Inception and Growth
The Department of Laws came into existence in 1970 when the University was established. Initially it was housed in D.A.V. School, Middle Bazar. Later it was shifted to Ava Lodge, Chaura Maidan where it remained functional for some years. The Department was relocated in the University campus in 1984 and finally shifted to its own building in 1993. Since its inception the department has been actively engaged in imparting legal education, training and legal research benefiting students desirous of pursuing their career in law. The Department has a distinction of producing some best professionals, statesmen and officers rendering useful service to the nation. Its Alumni include Judges of  High Courts, Union Cabinet Ministers, State Cabinet Ministers, , Senior Bureaucrats, Police Officers, officers of subordinate judiciary, law officers, civil servants and members of the legal profession.  Law graduates from this department are serving all over the country in the lower courts, High Courts and Supreme Court. Its Alumni include Judges of  High Courts, Union Cabinet Ministers, State Cabinet Ministers, , Senior Bureaucrats, Police Officers, officers of subordinate judiciary, law officers, civil servants and members of the legal profession.  Law graduates from this department are serving all over the country in the lower courts, High Courts and Supreme Court.
Programmes Available
  Name Duration Total Seats Fee (in. Rs.)
1 Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) 3 years course in 6 sems.
Total number of seats = 210, (Subsidised category = 200 + Non-subsidised category = 10)


2 Master of Laws (L.L.M.) 2 years course in 4 sems.

Subsidised category = 16
Non-subsidised = 19

Non-Subsidised Category= Rs.10,000/- (Rupees ten thousand) per year plus other charges

Subsidised Category=Rs.1,104/- for female candidates, Rs.1,344/- for male candidates and Practical fees Rs.1,000/- for all the students

3 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)  
Subject to availability


1. Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.)
Bachelors Degree of any faculty of University established by law in India with at least 45% marks. In case of SC/ ST candidates the eligibility percentage shall be lowered by 5%.
Basis of Admission

Admission shall be made strictly on the basis of marks obtained in the Entrance Test and past academic record as under :-
Sr. No.   Modalities                                                                                          Maximum Marks
1.           Written Entrance Test                                                                                    100
2.           Weightage of graduation examination                                                               10
3.           Weightage of +2 Examinations or equivalent examinaions                                   10
4.           Weightage of High School / Matric Examinations.                                               10
             TOTAL MARKS :                                                                                           130

The minimum qualifying marks in the Entrance Test will be 35%.  In case of SC/ST candidates the minimum qualifying marks shall be reduced until the full SC/ST quota for admission has been exhausted.

A candidate seeking admission to the course should not have completed the age of 26 years in case of boys, 28 years in case of girls and 29 years in case of SC/ST (both for boys and girls) as on July 1, of concerned year

The tuition fee shall not be charged from the girl students who have passed their qualifying examination from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, H.P. Krishi Visva Vidyalaya, Palampur or Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan, H.P.
The promotion / continuation to next semester shall be subject to the provisions of Act, Statutes, Ordinances and rules and regulations of the University.

2. Master of Laws (L.L.M.)
Admissions shall be made strictly on merit on the basis of marks obtained in the Entrance Test provided he / she obtains at least 50% marks in the Entrance Test (45% marks for SC/ST candidates). This is a two year programme of regular study.  Under the newly approved UGC syllabus which is spread over four semesters, a candidate has to study two subjects which are compulsory in every semester i.e. from 1st to IIIrd and one additional paper to be selected from the specialization group offered by the candidate in each of these semesters.  In the IVth semester, the candidate is required to write a dissertation which is of 200 marks including a viva-voce of 50 marks. The courses designed cover Theory Paper of 60 marks each plus 40 marks in each course assigned for home assignment and seminar paper presentations.  As per the new LL.M. syllabus which has come into force from July 2003, the following courses are offered: 
3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.)

The Faculty of Law offers Ph. D. Programme which is spread over two to three years.  The basic requirements for seeking admissions to this course is LL.M. Degree with 55% marks and a plus B career as per UGC norms. The basic thrust is on inter-disciplinary approach. 

Tel. No.
  Dr. Sunil Deshta Professor & Chairman 0177-2841271(R), 0177-2830935(O), 09418041271
1 Dr. Kamal Jeet Singh Professor

0177-2831509(R), 0177-2830935(O),0177-2833879(O)

2 Dr. Sunil Deshta Professor

0177-2841271(R), 09418041271
3 Dr. Raghuvinder Singh Professor 094180 76793
4 Dr. Sanjay Sindhu Professor

0177-2811797, 0177-2830962, 094184 81797
5 Dr. Lalit Mohan Singh Dadwal Associate Professor 894  
6 Dr.Runa Mehta Thakur Assistant Professor    
7 Dr. Rajinder Verma Assistant Professor    
8 Dr. shalini Kashmiria Assistant Professor    
9 Dr. Sasha Chauhan Assistant Professor    
10 Dr. Abhishek Singh Negi Assistant Professor    
Administrative Staff
1 Sh. Raj Kumar PA to Chairman


2 Sh. Pyar Singh          Superintendent    
Library Staff
1 Sh. Rajinder Thakur            Library Attendent    
2 -           Library Attendent    
3 -    Library Attendent (on daily wages)    
  1. The Department is housed in its own  six storey building with 6 spacious lectures theatres,2 big class rooms , independent faculty rooms- well furnished and equipped with computer , internet and telephone facilities, space for administrative staff and separate toilets for men and women,  Aquaguard purified drinking water facility  in each floor.
  2. The department has a distinct pride to have its own  Conference Hall  well furnished with state –of –art facilities and with a seating capacity of approximately 200.
  3. Two floors of the building are exclusively used to accommodate the departmental library. One floor of the library is used as a reading room with a seating capacity of more than 100 students at a time. The Departmental library has a rich collection of 13,754 books and subscribes to 15 (national and international ) law journals. The library remains open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m on all working days. The department plans to start its own Journal very soon. 20 computer systems with Internet facility.
  4. To meet the growing challenge of internet usage & e-learning, the department support students for research & e-learning of the next-generation. The establishment of a computer lab with a  round the clock internet facility is on  the cards. The lab is proposed to be so equipped as it works closely with leading academic stakeholders of next generation Internet, such as Manupatra, Lexis Nexis and Westlaw etc.
  5. Moot Court Room-Teaching theoretical law to the students without exposing them to practical application of law is of less usefulness especially to those who intend to opt for law practice after completion of LL.,B course.  An extra-curricular activity through moot court is regularly done in the Department in which student participants take part in simulated court proceedings involving drafting of briefs and presentation of oral arguments. For the conduct of moot courts, the Department has one Moot Court Room which is so designed as to give replicated look of a  real court.  
  6. Legal Aid Clinic- The importance of Legal Aid and Awareness Campaigns as a mechanism for social progress has been repeatedly stressed upon by the Government of India. In the backdrop of poverty and inequality, legal aid is an effective way towards attainment of the ideals of ‘Social, Economic and Political’ Justice as enshrined in our Constitution under the Directive Principles of State Policy. The entire purpose of setting up nation wide  clinics in legal institutions is to sensitize law students about the problems faced by the masses ignorant about their rights and remedies under the law. It is with  this purpose a Legal Aid Clinic in the department has been established under the aegis of H.P. State Legal Service Authority.  The clinic would strive to render Legal Services at the grass root level and also to spread Legal Awareness. The  activities of the clinic are currently Coordinated by Prof. H.R. Jhingta   and  supported by a team of lawyers, legal advisors, members of the faculty, and student volunteers from  LL.B. and LL.M Courses.
  7. Legal Awareness Society- A proposal for formation of a Co-operative society named as “Lokadhikar Avam Kartavya Jaagrookta Samiti “ with an objective to disseminate the legal awareness and literacy amongst masses  is under active consideration of the Department and the necessary formalities for its registration are on.
Contact Us
Department of Laws,
Himachal Pradesh University,
Summer Hill, Shimla, PIN 171 005

Tel. No. 91-177-2830935

Extn. 5920