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Law Department: SSJ Campus, Almora

The Faculty of Law, Kumaon University, S.S.J. Campus, Almora established in the year of 1976-77 was the only premier institute of excellence imparting legal education in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand recognized by the Bar Council of India and the University Grant Commission respectively until it started its new Centre of Legal Education near the High Court of Uttarakhand at Nainital named after Dr. Rajendra Prasad as Kumaun University Dr. Rajendra Prasad Law Institute (KURPLI) . The Faculty of Law offers quality legal education at Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and Doctoral levels leading to the award of LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D Degrees respectively. These courses are recognized and approved by the BCI and UGC. The Faculty has provided opportunity for pursuing PG Diploma courses in cyber law and corporate law through its affiliated Centres of Legal Education. Besides this, the Faculty is very soon going to offer diploma and certificate courses in the areas of specialization in Arbitration Laws, Human Rights, Intellectual Property Rights etc.

Major Activities of the Department:

Besides imparting teaching by regular faculties, students are also given exposure by renounced academicians, senior lawyers and reputed judges to the areas of law not covered by the syllabus. Extension lectures are also arranged by inviting Professors from other Universities. The Faculty members participate regularly in national and international conferences.

The Faculty imparts practical training through Moot Courts, Court visit and Legal Aid Programmes. The programmes are designed to expose the students to the different aspects of legal work and procedures in the chambers of lawyers, courts, Lok Adalats, Administrative Officers, Legal Aid Centers, Legal Literacy camps and the like.

The object of offering Master of Law, i.e. LL.M., is to cater to the needs of thousands of law graduates including Advocates who desire to develop expertise in special branches of the law. The P.G. level programme helps lawyers, members of judiciary and employees to have an in-depth knowledge in their area of specialization. Access to the quality education in the field of legal education is the object of the Faculty. The Faculty also imparts research facility in Law to the research students from the State of Uttarakhand and the adjoining states leading to the award of the Ph.D. Degree. A total of around 40 Ph.D. degrees in Law have already been awarded to the research students since its inception. Currently two batches of Ph.D. students comprising of 15 students are pursuing research in Law including Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) and Senior Research Fellows (SRFs). The Department has undertaken various socio-legal and environmental local issues towards its corporate social responsibility. The Ph.D Degree programme is regulated by the UGC Regulations issued time to time.

The Faculty equips the students to face professional challenges and helps them in becoming able professionals. The academic environment is of a high standard, with high class research facilities and teaching through qualified and competent faculty members. Students are trained to participate in Moot Court Competitions, Legal Aid and Social Justice Programmes, Internship at High Courts and the Supreme Court. It is heartening to note that the number of students have qualified PCS(J), HJS,APO examinations and some of the students have been selected as Law Officers in Nationalized Banks, State Corporations and the corporate sector.


The Faculty has a spacious three storied independent building with a big Auditorium, Moot Court Room, Computer Lab, Women Empowerment Cell and Legal Aid Cell. The library has AIR (Hard Bond) volumes for the last 50 years and off-line database of AIR and SCC. Its library is rich with classics as well as reference books and recent works of law and legal systems. It has a collection of on line data base i.e. AIR on line, besides these back volumes of reputed law journals, law reports. The faculty is regularly subscribing the law journals of Indian Law Institute, Indian Bar Review etc. and journals like Nyaya Deep, KULR and Journal of Indian Administration are also available in the library for the students and researchers. Faculty provides free internet facility to the students through cyber computer cell.

Intake capacity:

LL.B.(Three Year) Degree Course: There are total 150 seats in LL.B. First semester, comprising of 100 normal seats and an additional 50 seats under Self-finance Scheme.

LL.M.(Two Year) Course: There are total 40 seats in LL.M. First Semester, comprising of 20 normal seats and an additional 20 seats under self-finance heme.

Admission Rules: LL.B. (Three Year) Degree Course

  1. Admission to all 150 seats of LL.B. First semester shall be on the basis of an entrance examination annually conducted by Kumaun University. In the normal seats, reservation shall be provided to the candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC and to horizontal reservation categories in compliance with the existing G.O. of the State Government. Similarly, weightage for certain categories such as NCC, Sports etc. shall be accorded as per University’s policy. The Entrance Examination for LL.B. shall comprise of following two papers:
    1. Current Affairs
    2. Language

    Each paper shall carry 100 marks and the minimum qualifying marks for each paper shall be 40. Nothing contained in this provision shall prevent the University from making all admissions to LL.B. First Semester without any entrance examination on purely merit basis in any academic session, if in the opinion of the University, there is an unavoidable exigency for taking such decision for that session.

  2. Admissions of students to different semesters in LL.B. shall be made by the Dean, Faculty of Law on the basis of recommendation of the departmental admission committees.

  3. If any provision or rule regarding admissions contained herein is found to be inconsistent with or in derogation of the prescribed rules of the Bar Council of India, then the prescribed rules of the Bar Council of India shall prevail.

  4. Eligibility for admission in LL.B.(Three Year) Degree Course: Subject to compliance of the various Ordinances and Regulations of the University and the norms fixed by the Admission Committee from time to time, a candidate who has passed any of the following courses with a minimum of 45% marks or is appearing in the final year examinations thereof, is eligible to seek admission in LL.B. Course:
    1. A Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Commerce or Science of this University or a Bachelor’s degree by any other nomenclature in a course run by any of these Faculties of this University or any other university established by law and recognized for this purpose by Kumaun University;
    2. A Bachelor degree in Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Technology or any other technical, vocational or professional field of an Indian university established by law and recognized for this purpose by Kumaun University;
    3. Vidyalankar or Vedalankar degree of Gurukul Kangri University;
    4. Shastri degree of Varanasi Sanskrit University (Sampoornanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya)

    Note: A relaxation of 5% marks is admissible to candidates belonging to SC and ST categories as per G.O. issued by the Government of Uttarakhand.

  5. Admission to LL.B. course shall be allowed only on full time basis and no student shall be allowed to undertake studies for this course in addition to or with any other full time or part-time course, whether as a regular, private, part-time student or an ex-student. In the event of any student taking admission in some other course, his/her admission to the LL.B. course shall stand cancelled.

  6. The Dean, Faculty of Law, Kumaun University may permit admission through migration of a student from another recognized university to the LL.B. III or V Semester of this University, if the rules of admission and the course structure of LL.B. are essentially the same in the two universities and on such further terms and conditions as may be laid down by the Dean.
Admission Rules: Master of Law (LL.M.) Two Year Course

  1. Admission to LL.M. course shall be made through an Entrance Examination conducted by Kumaun University each year. The Entrance Test shall comprise of two papers, each carrying maximum 100 marks:
    1. Substantive Law;
    2. Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law of India.

  2. The minimum qualifying marks for each paper shall be 40.

  3. The university shall have right not to conduct entrance examinations in unavoidable exigencies and make admission strictly on metit basis.

  4. Reservation and relaxations shall be admissible to candidates of reserved categories in compliance with the existing G.O. of the State Government. Weitages shall be accorded to certain specified categories as per University’s policy.
Eligibility for Admission in LL.M. Course:

Subject to relevant Ordinances and Regulations and also the norms fixed by the University from time to time, a candidate who has passed, with not less than 50% marks in total, the LL.B.(Three year) course or LL.B.(Five Year) Integrated Degree course as a regular student from this University or from any other university established by law and recognized by Kumaun University shall be eligible to seek admission to LL.M. course. However, a relaxation of 5% marks is admissible to a candidatse belonging to S.C. and S.T. categories.

Any candidate who is appearing in the final semester examination of LL.B. of this University or of any other recognized university or is appearing in the final year exam of LL.B. of any other recognized university may also apply for the course of LL.M. in Kumaun University, subject to the condition that such a candidate shall produce his/her mark-sheet of LL.B. Final semester/Final year exam, as the case may be, on or before the date of admission.


Nothing contained herein shall entitle a candidate to admission to the LL.M. course as a matter of right. Admission to LL.M. course shall be given only on a full time basis and no student shall be allowed to undertake studies for this course simultaneously with any other full time or part time course of study either as a regular, private or part-time student or as ex-student. In the event of any student taking admission in some other course, his/her admission to LL.M. course shall stand cancelled.

Admission Rules: Ph.D. Degree in Law

The applicants of Ph.D. in Law must possess the requisite qualifications prescribed under the relevant Ordinance of Kumaun University. There shall be an entrance test every year for the admission to Ph.D. in Law. After admission, a Ph.D. student shall be required to complete a prescribed Course Work for one semester and shall submit application for registration in Ph.D. in prescribed form along with synopsis of the proposed research. The synopsis of the proposed research study shall have to be approved by the Research Degree Committee (RDC) and the Academic Council, before the candidate may actually pursue his/her research studies. The Ph.D. in Law course shall be regulated by the latest Ph.D. Ordinance of the University.

Head of the Department

Name : Amit Kumar Pant

Phone : 9412102301

Email : amitkpant@gmail.com

About Head of Department: A.K Pant is Professor and Head of the Department of Law, SSJ Campus, Almora. He has obtained his LL.M Degree form M.D University, Rohtak (Haryana). His areas of interests include constitutional law, commercial law, environmental and climate laws. He obtained his Ph.D Degree from Kumaon University after the award of UGC Fellowship in the area of environmental laws. His works include various socio-legal and environmental issues of central Himalayan region with empirical observations .He has published several papers on variety of areas and presented several papers in national and international seminars. He has been Associate Editor of Gopeshwar Law Review- a Law Journal. He is member of various academic forums and held different administrative positions in the University. He is associated as subject expert with several State Public Service Commissions, National Testing Agency (NTA) and academic bodies of various Universities.

Faculty Members of SSJ Campus, Almora
S.No Name Designation Specialization Email Phone Photograph Academic Profile
1 Prof.S.D.Sharma Professor Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Juristrudence, IPR ssharma00@gmail.com Prof.S.D.Sharma View Profile
2 Prof.D.K.Bhatt Professor Constitutional Law, Family Law kbhatt00@gmail.com 9411118936 Prof.D.K.Bhatt View Profile
3 Prof. Amit Kumar Pant Professor & Head Commercial Law,Environmental Law amitkpant@gmail.com 9412102301 Prof. Amit Kumar Pant View Profile
4 Prof. J. S. Bish Professor Constitution, ADR, IPR etc. dr.jsbisht123@gmail.com 9411194502 Prof. J. S. Bish View Profile
5 Dr. A. K. Naveen Professor Constitution, Land Laws and Human Rights aknavin4@gmail.com 9412314833 Dr. A. K. Naveen View Profile
6 Dr. Arshad Hussain Associate Professor Family Laws,Law of Evidence arshad00@gmail.com 8791429669 Dr. Arshad Hussain View Profile
7 Mr. Dalbeer Lal Assistant Professor COMMERCIAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, CYBER LAW dalbeerlal.law@gmail.com 9027402333 Mr. Dalbeer Lal View Profile
8 Dr. Puran Singh Bora Assistant Professor Criminal Law puran00@gmail.com 9458330067 Dr. Puran Singh Bora View Profile