LIST OF TOP LAW COLLEGES IN INDIA BASED ON 2021 RANKING

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Updated on - Sep 10, 2021

The top law colleges in India are ranked every year by ranking agencies like NIRF, India Today, Outlook, etc. Some of the colleges ranked in 2021 by these agencies include NLSIU Bangalore, NLU Delhi and IIT Kharagpur. These law colleges offer multiple courses including 3 Year LLB, 5 Year LLB, LLM and also PhD in Law, in both full-time and part-time modes.

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  • There are a total of 1170 law colleges in India which include 807 private and 363 government colleges. These colleges offer specializations like Corporate Law, Human Rights, Civil Law, Banking Law, etc.
  • Admissions are mainly done through top law entrance exams like CLAT, MH CET Law and LSAT among many other. See what has been the trend in CLAT Cutoff of top colleges for the past years.
  • The average fees of doing law courses in India is around INR 1-3 lakh per year for bachelors and INR 1-2 lakh per year for LLM courses. National Law School of India University, Bangalore fees is nearly INR 2 lakh per year for LLB and INR 1.26 lakh per year for LLM.
  • Education quality in the top law colleges in India is at par with other top law colleges in world. These colleges also provide good placement and career opportunities to graduating students. Students get opportunities to work as Lawyers, Litigators, Members of top law firms, even as Paralegal and Lecturers.

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Top Law Colleges in India: Ranking

Multiple college ranking agencies like NIRF, The Week, Outlook India release ranking reports of various educational institutes in India very year. The reports are based on different parameters like faculty, placement, infrastructure, course module, etc. The colleges are ranked as per their performance in the parameters set by the ranking agencies, as each parameter has its own weightage.

Mentioned below are some of the top law colleges in India ranking lists. These agencies sometimes also release separate lists for the top government and private law colleges in India.

Top Law Colleges in India: NIRF Ranking 2021

National Institute of Ranking Framework, popularly known as NIRF, is a government-run institution working under MHRD, Government of India. It offers the most unbiased and accurate ranking of colleges in India under various categories. 

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has been ranked as the No. 1 law college in India by NIRF ranking 2021. 
  • It has been ranked 1st in the entire nation. It has maintained its position from last year’s ranking of 2021. 
  • The University has scored the highest score i.e. 78.66 among the top law colleges in India. 

The following graph shows the NIRF Ranking Parameters and the weightage they have.

NIRF Ranking Parameters and Weightage

Source: nirfindia.org

The major parameters during ranking include Teachers & Learning Resources, General Perception about the institute, Graduation Outcome, Research & Professional Practice, and Outreach and Inclusivity. The following table shows the complete details of NIRF ranking of top law colleges in India.

  • NLSIU Bangalore and NLU Delhi have held the first and second rank respectively for 4th consecutive years.
  • The maximum improvement this year has been shown by Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, which has jumped by 2 positions.
  • IIT Kharagpur has also shown an improvement of 1 rank, replacing NLU Jodhpur at the 5th spot.
NIRF 2021 Ranking College Name NIRF Score
1 National Law School of India University, Bengaluru 78.06
2 National Law University, Delhi 74.55
3 NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad 72.39
4 The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 71.24
5 Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 71.09
6 Gujarat National Law University 65.18
7 Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi 64.67
8 National Law University, Jodhpur 63.41
9 Symbiosis Law School, Pune 61.49
10 Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar 57.28
11 Aligarh Muslim University 55.96
12 Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi 55.92
13 Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai 55.19
14 National Law Institute University, Bhopal 52.89
15 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 51.44
16 The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala 50.98
17 Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy, Thanjavur 50.40
18 National Law University, Cuttack 50.31
19 Christ University, Bengaluru 49.78
20 National Law University and Judicial Academy, Kamrup 49.26
21 Army Institute of Law, Mohali 47.63
22 Indian Law Institute, Delhi 47.38
23 Banaras Hindu University 46.72
24 Lovely Professional University 46.18
25 University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun 46.03
26 National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi 45.66
27 Panjab University, Chandigarh 45.62
28 Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam 45.31
29 ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Hyderabad 45.16
30 Sikkim Government Law College,Burtuk 44.24

Top Law Colleges in India: India Today Ranking

India Today is a leading news magazine in India and is published by Living Media India Limited every week. The table below shows a comparison between the India Today law college ranking 2021 and 2020. The table also gives the average annual fee of popular law courses in these colleges.

College Name India Today Ranking 2021 India Today Ranking 2021 Change Average Annual Fees
NLSIU Bangalore 1 1 0 INR 1,97,125
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 2 NP - INR 1,86,000
Symbiosis Law School, Pune 3 3 0 INR 3,20,000
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 4 NP - INR 1,19,000
Faculty of Law, BHU, Varanasi 5 5 0 INR 60,000
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack 6 9 +3 INR 1,86,000
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala 7 NP - INR 1,76,000
ILS Law College, Pune 8 4 -4 INR 40,625
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune 9 7 -2 INR 1,50,000
University of Lucknow 10 10 0 INR 76,000

Here also, NLSIU Bangalore ranks as the best law college in India. Most of the colleges mentioned in this list have maintained their rank from that obtained in the year 2021. Check NLSIU Bangalore Cutoff.

  • GNLU Gandhinagar, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, and Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala are 3 colleges which were not included in the list last year but have been mentioned by India Today in 2020.
  • National Law University Odisha is the only college in Top 10 which has shown an improvement in ranking.

Top Law Colleges in India: Outlook India Ranking

Outlook is a weekly magazine published in India that conducts a collective survey in partnership with Drshti Strategic Research Services. These rankings help the students to make an informed choice. Mentioned below are the rankings for the top law colleges in India: 

College Name Outlook Ranking 2021 Outlook Ranking 2018 Change Average Annual Fees
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore 1 1 0 INR 1,28,420
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 2 2 0 INR 2,20,000
ILS Law College Pune 3 3 0 INR 40,625
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College  4 4 0 INR 1,50,000
Faculty of Law, BHU 5 6 +1 INR 60,000
Faculty of Law (Jamia Millia Islamia)  6 5 -1 INR 2,20,000
Institute of Law, Ahmedabad 7 8 +1 INR 166,600
PG College of Law, Osmania University 8 9 +1 INR 12,500
MS Ramaiah College of Law  9 11 +2 INR 13,645
Symbiosis Law School Pune 10 10 0 INR 1,78,000

Out of the top 10 colleges ranked by Outlook India, 5 are government-funded, and the other 5 are private institutes. A drop in the ranking had been seen in Jamia Millia Islamia whereas MS Ramaiah has improved its ranking.

Top Law Colleges in India: The Week Ranking

The Week also releases multiple lists every year for colleges in different categories like Law, Medical, Engineering, Management, etc. Go through the table below for The Week ranking of top law colleges in India.

College Name The Week Ranking 2021 The Week Ranking 2018 Change Average Annual Fees
National Law School of India University 1 1 0 INR 1,97,125
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) 2 2 0 INR 2,42,000
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) 3 4 1 INR 2,42,600
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi 4 3 -1 INR 6,628
NLU Jodhpur 5 5 0 INR 1,40,000
National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal 6 6 0 INR 1,83,500
Faculty of Law (BHU) 7 7 0 INR 60,000
Symbiosis Law School 8 8 0 INR 1,78,000
ILS Law College 9 9 0 INR 40,625
Hidayatullah National Law University 10 12 2 INR 1,60,000

The name of the top colleges ranked in this list also look almost same as those in other top ranking lists.

Top Law Colleges in India: ROI (Return on Investment)

ROI is an important factor and tells how much profitable it is to pursue a particular course from a particular college. The following table shows the comparison of the average placement package of top law colleges in India to the average annual fees offered by them and the corresponding Return on Investment.

College Name Average Annual Fee Average Placement Package ROI Rank*
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi INR 6,628 INR 6,00,000 1
NLIU Bhopal INR 1,83,500 INR 18,00,000 2
NLSIU Bangalore INR 1,97,125 INR 18,00,000 3
NUJS West Bengal INR 2,42,600 INR 18,00,000 4
NALSAR University of Law INR 2,42,000 INR 14,50,000 5

*ROI={(Average Placement Package)/(Average Annual Fee)}*100%

Faculty of Law, University of Delhi appears as the best law college in India ROI wise. The institute generally offers an average placement which is almost 9-10 times of what it charges. Read what previous pass out students have to say about Faculty of Law, University of Delhi Placements.

Top Law Colleges in India: Cutoff

Almost every college releases a cutoff list to admit students in their law courses, though some might give direct admission on merit basis. Curated below are some of the cutoff scores released by the top law colleges in India. You can also explore these colleges’ cutoff score in detail by checking the links below.

College Name Exam Course Cutoff
NLSIU Bangalore CLAT BA LLB Hons 1-58
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi DU LLB LLB 82-86
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad CLAT BA LLB Hons 50-129
NUJS Kolkata CLAT BA LLB Hons 82-227
NLIU Bhopal CLAT BA LLB Hons 256-376
ILS Law College, Pune MH CET Law LLB 125
GNLU Gandhinagar CLAT BA LLB Hons 147-466
NLU Jodhpur CLAT BA LLB Hons 181-354
NLU Delhi AILET BA LLB Hons 73
LLM 57
Singhad Law College, Pune MH CET Law LLB 89

Most of these cutoff lists are released for BA LLB, LLB, and LLM course. The cutoff listed in the table above show the range from First Round to the Last Round for the General Category Students. The cutoffs vary for other caste categories SC, ST, etc in some cases.

To check the complete categorization of cutoff scores, check the links below.

Top Law Colleges in India: Admission Process

India has a total of 1170 law colleges out of which 807 are private and 363 are public law colleges. These colleges provide law education in both full-time and part-time mode. Have a look at the chart below to understand the private:public ratio of these colleges.

public and private law colleges in India

Source: Official Survey

There are approximately 4-5 lakh students in India pursuing law courses, out of which 60,000-70,000 law graduates join the legal professions every year. Admission to these top law courses in India are done on the basis of score secured in top law entrance examinations. Some of the top national-level law exams include CLAT, IPU CET, TISSNET, AP LAWCET, and LSAT. The table below shows the no. of top law colleges in India accepting scores of different entrance exams.

Exam Name No. of Colleges Accepting Score
CLAT 154
MH CET Law 151
LSAT 19
AILET 16
AP LAWCET 16
KLEE 10
TS LAWCET 8

We have discussed some good colleges in detail below.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

NLSIU Bangalore is the best law college in India according to various rankings agencies like NIRF, India Today, The Week and Outlook. It provides undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

  • At the undergraduate level, the institute offers BA LLB Hons program, the first integrated program to be offered in India for legal studies.
  • The selection of candidates is based on the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).
  • Students can enroll for a law program in distance mode as well.  
  • In 2019, 58 students appeared for placements out of which 16 students got pre-placement offers.

The following table shows the intake capacity in BA LLB Hons program at the university.

Category Total Seats
General 93
Scheduled Caste (SC) 18
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 9

In addition to these, 6 seats (5%) are reserved horizontally for PwD students and 25% seats in each category are resrved for Karnataka students. A total of only 30 Karnataka students can be admitted through this quota.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata

National University of Judicial Science is one of the best law colleges in West Bengal. It has been ranked 2nd by Outlook India Rankings consecutively for 2 years in 2019 and 2018. 

  • The institute offers a five-year integrated undergraduate course having BA or BSc with an LLB.
  • Students can also pursue LL.M, M.Phil, Ph.D. or LL.D from the university.
  • NUJS Kolkata’s law program is divided into 10 semesters. 
  • Students have been placed in reputed organizations like Mahindra, Wipro, Hinduja. The campus packages range from INR 7-15 LPA for domestic firms and companies.

Symbiosis Law School, Pune

The law school has been ranked at 8th position in NIRF Ranking 2021 and has been accredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC. 

  • It offers BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLB at the undergraduate level and LLM at the postgraduate level.
  • Symbiosis Law School is known to be the first law college in Pune offering law programs with an innovative and creative curriculum. 
  • The institute conducts its own entrance exam namely SLAT (Symbiosis Law Admission Test) for admission in law programs.

Top Law Colleges in India Zone Wise

The following table shows the ranking of top law colleges in India according to the different zones in India. These rankings are released by India Today every year.

Top Law Colleges in North India

College Name Zonal Rank  Average Annual Fees
Faculty of Law, AMU 1 INR 2,07,320
Amity Law School 2 INR 81,400
Faculty of Law, ICFAI University 3 INR 1,62,000
Army Institute of Law 4 INR 1,61,778
Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University 5 INR 7,699

Top Law Colleges in East India

College Name Zonal Rank  Average Annual Fees
NUJS Kolkata 1 INR 2,43,600
South Calcutta Law College 2 INR 1,844
Faculty of Law, University of Kolkata 3 NA
Faculty of Law, Patna University 4 INR 2,220
Department of Law, North Eastern Hill University 5 INR 4,370

Top Law Colleges in West India

College Name Zonal Rank  Average Annual Fees
Bharati Vidyapeeth Law College 1 INR 75,000
Symbiosis Society 2 INR 3,20,000
ILS Law College 3 INR 40,625
Gujarat National Law University 4 INR 1,86,000
Government Law College 5 INR 6,980

Top Law Colleges in South India

College Name Zonal Rank  Average Annual Fees
NLSIU Bangalore 1 INR 1,97,125
Christ College of Law 2 INR 1,81,500
KLE Society’s Law College 3 INR 90,000
CMR Law School 4 INR 1,38,750
University College of Law, Bangalore University 5 INR 82,000

Top Law Colleges in India: Region Wise

Above you saw the institutes classified according to the different zones in India. Now, let’s have a look at the top law colleges in India region wise. These regions include both cities and states.

Top Law Colleges in Delhi NCR

Delhi, the national capital and the city of the Supreme Court of India, has many top colleges present here. These colleges impart the finest quality education to students. With the presence of The Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, students get enormous job and internship opportunities to boost their law career. Some of the top law colleges in Delhi NCR region are:

  • Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
  • National Law University, New Delhi
  • Amity Law School, Noida
  • Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
  • The NorthCap University, Gurgaon

Check the complete list.

Top Law Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu houses many good government law colleges of India, which also charge very less for the law education. Some of these colleges offering cheap education include:

  • Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University (TNDALU), Chennai
  • Government Law College, Madurai
  • Government Law College, Trichy
  • University of Madras, Chennai
  • Annamalai University, Chidambaram

Top Law Colleges in Kolkata

The best law college present in Kolkata is NUJS Kolkata. The institute has also been ranked by many top agencies in India including NIRF. Listed below are the best law colleges in Kolkata.

  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  • Faculty of Law, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • South Calcutta Law College, Kolkata
  • St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata
  • Adamas University, Kolkata

Top Law Colleges in Bangalore

The best law college in India, NLSIU is located in Bangalore. Some other law colleges in this city are:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • University College of Law, Bangalore University, Bangalore
  • MS Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore
  • KLE Society’s Law College, Bangalore

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Top Law Colleges in India: Entrance Exam Wise

Admission to law colleges is generally done through various entrance exams like the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), AILET (All India Law Entrance Test), and LSAT (Law School Admission Test). Some universities also conduct their own entrance tests such as AP LAWCET, TS LAWCET, MH CET Law, etc.

Top Law Colleges in India through CLAT

Common Law Admission Test, popularly known as CLAT, is conducted to provide admission to students in LLB and LLM programs offered by NLUs and private colleges. It is conducted on the second Sunday of May every year. Nearly 50 thousand students register online for the law entrance examination. The following are some of the top law colleges in India through CLAT:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Law University of Law, Patiala

The following graph shows the cut off of the top institutes accepting CLAT scores for admission in the law courses. 

CLAT Rank Cut-off 2019

Source: Official Websites

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Top Law Colleges in India: Placement Wise

There are a wide range of options available for law graduates like law firms, MNCs, NGOs, Banks, among many others. With the presence of premium law colleges in India like NLSIU, NLU Jodhpur, Gujarat National Law University and other private colleges, students get good placements every year. 

  • Tata Groups is one of the largest recruiters in NLU Hyderabad. The average salary package ranges from INR 4-9 LPA. 
  • Some premium institutes like NLSIU and NLU Hyderabad record 100% placements.
  • The 2021 graduating batch of National Law School of India University (NLSIU Bangalore) had secured a total of more than 40 jobs.

Some of the top recruiters visiting the top law colleges in India are listed below.

Tata Group Amarchand Mangaldas Balmer Lawrie
Infosys Trilegal ICICI Bank
HDFC Bank J Sagar Associates AZB & Partners
Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan Zeus Law Associates Economic Law Practices

The stream one chooses plays a major role during the placements. Click on the links below to check the top law colleges in India stream wise. 

Top Law Colleges in India: FAQs

Ques. Which is the best law college in India?

Ans. The top law colleges in India include names like National Law School of India University in Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, etc

Ques. Which law college has the best placement?

Ans. NLU in Bangalore stands at number one in terms of placement followed by NLU Hyderabad and National Law University, Bhopal

Ques. What can we do after LLB?

Ans. A law graduate can work in private as well as public firms like Law Firm Associate, MNC (legal officer), Government agency, legal department of bank, etc. Read LLB Career Prospects.

Ques. Is CLAT compulsory for LLB?

Ans. CLAT is Common Law Admission Test (an entrance test) for 18 National Law University in India offering a five year integrated course after 12th standard. So CLAT is not mandatory for any person planning to pursue LLB.

Ques. How many seats are there in National Law Universities?

Ans. There are 19 NLUs that offer admission to law aspirants as per the scores in CLAT. The National Law Universities will offer a total of 2984 seats. 

Ques. What is the highest package offered to law graduates?

Ans. The highest package offered to law students is around INR 15 lakh per annum.

Ques. Do top law colleges in India have a uniform?

Ans. Law colleges don’t have any uniform, but a general dress code of white and black is definitely followed in most of the top colleges. This preapares the students for the sector they are going to enter soon.

Ques. Can I join LLB without CLAT?

Ans. Yes, there are multiple exams apart from CLAT like LSAT, DU LLB in which you can appear to join LLB course. However, if you want to pursue LLB from a National Law University (NLU), you will have to appear for CLAT only.

Ques. Is private LLB possible?

Ans. There are indeed some colleges like KUK University, Alwar which offer Private LLB, but doing a private LLB is not much beneficial as many courts do not recognize it.

Ques. What is the fees of CLAT?

Ans. CLAT fees is INR 4,000 for general and OBC students and INR 3,500 for SC and ST students.

Ques. How many seats are there in CLAT?

Ans. There are around 2300 seats in CLAT for UG courses and 507 seats for PG courses.

Ques. What textbooks do undergrad students in top law colleges in India read?

Ans. Some of the common and recommended books for law are:

  • Law of Contract and Specific Relief
  • Introduction to Arbitration
  • Legal History- Evaluation of Indian Legal System

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