The first Law school in India was set up by The Bar Council of India after a decision made in 1985 to set up a Law school solely devoted for the teaching of law courses in India. As a result, NLS, BANGALORE, which was the first law university was set up. It is National Law School of India University and is popularly known as NLS. It is meant to offer a multi-disciplinary and Integrated learning of law to students. It was for the first time that a degree in law other than LLB or B.L was granted in India. This was the five-year integrated degree in Law after 12th std. This is called the Integrated BA.LLB degree in Law. National Law Schools follow the 5-year pattern under which a student is awarded BA or BSc Degree at the end of 3 years and after 5 years, an LLB degree. They generally follow the semester system, though the NLSIU Bangalore has a unique trimester system.
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 make it a great institution for law and gives it an enormous stature and prestige to the School which is unparalleled in the history of legal education in India. The Karnataka Act confers complete administrative and academic autonomy which facilitates innovation and experimentation in the pursuit of excellence in legal education.
The first batch of students was selected through a National Entrance Test, and regular academic activities began on 1st July 1988. It was a significant achievement that students from this batch won the Bar Council of India National Moot Court Competition in their very first year of legal education. Ever since, admissions to the Law School has been on the basis of performance at a National Entrance Test which has now, since 2008, graduated to a National Level Common Admission Test known as the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) and it operates to select candidates for all the National Law Schools in the country. Other law-teaching institutions are permitted to join in this method of selection of their candidates for admission to their law courses.
The University has tied-up with many top Universities of the world. Many students also go to other universities after completing law from NLS. But for this, cracking the prestigious NLU Law Entrance Exam is a must.