The national law School of India University came into existence through a notification under the national law school of India university act (Karnataka act 22 of 1986). it signified the culmination of efforts by the judiciary, the bar council of India, the Karnataka bar council, the Bangalore university and the government of Karnataka to reform legal education and to establish a centre of excellence for legal education and research in India.
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 connections lend a 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 law school offers through its distance education department a master’s degree programme in business laws, and post-graduate diploma programmes in human rights law, environmental law, medical law and ethics, intellectual property law and child rights law. Many officers and working professionals have enrolled for these courses. Faculty members of the law school are also involved in the organization of programmes for and the teaching of officers belonging to the administrative, postal and other services.
In addition to reaching out with legal education informally to members of the society through these programmes, the law school has had, from the very start, a legal services clinic and a centre for women and the law reaching out with legal aid and advice to women and others from the disadvantaged sections of the society, and mediation and negotiation for settlement of disputes. faculty and students of the law school help in creating legal awareness mainly among women and girls through classes in colleges and schools in and around the city of Bangalore.