Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons

Published: | July 19, 2019
Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons

Find out the differences between studying law from NLUs and other private law colleges. The article compares the two and offers an insight into the pros and cons of both.

NLU or National Law Universities across the country are considered as some of the prime institutions for Law courses in India. Every Law aspirant dreams to study in NLUs as they provide the best government infrastructure, the college is managed centrally and is known as the institutions of national importance in Tier 1 NLUs.

Tier 1 National Law Universities (NLUs)

The NLUs or National Law Universities which are a part of the tier 1 cities are considered as the Tier 1 NLUs which are given the most important among the NLUs. Mostly all Tier 1 NLUs have been ranked in the top 15 law colleges list by the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rakings 2019. The Tier 1 NLUs are as follows:

All the other NLUs situated in the other cities in India are called Tier 2 National Law University (NLU).

Pros of Studying from a National Law University (NLU)

The National Law Universities (NLUs), being the top-rated law institutes in India have a lot of advantages for students who wish to pursue law from here. Some of the key benefits of studying from the NLUs are as follows:

  • The biggest strength of these colleges are the students who take admissions into the colleges. The CLAT toppers generally prefer NLUs for their law studies, thus, the colleges only take the top merit on board. Statistics say, only 3% of the law aspirants get into the NLUs.

  • The NLUs always have and promote the competitive attitude and culture in the institutes and within the students, and this competition motivates the students to be always on their toes.

  • Almost all NLU campuses have the finest infrastructure among all the law colleges in India.

  • The placement sector of NLUs is one of the most important factors for which the students choose to study in NLUs. It is true that all the students can become legal practitioners after graduating with BCI (Bar Council of India) approved law courses, but studying in NLU is the way to get into corporate as well for the students. The top law firms nationally and internationally prefer to acquire young law graduates from the NLUs.

  • Being a government institute, the students can study by paying a nominal tuition fee subsidized by the government which is far better than taking up the course in private colleges where the annual tuition fees can go as high as Rs. 5 lakh.

  • NLUs have the best facilities of Moot Courts where the students can practice their dummy trials under the faculty supervision. A handful of law colleges in India provide Moot court facilities.

Cons of Studying from a National Law University (NLU)

There are certain cons or disadvantages as well of studying from NLUs. However, these negligible flaws should not come into the path of considering NLUs at the time of admission. The cons of NLUs are as follows:

  • Many students have complained of red-tapism culture which is common in almost every government institution in the country. There have been complaints of inefficiency at the management level in NLUs.

  • The NLUs mostly follows the old and traditional pedagogy of teaching which can make the institute lag behind when it comes to modern teaching techniques and pedagogy.

  • Some students on various online portals have criticised the policy of 50% reservations in NLU admissions as reserved category students who scored much less than many general category students get admissions in NLUs.

Pros of Studying from a Private Law College

The Symbiosis School of Law has made its place in the top NIRF rankings as well and private law colleges are equipped with better infrastructure, updated pedagogy and teaching method which helps the students understand the subject by probing into the depth of it. Some of the pros of studying in private law colleges are as follows:

  • The infrastructure in private law colleges is excellent, and the teaching rooms are equipped with e-learning, audio-visual learning experience, and air-conditioned classrooms. The campuses usually have all the comfort a student needs.

  • Diversity is a positive point in private law colleges. In NLUs, the college only teaches law but in the private colleges, the students can interact with students and peers from other departments and courses such as engineering, management, mass communication, etc which proves beneficial to expand the reach and improve versatility among the law students.

  • Some private colleges have outstanding international faculties visiting the college on a regular basis.

Also Read: Law (LLB/LLM) Admission in India 2019: Selection & Admission Procedure, Eligibility, Fees, Colleges

Cons of Studying from a Private Law College

Except for the top-rated ones such as Jindal Global Law School, Symbiosis School of Law, etc, most of the private institutions have some issues related to uncertainty and inefficiency in the law courses. Aspirants should consider these facts before choosing any private law colleges except the top-rated ones:

  • Fees are exceptionally high in private law colleges. There is no regulatory bard for fees in law courses, thus, some private universities and institutions can charge up to Rs. 7 lakh per annum for law courses.

  • There can be uncertainty regarding placements in private law colleges as they are still in the nascent stage.

Also Read: Law Admission Without National-Level Entrance Exam Score

However, there is no substitute for hard work. No institute can give the student a good opportunity if the student is not willing to put in some amount of hard work and effort to study.

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