- Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
- Estd. Year: 2016
- Total Faculty: 20
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Himachal Pradesh National Law University,P.O. Shakrah, Sub-Tehsil DhamiDistrict Shimla, Himachal Pradesh-171011 India
The group of institutions collectively known as the National Law Universities (NLUs) now number over twenty. For long, law lagged behind several other professional and degree courses when it came to prestige and career opportunities, but now, thanks to the NLUs, it is considered a top career choice. With the opening up of the economy, law grads can now take up careers in corporate law, international agencies, NGOs, Legal Process Outsourcing (LPOs) firms and academics, besides the conventional careers centres around litigation and the judiciary. This was the reason for the launch of the five- year integrated programmes by the NLUs which can be taken up by students immediately after completion of their school.
The Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU) in Shimla was established in the year 2016. This had initially resisted being part of the CLAT exam for selection to the courses, preferring to go with its own HPNLET (Himachal Pradesh National Law Entrance Test). But from the 2019 admission season onwards, it has joined the ranks of NLUs recruiting students using the CLAT. The test includes 200 objective type multiple choice questions to be answered within a maximum time limit of 120 minutes. These 200 questions are divided into Legal Aptitude and GK hogging half the total share with 50 questions each. English and Reasoning are worth 40 each while math which is quite elementary is worth 20. For every wrong answer, a fourth of negative marks gets deducted.
Courses are available at the HPNLU at both the UG as well as PG levels. At the UG level, the flagship five- year integrated programme BA LLB is offered. The LLB, of course, is the standard degree offered to Common Law countries’ legal study graduates. At the master’s level, the LLM is offered here. It is a one- year programme with six optional specialization areas for one to choose from. These are in the areas of – International & Comparative Law, Constitutional & Administrative Law, Corporate & Commercial Law, Criminal & Security Law, Legal Pedagogy & Research and in Family & Social Security Law. Several optional seminar courses are also on offer here.
Research is an important area of concern at the HPNLU. The institute is working on several research projects. In addition, a newsletter gets published periodically within the campus. The e- Pathshala has been instituted to increase the level of online learning among the students, so crucial in the ongoing digital age. The HPNLU is also extremely proactive when it comes to inking deals with foreign institutions for collaboration on student exchange programmes or for sharing of research findings. The Yerevan State University in the eastern European country of Armenia is the collaborator with the HPNLU Shimla. As part of the guest lecture initiative, there is the regular occurrence known as Friday Dialogues where some industry or government experts visit the campus and share their real- world experiences with the students. A strong student interface prevails in these. In spite of the relatively short duration, the institute has made a strong impression on rating agencies. This is why, the Careers 360 magazine has tipped the HPNLU at AAA rating.