The Indian Law Institute New Delhi

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Founded in 1956, The Indian Law Institute is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the metropolis of New Delhi (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), NCT of Delhi. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, The Indian Law Institute (ILI) is a very small (enrollment range: 500-999 students) coeducational higher education institution. The Indian Law Institute (ILI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 61 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 20-30% making this Indian higher education organization a very selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. ILI also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.


About Us

The Indian Law Institute [ILI] – set up on 27th December, 1956 is an International Centre for advanced socio-legal research and has done significant work in the field of legal research, education and training. It has made notable contribution in the legal arena. Besides performing important advisory role in fostering the empirical research and making law as an instrument of social engineering, it undertakes research on current legal issues. The Institute is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 No. S. 1049 of 1956-57.

It was formally inaugurated by the first President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad on December 12, 1957 at the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi in the presence of the first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Hon’ble Mr. Justice S.R. Das, the then Chief Justice of India and late Dr. K.M. Munshi the then Executive Chairman of the Institute and Prof. L.R. Siva Subramanian the then Dean, Law Faculty of Delhi University.

Pt. Nehru welcomed the formation of the Institute as necessary and important and said that he would take the liberty to pay tribute and homage to the law and the men of the law and further remarked that he had no doubt that the Institute would perform an essential task in the development of a welfare state.

Aims & Objectives

The prime objective of the ILI is to cultivate and promote the science of law and to contribute substantially in reforming the administration of justice, so as to meet the socio-economic aspirations and needs of the people through law and its instrumentalities. The Institute has achieved the place of a premier center of national & international legal research and studies, in which the lawyers from all branches of the profession, judges, government officials and academicians have been participating.

Broad Objectives of the Institute

to cultivate the science of law, and to promote advanced studies and research in law and its administration;

to promote the reform of administration of justice and of law and its health/development suitable to the social, economic and other needs of the people;
to promote the clarification, simplification and systematization of law;
to encourage and conduct investigations in legal and allied fields;
to promote the diffusion of the knowledge of law and its administration and principles on which they are based;
to promote the improvement of legal education, and to impart instruction in law and allied fields;
to publish studies, treatises, books, periodicals, reports and other literature relating to law and allied fields;
to undertake documentation of important legal and allied materials;
to institute and maintain libraries;
to cooperate with other societies, institutions and organizations, national and international, in the pursuit of all or any of the above objects;
to constitute or cause to be constituted regional offices at convenient centers in India to promote the activities of the Institute.

Welcome to ILI

The Institute is an autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Indian Law Institute has the requisite independence and academic freedom to carry out its objectives. The membership of the Institute is now nearly three thousand representing the persons interested in the study and advancement of law.

Hon’ble Chief Justice of India is the ex-officio President of the Institute. The Law Minister of Government of India & the Attorney-General for India are its ex-officio Vice Presidents. Third Vice-President is elected by the members of the Governing Council, from among themselves. Judges of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and High Courts, prominent lawyers, Government officials and Professors of Law are represented in the Governing Council of the Institute.

The Institute’s Library is one of the best libraries in the country. It has more than 75000 titles. It subscribes to 270 current legal periodicals. JILI is one of the leading law journal. ASIL contains surveys written by academicians and practitioners.

The Indian Law Institute has been granted Deemed University Status in 2004 vide Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development Notification No. F.9-9/2001-U.3 dated 29.10.2004.


Courses Offered

Degree Courses
  • Ph.D. in Law
  • LL.M. – 2-year course
 LL.M.-1 year Course
  • LL.M. (Evening) – 3-year course
P.G. Diploma Courses
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADRs)
  • Corporate Laws & Management
  • Cyber Law
  • Drafting of Legislation, Treaties and Agreements (Not available)
  • Environmental Law & Management (Not available)
  • Human Rights Law (Not available)
  • Intellectual Property Rights Law
  • International Trade Law (Not available)
  • Labour Law (Not available)
  • Securities & Banking Laws (Not available)
  • Tax Law (Not available)
Online Certificate Courses
(3 months)
  • Cyber Law
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology in the Internet Age
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