If you wish to become a lawyer, you would have definitely heard about the prestigious National Law Universities commonly known as NLUs. The first NLU established under the National Law School of India Act, 1986 was NLSIU Bangalore. Currently, we have 23 NLUs in India offering five-year integrated law courses as well as postgraduate and PhD courses in law. If you’re aiming to get admission in any of the NLUs in India, you must be aware that the NLU admission process requires students to crack CLAT, a national level Common Law Admission Test. However, the CLAT score is not applicable to the NLU Delhi, as it conducts AILET for its admission process. No other law entrance exams are accepted by the NLUs.
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List of NLUs with UG seats and Fee Structure
The competition for getting admission into top NLUs in India is challenging but not impossible; you need to up your CLAT preparation and solve as many CLAT mock test series as possible. Below this, we have shared a complete list of National Law Universities, their fee structure, and seats offered.
|S.No.||Name of the University||Location||BA LLB (Hons) Annual Fees||UG Seats|
|National Law School of India University, Bangalore||Bangalore, Karnataka||₹2,62,000 (First Year) ₹2,58,875 (First Year) (SC/ST)||120|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata||Kolkata, West Bengal||₹1,45,000||127|
|National Law Institute University Bhopal||Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh||₹2,35,250 + ₹5000 every academic session||80|
|National Law University Jodhpur||Jodhpur, Rajasthan||₹1,42,000 + ₹5000 every academic session||104|
|NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad||Hyderabad, Telangana||₹2,42,000 ₹2,36,000 (SC/ST)||60|
|Gujarat National Law University||Gandhinagar, Gujarat||₹2,37,000 (First Year)||187|
|Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur||Raipur, Chattisgarh||₹1,75,000 (First Year)||187|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi||Kochi, Kerala||₹1,70,500 (approx) (UG)||68|
|Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow||Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||₹1,53,000 (First Year)||178|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala||Patiala, Punjab||₹2,11,000 (First Year)||196|
|Chanakya National Law University Patna||Patna, Bihar||₹1,94,500 (First Year)||140|
|National Law University Odisha Cuttack||Cuttack, Odisha||₹1,71,000 + ₹10,000 (First Year) (refundable)||180|
|National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi||Ranchi, Jharkhand||₹2,27,000 (First Year)||140|
|National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati||Guwahati, Assam||₹2,19,000 (First Year) (UG)||60|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Visakhapatnam||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh||₹2,00,000 (First Year)||120|
|Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli||Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu||₹2,23,000 (First Year) ₹2,17,000 (First Year) (SC/ST)||120|
|Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai||Mumbai, Maharashtra||₹1,77,000 (First Year) (approx)||122|
|Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur||Nagpur, Maharashtra||₹2,20,750 (State resident) and ₹2,47,000 (non-resident) (1st year)||120|
|Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla||Shimla, Himachal Pradesh||₹2,46,000 (UG) (1st Year)||148|
|Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad||Aurangabad, Maharashtra||₹2,23,017 (resident) and ₹2,57,955 (non resident)||60|
|Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur||Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh||₹2,50,000 to ₹2,70,000||120|
|Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, Sonepat||Sonepat, Haryana||₹2,02,000||120|
|National Law University, Delhi||New Delhi||₹1,86,000||80|
Eligibility Criteria for NLU Admissions
The eligibility criteria of CLAT for undergraduate law courses offered at NLUs (including NLU Delhi) is as under:
- Candidates who passed or appeared in Class 12 qualifying examination are eligible to apply for NLU admissions.
- They must secure at least 45% marks in the qualifying examination if belonging to General/ OBC/ PWD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories.
- For candidates belonging to SC/ ST categories, 5% relaxation in minimum qualifying marks is given, i.e., they should obtain at least 40% marks in the qualifying examination of Class 12
- Candidates who completed their Class 12 education from open schools are not eligible for admission to NLUs.
Also read – NLU Seat Allocation
Q1. Which is the top NLU in India?
Ans. According to NIRF Ranking 2020, NLSIU Bangalore is the best National Law University in India, followed by NLU Delhi and NALSAR Hyderabad.
Q2. Which law courses are offered at NLUs?
Ans. Law courses typically offered at NLUs include:
- BA LLB
- BBA LLB
- BCom LLB
- BSc LLB
- BSW LLB
Q3. Which NLU offers the cheapest law course?
Ans. HNLU, Raipur and RMLNLU, Lucknow have the lowest fee structures for UG and PG law courses.
Q4. Which colleges accept AILET scores?
Ans. Only NLU Delhi, who is the conducting body for the exam, accepts AILET scores. All other NLUs accept CLAT scores for all the courses in CLAT UG and PG programs.
Q5. Who is eligible for the judicial exam in India?
Ans. To apply for lower judiciary services, candidates should have an LLB degree from any recognised university. The candidates must also be enrolled as advocates under the Advocates Act, 1961.
To apply for higher judiciary services, candidates should have an LLB degree from any recognised university. Besides, candidates must have a minimum of 7 years of working experience in litigation.
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