NSILU (National Law School of India University)

What is NSILU ?

NLSIU was the first National Law University established in India in 1986. NLSIU was established under the National Law School of India Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986), notified in the Official Gazette on 29 August 1987.

NSILU to start 3 year LLB program –

In 1988, NLSIU launched India’s first 5-year integrated BALLB (Hons) program. Which has fundamentally disrupted legal education in India. After three decades of this bold experiment, NLSIU is set to launch a new interdisciplinary 3-year LLB (Hons) program in 2022, which re-imagines legal education for the 21st century. In the 29th Annual Convocation of the University held on October 31, 2021, Vice-Chancellor Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy had announced that the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) will offer a 3-year LLB program from the next academic year.

He has said that the five-year integrated BALLB (Hons.) program has been a huge success and has preserved its legacy as an institution that has fundamentally disrupted the promotion of legal education in India as well. Seeing this success, the university is now launching this new interdisciplinary programme, for which they have assembled “Best Faculty Team to Redevelop India’s Oldest Law Degree”.

Admission to the LLB-3 year program is made strictly on the merit based result of Lloyd Entrance Test ‘LET’ and personal interview of the student.

Eligibility for 3 year LLB program –

  • Passed Graduation (10+2+3 Pattern) in any discipline from a recognized College/University.
  • General category applicants must have secured minimum 45% marks in aggregate and 40% marks in aggregate for SC/ ST category.
  • Candidates appearing for the annual examination in March/April and semester examinations in May-June can also apply.
  •  Its admission will be based on the criteria of CCS University and Bar Council of India.

It is a 3-year LLB (Hons) full time residential program which will admit 60 students in the academic year 2022-23. Admission will be on the basis of All India National Entrance Examination to be held on 24th April, 2022. The inaugural batch will start classes on July 1, 2022 and 75% attendance is mandatory for each course offered under the programme.

NLSAT Exam Pattern –

Admission to the program will be through a three-stage national level examination process.

  • The first two stages will include an all-India written entrance test, the National Law School Admission Test (NLSAT).
  • In the third phase there will be an interview.

This test will be written and will be for 140 marks, out of which –

  1. 75 marks will be for objective type MCQs.
  2. 65 marks will be for subjective questions.
  3. The interview will be of 10 marks.

All the candidates seeking admission to the program are required to appear for the NLSAT. NLSAT will have a single question paper consisting of two parts – Part A and B.

All the candidates have to attempt both the parts of the question paper. The duration of the exam will be 150 minutes. All the candidates have to attempt both the parts of the question paper.

Part A –

  • There will be multiple choice questions and it will be for a maximum of 75 marks.
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • A merit list of candidates will be prepared based on the performance of the applicants in Part A of NLSAT.
  • Only those candidates who pass Part A of the exam will be evaluated for their Part B responses.
  • Candidates will be selected on the basis of 1:5 ratio for evaluation of Part B of NLSAT. That is, five candidates per seat will qualify for Part B of the exam.
  •  Marks obtained in Part A will not be carried to the rest of the admission process

 Part B –

  • Part B will have subjective questions of maximum 65 marks.
  • A fresh merit list will be prepared on the basis of performance in Part B of NLSAT.
  • Candidates will be selected in the ratio of 1:2.5 per seat.

NLSAT exam syllabus

For part A –

Applicants will be tested on the basis of the following in the Objective Test:

  1. English Comprehension (25 Marks)
  2. Current Affairs (25 Marks)
  3. Critical Reasoning (Including Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude) (25 Marks)

For part B –

The syllabus for the subjective test is as follows:-

  • Legal Aptitude/ Reasoning (50 Marks)-
  • There will be questions based on problem in Legal Aptitude, short answers will be sought.
  • Prior knowledge of law is not required.
  • This section will have 10 questions of 5 marks each.
  • Current Affairs (15 marks)
  • There will be an essay in current affairs which will have to be written in more than 500 words.
  •  Students have to answer one of three options.
  • Applicants will be tested on their knowledge of the issue, ability to give a clear written argument and write a well-structured essay.
  • Knowledge of law is not required.

Important Dates for Admission in 3 Year LLB Program of NLSIU –

  1. The NLSAT program will be conducted on April 24, 2022 at centres across the country.
  2. The application forms for the program will be available on the NLSIU website in the first week of January 2022.
  3.  The last date for submission of applications is March 26, 2022. Interview will be held in May 2022.
  4.  The final admission list will be published by the first week of June 2022.
  5. Classes will start from 1st July 2022.

Fees of NLSIU exam –

  • The application fee will be ₹ 2000.
  • Candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Persons with Disabilities will have to pay ₹1500.

Process of interview of NLSIU –

Candidates will be called for interview on the basis of rank obtained by them in the NLSAT exam interview part of NLSAT. This will be the third and final stage of the admission process and will carry a maximum of ten (10) marks. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of basic reasoning ability, articulation skills, core thinking and law and public service. The panel for interview will also include academicians and eminent jurists.

The final rank list will be prepared by consolidating the marks obtained in Part B of NLSAT and Interview. Part A will not be included. Reservation policy as applicable will be implemented at each stage of the admission process.

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