Academic Calendar

The 2017-2018 academic calendar is not yet available.  However, the academic year at NLS is divided into trimesters and Georgetown Law students selected for this program enroll in the October-January trimester.  

Available Courses

Because of the slight overlap of the NLS trimester with the Georgetown Law spring semester, students should be prepared to enroll exclusively in 5th year seminar courses that require papers instead of exams.  This allows students to complete their course requirements in advance of the start of the spring semester at Georgetown.  Students should also keep in mind that there is a 75% class attendance requirement at NLS. 

There are generally 6-8 seminar classes offered per semester.  Below is an illustrative list of seminars offered in recent years.  Students are cautioned that seminar offerings can change from year to year.  The list of seminars offered in the October-January trimester is typically not available until about one to two weeks before the start of classes.  Students register once they arrive in Bangalore. 

  • Socio-legal Issues of Contemporary India
  • International Law and Crisis
  • International Arbitration
  • Challenges of Technology to Intellectual Property Laws
  • Law Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy The Lesser Known Story of the Indian National Movement (The extremists, the revolutionaries and the Indian National Army)
  • Law and Medicine
  • Competition Law
  • Rule of Law in Indian Constitutional Democracy - Analysis and Evaluation

Because new course offerings may not be publicized until the start of the term, it is possible that not all eligible courses are listed above.  Participants in this program who wish to enroll in any course not listed above must contact the Office of Transnational Programs by email to request approval.  Participants should not expect to receive credit for courses that are not expressly approved by OTP.

Classes are typically scheduled during the trimester from Monday through Saturday.  (Since classes do not start until mid-October, students would have an opportunity to travel before the start of the trimester.)  Georgetown students can earn a maximum of 14 credits.  Seminars carry 4 Georgetown credits each.

Financial Aid

While studying abroad through this program, students are eligible to receive the following funding: Federal Stafford loans, commercial or Grad PLUS Loans, and any grant or scholarship awards for which they have qualified. The same deadlines and application procedures for renewal of aid funds should be followed as if the student were attending at the Law Center.

This program, like all study abroad programs, has its own student living expense budget which will vary from the standard on-campus budget to reflect local costs and program-specific expenses.  The budget may be lower than that for on-campus students.

Students should be aware that, pursuant to federal regulations, lenders may not disburse federal financial aid more than 10 calendar days prior to the actual start date of classes. For example , if classes at the foreign institution do not start until October 10, financial aid funds will post to the borrower's student account no sooner than 10 calendar days before that October date.  If a student enrolls in a short course at the Law Center that takes place before his or her study abroad program begins, or registers for and engages in a supervised research project, the start date of Law Center classes may apply for aid purposes, but affected students must request such earlier disbursement in writing to the Financial Aid Office.  Please note that the regulations require the timing limitations be based on the start of classes, not orientation programs or other pre-class activities, even if required by the institution.  Students should plan accordingly.  See the study abroad policies and procedures on the main semester abroad web page for additional information. 


NLS has on-campus dormitories, or hostels, which have been available to students in the past.  Almost all NLS students stay in dormitory housing.  Students are advised that dormitory rooms at NLS are generally shared (2 students per room) and are sparsely furnished.

In the prior years, NLS has been able to provide housing to our students; however, they do not guarantee housing.  Housing confirmations for exchange students are usually provided between late July and mid-August.    


Visa requirements can be found online here.  NLS will provide the necessary confirmation letter to students, but students are responsible for applying for their own visas.

Estimated Budget

The budget below provides 2012-2013 amounts. Updated budget information will be provided when it becomes available.

Expense Estimated Budget
Tuition $24,418
Health Insurance $1,920
Student Visa $76
Airfare $1,500
Room and Board $840
Books $100
Miscellaneous $1,200
Local Travel $140
Abroad Insurance $140
TOTAL $30,334