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It’s safe to say that being a Lawyer is one of the most respectable profession one could opt for. Laws have the power to change the world and Lawyers are the people who wield that power. Let’s take a look at some of the premier Law Colleges in India.
Top Law Colleges in India-
1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
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The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is an institution of legal education focusing on undergraduate and graduate legal and policy education in India. It was the first National Law University to be established in India and is also the most prestigious college in India. NLSIU was the first institute in India to offer a five-year intensive course in social sciences and law.
Aspirants seeking admission in UG as well as PG courses at National Law School of India University, Bangalore need to appear for and clear Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) . Candidates who qualify CLAT exam then need to appear for the counselling round. It appears a top choice by students seeking Law Colleges in India.
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad.
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Nalsar University of Law, officially the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), is a legal studies institution located in Shamirpet, Hyderabad, Telangana, India. Established in 1998 by the state of Andhra Pradesh, it was the second National Law University to be instituted in India. The university is fully residential. Aspirants seeking admission need to appear for and clear CLAT.
National Law University, Jodhpur.
The National Law University, Jodhpur was set up in November 1999 under the leadership of N.L. Mitra. Since then the University has seen three more Vice-Chancellors. The first batch (both under-graduate and post-graduate) of the University was admitted in the year 2001.
Admissions to NLUJ are extremely competitive. CLAT serves as the qualifying examination for the university. All admissions in NLUJ, for both undergraduate (LLB) and postgraduate program (LLM) are made on the basis of performance in the CLAT. In 2015, for the Undergraduate CLAT, a total of 40,000 students contested for a mere 115 seats, making the examination one of the most competitive in India.
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
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The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS or NUJS) is an autonomous law university offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is in Salt Lake City of Kolkata, West Bengal, India. NUJS is considered one of the best amongst the elite national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India.
The university offers a five-year integrated B.A./BSc. LLB (Hons.) degree program at the undergraduate level and a Master of Laws (LLM) program at the postgraduate level. Admission to the former program is through CLAT. NUJS also offers MPhil, PhD and diploma in business laws and other programs. It also offers a number of online courses that attract students from 17 countries across the world so far.
5. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
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Located in the National Capital Region, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) is probably the most promising private law school in the legal education scene in India. It was founded only recently, in 2009, with the aim of providing high quality, international-standard legal education in India at a fraction of the fees one would pay abroad.
Students for admission to the five year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), three year LL.B. and a one year LL.M. programs at JGLS are selected on the basis of their performance in the Law School Admission Test—India (LSAT— India). LSAT—India is an entrance test designed by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), USA and is conducted by Pearson VUE, LSAC’s affiliate in India.
JGLS claims that over 50% of its students receive some sort of scholarship, studentship or concessions. These are awarded based on the student’s LSAT-India score. Additionally, students are required to fill an online scholarship form, which includes an essay, in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
Gujarat National Law University.
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a National Law University established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003″ in the state of Gujarat. Regarded as one of the most prestigious law universities in India, the university is located at Gandhinagar, which is the capital of Gujarat and is located 7 kilometers north of the city of Ahmadabad. The statute provides that the Chief Justice of India or a Senior Supreme Court Judge serve as the Visitor of the university. The university started in 2004 and has five batches of 180 students each under training.
Admissions to GNLU were originally done on the basis of CLAT.
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
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National Law Institute University (NLIU) is a law school and centre for research located in Bhopal, India. Established in 1997 by the State of Madhya Pradesh, it is one of the first three law schools to have been established under the National Law School system. The university launched its first academic program in 1998, with Indian jurist V.S. Rekhi as the Director. Recognised by the Bar Council of India, the university admits 100 undergraduates each year through the Common Law Admission Test, who complete 15 trimesters before being awarded a combined B.A., LL.B (Hons.) degree. The post-graduate course offered at the University is the LL.M. degree.
National Law University, Delhi
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National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) is a law university in India, offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is situated in Sector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi, India. NLUD is one of the national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India. The statute provides for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi to function as the University’s Chancellor whereas the Vice-Chancellor functions as the chief administrator.
Admissions to the undergraduate (UG) B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) program are conducted through the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), a test conducted every year by NLUD. NLUD does not utilize the Common Law Admission Test like other National Law Universities do.
Indian Law Society’s Law College
Indian Law Society’s Law College, is a private law school in Pune, India. It was established in 1924 and offers courses that include three-year and five-year degrees. ILS is located on Law College Road, Pune. The college was aided by The Ford Foundation.
The Indian Law Society was established on 4 March 1923 as a Public Charitable Trust registered under the Societies Registration Act. The society established the eponymous Law College with the objective of providing facilities for the study of law on a scientific basis with proper training.
The college was affiliated with the University of Bombay, but with the founding of the University of Pune in 1949, the college became a constituent of the latter.
Admission process is through MHCET Law.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Symbiosis Law School (SLS) is a law school located in Pune, India. It was established in 1977 under the banner of Symbiosis Society under the patronage of S. B. Mujumdar, President & Founder Director. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust, Act,1950. Symbiosis Law School is a constituent college of the Symbiosis International University
Admission for Undergraduate Programmes is through Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) which is a common written test for the admission processes of Undergraduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU). The Entrance Test is followed by Group Exercise and Personal Interview which makes SLS the first law school to adopt admission through these steps.
If you are only looking for private colleges, you can check out the List of Top Private Law Colleges in India.