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The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Act 27 of 2005 of the Kerala State Legislature. By the same Act, the National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust in 2002 merged with the NUALS. In 2008, an amendment streamlined the powers and functions of the authorities of the University and ensured the active involvement of the Government of Kerala.The University is recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) of the UGC Act.It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

The main objects of the University are: (a) to advance and disseminate learning and knowledge of law and legal and judicial processes, professional legal education and their role in national development; (b) to develop in the student and research scholar a sense of responsibility to serve the society by developing skills with regard to advocacy, legal services, legislation, law reforms etc., and (c) to promote legal and judicial reforms needed to strengthen the administration of justice in India.

The Chief Justice of India is the Visitor and the Chief Justice of Kerala, the Chancellor of NUALS.

The NUALS Campus is situated in Kochi - the industrial capital of Kerala and the seat of the Kerala high court - ina 10 acre plot in theKinfra Hi-Tech Park at Kalamassery. At present the Academic Block, Hostels for Boys and Girls, Amenities Centre and Faculty Apartments are operational. The construction of the Administrative Block and library Block, with assistance from the UGC and State Government, is in progress.

The NUALS campus provides adequate academic infrastructure - dedicated internet access, Wi-Fi Connectivity, on-line legal resources including Hein online, Westlaw India and Manupatra, a computer lab, besides a good collection of standard books and reports, both foreign and Indian.

To make the study of law relevant to social needs and encourage focused research, the University has established the following centres of study and research:
    Centre for Law and Agriculture
    Centre for Law and Development
    Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Law Reforms
    Inter-disciplinary Centre for Police Studies
    Centre for Continuing Legal Education and Extension
    Centre for Consumer Protection Law and Policy
    Centre for Environment and Law
    Centre for Women and Family Studies

NUALS has already entered MOUs with Universities in Australia, France, Czech Republic and Switzerland, and academic collaboration agreements with Universities in Belgium, UK, and USA are being finalized.

Postal Address
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)
NUALS Campus, H.M.T. Colony P.O.
Kalamassery, Ernakulam, PIN  683 503
0484-2555990, 0484-2555991
Fax No: 0484  2555992
E-mail: registrar@nuals.ac.in (Kindly mention the subject of your e-mail)