FAQs – General
Significance of courses offered through Distance Education Mode
The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) offers academic programmes in distance education mode to enable interested candidates in expanding their legal knowledge in a globalized world.
Criteria for admission to Distance Education Courses
Distance education programmes do not have barriers of age restriction, nationality or sex for admission and shall be open to employed persons as well. . The minimum eligibility is a graduate degree from a recognized university. (Degree could be in Law or in any other field). The students having degree certificate or its equivalent from any UCG recognized university /Association of Indian Universities. CA, CS, ICWA, Open University/distance learning can apply. There shall be no restriction as to age.
Can we practice in Law Courts by doing Distance Courses?
No. Bar Council of India, New Delhi has prescribed LL.B. degree and that too by regular course from a Law College, recognised by the Bar Council of India (to impart legal education) to practice in Law Courts.
When does the course begin?
The Academic year of the course is July to June.
When does the admission take place?
The admission notification will be notified in all leading dailies in the month of May. The same will be notified on the website as well. Admissions are usually completed by July 30. However, at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor candidates may be admitted up to 31st August on payment of late fee of Rs. 500/-
What is the application process for the program and what are the timelines?
Applications can be submitted online or offline. Last date to submit the application is August 31, 2020.
Can the Course fee be paid in Installment?
As a policy, the University does not permit instalments. The complete prescribed fee has to be paid along with the application.
Are courses offered through Distance Mode recognized?
The courses offered by NLSIU through Distance Mode is recognized by Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
What materials are provided for the course?
The Course is largely based on self-study and the University’s role is to suggest methods of study inform students about available sources of information for reference and examine the performance according to regulations. The University does not undertake to supply the exhaustive reading materials though it shall endeavour to provide a set of prescribed study materials to each registered student of the programme, carefully selected and prepared by a team of teachers associated with the respective teaching and research at NLSIU which is necessary for the course.
All admitted students will receive a digital pack of the programme study material. If you wish to procure a printed copy of the programme study material, the same may be obtained on additional payment:
All enrolled candidates are given a user ID and Password on the website https://online.nls.ac.in to access the various materials posted on the web.
Can a student enroll for one or more courses?
Candidates are permitted to register for more than one programme simultaneously, by submitting a separate application for each programme. In case of an examination schedule conflict wherein two programmes have an examination at the same time, candidates will be required to choose to take the examination for one of the programmes. The examination for the other programme can be attempted in the next examination cycle.
What if the candidate does not have a Degree certificate issued by the University?
In the event of non-availability of degree certificate/provisional passing certificate issued by the University, a passing certificate issued by the Principal of the college or attested copies of the marks sheets in respect of all the years of the Graduate study should be furnished.
My Final UG exam is pending, Can i apply?
Please submit self-attested soft copies of your final transcripts with an explanation about your situation to the application portal or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can admit you provisionally admit you. Your admission confirmation is conditional to you passing your final Undergraduate exam and successfully getting an undergraduate degree.
Can we self attest the documents?
Self-attestation norms, however, will require producing the original documents at the final stage.
As in the case here you do not produce the original, attestation from a gazetted officer or a notary is required.
May I upload self-attested soft copies to the online admission application?
You may upload self-attested soft copies of your supporting documents on the admissions portal or email them to email@example.com. If required, we may request you to substantiate them with hard copies at a later stage. We look forward to receiving your complete application.
How do we know the admission process is complete?
Applications will be considered complete only after the supporting documents (see checklist provided in the application instructions) are received by the University in support of the application, Application along with supporting documents should reach the University by the application deadline, i.e August 31, 2020.
After the completion of the admissions process, you will receive a mail providing a Student Identity Number which shall be quoted in all your future correspondences with the University.
Is it possible to get the paid fee refunded?
The fee paid towards the course will not be refunded.
What if the candidate wants to change the course after enrolment?
A change in programme is not permitted once the admission formalities are over.
Is it possible to ask for a refund before the admissions deadline?
The fee (if paid) will be refunded after deducting 30% of the amount toward processing charges. The application fee of Rs. 1500 is non-refundable
Do you have any study centres outside Bangalore?
No. We do not have study centres outside Bangalore.
What is the duration of the Contact Classes and when will it be conducted?
The program is delivered in a hybrid mode with on-campus (at Bangalore only) and online classes.
The Contact classes will be held from August to May. Attendance to the contact class is NOT MANDATORY.
These contact programmes intend to help the students to interact with the faculty and facilitate their study, and also to give them an opportunity to feel and understand the academic environment of NLSIU.
NLSIU appreciates the time of candidates participating in the contact program. Accordingly, we would make best efforts to adhere to the schedule. The dates of contact seminars are fixed and unlikely to change. However, the chronology of courses is subject to the availability of teachers. However the exact schedule of Contact classes will be announced in the website as well as in user ID before one week of the classes.
Mode of Contact Classes
Classes will be held online as well as our campus in Bengaluru once a month on a weekend. Classes are for 8-6 hours each day on the stipulated weekend and are held between 9 am to 7 pm. Classes are optional to attend.
Please note organisation of classes at our campus is dependent on the pandemic.
When is the examination held?
Annual Examinations for all distance education courses / programmes will be held in the month of June every year after completion of the course/year. Supplementary Examinations are conducted in the month of December / January for those students who could not appear for the annual examination or for those students who could not clear all the papers.
We will also be conducting online examinations. Details will be made available to all the registered candidates.
Mode of Online Exams
Exams will be held online as well as at our centres in Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Bengaluru.
Please note, organisation of exams at our centres is dependent on the pandemic.
What are the formalities for taking the exam?
A candidate, who is desirous of writing the examination, must pay the exam fees (as notified in the examination schedule from time to time) within the time and date mentioned
Do you have examination centres outside Bangalore?
Apart from National Law School of India University, Bangalore we conduct examination in 3 other centres i.e., Delhi, Kolkata and Pune to facilitate the working professionals. The University reserves the right to cancel any of the above centres and the candidates will be informed about the same in the examination schedule. The address and location of examination centres will be provided in the examination schedule which may be downloaded from the website by April for the Annual examination and by October for the Supplementary examination.
Is it necessary that all papers be taken at a time?
Not necessarily. A Candidate has the option of writing all or some of the papers at the annual examination or all of the papers at the supplementary examination
What is the Standard of Passing?
To evaluate the performance, a grading system is followed. Minimum B grade (50% marks) is required to be obtained in each paper. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) should be an aggregate of 3.00 out of 7.00 for completion of the course.
Does NLSIU help in placements?
No, NLSIU does not involve in placements.
Will Hostel facilities be available at the time of contact class and examination?
Students attending the contact class & examination have to make their own arrangements for accommodation. Canteen facilities will be made available at moderate rates.
Are DED students allowed to use the NLSIU Library?
Yes only for reference, books will not be issued. But each time he/she must carry his Identity Card issued by the University.
Can DED students access the online databases?
Online databases are IP based. These databases cannot be accessed outside NLS campus.
What is the Time Limit for completion of course?
The Distance Education Committee of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru permits students of MBL to complete their course within Eight years (2+3+3) and Diploma students within five years (1+2+2) after admission
a) MBL: M.B.L. is a two year course. Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees at the time of admission. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond the second academic year because of his/her non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the degree, he/she will be permitted to continue for the subsequent three academic years or till all the requirements are completed whichever is earlier by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year.
After a period of five years if the candidate is still not able to clear the course s/he may be given an extension of another 3 years by paying Rs.5,000/- per year for the subsequent three years as extension fee provided, s/he should have cleared 50% of the papers (out of total number of Papers prescribed) from MBL I & II yrs. At the end of the eighth academic year, if the candidate fails to fulfil all the requirements for the award of the degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled.
b) Post Graduate Diploma is a 1 year course. Every candidate admitted to the course shall pay the prescribed fees at the time of admission. If a candidate is required to continue the course beyond one academic year because of his/her non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the degree, he/she will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year (prevailing fee Rs.2,500/-).
After a period of three years if the candidate is not still able to clear the course s/he may be given an extension of another 2 yrs by paying Rs.5,000/-per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee provided, s/he should have cleared 50% of the papers (out of the total number of theory papers prescribed). At the end of the fifth academic year if the candidate fails to fulfil all the requirements for the ward of the degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled.
Can Part-I and Part-II of M.B.L. be taken all together?
Candidates admitted to the First Year programme are eligible for promotion to Second Year even if s/he fails or does not appear for any or all the papers of First Year. However at the end of the 1st academic year a candidate has to remit the II year fee Rs.30,000/- (Rupees Thirty Thousand, only), to be paid between 1st June to 31st August) and can continue studies in II MBL. At the end of Second year the candidate can appear for both the First year as well as the Second year Examinations.