Year Established 1987 Founder Director, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon
The concept of a national institution to act as a pace-setter and a testing ground for bold experiments in legal education came up before the Bar Council of India in the context of the Council's statutory responsibility for maintaining standards in professional legal education under the Advocates Act, 1961
The idea gained strength in the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India and eventually the BCI demanded a deemed University status from the University Grants Commission.
The co-operation of the Karnataka Government, the Bangalore University and the initiatives of senior members of the Bar Council of India as well as that of Karnataka State Bar Council gave the project distinct possibilities of realization over the years. The idea gained more supporters in course of time within the Council and outside who worked at different levels to establish the institution in the interest of better legal education and higher standards of legal research and training. The promoters of the institution finally, succeeded after thirteen long years of suspense and uncertainty, when the Karnataka Government established on August 29, 1987 through a Gazette Notification, the National Law School of India University at Bangalore under the National Law School of India Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986).
The Act is a unique piece of legislation which incorporates complete administrative and academic autonomy together with flexibility for innovation and experimentation in the pursuit of excellence. By and large, the management of the institution rests with the organized legal profession of the country. Outside administration of justice, the NLSIU is perhaps the best example of Academy-Bar-Bench co-operation in the field of Law in India today. The Chief Justice of India, as Visitor of the NLSIU and the Chairman of the Bar Council of India as Chairman of the General Council of the School provide a stature and prestige to the School unparalleled in the history of legal education in the country.
A large number of retired Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts as well as Senior Advocates have offered to assist the NLSIU in its teaching and research programmes making education at NLSIU a rare and exciting experience to the student body. The NLSIU started its journey in 1987 under the stewardship of its Founder Director, Dr. N.R. Madhava Menon. The first batch of students joined on July 1, 1988 in the integrated five year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Course. The NLSIU started its courses in the premises of the Central College , Bangalore University . The NLSIU moved to its own premises at the present address in 1992.
AchievementsNational Law School bangalore has won laurels in various fields connected and disconnected with the law. One of the main strengths of NLS is in the mooting department. National Law School teams have won the most prestigious moot court competitions in India and Abroad. The Philip C Jessup moot court competition (Washington), considered the most prestigious in the world was won by a team from NLS in 1999. The International Client Counselling Competition, held in Chicago was also won by the National Law School in 1999. The Stetson moot court competition in Florida was won by the National Law School team in 2001. NLS also won the Afro-Asian moot court competition in 1999. NLS has shown creditable performances in other international moots like the Commonwealth Moot and The Vienna Moot Court Competition. Every prestigious moot court competition in India has been won by National Law School many times over. The Bar Council of India moot, the GLC Mumbai moot, The Kerala Law Academy moot ' the list is endless.
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Law MaximsActa exteriora iudicant interiora secreta - Outward acts indicate the inward intent
Boni judicis lites dirimere est - It is the duty of a good judge to prevent litigation
Conventio et modus vincunt legem - A contract and agreement overcome the law
Damnum sine injuria - damage without legal injury.
Ex facie - On the fact of it.
Faciendum - Something which is to be done.
Injuria non excusat injuriam - A wrong does not excuse a wrong.
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