Advance vocational Diploma in paralegal studies


NLUO is committed in promoting access to justice for all and to cater unmet legal needs is important mandate of the university to implement its social justice mission. The UGC had launched this scheme on 27 February, 2014 for skills development based higher education as part of college/university education, leading to Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc.) degree with multiple entry and exit points. Aimed at holistic development of the students, the B. Voc programme is a blend of knowledge-based and skill-based education. Any student with 10 +2 pass in any stream can join the programme.

Objectives of The B. Voc Programme

  • To provide judicious mix of skills relating to legal and related profession.
  • To ensures adequate legal knowledge and skills
  • To students be work-ready at each exit point of the programme.
  • To integrate skill components to enhance employability of the graduates.

The experience gained during this period was an eye opener on the extent, reach and interest of community-based paralegals emerging from villages. This year, with the approval of UGC, NLU Odisha is offering three-year Bachelor of Vocation (B. Voc) in Access to Justice Programme. The programme will focus on two primary areas – Criminal Justice and Child Rights.

This is an attempt to develop proactive role in educating the public about law and formulate legal empowerment using legal services and paralegal education. The course will also make an attempt to contribute to bring the law closer to people and to reach out to communities. It will make efforts to strengthen legal aid and institutionalising paralegal education.

Who Is Paralegal?

A paralegal is a person who has some education in law, is trained in legal matters but he is not qualified to be a lawyer. Paralegals can be employed by a lawyer, law firms, government agencies and NGOs to perform tasks involving knowledge of law and legal procedures.

Responsibilities of a Paralegal:

  • Link between the community and the Justice delivery system.
  • write reports, conduct legal research, take witness statements and attend meetings with experts or claimants – usually the duties of a more experienced paralegal.
  • carry out office administration, involving billing and writing letters
  • schedule meetings and respond to queries
  • write first document drafts and proofread documents
  • network with clients and build valuable relationships

Employment Opportunities

The current employment scenario offers employment opportunities for paralegals in the areas including Court related work, criminal law, law firms, NGOs etc. Moreover, they are eligible to set up this own business offering services to lawyers, law firms, government institutions, NGOs etc.

The University is constituting two committees for smooth functioning of the Community College, as required under UGC Guidelines, firstly Board of Management (BoM) and secondly, Board of Studies (BoS). The members of these committees will be from industry, academia, NGOs and Government.

This is an attempt to develop proactive role in educating the public about law and formulate legal empowerment using legal services and paralegal education. The course will also make an attempt to contribute to bring the law closer to people and to reach out to communities. It will make efforts to strengthen legal aid and institutionalising paralegal education.


The infrastructure facilities of NLUO consists of an Administrative Block, an Academic Block, 500 seating capacity Multipurpose Hall, 200 seating capacity Seminar Hall, a Library (under construction), Sports ground, Gymnasium and Yoga centre with modern equipment, separate boys and girls hostel.


NLUO is having an well organized, structured and comfortable library with latest books and periodicals. It consist of more than 10000 books in various disciplines such as constitutional laws, criminal laws, banking, insurance, family law, corporate, patent, trademark etc. Moreover, it has subscribed fifteen online databases which is accessible to students and faculties. Most subscribed e-resources allow unlimited downloads subject to copyright regulations. It is open for users from 8 AM to till 12 AM on all working days.

Computer Lab It consists of twenty computers terminals with modular furniture, proper cooling and uninterrupted power supply. Library assistance and other staff are providing assistance to students and faculties on demand.


NLUO is well equipped with free wi-fi and LAN connectivity in the campus. This would enable the staff and the students to access online journals, database anywhere in the campus. Besides, through OPAC the students can also access university database even outside the campus as well.

Audio Visual Support

NLUO is having well equipped Conference halls and class rooms with the facilities of :

  • Conference rooms with Video Conference, Mikes, screen and Projector.
  • Smart Class Rooms with Interactive board, mikes, screens and projectors.
  • Class Rooms with mikes, screens and projectors.
  • Language Lab with Desktops, screen and projector.

Programme Structure

First Year

Course TypeSemester iSemester ii
General (CORE)Law and SocietyBasics of Indian Constitution
General (CORE)Law and GovernanceAccess to justice – I (Criminal Justice)
General (CORE)Language and communication skills – IRural governance (Local Self Governance)
SkillIntroduction to Computers and Office ManagementLand Laws

Legal Writing – I


Child Rights Law
SkillLegal AwarenessFinancial Literacy
InternshipRural practicum – I (Village Internship)Rural practicum – II (Village Internship)
Course typeSemester iiiSemester iv
General (CORE)Consumer LawWomen and Law
General (CORE)Forest and Tribal LawsLaw and Social Inclusion
General (CORE)Language and Communication skills – II

Property law


SkillAccess to Justice – II (Civil Litigation)Access to Justice – III (ADR and Community Mediation)
SKILLLegal Writing – IICommunity and Citizen Participation
SKILLJuvenile Justice

Child labour and RTE


INTERNSHIPInternship – III DLSA, SLSA, JJBS, Child Care HomesInternship – IV visit to Courts, Tribunals, Lok Adalats And Nyaya Panchayats

Second Year

Course type

Semester v

Semester vi

General (CORE)

Basics of Labour Law


General (CORE)

Criminal Justice System – Police And Prisons

Access to Justice – IV (Legal Aid and PIL)


General (CORE)

Child Trafficking And Sexual Abuse

Legal Research


Communication Skills – III

Legal Incubation Centre (Internship)



The students will work in the sector of their choice, Criminal Justice Advocacy or Child Rights Advocacy. Accordingly, they will be associated with relevant NGOs, Law Offices or Court Offices where they can gain practical knowledge and skills to enhance their employability chances.


Legal Counselling And Writing


Internship – V Visit To Police Stations & Prisons

Third Year

Admission Information

  • MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION: Odiya/Hindi/English
  • ELIGIBILITY: 10+2 Examination or Equivalent thereto.
  • INTAKE: 50 ( Fifty)
  • AGE: No upper age limit
  • FEE STRUCTURE:Rs 25,000 Per Year
  • APPLICATION FEE- Rs 1000/- only (In the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of “The Registrar, National Law University Odisha” payable at Cuttack)

RESERVATION: Reservation of seats for SC/ST/ PWD will be made as per government of India rule.


Last date of submission of documents with Bank Draft: 31st October 2018

Documents To Be Submitted

  • 10th and 10+2 Pass certificate
  • 2 Passport size photograph
  • Identity Proof (Aadhar card/PAN Card/
  • Any Reservation Certificate (OBC/ SC/ST)
  • Bank Draft

Applicant is required to send the Application Form along with Documents to NLU, Odisha by Post.


  • All Documents and Photos must be self attested
  • Original Documents must be brought at the time of interview

Prospectus of Bachelor of Vocation Degree Programme

Application Form for Admission in B. Voc Degree Programme

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For further query, please contact

Ms. Sudatta Barik

Nodal Officer, B.Voc Degree Programme

NLU, Odisha

Mobile: 8895947752, Land Line: 0671- 2338003 Ext-5021