Jammu and Kashmir to have its first national law university soon


Jammu and Kashmir government will establish a law university soon on the lines of Bengaluru’s National Law School of India University (NLSU) and Hyderabad’s Nalsar University of Law.

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According to the Press Trust of India, a senior law department officer said,

A bill was passed by the State legislature, on Monday, to establish a national law university in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official has said that the work on setting up the national law university will start this year itself. This is being done with the goal to improve the quality of professional legal education provided in the state.

Syed Basharat Bukhari, a high-level delegation of Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, visited Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The goal was to carefully analyse and observe the courses offered by NLISU and NALSAR to incorporate the same in the proposed university.

Accompanying him are the Law Secretary and a senior officer from the State’s Law Department to help him with the process. According to the Live Law, Jammu and Kashmir’s Law Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir earlier said,

We have set out on this ambitious project of having a National Law University in J&K on the initiative of the Chief Minister (former) Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.

The team that visited Bengaluru and Hyderabad also wished to understand the faculty requirement, management, and other essential requirements to set up such a university in the state.

The state plans to offer doctorate courses in law apart from the undergraduate and post-graduate courses through their university. Specialisation courses such as Human Rights, Corporate Government, Medical Law, Business Law, Environmental Law, Disability Law, IP Law, and Cyber Law will also be offered by the established university.

The merit-based admission for these states would be through the national entrance tests for law, but a percentage of seats would be reserved for students in the state.

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