. Admission without accommodation shall not be considered.

3. The admissions shall be strictly by merit (rank secured in the Entrance Test) subject to the rules of reservation.

5. The order of preference for admission to Hostels shall be as follows:

  a. The students who had their qualifying course of study at a distant place (District Centres) shall be first considered.
  b. Other vacancies if any will be given only to those students who were residents of the hostels managed by the Department of Social Welfare
     or Backward Class   Welfare or Private Hostels approved by the Government.
  c.After accommodating the students coming column (i) and (ii) the rest of the cases shall be considered on merit of each case. 
    However, the students belonging to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and Urban Agglomeration are not entitled to any hostel admission.

Library and Reading Room[edit]

The Library of University of Law is one of the best law libraries in the entire South India having a good collection of law journals, text books, reports, commentaries and theses. All the leading journals like the All India Reporter, Supreme Court Cases, Journal of Indian Law Institute and Indian Bar Review are subscribed regularly in the library. Foreign Journals like All England Reports, Cambridge Law Journal, Harvard Law Review and Modern Law Review are subscribed in the Main Library of the University. It caters to the needs of LL.B. and LL.M. students and also Ph.D. scholars. At present there are approximately 50,000 books and periodicals in the library. The Library is equipped with computer system. Recently, the AIR CDROM of Supreme Court Judgments from 1950 to 2010 has been procured and added to the library collection. A CD of all the laws of Andhra Pradesh has also been added to the library. The year 2005 is a land mark in the history of the law college library as an IPR Depository consisting of a core collection of books and journals relating to IPR has been established at a cost of Rs. 2.5 lakhs sanctioned by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India New Delhi.

IT Infrastructure[edit]

There is a full-fledged computer lab with 25 systems with internet connectivity speed upto (5mbps)which is attached to the library .

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Notable alumni[edit]

The college has produced many luminaries in different fields. There have been several Judges of the Supreme Court and various High Courts, Chief Ministers and Ministers, Civil Servants, Governors, Speakers and Ambassadors and leading Lawyers among the alumni of this institution. They include Justice P.Jaganmohan Reddy, Justice Shah Mohammed Quadri, Justice B.P.Jeevan Reddy, Justice Sardar Ali Khan, Justice Y.Bhaskar Rao, Justice B.Subhashan Reddy, Justice B.Sudarshan Reddy, Justice G.Bikshapathi, Justice L.Narasimha Reddy, Judge Asha Reddi of Houston, R. Vas Pillai, P.C.Rao, B.C.Jain, S.B.Chavan, Virendra Patil, Shiv Raj Patil, Shivaji Rao Patil Nilangekar, V.S.Rama Devi, Sripada Rao, Ch.Vidyasagar Rao, Dharam Singh and B.Shivanna. One more outstanding person was Bharatiya Bhim Sena founder B.Shyam Sunder was also a delegate sent by last Nizam of Hyderabad to UNO This list is only illustrative in nature.

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