FAQs – General

What is the significance of offering programmes in a hybrid education model (online + distance)?

Academic programmes in hybrid education mode (distance + online) enable students to learn from experts from a place of their comfort, expand their knowledge of the law and earn a degree/diploma for their professional advancement.

Who is eligible to apply for these programmes?

Any candidate who has an undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university is eligible to apply.

What if the candidate does not have a Degree certificate issued by the University?

In the event of non-availability of a degree certificate, a provisional passing certificate issued by the University, a passing certificate issued by the Principal/Vice-Chancellor of the University or attested copies of the marks sheets in respect of all the years of the Graduate study should be furnished.

Are there any age restrictions to apply for the programmes?

There is no restriction with regard to the age of the candidate. Our cohorts are heterogeneous and made up of students from all ages. Students who do not have an undergraduate degree can apply with a degree certificate or its equivalent from any UGC recognized University/Association of Indian Universities. Students with a certification as a CA, CS, ICWA are eligible to apply.

What is a typical Academic cycle/year?

Typically, the Academic Year from NLSIU progresses from July to June each year.

*Over the past year, this has been slightly impacted by the pandemic.

When does the admission take place?

The admission notification will be notified in all leading dailies. 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/-

How do I apply for the programmes?

Students can apply online as well as offline.
Please click here to apply online.
Please click here to download the offline application.

What is the fee structure followed?

Each programme has a unique fee structure. Please visit the respective programme page for its fee structure.

Is it possible to pay the programme fee in installments?

As per the University rules, the programme fee cannot be paid in installments. The prescribed fee for each programme has to be paid at the time of registration/admission.

Are graduates from these programmes eligible to practice Law in Court?

No. The Bar Council of India has prescribed an LL.B. degree completed in a regular (in-person mode) as a requisite to practice Law in Court.

What kind of study materials will a student receive?

Students will have access to carefully crafted study material by NLS faculty. The material is designed to facilitate self-learning and follows a lucid pedagogical approach for students to understand different facets of the law.

All admitted students will receive a free 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.

Can a candidate enrol in more than one Programme at a given time?

Candidates are permitted to register for more than one programme simultaneously. They are required to submit a separate application for each programme. In case of a conflict in the examination schedule, 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.

 

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. 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.

Are applicants required to attest their documents?

Yes. Students are ideally required to get their documents attested from a gazetted officer. However, given the pandemic the University has also allowed students to self-attest their documents. Self-attestation norms, however, may require producing the original documents at a later stage. In case the student is unable to produce the original documents, attestation from a gazetted officer or a notary is required.

 

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.

 

 

How do I know I have been enrolled in my chosen Programme?

Once the admissions process is complete and your admission is approved, you will receive an email providing a Student Identity Number which shall be quoted in all your future correspondences with the University.

Is it possible to ask for a refund before the admissions deadline?

As per the University rules, 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. Beyond the application deadline, we will be unable to refund the fee paid towards the programme to be refunded.

Is there a provision to seek transfer to another programme offered by the department?

A change in programme is not permitted once the admission formalities are complete.

 

Does the DED help in placements?

The DED is focused on delivering quality programmes. We do not facilitate any placements. However, we intend to create a network of the DED scholars to connect with each other.

 

What is the duration of the classes?

Typically, all our classes are two hours each.

 

 

Is it mandatory for students to attend classes?

Attendance in class is optional.

 

 

Will I know the annual schedule of classes in advance?

All students will have access to an annual schedule of classes with specific dates and times. These are fixed and unlikely to change unless there is an emergency.

How many times in an academic year are the examinations held?

Our programmes follow an annual examination system. Usually, Annual examinations are held in the month of June/July every year. However, students who could not appear for the annual examination or for those students who could not clear papers, are given a second opportunity to appear for examinations in the Supplementary examinations which are held in December/January each year.

 

What is the procedure for taking the exams?

Students are required to register by paying  the exam fees as notified in the examination schedule by the stated deadline to take the exams.

 

In which cities can I physically write the examinations?

We have examination centres in Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Pune.

*Please note, organisation of exams at our physical centres is dependent on the pandemic.

 

Is it necessary that examinations for all courses in a programme be taken together?

Students have the option of taking exams for all the courses or some of the courses in a programme during the Annual Examinations in June/July. The exams for the remaining courses in a programme may be attempted during Supplementary Examinations during December/January.

 

 

What is the minimum requirement to pass a course in a programme?

Students’ academic performance is evaluated following a grading system. A minimum of Grade B (50% marks) must be secured in each course examination in order to pass the course. The Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) should be an aggregate of 3.00 out of 7.00 for successfully completing the programme.

Will students be allowed to use the NLSIU Library?

Students are welcome to use the library when they visit campus in-person and browse the books for reference using the Student Identity Card issued by the University. Students can also write to our library team at a specific email address provided to request for specific books/learning materials.

Please note, our online databases are IP based. These databases cannot be accessed outside NLS campus.

 

How many years does a student have to complete a programme?

MBL Programme:

Students can complete their course in up to eight years from the year of their enrolment.

Students are required to pay the prescribed fee at the time of admission. If a student has to continue the course beyond the second academic year because of  non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the degree, they will be permitted to continue for the subsequent three academic years or until the time when all programme requirements are completed whichever is earlier by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year.

After five years, if the student is still not able to clear the programme they  may be given an extension of another 3 years by paying Rs. 5000 per year for the subsequent three years as extension fee,  provided they have cleared at least a total of five courses out of ten in the MBL programme. At the end of the eighth academic year, if the student is unable fulfil all the requirements for the award of the degree, the admission stands automatically cancelled.

Diploma Programmes:

Students can complete their course in up to five years from the year of their enrolment.

Students are required to pay the prescribed fee at the time of admission. If a student has to continue the programme beyond one academic year because of non-fulfilment of the prescribed requirements for the award of the diploma, they will be permitted to continue for the subsequent two academic years by paying a continuation fee as prescribed for each year.

After a period of three years, if the student is unable to clear the course s/he may be given an extension of another 2 yrs by paying Rs. 5000 per year for the subsequent two years as extension fee,  provided they have cleared 2 out of the 4 theory courses in a Diploma programme. At the end of the fifth academic year, if the student is unable to complete the requirements for the award of the diploma, the admission stands automatically cancelled.