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Overview

NUJS strives to offer the best in legal education in order to prepare its graduates for the diverse spheres of litigation, corporate legal practice, legal academia, legal research, social service and public leadership. It offers various academic programmes including the popular five-year integrated B.A. LL.B (Hons.), which is the flagship programme of the University. This five-year undergraduate programme is divided into ten semesters and enrolls 127 students every year.
Students learn through discussion-based, interactive classroom experience and a rigorous Socratic methodology which encourages critical thinking. The academic year is divided into two semesters of equal duration, followed by an examination at the end of each semester. Every student undergoes rigorous training and skills learning through projects, viva voce, moot court participation, and several other intensive activities.
The programme, has been designed in a manner that allows integration of law, social sciences and humanities. This seeks to provide our students with a holistic appreciation of law and its interaction with the society from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Therefore, the programme requires students to complete courses on History, Political Science, Economics, and Sociology along with law-courses.
More critically, students are not only taught foundational law courses but, in fact, there are several elective courses which combine analytical techniques and research methods from different disciplines. Courses such as Corporate Finance, International Commercial Arbitration, Securities Law, Judicial Review, Competition Law, Nuclear Law,Law and Impoverishment, Law and Gender, Law and Economics, Law and Development, Biotechnology and Law, Medicine and Law, Law and Media, Sports and Law, Forensic Sciences are offered as Elective Courses on a regular basis. These courts give students the opportunity to specialize in their preferred areas of study. In principle, only foundational courses are compulsory while all the rest are electives.
Grading of results is done on a seven-point scale. Faculty enjoys considerable autonomy in introducing innovative teaching and evaluation methods, and students are introduced to a vast range of teaching and evaluation techniques through different elective courses.
The students are also encouraged to participate in serious research and writing, both through the the writing of research papers as an evaluation component, and through the medium of law journals, NUJS Law Review and Journal of Indian Law and Society of which the former is a quarterly publication while the latter appears bi-annually. NUJS Law Review has also been ranked as the number one academic law journal of India for the year 2008 and 2009 by the Washington and Lee University School of Law ranking of law journals. Other Law journals are Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law, Asian Journal of Air and Space Law, Asian Journal of Legal Education, International Journal of Law and Policy Review and International Journal of Legal Studies & Research. The book titled International and ‘Inter-State Water Disputes’ is also published by the University. The University has signed memorandum of understanding with various foreign University viz. University of Illinious, Ecole de Formation de Barreau, Paris, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid.
A firm conceptual grounding and training in research are accompanied by a systematic focus on practical skill-training. Clinical legal education and experiential learning through moot courts, simulation exercises, internships, legal aid activities not only equip the students in the technical and legal aspects, but also enable them to develop the art of advocacy. At the end of each semester, students are expected to intern in a diverse range of organizations including law firms senior counsel offices, in-house legal teams, NGOs, research and policy think tanks, etc.
In addition, Legal Aid Programmes, collaborative activities with non-governmental organisations and human rights bodies, research projects for governmental bodies provide students to grow as socially relevant lawyers and understand their roles as agents of empowerment and protection for vulnerable groups.

Curriculum

The University has emphasised on the core principles of comprehensive legal education, choice-based credits, courses by practitioners and professionals, experiential learning, skills oriented courses and clinical legal training in its curriculum. The course curriculum covers all the courses indicated as compulsory in the Legal Education Rules of the Bar Council of India. Thus, every graduate of the University completes his degree with the competence to appear for the Bar Exam and enrol at the Bar.
In addition, a choice-based-credit system with more than one-third of all courses being elective courses, provides the space to students to pursue disciplines of their interest or those that entail greater employment opportunities.
The University also offers the facility of short-credit courses by Visiting Faculty. These courses are often offered by renowned national and international academic and deal with highly specialised emerging areas of law. Such courses also afford space to practitioners and professional who are unable to teach a full-semester-long course, to teach courses in a manner to link the basic concepts with their professional experience. Courses like Cross-Border Transactions, Transactional Lawyering, Mergers and Acquisitions, etc. enable students to develop special expertise on niche areas of law that they are expected to work on as legal professionals.
Clinical legal education also constitutes an essential tool for preparing law students to practice law effectively. Clinics prepare students to practice law by teaching them valuable skills such as fact-finding, investigation, interviewing, and legal research and writing and thus boost their employability. Along with moot courts activities, clinics are instrumental in exposing students to core advocacy skills.
Employability through experiential learning is also ensured through the tool of internship. The students have to undergo mandatory internship during the break between the semesters. Students are expected to intern with a non-governmental organisation, at trial court, at the appellate court and with any law firm of their choice. The students often choose to do additional the internships in the sector of their interest. Students are often given employment offers based on their performance during the internships.
Innovation, growth and renewal has been among the guiding principles behind the structure and trajectory of curricular design and reform in the University. Indeed, given the continuously evolving nature of legal discipline, innovation must be seen as an essential requirement of the curriculum design.This objective is reflected in curriculum structure, pedagogic methods, choice of Faculty and other aspects of learning-teaching at the University. The University was among the first national law universities to experiment with a wide variety of electives courses.
The Course Curriculum is continuously reviewed and updated in order to achieve an optimal balance between the goals of flexibility, faculty autonomy, rigour and professional relevance.The Academic Council is the statutory body empowered to approve and review the curricular structure. In pursuance of this mandate, the Academic Council has reviewed the Curricular structure of the Undergraduate programme on a regular basis. Based on the decisions of the Academic Council, the course curriculum is revised and finalised.
However, the review by the Academic Council is only the culmination of an extensive process of consultation and review. The University has a practice of Faculty Workshops were course outlines prepared by the Faculty are presented and defended before the entire Faculty. This process ensures that the subject-teachers are accorded the autonomy to frame their own course curriculum. The teachers are also encouraged to consult experts in their respective fields, especially practising professionals working on the subject.
As discussed later, the University has also instituted a system of student feedback wherein students provide anonymous feedback on every course. Many of the questions in the feedback process are directed at the curricular design and structure and as such, student-feedback also provides a critical source of reflection and review of curriculum. Apart from student-feedback, the University has set-up a credit course cell comprising of Faculty and students which recommends the introduction of new short credit courses by visiting professors. The Student-Juridical Association, a student-governance body of the University has set up the Academic Reforms Committee which provides suggestion on behalf of the students on course structure, the introduction of new courses, new methodologies, etc.

CURRICULUM AS APPLICABLE TO THE NEW BATCH

First Year

1ST SEMESTER 2ND SEMESTER
Legal Methods
Special Contract
Law of Contracts
Law of Crimes Paper I : Penal Code
Law of Tort including MV Accident and Consumer Protection Laws
Family Law-I
Political Science I
Political Science II
Sociology I
Sociology II
English I
English II

Second Year

3RD SEMESTER 4TH SEMESTER
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law-II
Law of Crime Paper II :Criminal Procedure Code
Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act
History
Transfer of Property Law
Economics I
Economics II
Family Law II
Legal History
Psychology
Public Administration and Public Policy

Third Year

5TH SEMESTER 6TH SEMESTER
Jurisprudence
Company Law-II
Public International Law
Administrative Law
Law of Evidence
Interpretation of Statutes
Company Law I
Labour and Industrial Law II
Labour and Industrial Law-I
Human Rights Law

Fourth Year

7TH SEMESTER 8TH SEMESTER
Intellectual Property Law I
Intellectual Property Law II
Clinic I (Drafting, Pleading and Conveyance)
Clinic II (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
Science, Technology and Law
Principles of Taxation Law-I
Elective Course I
Elective Course III
Elective Course II
Elective Course IV

Fifth Year

9TH SEMESTER 10TH SEMESTER
Environmental Law
Clinic III (Professional Ethics & Professional Accounting system)
Principles of Taxation Law II
Clinic IV (Trial Advocacy, Moot Court Exercise and Internship)
Elective Course V
Elective Course VIII
Elective Course VI
Elective Course IX
Elective Course VII
Elective Course X
INDICATIVE LIST OF ELECTIVE COURSES
Consumer Law & Practice
Combating Human Trafficking Practicum
International Maritime Law
Law of Equity and Trusts
International Human Rights Law
International Dispute Settlement
The Principles of Insurance Law
Law Relating to Land And Housing/ Land Law/ Land and Housing Laws Business & Human Rights
International Banking Regulation
Law of Insurance
Laws Relating to Human Trafficking Human Rights and Development Election Law
International Aviation Law
Insurance Law
Energy Law
International Law & Armed Conflict-I
Law of Commercial Instruments
Introduction to Regulation Comparative Law
RTA Under WTO Law
Advanced Property Law
Comparative Communication And Regulation – I
Advanced Legal Drafting
Consumer Protection Law
Comparative Communication And Regulation – II
Film and Law
Consumer Law
Judicial Review
Forensic Science
Investment Law and Regulation
Water Law
Criminology and Victimology
The Law and Practice of Project Finance
Agricultural Law
Criminology
Competition Law
Advanced Administrative Law: Transparency and Accountability In Governance
Law and Impoverishment
Securities and Investment Law & Market Regulation
Legislative Drafting and Constitutional Interpretation
Women and Criminal Law
Corporate Criminal Liability
Energy Law and Policy
Law and The Child
Law of Taxation
Constitutional Theory
Issues in Moral, Legal and Political
Antitrust, Technology and Innovation
Law Of Constitutional Litigation
Philosophy
Corporate Governance and Csr
Law Of Mining and Land Use
Advanced Constitutional History-I
Securities Law
Forest Laws and Land Use
Advanced Constitutional History-II
Law of Corporate Finance
Petroleum & Mining Law Constitutional Litigation
Advanced Gender and Law
International Investment Law
Law and International Diplomacy The Law of State Responsibility Outer Space Law
Law and Poverty
Corporate Insolvency Law
Maritime Law
Gender and Law
Securities Law
International Law Applicable During Emergency Situations
Applied Economics & Finance
The Law and Practice of Project Finance
International Law Applicable During Armed Conflict
Law and Economics
Advanced Regulations on Business Forms
International Criminal Law
Sports Law
Banking Law
International Commercial Arbitration International Refugee Law
Media Law
Law of Mergers and Acquisitions
International Humanitarian Law
Advanced Jurisprudence
Corporate Finance
Private International Law
Entertainment and Media Law