Chanakya National Law University Patna

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Established in 2006, Chanakya National Law University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of Patna (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Bihar. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) is a coeducational higher education institution. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. CNLU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, as well as administrative services.

Chanakya National Law University (Hindi: चाणक्य राष्ट्रीय विधि विश्वविद्यालय) (CNLU) is an autonomous law school in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 2006 by the Government of Bihar (Bihar Act 24 of 2006) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education. The Chief Justice of Patna High Court is the ex officio chancellor of the university. Presently, the position is held by chief justice Hon`ble Justice L. Narasimha Reddy. The vice-chancellor is Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath.


The university came into being on 15 August 2006 under the guidance of its vice-chancellor/pro-chancellor, Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath, former dean and registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. CNLU was established under the Chanakya National Law University Act, 2006 (Bihar Act No. 24 of 2006) and included in section 2(f) & 12(B) of the U.G.C. Act, 1956.



B.A.LL.B. (Hons.)

B.B.A.LL.B. (Hons) (introduced 2013)

Research degrees

CNLU offers the following research degrees:

  • LL.D.
  • Ph.D.
  • D.Phil.

CNLU library

The library has a collection of more than 11000 books. The library subscribes more than 50 Indian and foreign journals. The library subscribes to around 50 Indian and foreign journals, and subscribes to the online database of Westlaw, Manupatra, Jstor and Heinonline.

The mission of the library is to provide information services and access to bibliographic and full text digital and printed resources to support the scholarly and information need of the university community. The library is well equipped with modern facilities and resources in the form of CD-ROMs, on-line databases, books, e-journals, reports, thesis etc.

Student activities

The Student Bar Council

The Student Bar Council (SBC) is the regulatory body that coordinates all student activities. It works on the motto of “Of the students, for the students and by the students”. The SBC has created activity-based committees which regulate student activities.

CNLU has four committees which coordinate the activities of the Student Bar Council (SBC), headed by the president of the university along with the vice-president and other members of the committees. The committees are:

  • Academic and Debating Committee
  • Mooting Committee
  • Hostel and Mess Committee
  • Cultural Committee

The committees are re-constituted every year.


Students at CNLU are fond of quizzing. Intra-quizzing competition takes place every semester and is organised by the SBC.

Jeevatva (The CNLU Fest)

CNLU annual fest named JEEVATVA was organised recently. Students from many colleges across India participate in this fest. It includes cultural, sports and academic events.

CNLU also organised the first grand-scale Model United Nations event in Bihar.

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Sports facilities like volleyball, basketball, soccer, badminton and cricket are available on the campus.

Chanakya Premier League

Chanakya Premier League (CPL) is organised every year on the lines of Indian Premier League. The students and the faculty members are allowed to own a team; they bid for the players in the auctions.

Counter Strike Tournament

Counter Strike Tournaments are also held every year in the respective halls of residence of boys and girls.

CNLU Legal Aid Society

This society works for providing legal aid and awareness. This society basically helps people who are economically backward by helping them in their litigation. Programmes are organized by this society to make people aware of their rights and duties. It has worked in collaboration with NGOs like ‘Bal Sakha’ and ‘Aman’.

CNLU has an active Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) chapter which trains underprivileged students for the law entrance exam CLAT.

Student achievements


  • ‘Most Dignified Team’ award at the 6th National Law School Parliamentary Debate Competition, organised by NLSIU, Bangalore.
  • ‘Best Team’ award and ‘Best Speaker’ at National Parliamentary Debate Competition, SPOCULIT, organized by RMLNLU, Lucknow.
  • Runners-up in the National Parliamentary Debate Competition, Shastrartha, organised by IIT, Kharagpur.
  • First Runner up and Best Speaker Award in the Debate Competition organized by the Department of Income-Tax, Patna on 21 October 2011.
  • Declared Semi-Finalist in BITS (Pilani) National Parliamentary Debate Competition, 2009.
  • Semi-Finalist in ‘Vox Populi’ during Cognizance, 2010 at IIT, Roorkee.
  • ‘Best Speaker’ and ‘2nd Best’ Speaker at American Corner Extempore Competition, 2009.
  • Best speaker award at the 2014 Times of India debate.


  • Team consisting of Aakriti Tripathi, Girijapati Kaushal and Pawan Kumar of Chanakya National Law University, Patna has been Awarded the best written submissions award in the north India rounds of the prestigious Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2013 held in Symbiosis Law School Noida from 18 to 20 January 2013.
  • Won the 28th Bar Council of India Inter-university Moot Court Competition, 2012 held on 10–12 March 2012 hosted by National Law University Delhi, New Delhi.
  • Won the “Xth Law Centre-I All India Moot Court Competition 2011” held on 5–6 November 2011 organized by Faculty of Law, New Delhi.
  • Reached the semi-finals and won the “2nd Best Memorial” and “3rd Best Team” Awards in the India North Rounds of the 14th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, 2010.
  • Reached the semi-finals and won the “2nd Best Memorial” and “4th Best Team” Awards in the India North Rounds of 16th Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition- 2011 hosted by NLIU, Bhopal.
  • Awarded the Best Memorial Award and was Semifinalist in 1st NLIU – Juris Corp National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, Bhopal.
  • Semi-finalists and Chandan Prakash Pandey won the “2nd best student advocate” in the Philip. C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition (India North Rounds) 2011.
  • Won the 4th Best Memorial Award in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition (India North Rounds) 2010
  • Won the Best Team, Best Memorial and Best Researcher in All India Pt. Vasudeo Narain Mishra Memorial Moot Court Competition at Patna Law College, Patna, 2009.
  • Awarded Best Memorial in 1st ILNU (Institute of Law, Nirma University) National Moot Court Competition, 2011.
  • Won the Best Mooter (Female) Award in the Amity First International Moot Court Competition, 2011 held from 18 to 20 November 2011 at Amity Law School, Noida.
  • Won the Best Memorial Award, GNLU International Trade Law Moot Court Competition, February 2010.
  • Won the 2nd Best Speaker at Second NALSAR- NFCG Moot Court Competition 2010, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
  • Won the Best Speaker (Female) Award, National Rounds of the Commonwealth Moot Court Competition, School of Law, Christ University, Bengaluru, 2009.
  • Won the Best Mooter (Female) Award in the Amity First International Moot Court Competition, 2011 held from 18 to 20 November 2011 at Amity Law School, Noida.
  • Awarded “Best Judgment” Award in International Judgment Deliberation Round, Government Law College, Mumbai held on 5 & 6 February 2011.
  • Awarded the 4th Best Memorial in Surana and Surana National Trial Advocacy Moot Court Competition 2010, North Rounds, Chandigarh.
  • Semi Finalist in 3rd NLIU Justice R. K. Tankha Memorial Moot Court Competition, 2009 at NLIU, Bhopal.
  • Presence at international moots and arbitration competitions across the world, including Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration (Hong Kong and Vienna rounds) and Murdoch Moot Court Competition, Australia.
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