The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) was established by Act 27 of 2005 0f the Kerala State Legislature. By the same Act, the National Institute Of Advanced Legal Studies ( NIALS) established by the Bar Council of Kerala Trust ib 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 Commisiion under section 2(f) and section 12B of the UGC Act. It is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The main objects of the University are:
- To advance and disseminate learning and knowledge, of law and legal and judicial processes, professional legal education and their role in national.
- To develop in the student and research scholar a sense of responsibility to serve the society by developing skills with regard to advocacy, legal services, legislation, law reforms etc.
- To promote legal and judicial reforms needed to strengthen the administration of justice of in India.