The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Act 27 of 2005 of the Kerala State Legislature. By the same Act, the National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust in 2002 merged with the NUALS. In 2008, an amendment streamlined the powers and functions of the authorities of the University and ensured the active involvement of the Government of Kerala.The University is recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) of the UGC Act.It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
The NUALS campus provides adequate academic infrastructure - dedicated internet access, Wi-Fi Connectivity, on-line legal resources including Heinonline, Westlaw India and Manupatra, a computer lab, besides a good collection of standard books and reports, both foreign and indian. The NUALS library has a collection of over 7,300 volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books reference books, back volumes of journals, reports etc.
The new campus would have two hostel blocks – one each for boys and girls. Construction of the two hostel buildings are in their final stage. The triple occupancy rooms (bath attached) would have a cot, steel cupboard, chair and table. Besides the triple occupancy rooms, each hostel has a common room, dining hall, kitchen and facilities for indoor games. The hostels will have mess facilities which will be managed by a ‘mess committee’ comprising of inmates. There will be a Hostel Administrator in each hostel and he will be responsible for the day to day management of the affairs of the hostels. Besides the Hostel Administrator, there will be a Warden attached to each hostel.