The National Law Institute University or NLIU Bhopal is a law school established in 1997, by State Legislature of Madhya Pradesh. The institute is recognised by the Bar Council of India. NLIU offers one undergraduate course as of now, and has an excess of 400 students. The institute has been ranked as the 5th best law school in India, and admission to the test is through the CLAT. Being one of the premier institutes for law studies, the best students are usually the ones who get admission.
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NLIU is the 4th best law school in the country by India Today’s best law colleges for 2015. The ranking has actually dropped two places from 2011 as NALSAR replaced it as the 3rd best in 2011. However, NLIU has consistently featured in the top 5 law schools in India since 2005. The institute is not easy to get into with only 80 seats available through CLAT.
The new campus has been designed to keep the ecological impact on land to a minimum. It is a perfect blend of natural landscape and modern architecture. The academic block, the auditorium and the “Gyan Mandir” - house the library, the computer Lab, faculty rooms, debating halls and the classrooms. The university also houses a sports complex with a gym, table tennis, badminton, tennis, pool and other indoor games. There are two basketball courts and fields for volleyball and football. There are hostels which provide double rooms for the first year students and single rooms thereafter. The “Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre” is the first of its kind which is established inside the campus.
The faculty at the institute follows an inter-disciplinary approach to teach students. This helps keep the students' minds open, as they might become narrowed by formal logic of law and its divergence from practical life. The students are taught how to apply theory from textbooks to real life social problems, hence enabling the practical use of law. Most learning takes place through a combination of textbooks, classroom tuitions, discussions, seminars and research projects.
The recruitment is handled by a student formed Placement Co-ordination Committee (PCC) which has envoys from the final year batch. PCC is responsible for building the network, and the administration also helps by providing infrastructural support and facilities. It also invites future employers to take part in the recruitment process. The first batch of 25 students, who graduated in 2003, had 100% placements.
Some of the key firms which recruit NLIU pass outs are
• Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi & Mumbai)
• Jyoti Sagar & Assoc. (JSA)
• Bajpai & Co
• Data Access
• Holla & Holla & Patel & Nettar
• Exim Bank
• Singh & Singh Advocates (New Delhi)
• Enviro-Legal Defence Firm (ELDF)
Other students who don’t take up an offers are the ones who are pursuing post graduation.
National Law Institute University (NLIU)
Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, 462002