The University Grants Commission has included TNNLS in the approved list of Universities under Section 2 (f) of UGC Act, 1956. TNNLS is also recognized under Section 12 (B) of UGC Act 1956, which will enable TNNLS to apply for grants from University Grants Commission and other Central Government funding agencies.
The Bar Council of India has granted recognition to TNNLS as a Centre of Legal Education.
TNNLS is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). TNNLS is a member of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and it is a permanent member of Indian Academy of Social Sciences