National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)

Established in 1998 in Hyderabad by a Statute of the State of Andhra Pradesh the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research or NALSAR has produced some of the best lawyers and legal professionals of the land. The University in all its years of existence has attempted varied strategies to create a vibrant scholastic environment.  The University is known to have supported crusades for land rights, disability empowerment and against moral policing and hate speech. The University receives students not only from all over India but also from abroad seeking admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

NALSAR today is one of the world class institutes of law in India. It not only concentrates on theoretical knowledge but also stresses on empirical research. A symbiotic relationship between teaching and research has thus been proactively forged in the operation of the academic programs.

Research Centres in NALSAR

With the objective of developing a deep learning in niche areas, NALSAR has set up a number of research centres to study on issues that focus on policy planning, advocacy and legal matters.

Senior professors specialising in the field of study are Heads of the Centres. In addition to the support received from the University the finances for the Centres come from endowments, and research projects. 
  • Centre for Air and Space Law
  • Centre for Constitutional Law, Public Policy and Good Governance
  • Centre for Corporate Governance
  • Centre for Disability Studies
  • Centre for Family Laws
  • Centre for Legal Philosophy and Justice Education
  • Centre of Excellence for Economics and Finance
  • Dr. S. P. Chatterjee Centre for Environmental Law Studies
  • M K Nambyar SAARCLAW Centre for Advanced Legal Studies
  • N. C. Banerjee Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Studies

Admission to Integrated Ll.M., Ph.D. Programme

To promote research in legal education, Integrated LL.M., Ph.D. Programme was introduced from the academic year 2017–2018 which is of 4 years duration


B.A., LL.B. / LL.B. / B.L. Degree or equivalent degree from a recognized University securing not less than 65% of marks in the aggregate. Candidates who already hold LL.M. degrees from other institutions can also apply.

Admission Procedure

The candidates shall be selected by a process exclusive to this program based on the following parameters:
  • Academic performance (CGPA or Percentage of marks obtained) during first degree in law: 15%
  • Performance at the written test : 30%
  • Statement of Purpose : 10%
  • Writing Sample : 30% (could be a published or unpublished paper or a work-in-progress)
  • Interview: 15%.
The written test will consist of essay type questions related to the fields of Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Society, Law and the Humanities etc.

Candidates must also submit at least two letters of recommendations from individuals who have supervised their work in an academic or professional setting. Applications sent without the letters of recommendation will not be processed.

Academic Programmes in NALSAR

Undergraduate Course

Admission to BA LLB is based on CLAT score. It s one of the most popular programmes equipping the students with research and writing skills through different kinds of projects assignments like newspaper discovery; film reviews; and conducting of live interviews. 

From June 2012 NALSAR moved to a credit based elective system, which requires students to earn 200 credits over a period of five years to earn the degree. The students are also trained in drafting petitions; book reviews; case comments; literature surveys and research papers. Admission is on the basis of CLAT score.

Postgraduate Study in Law

The one year LLM was introduced in 2013. Specializations were offered in a range of streams, however in a departure from the earlier system, it was decided that students would reach and not opt for a specialization. Thus if a student opted for four or more papers in a particular stream, then the student would be awarded a LLM degree in that specialization. However if that does not happen the student would be awarded a general LLM. 

Postgraduate Study in Business Administration

NALSAR started its MBA programme in 2013 to train students who can work on financial, legal, political and cultural issues while working within the legal parameters. CAT, GMAT & GRE scores are required for admission to this programme.

Other Courses in NALSAR

In addition to the traditional programmes, NALSAR also offers a range of distance education courses under two dedicated wings of the University- NALSAR Pro, which is the distance education branch of NALSAR, and the Centre for Air & Space Law (CASL), which studies and contributes towards the legal development in the emerging sectors of aviation and space. 

It conducts is courses through innovative ways of teaching, research, conferences, workshops etc. In this context, NALSAR Pro offers PG Diploma courses in Patents Law, Cyber Laws, Media Laws and International Humanitarian Laws using web technology and direct contact programmes at various centres in India.

Library of NALSAR

The NALSAR Law Library is one of the largest law libraries in the country. The library is home to more than 30,000 titles including books from law to social sciences. It subscribes to more than 100 newspapers, magazines and journals. The reference section of the library stocks complete volume sets of the most prestigious and well known journals and compilations in the field of law. TOt also provides access to various online databases such as WestLaw, HeinOnline, Kluwer Arbitration, Manupatra, SCC Online, Economic and Political Weekly, JStor, etc.

Contact Information

NALSAR University of Law
Post Box No.1,
Justice City, Shameerpet, Medchal District,
Hyderabad - 500078, Telangana.

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