Promoted in 2003, Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) has within a short span of time established a national reputation as a premier legal education institution that continually strives towards excellence.
Named after the eminent legal luminary Justice Mohammed Hidayatullah, the university was established by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003).
HNLU is the sixth in the series of National Law Schools across India. It has been included in the list of the universities maintained by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956 and is recognised by the Bar Council of India under section 7 of the Advocates Act 1961.
The university initially operated from a classical heritage building adjacent to the Raj Bhawan in the heart of the city. Since 2009, the university has been functioning in the newly constructed campus at village Uperwara, about 22 km from the city campus. The new campus is built over 65 acres of land adjoining a beautiful lake amidst verdant surroundings. The academic block comprises a three-storied library with air-conditioned reading hall and an air-conditioned computer lab equipped with 150 computers. Moot Court Hall at HNLU serves as a laboratory to test the advocacy skills of the students of HNLU.
The air-conditioned classrooms are equipped with teaching aids such as DLP projectors and interactive boards. It also hosts a conference hall and an amphitheatre. The Halls of Residence at the new campus have been constructed to provide single room accommodation to each student.
HNLU offers two 5 year integrated programmes — the BA LLB and the BSc LLB courses. There are 10 semesters spread over five years, with 2 semesters per year. The course offers compulsory core subjects, language subjects, compulsory law subjects and optional law subjects. The institute offers optional clinical legal courses as well as optional Honours courses.
Bachelor of Arts, LLB (Honors)
Course Fees: Rs. 2,00,000 to 3,00,000
Course Duration: 4 – 5 Years
Admission Criteria: A candidate for admission to the degree course shall have not completed 20 years of age as on July 1 of the year of admission, and in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, the maximum age limit shall be 22 years as on July 1 of the year of admission. Candidates should have passed the Higher Secondary School Examination (10+2) system or an equivalent examination thereto securing in the aggregate not less than 50 percent of the total marks in the core subjects and English language put together; and obtained at least 50 percent marks in N.E.T.
Total Seats: 80
Master of Law, LLM
Course Fees: Rs. 50,000 to 1,00,000
Course Duration: 1 – 2 Years
Admission Criteria: A candidate for admission to LLM course should have passed LLB/B.A. LLB (Hons.) degree or its equivalent from a recognized university and should have secured at least 55 percent marks in aggregate. Candidates for LLM course shall be selected by the admission committee comprising of the vice chancellor as chairman and other members of the faculty nominated by the vice chancellor as members, based on assessment of performance at the interview.
Total Seats: 10
PhD in Law
Course Duration: 1 – 2 Years
Admission Criteria: An applicant holding a Masters Degree in Law from a recognised University with 55 percent marks in the qualifying examination or a degree approved by Association of Indian Universities, or any other equivalent qualification recognized by the university, in the relevant field, with 55 percent marks. (ii) Any Masters Degree in Law with 55 percent marks obtained from any of the universities outside India, and that has been so recognized by the Indian Association of Universities, New Delhi. (iii) For applicants belonging to SC/ST category a relaxation of 5 percent in marks shall be admissible under eligibility conditions prescribed under sub-clauses 1(i) and (ii).
HNLU has been ranked among the top 20 law colleges in India by the EducationWorld C-fore Survey 2013.
HNLU provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Each hostel houses two blocks connected to the mess. Students are allotted single rooms.
The hostels have a common room for TV and other recreation activities. The hostel also offers a gym, an indoor badminton court and a TT table inside the hostel premises. There is a canteen within the hostel premises. A new canteen has also opened up near the college gate, which offers the students a wide range of fast food and daily supplies.