National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Kerala State Legislature. The National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust in 2002 merged with the NUALS. In 2008, an amendment streamlined the powers and functions of the authorities of the University and ensured the active involvement of the Government of Kerala.
B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
NUALS offers a Five Year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme. From the 2009 Admissions the course is offered under the Choice Based Credit & Semester System. The Five Year Programme is divided into Ten Semesters i.e., there are two semesters in each academic year. As part of its B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Programme the University offers courses on frontier areas of law such as Maritime Law, Media & Telecommunications Law, Forensic Science, Psychological Medicine & Law. The teaching pedagogy is non-conventional with a combination of various methods of law teaching – lectures, discussions, case study, moot courts and project work. The lectures periodically delivered by eminent judges, distinguished jurists and reputed visiting fellows provide opportunity for more academic and intellectual discourses. There is continuous internal assessment of student performance. In order to develop analytical skills and critical faculties and to keep the students abreast with the changes in law and social mores, seminars and debates on recent cases and legal developments are held regularly.
ELIGIBILITY: Admission to the B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree course shall be based on the performance in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).
The candidate for CLAT shall have passed the Higher Secondary Certificate examination (10+2) or an examination recognized as equivalent thereto with at least 45 % marks.
Exemption upto 5% from the requirement of the minimum of 45% for the qualifying examination is given to the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) [declared eligible for reservation in the State of Kerala] and upto 3% to the candidates belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes. These categories are allowed to apply for CLAT if they obtain not less than 40 % and 42 % of marks, respectively, in the qualifying examination.
Students who are appearing for the qualifying examination are allowed to appear for CLAT. However, they should submit the results of the qualifying examination at the time of admission. If they do not do so, the candidates shall be considered ineligible.
The intake for the B. A. LL. B. (Hons.) Degree Course for the academic year 2018-19 shall be 60. The seats shall be apportioned as follows:
All india Merit: 51%, State Merit (Kerala): 9 %, Scheduled Castes (Kerala): 8%, Scheduled Tribes (Kerala): 2% and 30% seats in each category are reserved for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (Kerala). Out of the above, 5% of the total intake of 60 seats are horizontally reserved for Specially Abled Persons.
The LL.M. Degree Programme of NUALS is a full time regular course of One year duration in the credit and semester system consisting of two semesters. A student who is admitted to the LL.M. Degree Programme can opt to pursue the Programme under any one of the subject groups offered by the University in that year. The two subject groups that are presently offered by the University are (1) International Trade Law and (2) Constitutional and Administrative Law. A student enrolled under a particular subject group will have to undergo compulsory, core and elective courses. Term Research Paper, Tutelage, Clinical Legal Education, Dissertation and Viva-Voce are the other components of the LL.M. Degree Programme.
ELIGIBILITY: Admission to the LL.M. Degree Course shall be based on the performance in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) on Merit-cum-Preference basis.
NUALS offers One year LL.M. Programme in two distinct branches, ie. (i) International Trade Law and (ii) Constitutional and Administrative Law, having 20 seats each.
A candidate shall have passed the 5 year Integrated B. A. LL.B. (Hons.) Degree of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) or an examination recognised as equivalent thereto with a minimum of 55 % of the total marks in the aggregate [Not less than 50% in the case of SC/ST (declared eligible for reservation in the State of Kerala) candidates. All india Merit: 51%, State Merit (Kerala): 9 %, Scheduled Castes (Kerala): 8%, Scheduled Tribes (Kerala): 2% and 30% seats in each category are reserved for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (Kerala). Out of the above, 5% of the total intake of 40 seats are horizontally reserved for Specially Abled Persons.
The NUALS library has a collection of over 13,944 books covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books reference books, back volumes of journals, reports etc. The library subscribes to several leading law journals, both Indian and foreign and also a number of newspapers and magazines. It has acquired the complete set of leading law reports like All England Law Reports, Supreme Court Cases, All India Reporter, Criminal Law Journal, Kerala Law Times. The library has also been enriched by donations from renowned personalities like Hon’ble Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer, Sri.T.P. Kelu Nambiar, Senior Advocate, High Court of Kerala and Late Achuthan Unni (Retd. District Judge).
The library also has a sizeable collection of electronic materials in CD-ROMs, All India Reporter – Supreme Court & High Courts, Kerala Law Times etc.) and online legal databases such as Westlaw, Hein Online & Manupatra Online, Lexis Nexis, J Store, SCC online etc.. The library is Wi-Fi enabled allowing the students and teachers to access the net and online databases on their own laptops.
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)
NUALS Campus, H.M.T. Colony P.O. Kalamassery, Ernakulam,
PIN – 683 503
Fax No: 0484 – 2555992
For enquiries regarding admissions:
Telephone: 0484-2555990, 09446899047