National Law Institute University, Bhopal
National Law Institute University (NLIU) is a law school and center for research located in Bhopal, India. Established in 1997 by the State of Madhya Pradesh, it is one of the first three law schools to have been established under the National Law School system. The university launched its first academic programme in 1998, with Indian jurist V.S. Rekhi as the Director. Recognised by the Bar Council of India, the university admits 100 undergraduates each year through the Common Law Admission Test, who complete 15 trimesters before being awarded a combined B.A., LL.B (Hons.) degree. The post-graduate course offered at the University is the LL.M. degree.
The university is devoted to the use of modern methods of teaching and evaluation. It emphasises the advantages of learning through small groups in a clinical setting. The year is divided into three trimesters of 70 working days each. The lectures are accompanied by extensive teaching material prepared and consistently revised by the faculty. Use of audio-visual equipment, small group sessionals, computorials, externships, internal moot courts, simulation and other learning by doing techniques form the core of tutional arrangement. The student is expected to write one paper in each course later followed by substantive dissertation in seminar courses. The cumulative effect is to make for an intensive environment of learning where the teacher and the taught co-operate in inquisitive exploration.
The NLIU campus is situated on the side of a hillock near Kerwa Lake on the Kerwa Dam Road, Bhadbhada in the city of Bhopal. The new campus complex has been designed to keep the environmental impact on the land to a minimum thereby creating a blend of natural landscape and modern architecture, including the Academic Block, the Auditorium and the Gyan Mandir – which houses the Library, The Comp Lab, Faculty Rooms, Debating Halls and classrooms. The university’s sports facilities include a sports complex which houses a gym, facilities for table tennis, badminton, tennis, pool, other indoor games, two basketball courts, fields for volleyball and football. The hostels provide double rooms for the First years and single rooms from Second through Fifth year. The Nescafe outlet and the ‘College’ Canteen in the campus are the favourite haunts of the students during breaks and evenings. Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre is the first of its kind established inside the NLIU campus.