The National Law University (NLUs) is considered to be the premier law institute in the country. Candidates seeking to get admission in National Law Universities have to appear for an entrance exam, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) except NLU Delhi. NLU Delhi conducts a separate exam i.e. the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for shortlisting the applicants.
What is CLAT?
CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam conducted for admissions at 22 National Law Universities in India (except for NLU Delhi).
CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam conducted for admissions at 22 National Law Universities in India, except for NLU Delhi. CLAT allows admissions for more than 2800 seats for five-year integrated law courses and around 750 seats for PG law courses. More than 70,000 law aspirants appear for the CLAT exam every year, making it the most popular law entrance exam in India.
The NLUs are the first preferences of the candidates who wish to achieve success and make a career in law. In such a scenario, deciding which NLU to prefer can be a confusing task. While filling out the CLAT application form, candidates are given the choice of selecting their preference of NLUs. Several factors should be considered before filling the choice of college in the CLAT form. Go through the list provided below and evaluate which NLU will be ideal for you.
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Following is the list of top NLU colleges in India ranked by NIRF:
|Name of the NLU||Rank|
|National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore||1|
|National Law University (NLUD), Delhi||2|
|National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad||3|
|National Law University (NLUJ), Jodhpur||5|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata||6|
|Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar||7|
|The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala||10|
NLU Ranking Parameter
While drawing up the NLU ranking, some specific parameters are considered. You can find this information publicly available for all NLUs. You can consider the following parameters in the decreasing order of priority-
- Diversity in a batch (Unreserved, women & NRI categories)
- Ranking Quotient
- Location attractiveness & Establishment duration
|Feature||Indicator||NLU Category I||NLU Category 2|
|All India category Unreserved seats (As % of Total Seats)||>50% seats (Truly NATIONAL Law Schools)||Jodhpur, Patiala, Bhopal, Gandhinagar,||Cuttack, Guwahati, Patna|
|<50% seats (Less geographic diversity)||Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Raipur,||Ranchi, Nagpur, Vizag, Trichy,|
|Women Candidate seats||25% plus seats (Promotes gender diversity)||Bhopal, Raipur, Gandhinagar, Mumbai||None|
|<25% of total seats||Kochi, Lucknow||Vizag|
|No seats under this category||Patiala, Jodhpur||Guwahati, Ranchi Trichy, Patna, Cuttack, Nagpur|
|Rank Quotient||More “Uniform potential to perform” within the batch||Quotient below 3||Quotient below 4|
|Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Jodhpur, Patiala||Cuttack, Patna, Nagpur|
|Less “Uniform potential to perform” within the batch||Quotient from 3-4||Quotient from 4-6|
|Lucknow, Raipur||Ranchi, Vizag|
|Quotient > 7||Quotient > 8|
|Location Attractiveness||Ranked 1 or 2||Mumbai, Raipur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Lucknow,||Patna, Nagpur, Guwahati, Ranchi,|
|Ranked 3||Jodhpur, Kochi, Patiala,||Cuttack, Trichy, Vizag,|
|Establishment duration||Older than 10 years||Bhopal, Kochi Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Raipur, Patiala,||Patna, Ranchi, Vizag, Guwahati, Cuttack,|
|Not yet 10 years old||Mumbai||Nagpur, Trichy|
Now that you’re aware of the important parameters used to rank NLUs, you can use them yourself.