The Committee appointed by the Chief Justices’ Conference on Legal Education and
Training (1993) and the All India Law Ministers’ Conference (1995) had resolved to set up in each
State of India a Law School modeled on the lines of the National Law School of India
University at Bangalore in Karnataka for improving the quality of professional legal education in the country.
Accordingly, the Chief Minister, Assam and the prominent members of his Cabinet discussed
with the Prime Minister and the latter assured the State Government that
the Central Government will assist in establishing a Law School and Judicial Academy
for imparting legal education for development of teaching and higher learning in law
with powers to award degrees, diplomas and other academic distinctions. Further,
Periodical Training Programmes will be undertaken as a part of continuing education
for advocates, judicial officers, para-legal personnel, government officials etc.
including one year compulsory induction training for newly recruited judicial officers.
For this purpose, a training institution named Judicial Academy will also function
like a separate faculty in the proposed Law School.
The University, styled as the National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam, was
proposed to have full financial and administrative
autonomy. It has been envisioned
as one of the prominent Law Universities in the country with international
character drawing students from all parts of India and abroad through an entrance test conducted on All India basis. It is observed that NLSIU, Bangalore
and NALSAR, Hyderabad and other National Law Universities have been able to acquire
a state of prominence in a short period mainly because of full autonomy these Universities
are provided by the respective State Governments.
The National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam has been established as a
torchbearer in the field of education in the country. The institution has
been established by “The National Law School & Judicial Academy, Assam Act”,
that is Assam Act XXV of 2009. The Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court
is the President (Chancellor) of the Law School.
The National Law School and Judiciary Academy, Assam
is located in the capital city of Assam, Guwahati, with its permanent hitech campus coming up at Agiyathuri, on the Northern bank of
the Brahmaputra. Nestled in the midst of greenery with a campus area covering 21
acres, the Academy will offer the right atmosphere for educational pursuits and
excellence. The area is likely to increase to 47 acres in the near
Recent times have seen an upsurge in the choice of law as a career and
consequently enrollment to law courses. The National
Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam has been established at an opportune time
and is poised to make great strides in legal education in the state of Assam in
particular and the country as a whole.
The Academy has initially constituted a Faculty
of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
and Language. With a strict admission and evaluation
process, highly evolved curriculum and the best in the field to impart knowledge,
the Academy will ensure that it delivers only the best legal talent to the system.