NALSAR stands for National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law, Hyderabad, an institution of national eminence in the field of legal education and research. It is a residential University established in 1998 under the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University Act (Andhra Pradesh Act 34 of 1998) of the Andhra Pradesh State Legislature. The University provides an opportunity to explore limitless options in legal profession and is setting new standards in legal education. The University has as its primary mission to create a generation of able, competent and humane lawyers who will not only enter the Bar and Bench but will also be equipped to address effectively the imperatives of the new millennium and to engage in community services. The University Grants Commission has recognised NALSAR under sections 2 (f) and 12 (b) of the UGC Act, 1956. NALSAR was quick to establish a reputation for excellence in legal education within a short period. Teachers and Graduates soon made an impact that was felt not only nationally but also internationally. Presently NALSAR has the best of infrastructure, committed faculty, highly talented students, state of the art facilities and partnerships with world-renowned institutions.
Location - The University Campus – Justice City – is located in a 50 acre site abutting the Shameerpet Lake about 28 kms away from the city.
Halls of Residence - The University has separate residential halls for boys and girls, with a common dinning hall. While senior studetns are provided with single occupancy rooms. The rest are accommodated in double occupancy rooms. The halls have common room facilities with indoor games, besides a TV and telephones (only for incoming calls). The common mess serves non-vegetarian food three days a week. Two private telephone booths are available for the students. Transport - The University has a Swaraj Mazda Vehicle for providing conveyance facility for both Faculty and Staff who reside in the twin-cities. It is also used for students; activities such as court visits and Legal Aid Clinic. The campus is well connected to the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad by the A.P State Road Transport. Autorickshaws ply from the Shameerpet bus station to the campus. There are State bus services from Secunderabad station which reach the University gate at 8:00 a.m, 9:00 a.m, and leave at 4.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.
Bank - An Extension Counter of the Indian Bank is open for transactions on specified days of the week from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Students can open accounts with the Indian Bank.
Health Centre - The University has its own health centre with two Doctors. In case of serious ailments, on the advice of the Doctor, facilities are provided for admittance in Hospitals in the twin-cities for timely attention and care. The Hospital expenditure in such cases should be met by the students or their parents.
Sports & Games Stadium - A stadium has been constructed and equipping it with state-of-the-art facilities is under way. Play fields for various sports are under construction. A Gymnasium, Tennis Court and Swimming Pool are in the pipeline.
Internet Centre - The campus is Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) enabled and provides wireless Internet connectivity. The internet centre has about 40 Thin Clients with Linux Operating System. Besides another five Desktop Systems for usage by faculty and students are also available at the Internet Centre and seven in the Library. A separate bay is also provided for the laptop users. The Internet centre is supported with a main server and with a bandwidth of 2 Mbps from Airtel and 256 Kbps from VSNL. The University has in place its video conferencing facility to facilitate and connect other Law Schools in India and abroad.
Facilities For Conference/seminars - NALSAR offers a variety of facilities for hosting conferences and seminars. It has 10 air-conditioned conference/seminar halls, which can accommodate various people ranging from 25-250 with state of the art communication and presentation facilities. The biggest amongst them are the R.N. Jhunjhunwala Conference Hall and the Video-Conferencing Hall at the M.K. Nambyar SAARC Law Centre. NALSAR also has a full-fledged Moot-Court Hall, where international moot court competitions like the Manfred Lachs have been held.
In January 2007, NALSAR has inaugurated the Teacher’s Convention Centre (TCC), which has 20 air-conditioned double rooms and 3 suites. TCC is self-contained with its own dining hall, and mini-conference hall. In a short period of time, TCC has hosted many training programs including those organised by ICRC and CENTAD.
Moot Court - Moot Court activities are a thrust area of Legal Education. The University strives to integrate the theory and practice of Law in campus settings through moot court activities. The mooting activity in NALSAR is a serious business with a stiff competition. The moot court activities are coordinated by the faculty adviser in charge. Members of the faculty also help students in preparing for moot court competitions held in different parts of the country.
NALSAR has organised the All India Moot Court competition sponsored by the Bar Council of India Trust, the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition – South India Regional Rounds sponsored by Surana & Surana, International Attorneys, Chennai and Commonwealth Moot Court competitions. 'Skills for advocacy’ – A special programme to augment students’ skills for Moot Court is conducted. A full-fledged Moot Court Hall with state-of-the-art recording facilities is in place.
Placement Programmes - Internships : The objectives of the University are motivated by the goal of producing socially responsible lawyers. Social responsibility cannot be taught, it has to be learned. The University hence devises programmes that will bridge the gap between classroom and social reality. The Placement Programme of the University is one such effort.
Students of the B.A., LL.B.(Hons.) course are placed with nongovernmental organisations, national and international institutions and organisations, lawyers, law firms,the Attorney General of India,New Delhi,Chairman, Bar Council of India,New Delhi, UN Organisations in New Delhi and Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts. The placement is arranged by the University by liaising with these organizations and finding out the requirements of the organisation, the expectations from the students and the extent to which these expectations could be fulfilled. Before placements students are given orientation towards the set up and activities of the organisations. The students are required to prepare a diary of the work undertaken during the placement and face vivavoce on re-opening of the University. The diary and the vivavoce are assessed towards the Clinic Course in the final year.
A.P. Government Fellowship - The Government of Andhra Pradesh recognised NALSAR University of Law along with Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani; Indian Institutes of Technology situated in different parts of the country, All India Institute of Medical Sciences; Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research; Armed Forces Medical College, Pune as premier academic institutions in the country. The Government is making provision of 1.5 crores to cover the educational expenses of meritorious students who secure admissions in the above institutions through competitive examinations. Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to make such a provision for meritorious students.
Research Centres - These are N.C.Banerjee Centre For Intellectual Property Law Studies, Dr. S.P. Chatterjee Centre For Environmental Law Studies, M.K. Nambyar Saarc Law Centre For Advanced Legal Studies.
Exchange Programes - NALSAR has student/faculty exchange agreements with many renowned Universities/ Institutions around the world.like Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA
NALSAR Team won the Justice P.N.Bhagwati National Moot in May, 2003 and the 7th Annual Raj Anand Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, 2004.
NALSAR was ranked 12th at the Eleventh Annual Willem C. vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot held at Vienna, Austria in April, 2004
It was ranked 10th in the memorial scores at the 2004 Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court held in Washington, D.C.
4th International Conference at University of Carthage, Tunis (Tunisia) - Swagata Naik and Tejasvi Purusharth, IIIrd year students of NALSAR University of Law have been selected to present a paper titled “Normative deficits and the failure of Law: Study of The Criminal Tribes Act, 1911” at 'The Fourth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities' held at University of Carthage, Tunis (Tunisia) from 3 - 6 June, 2006. It tries to shed light on the faults in formulation of the Act itself and how the very identification in itself of these tribes as criminal is a violation of basic human dignity.
The 3rd Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference, Shanghai - Students of NALSAR, Samar Jha (IV year), Srilekha Sridhar (III year) and Aditya Swarup (II year) were invited as independents to present papers at the 3rd ASLI Conference in Shanghai held from 23rd 25th May, 2006. Srilekha and Sneha had written a joint paper on 'Witness Protection' and Samar and Aditya also had written a joint paper on 'Trade Secrets'. At the venue, they received high accolades for their presentations from many people and most of them were surprised as to how II, III and IV students could present papers on “Intellectual Property and other Issues”. Their papers have also been reviewed by international journals and selected for publications.
Ketan Mukhija - Ketan Mukhija has been selected as a successful participant in the Summer Session of Private International Law Course, conducted by The Hague Academy of International Law, Netherlands from the 10th of July till the 28th of July, 2006. He has also been invited as a key speaker in the International conference on “International Criminal Justice in the Age of Globalization” held at the International Institute for Sociology of Law, Onate, Basque Country, Spain during 17-19 May, 2006. He presented a paper on “Use of Force to combat International Terrorism: Legal Perspectives and Insights”. His paper entitle “Curbing Cyber Crimes: An Analysis of the Legislative and Regulatory Framework in India” was accepted and he was selected as a paper presenter in the 2006 Stockholm Prize in Criminology Symposium held from 15-19 June, 2006 in Stockholm.