LIST OF TOP LAW COLLEGES IN INDIA BASED ON 2020 RANKING

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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 2019 by these agencies include NLSIU Bangalore, NLU Delhi and IIT Kharagpur, read the complete lists below. 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.

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Top Law Colleges in India: NIRF Ranking

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. 
  • It has been ranked 1st in the entire nation. It has maintained its position from last year’s ranking of 2018. 
  • The University has scored the highest score i.e. 77.21 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.

College NameNIRF Ranking 2019NIRF Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fees
NLSIU Bangalore110INR 1,97,125
NLU Delhi220INR 1,33,000
Nalsar University of Law330INR 2,42,000
IIT Kharagpur440INR 4,50,000
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)57+2INR 2,43,600
NLU Jodhpur65-1INR 2,54,000
Symbiosis Law School79+2INR 3,20,000
Jamia Millia Islamia86-2INR 10,400
Gujarat National Law University9NA-INR 1,86,000
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University148-6INR 1,19,000
  • NLSIU Bangalore and NLU Delhi have held the first and second rank respectively for two consecutive years.
  • There are some new entries in the 2019 list as compared to the 2018 list such as the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, and Gujarat National Law University.
  • The maximum improvement has been shown by institutes like Symbiosis Law School and The West Bengal National Institute of Juridical Sciences, whereas a drop in performance has been noted for Jamia Millia Islamia and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University.
NLSIU Bangalore Admission 2020NLU Delhi Admission 2020NUJS Kolkata Admission 2020

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 2018 and 2019. The table also gives the average annual fee of popular law courses in these colleges.

College NameIndia Today Ranking 2019India Today Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fees
NLSIU Bangalore110INR 1,97,125
NUJS Kolkata220INR 2,43,600
Symbiosis Law School, Pune330INR 3,20,000
ILS Law College, Pune440INR 40,625
Faculty of Law, BHU, Varanasi550INR 60,000
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi6NA-INR 6,628
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune78+1INR 1,50,000
Aligarh Muslim University87-1INR 2,07,000
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack9NA-INR 1,86,000
University of Lucknow1011+1INR 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 2018. Check NLSIU Bangalore Cutoff.

  • Faculty of Law, University of Delhi and National Law University Odisha, Cuttack are the 2 colleges which were not included in the list last year but have been mentioned by India Today in 2019 list.
  • Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh is the only institute offering law education in this list which has seen a drop in its rank. Rest, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune and University of Lucknow have advanced by 1 rank each in the list of top law colleges in India.

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 NameOutlook Ranking 2019Outlook Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fees
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore110INR 1,28,420
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata220INR 2,20,000
ILS Law College Pune330INR 40,625
Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College 440INR 1,50,000
Faculty of Law, BHU56+1INR 60,000
Faculty of Law (Jamia Millia Islamia) 65-1INR 2,20,000
Institute of Law, Ahmedabad78+1INR 166,600
PG College of Law, Osmania University89+1INR 12,500
MS Ramaiah College of Law 911+2INR 13,645
Symbiosis Law School Pune10100INR 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 NameThe Week Ranking 2019The Week Ranking 2018ChangeAverage Annual Fees
National Law School of India University110INR 1,97,125
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)220INR 2,42,000
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)341INR 2,42,600
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi43-1INR 6,628
NLU Jodhpur550INR 1,40,000
National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal660INR 183,500
Faculty of Law (BHU)770INR 60,000
Symbiosis Law School880INR 1,78,000
ILS Law College990INR 40,625
Hidayatullah National Law University10122INR 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 NameAverage Annual FeeAverage Placement PackageROI Rank*
Faculty of Law, University of DelhiINR 6,628INR 6,00,0001
NLIU BhopalINR 183,500INR 18,00,0002
NLSIU BangaloreINR 197,125INR 18,00,0003
NUJS West BengalINR 2,42,600INR 18,00,0004
NALSAR University of LawINR 2,42,000INR 14,50,0005

*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 release 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 NameExamCourseCutoff
NLSIU BangaloreCLATBA LLB Hons1-58
Faculty of Law, University of DelhiDU LLBLLB82-86
NALSAR University of Law, HyderabadCLATBA LLB Hons50-129
NUJS KolkataCLATBA LLB Hons82-227
NLIU BhopalCLATBA LLB Hons256-376
ILS Law College, PuneMH CET LawLLB125
GNLU GandhinagarCLATBA LLB Hons147-466
NLU JodhpurCLATBA LLB Hons181-354
NLU DelhiAILETBA LLB Hons73
LLM57
Singhad Law College, PuneMH CET LawLLB89

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.

NLU Delhi CutoffNUJS Kolkata Cutoff
NALSAR Hyderabad CutoffGNLU Gandhinagar Cutoff

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 scored 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 NameNo. of Colleges Accepting Score
CLAT154
MH CET Law151
LSAT19
AILET16
AP LAWCET16
KLEE10
TS LAWCET8

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 also 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.

CategoryTotal Seats
General57
Scheduled Caste (SC)12
Scheduled Tribe (ST)6
NRI Candidates5
PwD/SAP02

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 7th position in NIRF 2019 Rankings 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 NameZonal Rank Average Annual Fees
Faculty of Law, AMU1INR 2,07,320
Amity Law School2INR 81,400
Faculty of Law, ICFAI University3INR 1,62,000
Army Institute of Law4INR 1,61,778
Institute of Law, Kurukshetra University5INR 7,699

Top Law Colleges in East India

College NameZonal Rank Average Annual Fees
NUJS Kolkata1INR 2,43,600
South Calcutta Law College2INR 1,844
Faculty of Law, University of Kolkata3NA
Faculty of Law, Patna University4INR 2,220
Department of Law, North Eastern Hill University5INR 4,370

Top Law Colleges in West India

College NameZonal Rank Average Annual Fees
Bharati Vidyapeeth Law College1INR 75,000
Symbiosis Society2INR 3,20,000
ILS Law College3INR 40,625
Gujarat National Law University4INR 1,86,000
Government Law College5INR 6,980

Top Law Colleges in South India

College NameZonal Rank Average Annual Fees
NLSIU Bangalore1INR 1,97,125
Christ College of Law2INR 1,81,500
KLE Society’s Law College3INR 90,000
CMR Law School4INR 1,38,750
University College of Law, Bangalore University5INR 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 in India lead to 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 2020 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 GroupAmarchand MangaldasBalmer Lawrie
InfosysTrilegalICICI Bank
HDFC BankJ Sagar AssociatesAZB & Partners
Lakshmi Kumaran & SridharanZeus Law AssociatesEconomic Law Practices

The stream one choose 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 2020. 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. 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

Read more about LLB Syllabus and Books.

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