LIST OF TOP LAW COLLEGES IN WEST BENGAL BASED ON 2020 RANKING

By Pranjal Singhal
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There are 46 top law colleges in West Bengal, ranked by many ranking agencies like NIRF, The Week, Outlook, India Today, etc.

  • These colleges offer multiple courses including LLB, LLM, Ph.D. in Law and even LLD. They comprise 25 private and 21 government law colleges.
  • The 46 colleges include 35 top LLB colleges in West Bengal and 20 law colleges offering LLM. 9 colleges also offer a PhD or MPhil in law.
  • IIT Kharagpur has been ranked as the best law college in West Bengal by NIRF.

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Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: Rankings

Different ranking agencies release different college ranking lists based on certain categories like country, state, city, ROI, etc. The top agencies ranking these institutions are NIRF, Times, The Week, QS Ranking, Outlook, etc.  These agencies use various parameters to rank the institutions.

Some of the top ranking lists released by such agencies include Top Law Colleges in India, Best Law Colleges in Delhi, etc. These agencies also release separate lists for public and private law colleges. Given below are some of these ranking lists.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: NIRF Ranking 2020

NIRF or National Institutional Ranking Framework ranks the colleges across India mainly on 5 parameters:

  • Teaching, Learning & Resources
  • Research and Professional Practice
  • Graduation Outcomes
  • Outreach and Inclusivity
  • Perception

Listed below are the top law colleges in West Bengal according to NIRF survey.

College Name

NIRF All India Rank 2020

NIRF All India Rank 2019

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Average Annual Fees

IIT Kharagpur

4

4

0

INR 1,24,000

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

6

5

-1

INR 2,42,000

  • NIRF has ranked 2 colleges from West Bengal among the top law colleges in India and both the colleges are government institutes.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur has been ranked 4th among the top law colleges in India, followed by The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences with 6th rank in 2020 ranking list.
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences has seen a drop of 1 rank this year. Its 5th spot has been replaced by National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: The Week Ranking

For 2019 best college ranking, the Week did a survey in association with Hansa Research. They did a study across 24 cities and ranked the various colleges based on different disciplines. About 1,043 academic experts, 2,460 current students, 953 aspiring students, and 30 recruiters took part in this primary survey.

  • The Week has included only The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata in its law college ranking list 2019.
  • The institute has been ranked 3rd in India this year, while it was ranked 4th in the 2018 survey.
  • The average annual fee of LLB from NUJS Kolkata is INR 2,42,000.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: India Today Ranking

India Today also conducted a survey to find the the top law colleges in India in 2020. The agency released a list of the top 48 colleges. Given below are the top law colleges in West Bengal included in this list.

College Name

India Today All India Rank 2020

India Today All India Rank 2019

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Average Annual Fees

South Calcutta Law College

34

34

0

INR 17,430

  • India Today has included only 1 college from the top law colleges in West Bengal in its 2020 ranking list.
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Science has not been ranked in the list this year.
  • South Calcutta Law College is ranked as the best law college in West Bengal by India Today with all India rank of 34.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: Outlook Ranking

The Outlook magazine, in partnership with Drshti Strategic Research Services, did research of the top 30 law Colleges in India.

  • Outlook also ranked only NUJS Kolkata from the top law colleges in West Bengal in its all India list.
  • The institute has ranked 2nd among the top law colleges in India in both 2019 and 2018.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: ROI (Return on Investment)

ROI gives an idea whether the money invested in a particular college for law studies is worth it or not. The following table gives the ROI details of top law colleges in West Bengal based on the annual fees of the course and the average salary package offered by the institute.

College Name

Average Annual Fees

Average Placement Package

ROI Rank*

South Calcutta Law College, Kolkata

INR 17,430

INR 2,00,000

1

IIT Kharagpur

INR 1,24,000

INR 7,55,000

2

NUJS Kolkata

INR 2,42,000

INR 5,00,000

3

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

South Calcutta Law College is the best law college in West Bengal according to ROI. It charges a very less fee of INR 17,430 only.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: Admission Process

With 21 government and 25 private law colleges in West Bengal, the state holds 46 law colleges in total. The image below shows their ratio.

Number of Top Law Colleges in West Bengal

Source: Official Survey

  • The admissions into most of these law colleges are done through the national-level entrance examination CLAT.
  • The institutes which do not accept CLAT scores conduct their own exams to select students for admission.
  • Some institutes also give students merit based admission in the top law courses.

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

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences was established in 1999 by the Bar Council of India (BCI). It is an autonomous body and is considered among the best national law schools. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate as well as integrated law courses.

  • The institute has been given 6th rank by NIRF, 3rd rank by the Week, and 2nd rank by Outlook among the top law colleges in India 2019 and 2020.
  • Admissions into undergraduate and postgraduate courses at NUJS Kolkata are based upon the CLAT entrance exam.
  • The annual fee for the undergraduate law courses is INR 2,43,600 and for the postgraduate courses is INR 1,44,000.
  • The average placement of UG graduates is around INR 5 lakh p.a. and of PG graduates is INR 4-6 lakh p.a..

The following chart shows the seat intake division UG and PG courses at NUJS Kolkata.

NUJS Kolkata Seat Intake Division

Source: NUJS Official Website

The following chart shows the CLAT cutoff accepted by the university after 3 rounds of counselling in the past years.

NUJS Kolkata CLAT Cutoff

Source: Official Institute Website

The following tables show the placement data of the institute in the past 3 years for both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses.

Undergraduate 

Year

No. of Students Graduating

No. of Students Placed

Average Salary Package

2018

114

87

INR 5,00,000

2017

117

76

INR 5,00,000

2016

103

87

INR 5,00,000

Postgraduate 

Year

No. of Students Graduating

No. of Students Placed

Average Salary Package

2018

35

10

INR 6,00,000

2017

36

12

INR 5,00,000

2016

40

11

INR 4,00,000

The following chart shows the salary distribution according to the sectors.

Placements at NUJS Kolkata_ Sector Wise

Source: Official Institute Website

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, established in 1951, is a public engineering college. Along with offering engineering courses they also have LLB, LLM, MPC, MSc, MBA and Ph.D.

  • It has been ranked in the 4th position by NIRF among the top law colleges in India 2020.
  • Admissions into LLB and LLM program at IIT Kharagpur are done through the entrance exam conducted by the college.
  • The students can apply for LLB course only after completion of a bachelor's degree in engineering, technology or medicine with at least 60% marks.
  • For admissions into LLM, students should have completed LLB with at least 60% marks.
  • The annual fee for LLB is INR 1,23,900 and for LLM is INR 1,63,900. The average placement salary is around 6-8 lakhs per annum.
  • IIT Kharagpur admits 46 students for UG and 15 students for PG course.

The following 2 charts show the placement data at IIT Kharagpur.

Undergraduate 

Year

No. of Students Graduating

No. of Students Placed

Average Salary Package

2018

29

24

INR 7,40,000

2017

37

26

INR 8,00,000

2016

29

20

INR 7,25,000

Postgraduate 

Year

No. of Students Graduating

No. of Students Placed

Average Salary Package

2018

8

4

INR 6,00,000

2017

13

7

INR 6,00,000

The following chart compares the average salary offered in the past years.


IIT Kharagpur LLB Placements

Source: Official Institute Website

South Calcutta Law College, Kolkata

South Calcutta Law College was established in 1970 and is a government-aided law college. It is affiliated to the University of Calcutta and is approved by the Bar Council of India (BCI).

  • It offers the undergraduate and integrated level programs and has a campus strength of 4,000 students.
  • The institute has been ranked the 34th best law college in India by India Today.
  • Admissions are done through the entrance exam conducted by Calcutta University.
  • The approved intake for each course is 120 students.

The following chart shows the seat reservation at South Calcutta Law College, Calcutta.

South Calcutta Law College Seat Reservation

Source: Official Institute Website

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: Entrance Exam Wise

The top law colleges here give admission through both top law entrance exams and on the basis of merit. We have categorized top colleges according to the entrance exam they accept below.

Top Law Colleges in West Bengal Through CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance examination for admission into NLUs (National Law University) and any other law universities. It is conducted on a rotational basis by NLUs. 

  • It is conducted once a year in the month of May. The application forms are available from January.
  • It is a 2-hour offline examination and more than 59,000 students appear for it every year.
  • Around 104 colleges across India accept the CLAT score. CLAT 2020 is scheduled on August 22, 2020 due to Coronavirus.

Some of the top law colleges in West Bengal accepting CLAT score are:

  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  • Faculty of Law, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Rabindra Shiksha Sammillani Law College, Kolkata

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Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: Placement Wise

  • The average salary of all these top law colleges in West Bengal is in the range of INR 2-7 lakh per annum.
  • The highest average salary is provided by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
  • The highest salary up till now has been provided by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS Kolkata) at around INR 46 lakh per annum.

The chart below shows the average package offered in some of the top law colleges in West Bengal.

CTCs offered in Top Law Colleges in West Bengal

Source: Official Institute Websites

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Top Law Colleges in West Bengal: FAQs

Ques. Which college has been ranked as the best law college in West Bengal?

Ans. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences is ranked as the best law college in West Bengal.

Ques. How are the admissions taken into these top law colleges in West Bengal?

Ans. The admission into most of the law colleges is taken through the national-level entrance exam called CLAT. Some institutes conduct their own exams like IIT Kharagpur and South Calcutta Law College.

Ques. How many institutes in India accept the CLAT score?

Ans. Around 104 colleges including the 22 NLUs accept the CLAT score.

Ques. What is the eligibility for CLAT? 

Ans. The candidate should have completed the 10+2 examination with at least 45% marks.

Ques. How are admissions conducted at the South Calcutta Law College?

Ans. The admission into South Calcutta Law College is conducted through the entrance exam organized by the University of Calcutta.

Ques. Is IIT Kharagpur good for law studies?

Ans. Yes, IIT Kharagpur is ranked by NIRF for its law studies and the placement is also quite good with an average salary of INR 7.55 lakh per annum 

Ques. Which college has provided the highest placement till now?

Ans. In 2019, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences provided a placement package of INR 46 lakh per annum to its student.

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