The National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi

Overview

Established in 2005, The National University of Advanced Legal Studies is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Kochi (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Kerala. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) is a very small (enrollment range: 250-499 students) coeducational higher education institution. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 12 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations. NUALS also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

About National University of Advanced Legal Studies National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi was established in 2005. The University is recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) of the UGC Act. It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The main objects of the University are to advance and disseminate learning and knowledge of law and legal and judicial processes, professional legal education and their role in national development.

History

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies was established by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies Act, 2005 which merged the erstwhile National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), earlier established and managed by the Bar Council of Kerala and Bar Council of Kerala Trust. Dr. K. G. Balakrishnan, then Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India and Visitor, NUALS, dedicated it to the nation on 7 January 2006. Kochi was found to be the ideal location to set up the first national law school in Kerala since it is the seat of the High Court of Kerala and Lakshadweep.

Initially the university functioned from Kaloor, Kochi. It now functions from its permanent campus in KINFRA Hi-Tech Park, at Kalamassery. The campus is on 10 acres (40,000 m2) of land taken on lease for 90 years from KINFRA and is nearer to Nedumbassery, where the Kochi International Airport is located.

New campus at Kinfra Hi-Tech Park, Kalamassery

  • Extent of campus : 9.97 acres
  • Number of buildings : 7
  • Hostel for boys of 2,135 m2 with 35 rooms (each for up to three students)
  • Hostel for girls of 1,718 m2 with 35 rooms (each for up to three students)
  • School of Professional Education (SCOPE) of 4,718 m2 in five storeys.
  • Staff apartment block of 11,459 m2 (three three-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments)
  • Amenities Centre of 1,376 m2 (two-storeyed building with a plinth area of 1,376 m2 and an auditorium on the second floor)
  • Administrative Block (Conference Room, Convocation Hall)
  • Library Block (2 storied)

Fora

Moot Court Society, Legal Aid Clinic, Law and Economic Forum, Quiz Club, Debate and Seminar Forum, and the Law and Society Forum function under the guidance of teachers.

Centres

The University has thirteen centres for study and research. They are:

  • Centre for Law and Environment.
  • Centre for Law and Development.
  • Centre for Law and Agriculture.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Police Studies.
  • Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Law Reforms.
  • Centre for Continuing Legal Education and Extension.
  • Centre for Consumer Protection Law and Policy.
  • Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Social Justice.
  • Centre for Intellectual Property Rights
  • Centre for Human Rights
  • Centre for Law and Economics
  • Centre for Health and Law
  • Centre for Woman and Family Studies

Curriculum

The Bar Council of India has recommended 38 subjects (including four training courses) for the five-year LLB course. With its Choice Based Credit System completely revamped, from Academic Year 2015-16 onward, students at NUALS will study 60 subjects for their B.A.LL.B. (Hons) Course.

The students are required to conduct Legal Aid camps and Legal Aid clinics in selected villages in Kerala.

Course structure

Maritime Law, Medical Jurisprudence, Law and Medicine, Law and Forensic Science, etc. are some of the specialised subjects taught by experts in the field. The students are also given exposure to socially relevant subjects like, Cyber law and E-Governance, Energy Law, Media and the Law, Environment and Law, Securities Law, Competition Law, Investment Arbitration, etc.

Syllabus

The syllabus of NUALS was drafted under the leadership of former director of NUALS (then NIALS), Prof Dr. K.N.Chandrasekharan Pillai, the former director of the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. The syllabus introduces subjects relevant to the study of law but never incorporated hitherto in the syllabi of Indian law schools.

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Faculty

Faculty members have published books on subjects of their specialization, which include Electronic Signatures, Indian history, legal language etc. They also have paper publications to their credit in law journals in the country. A majority of the faculty belong to the Bar and are advocates in the High Court and lower courts.

Guest lecturers and visiting faculty are part of the extended family of NUALS. They include Supreme Court lawyers, scientists, medical professionals, Heads of Departments of other Universities, and Professors from foreign Universities.

Notable visiting faculty

  • Sebastian Paul – Doctorate in the Law of Press; Former Member of Indian Parliament.
  • Justice K. T. Sankaran – Retired Judge, High Court of Kerala

Tie-ups and exchange programmes

  • Student-Teacher Exchange Programme with University of Paris – Nanterre, France.
  • Exchange Programme and Scholarship with Albert-Ludwigs University, Germany.
  • Approved by Supreme Court in the panel of National Law Schools

Achievements

  • Runners-up at the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, 2007 (National Round) and represented India at Stetson, Florida, USA
  • Winners at the 2nd Surana and Surana Trial Moot Court Competition, 2006
  • NUJS Moot Court 2007
  • Winners at the ULC Bangalore National Moot Court Competition, 2006

LL.M. programme

NUALS runs an LL.M. programme in International Trade Law and in Constitutional and Administrative Law. From academic year 2011-12, the admission is through the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) conducted by the consortium of National Law Universities.

Ph.D. programme

NUALS runs a Ph.D. programme, in accordance with the guidelines set by the University Grants Commission.

 

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies

Type National University
Established 2005
Chancellor Chief Justice of High Court of Kerala
Vice-Chancellor Prof. (Dr.) Rose Varghese
Students 450+
Undergraduates 440
Postgraduates 43
Doctoral students
22+
Address KINFRA Hi-Tech Park, HMT Colony P.O., Kalamassery, PIN 683 503., Kochi, Kerala, India
Campus Urban, 9.97 acres
Website http://www.nuals.ac.in

 

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