National Law School of India University

Study for a Semester in Bangalore

NCI has an agreement with the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) that enables upto 15 member university law students to study and spend one to two trimesters in the fall in Bangalore. The aim of the program is to make it possible for Nordic students to pursue the best legal education that India has to offer while also gain experience of the academic culture and living in India.
NLSIU follows a trimester system and therefore they, students can be accommodated students only in the fall semester. Students can choose to be part of a single trimester or two trimesters (1st July to 30th September and 15th October to 15th of January). Each trimester has a load of 4 courses each at 4 credits which is equivalent to 16 credits (approximately 30 ECTS).
Students can take part in two types of courses: Regular courses from the BA LLB programme and seminar courses. More information about the courses can be found here. The teaching methods adopted aim to promote multi-disciplinary inquiry and practical appreciation of problems. The method of teaching involves lectures, discussions, case studies, Moot Courts and project work. An innovative feature of the teaching method followed by the NLSIU is cooperative teaching where two or more teachers jointly offer a course and interact with the students in the same class. This is particularly useful for the multidisciplinary analysis of socio-legal problems. There is a high degree of interaction between the students and the teachers in the classroom. This is largely facilitated by the fact that at the commencement of the Trimester, each student is given a set of reading materials containing the course outline, teaching plan, reading lists and a fairly large volume of study materials in respect of each course. They consist of case studies, judicial decisions, articles and excerpts from reports. With this material, the students are expected to come prepared for the classes and actively participate in classroom discussions.


The programme costs 2555 USD per trimester for tuition fee, admission fee, facilities fee, and hostel fee. Students will be provided housing with the regular students at the hostel. Students are expected to pay their food related charges on a monthly basis as per actual.
The break up of the course fee can be found here.


The application should include the following documents: A letter providing information about previous university studies, expectations and motivations for attending the program, as well as contact information.
A transcript of university credits and degrees (in English with ECTS)
A letter of recommendation from a supervisor stating the suitability of the student
A proof of English speaking ability, either TOEFEL or equivalent certificate
A filled up application form for admission to University of Hyderabad
The application form and the supporting documents should be sent to the International office at your university or directly to the Program Manager of NCI. The students admitted to the course will be given a letter of admission from NLSIU, Bangalore, and can apply for study visa through the Indian embassy in their home country.
The application deadline is: April 15

Program Description and Material

Program name: Trimester program in Bangalore
Educational institution: National Law School of India university, Bangalore
Program credits: 30 ECTS spread over 4 university courses
Language of instructions: English
Study periods: one or two periods in the Fall trimester. The first fall trimester begins from 1st July to 30th September and the second fall trimester begins from 15th October to 15th of January
Rate of studies: Full time
Maximum number of students: 15 students per semester
Admission: 2 years of college or university studies with a background in law studies with a minimum CGPA to 3.0 or grade C according to ECTS.

Program Outline

Within the program students can freely choose among the regular courses that are offered at various departments at the National Law School of India University. Participants are expected to pursue a fulltime academic program within a trimester, which means a credit load of 16 credits (30 ECTS), spread over 4 courses. Students can take part in two types of courses: Regular courses from the BA LLB programme and seminar courses. More information about the courses can be found here.

Coordinator at National Law School of India University

Dr. T.S. Somashekar, Student Exchange Programme Coordinator
Address: National Law School of India University, P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560 072, Karnataka, India

Practical Information

About Bangalore
Bangalore, also called Bengaluru, is the capital of the state of Karnataka. Famously called the Garden city of India, Bangalore is now India’s third most populous city and fifth-most populous urban agglomeration. It has recently become a hub for India’s information technology sector and is considered to be among the top preferred entrepreneurial locations in the world. The citizenry consists of a cosmopolitan cross section of people and cultures from around the world. Bangalore city is an interesting study of contrasts with a very fascinating juxtaposition of tradition and modernity. Located 949 meters above sea level in South India on the Deccan Plateau, Bangalore enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year. The city boasts of spacious gardens, parks, tree-lined avenues, a profusion of flowering trees, lakes and parks. With its booming economy and racy lifestyle, the capital of Karnataka has metamorphosed from a sleepy Garden City into one of India’s fastest growing, accommodating, technophiliac, and cosmopolitan cities.


The National Law School of India University came into existence through a Notification under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It signified the culmination of efforts by the Judiciary, the Bar Council of India, the Karnataka Bar Council, the Bangalore University and the Government of Karnataka to reform legal education and to establish a centre of excellence for legal education and research in India. This Law School successfully caters to the requirements of the legal profession, law teaching and research, and judiciary in India and it is typical for the students who study in this School to eventually become legal practitioners, law teachers or engage in legal research or enter the judiciary in due course.
The Chief Justice of India is the Chancellor of the University. The Chairman, Bar Council of India, is the Chairman of the General Council. These connections lend a stature and prestige to the School which is unparalleled in the history of legal education in India.

NLSIU Campus

The Law School has a campus of its own, located in Nagarbhavi, about 10 kms from the City railway station and standing over twenty-three acres beside the Institute of Social and Economic Change. Since 1991, it is a fully residential university on one campus with three Halls of Residence for men, three Halls of Residence for women, two Hostels for post-graduate women students, three blocks for Faculty Quarters and two blocks for non-teaching staff Quarters besides the Academic Block. An International Training Centre, with residential facilities, equipped for organising training programmes, seminars and video conferences is part of the campus.
For more information on facilities available please click here.


Students are accommodated at the student hostels. In all probability students will be accommodated in shared rooms. Students are each provided with a cot, cupboard, chair and desk. They are advised to bring their own mattresses, curtains and bed-linen. Hostels have 24-hour running hot water facility. Laundry facilities are also made available on campus. As Bangalore experiences cold weather during November- January, students are advised to bring blankets and warm clothing. The students will have access to a Common-Room equipped with cable television, facilities for indoor games and a small in-house library. To ensure uninterrupted power supply, the hostels have their own generators. Tea/Coffee vending machines, facilities of the PCO and 24 hours security are some of the other features which ensure that students enjoy basic amenities and security so that they can focus on their studies.
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There is a canteen in the Academic Block which is open from 9.30 A.M. to midnight. One can find soft drinks, snacks, as well as regular meals. Another popular student eatery is the Just Food, the Cafetaria attached to the training centre. It serves highly subsidized meals for lunch and dinner.
Bangalore, being a cosmopolitan city, also provides a lot of options in terms of food. There are several restaurants dotting the city that meet various requirements in terms of price, ambience and cuisine. To find restaurants, check Buurp and Just Eat.