LAW SCHOOL REVIEW: National Law University, Odisha
· Brief introduction
National Law University Odisha is an autonomous law university located in Cuttack, Odisha. It was established in 2008 and commenced its first batch from July 2009. The Institute offers undergraduate (integrated B.A./LL.B. , B.B.A./LL.B.) and post-graduate courses (L.L.M , M.Phil., Ph.D) in law.
The campus of NLUO is located in Cuttack, which is a city approximately 1 hour away from Bhubaneshwar. It is situated between two rivers, Mahanadi and Kathajodi.
· Official website
The official website of the university is www.nluo.ac.in
The campus of NLUO is spread over 50 acres and houses students, along with faculty members and other staff. The campus includes the Academic Block, Admin Block, an open-air Amphitheatre, 2 hostels each for Girls and Boys, 1 sports complex and a Gym and 2 utility shops inside the campus. It is located near the Naraj Reservoir, which is just a ten minutes’ walk from the campus and is a preferred spot for the students to escape from the sometime monotonous law school life.
As of now, NLUO has a makeshift library inside the Academic Block itself. The main library is still under construction and when it is complete, it will boast of being Asia’s biggest law library.
Inside the campus, there exist 2 separate hostels each for Boys and Girls with single sharing rooms.
· Academics and Faculties:
Administration and fee structure:
The fees structure for the students of general category and reserved category [other than Non-Resident Indians Sponsorship] is Rs. 2,11,000 per annum. The fees of students seeking admission through Non-Resident Indian Sponsorship students is Rs. 3,50,000 approx. [the rate keeps changing on the value of dollar].
There is a newly constructed Cafeteria on the campus, just near the Boys Hostel and a Nescafe Kiosk in front of the Academic Block. The students also have one other cafeteria near the Girl’s Hostel.
Student culture and activities
The University has a vibrant student culture which is not just restricted to academics. Most of the committees in the university, which are student run, organize numerous events throughout the year from mooting, debates to cultural and sports fests. The university has made its name in mooting. Kairaan is the flagship cultural event of our college which had singers Ritviz and Mojo-Jojo performing last year.
The Placement Committee in the college is established as a dedicated committee for placement of the fourth- and fifth-years students. This year, over 50 out of 120 students have been placed in various law firms in India viz. Luthra & Luthra Partners, Nishit Desai, Hemant Shahi Associates etc.
· Best thing
The university boasts of a great and competitive mooting culture and we organize our own moot, that is, the International Maritime Arbitration Moot. Other good things include the fact that the students have also been performing well in ADR and Debating competitions at various colleges.
· Worst thing
The distance of our campus from the city is a problem. However, one can travel to the city through local means of transport, but the journey takes time to reach and return to campus. Also, the hot weather of Cuttack may be of inconvenience to a normal life.
NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY, ODISHA
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