Top Law Colleges in India (Ranks, Fees, Comparison)
Every year, law aspirants look forward to ratings and rankings of law colleges during the admission season. It matters a lot to have the latest updates regarding the best options available in the legal domain in India.
There are several parameters to assess the law institutes – on the basis of infrastructure, faculty, fees, college environment, and placement scope. A judicious review is imperative before you make the final choice. In case the first choice does not materialise for some reason, candidates need to keep a shortlist ready so that the next best option can be availed of easily without worrying too much. OPUS suggests you should have a complete plan ready. Make a list of top ten colleges along with details of admission, duration of the course, fees and find out what suits you best. Is the attraction of your dream college irresistible or you want to join one where the placement opportunities are better?
OPUS makes the job easier for you by making a list of the much-preferred colleges and universities though it is not making any recommendation in this regard. It is up to the aspirants to take a call, but in order to decide right, proper information is mandatory.
- 1 National Law School of India University, Bangalore
- 2 National University of Law, Hyderabad
- 3 WB National University of juridical sciences, Kolkata
- 4 National Law University, Jodhpur
- 5 National Law Institute University, Bhopal
- 6 Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
- 7 National Law University, New Delhi
- 8 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
- 9 Government Law College, Mumbai
- 10 Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- 11 Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi
- 12 Symbiosis Law School, Pune
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
The government-run institution tops the campus list with the highest rating. It conducts admission for its 5-year B.A LL.B (Hons) course through the CLAT exam and charges Rs 8.7 lac as course fees. The college has 100% placement records with average salary packages around 12-15 lpa, except for those who opt for further studies.
National University of Law, Hyderabad
It ranks fourth in the list of premier law colleges in the country. The government-run institution admits 120 students for the undergraduate law course program on the basis of CLAT score. Set up in 1999, it is affiliated to BCI. It has a five-year course with fees of around 6 lakhs. It offers around 100% placement with salary packages ranging from 4.5-9 lpa. Companies like Tata Group are one of their mass recruiters.
WB National University of juridical sciences, Kolkata
Established in 1999 as an autonomous law university with permanent affiliation from Bar Council of India, it offers undergraduate and post graduate courses for a duration of five years and charges Rs 10.8 lakhs as fees. The admission is done through the CLAT exam and it has the best pedagogic systems and process amongst all law colleges in India. There is 100% Placements in the campus; all the students are able to grab and decent job in a corporate law firm like Balmer Lawrie, SREI & Infosys with great six figure salaries.
National Law University, Jodhpur
Established in 1999, this is a government-run university in Rajasthan. Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Law (B.Sc LL.B Hons) is a five-year full-time integrated Honours course in law offered by National Law University and approved by Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission. It conducts admission with CLAT score and charges 8.79 lakhs as course fees. The college conducts over 85% placements.
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
Set up in 1999, the government-run law college with BCI affiliation offers B.A.LL.B (Hons) course for five years with a trimester system. In each semester of three months duration, students are taught core courses and two skills courses like a computer, English, legal writing, accountancy, research methodology. Candidates with 10+2 qualification can get admission after clearing the CLAT. Rs 1.71 lakhs is the annual fees – in sync with what other national law colleges charge. The approved intake capacity stands at 126 candidates. The college conducts over 85% placements with top law firms like Amarchand, Khetan, LKS, AZB &Partners, ICICI, etc.
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) was created in 2003 by the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003. GNLU offers 3 integrated 5-year programs, BA, LLB (Hons), B.Sc. LLB (Hons) and B.Com, LLB (Hons). Each academic year has two semesters, a total of 10 semesters for the whole program. In each semester, a student must clear 6 papers. 5 years is the duration of the course, with an annual fee of Rs 1.44 lakhs. Admission is done through CLAT only. Average salary package of 7 lakh is recorded with firms like HDFC, SEBI, HZL etc.
National Law University, New Delhi
Established in 2008, this is a leading government-run professional institution that holds the second position in the list of top-ranking colleges according to the 2018 updates. It conducts the entrance exam through AILET and admits 80 students for its UG course. It charges 8 lakhs as fees for the five-year course. The university records around 100% placements.
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Established in 2006, this autonomous Law University offers five years integrated B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), one year LL.M. programme, Ph.D. and other programmes. It charges 1.2 lakhs per annum for the LL.B curriculum & holds the 9th rank in the list of top-ranking law colleges in India. The university records around 100% placements.
Government Law College, Mumbai
Established in 1855, this government-run university is one of the oldest of its kind. It offers, bachelor’s law degree, Postgraduate diploma course in securities law, Postgraduate certificate course in human rights, Post graduate diploma in intellectual property rights, Diploma in cyber law and more. GLC is 10th in the top ranking law colleges in India and charges as minimum as 6000-7000 rupees per year. The university records around 80% placements with firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB and consulting major E&Y.
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
Established in 2006, this government-operated law college offers a three-year full-time residential program, with six semesters, leading to the degree of Bachelor of Law (Hons) in Intellectual property law approved by Bar Council of India. First class bachelor’s degree in engineering, technology, medicine or equivalent is required to be eligible for the LSAT-India entrance test. It charges fees of Rs 1.5 lakhs per year and currently holds the eleventh rank in the list of top-ranking law colleges in India. College has a dedicated placement committee which takes care of the placement procedure in the college.
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, Delhi
It was set up in 1924 and is approved by BCI. It is owned by the government, with affiliation to DU. The admission is done through DU LL.B entrance exam and it ranks 12th in the top list as per the latest rankings available. An applicant who has graduated in any discipline of knowledge from a University can apply. It has one of the lowest fee structures in the country. As it is a central University Institute, it charges reasonable fees of around Rs 7500 per annum.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Admission is done through the SET exam in May. It has a three-year duration course of B.A.LL.B (Hons). It charges Rs 1.82 lakhs fees per year. It was established in 1977. Its rank was 13th in 2017. It is certainly one of the best private-run colleges in the country today.
With the admission session approaching and the CLAT exam scheduled to be held in May, it is better to keep yourself updated with the best colleges and their admission norms to avoid disappointment at the eleventh hour. OPUS advises you to include this in your roadmap ahead. Visit the websites of these colleges and find out more details about them.