The two year LLM degree is composed of 4 semesters. 15% seats for SC and 7 ½ % for ST are reserved in these two specialisations
Specialisation - At present, the two areas of specialisation offered are Business Laws and Human Rights Laws.
All placements are organised by a student committee on the campus.
Recreational Facilities :-
For those who favour physical exercise, NLSIU offers fairly decent sporting facilities. A football field, a basketball court, two volleyball/throwball courts, a clay tennis court are some of the sporting facilities available on campus. In addition to this the men's and women's hostels have badminton courts and table tennis tables. There is also a well-equipped gym open from 6 am to 8 pm. There is a common room in the academic block, which has a television with cable connection, as well as magazines and board games and a carom board. The men's and women's hostels have common rooms as well with television sets and Table tennis tables. The men's hostel has its own library, which in addition to academic books has a limited selection of light reading. Though not officially classified as a recreational activity, the computer room with internet access, is a form of recreation available to the students. Though its mandate wouldn't stretch beyond communication and education, the internet is undeniably a method of recreation for those interested in reading about anything.
The Computer Lab:-
The computer room used to be referred to as the A/C room because of the fact that the only thing that functioned properly in it were the air-conditioners, but all that has changed with the full revamp of the computer lab carried out in November 2001. The computer lab now has 30 state-of-art computers connected to the internet and equipped with MS Office XP. The internet connection is provided by a 256 kbps high-speed dedicated leased line and it is faster than anything one would get to use otherwise (unless you were rich enough to have your own personal DSL line). It is going to be open 24 hours so those not privileged to have a computer of their own will not be handicapped in any way as far as access to computers is concerned. A scanner, dot-matrix printer and CD-writer are also available in the computer lab for the use of students.
The Libraries :-
NLSIU has three libraries. The textbook section (affectionately referred to as the 'downstairs library' for obvious reasons) and the journals and periodicals section as well as the Subroto Roy Choudhary library (affectionately referred to the upstairs library and SRC library). These libraries have different timings. The downstairs library opens at 8 am and is open till midnight, though books are not issued after 5.00 pm (officially, but unofficially a lot of 'please please' can work wonders). The books in the downstairs library are fully searchable on a computerized database and this is very useful indeed. A similar database of journal articles is also in the process of being compiled. Each student is issued a library card and is allowed to issue one book on it. The books have to be returned by the next working day failing which a strict fine is incurred. The first two days you pay a a fine of Rs 2/- per day and after that Rs 5/- per day. Fines are imposed strictly (no, 'please, please' does not work in this regard). The journals and periodicals section is open from 11 am till midnight. The SRC library is open from 2 pm till midnight. Books in these libraries cannot be issued. All libraries are provided with Photocopiers for the use of students. Copies can be made at 50p per copy (double-sided). But at times the backlog for photocopying (esp. journals section) can get so huge that your copy can take over a day! The upstairs library also has a laser printer which the students can use to print projects, seminar papers and other assignments at Rs. 3/- per page. Both SRC and the journals and periodicals section are open on Sunday till 4 pm.
Other Infrastructure :-
There is one main academic block (referred to as acad. block or ad. block) which houses all the classrooms, the libraries, the computer room and the faculty chambers, along with all the various centres that NLSIU runs like CCL(Centre for Child and the Law), TILEM (The Institute for Legal Ethics and Medicine), and NIHR(National Institute of Human Rights). There is one classroom for each year, classrooms being equipped with sound systems and Overhead projectors.
(NB: Hostel details are those of the men's hostels, but the women's hostels do not differ significantly in any respect)
Hostel facilities in NLSIU are more than adequate for the requirements and are superior in many respects to other premier institutions like IITs. The mens halls of residence are three in number, Himalaya, Ganga & Cauvery. The women's halls of residence are housed in the Nilgiris blocks along with the annexe. Each hostel room accommodates three students, and a hostel room is divided into three cubicles (popularly referred to as cubies) for the purpose. Each cubicle offers a reasonable degree of privacy for the student and for all practical purposes is like a small single room. But of course, the usual fundas of not playing loud music when your roommate is sleeping would apply here as well! Each cubie is provided with a bed, desk, chair, cupboard, light, fan and plug point (please note that a plug point is a luxury few college hostels provide its students). You can use any appliance that you like so long as you pay a fixed electricity charge for the appliance.
The toilets are common, each floor having 4 lavatories and 4 bathing stalls. These are kept reasonably clean by the maintenance staff. Hot water is available through one common tap, 24-hrs a day. Of course, occasionally the coils blow, or they forget to switch on the geyser and you're forced to have bath in cold water, but rest assured this is in the rarest of instances. Every student is well-advised to have a bucket and mug of his own, for purposes like washing clothes, or if the student is squeamish about using buckets and mugs used by everyone else. Clothes can be washed by students at the washing stands near the hostels, or if they prefer to do so, they can get their clothes washed and ironed at Rs. 5/- per piece by the college dhobi who is reasonably efficient and very prompt. The women have the option of paying a monthly amount to their dhobi for all their laundry needs during the month. Such a system however does not exist in the mens halls of residence.
The Mess, is everyone's favourite topic for whines, like it would be in any other hostel, but after having eaten at the hostels of many other educational institutions, it cannot but be said that the mess-es in NLSIU are decidedly superior. If gourmet cuisine is what you expect, and if you cannot get along without your daily helping of chicken cordon bleu then the mess is not recommended. For anyone else with reasonable demands the mess serves the purpose fairly competently. Breakfasts are good, and rotate through a cycle of idli-vada, masala dosa, upma, aloo paratha, bread-egg-cutlet and poori-channa/aloo. Out of these the aloo paratha is best avoided, but everything else is fairly good. Coffee, tea and milk (hot or cold) are available with breakfast everyday, and on most days a fruit of some sort is served along with breakfast. Lunch works on a coupon system where the student has to buy a coupon for Rs120, which entitles him to 10 lunches. The lunch is also fairly decent, with rice, rotis, a couple of sabjis, sambar, rasam/dal, papad, pickle and curd. The coupon system means that you do not lose out in any way by skipping lunch. Dinner offers fare similar to the lunch, with the added option of chicken twice a week (which also functions on a coupon system, Rs.180 = 10 chickens) , and egg once a week. Some kind of dessert/sweet is served at least 4 days a week. The custard (served alternately with fruit or cake) served on Sundays is truly brilliant. The occasional chicken biriyani s a welcome treat. Sunday dinners also have the added option of noodles and French fries. Tea is served in the evenings and is generally not terribly great. Besides the unlimited quantities of tea or coffee (juice occasionally) there is a snack of some sort. Sandwiches, biscuits, Bajis, Pakoras are some of the snacks you might find at tea-time. The mess also has a coffee/tea vending machine which gives you hot tea or coffee for Rs 5/- anytime you like.
Functioning of the Hostels:
The hostels are run by student committees that are completely autonomous. The three hostel committees in charge of running the hostel are the Students Discipline & General Management committee (SDGM), the General Welfare Committee (GWC) and the Mess Committee. The members of these committees are appointed by the warden from year to year from among the students. The men have separate committees for these purposes 's and women's halls of residence as they function independently. The SDGM is in charge of maintaining discipline in the hostel. For violations like smoking in the hostels, consuming alcohol in the hostels, and other disruptions of peace and order, the SDGM is authorized to showcase and fine the offenders. The GWC is in charge of the infrastructure in the hostel and the provision of electricity, water, telephones, and such other facilities to the students. Each hostel presently has a phone where calls can be received. The process of installing ZIP-Fones on every floor is happening right now. These phones can be used to receive phone calls as well as make calls using a Virtual Calling Card. The Mess Committee is in charge of the mess and everything associated with it's functioning. The Mess Committee and the GWC have their staff on their payroll and not on the university payroll. Bills for the mess and GWC are also paid to the committees.