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Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons

Pratyush Roy
Pratyush RoyPublished On: January 24, 2021 | CLAT

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.

Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons

With Law becoming one of the most popular fields in terms of higher education in India, the number of law institutes in India has also been on a rise. Every law aspirant wishes to get admission to a leading law college so that he/ she is moulded in the best possible way. In order to make a successful career in law, getting into a good Law college becomes extremely important.

NLUs or National Law Universities across the country are considered as some of the prime institutions for Law courses in India. Many Law aspirants dream to study in NLUs as they provide the best government infrastructure, are managed centrally and are known as the institutions of national importance in Tier 1 NLUs. However, getting enrolled in an NLU is not the target of every student who wishes to pursue law. Many students prefer taking admission to a different university for several reasons. This article explores the difference of pursuing law from an NLU vs a non-NLU. Candidates who are unable to make a decision regarding this can find relevant details here.

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) Rankings 2020. The Tier 1 NLUs are as follows.

College Name


National Law School of India University (NLSU)

Bangalore, Karnataka

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR)

Hyderabad, Telangana

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU)

Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The National Law Institute University (NLIU)

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

National Law University (NLU)

Delhi, Delhi

National Law University (NLU) Jodhpur

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)

Kolkata, West Bengal

Check the list of National Law Universities here

Note: 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:

  • All specialisations are not offered at every NLU. For example, if a student wants to pursue BBA LLB, he/ she will have to get admission in NLU Gandhinagar/ NLU Patna/ NLU Jodhpur/ NLU Cuttack as only these four NLUs provide the undergraduate course of BBA LLB.

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

  • The fact that NLUs admit very few students every year makes the competition quite tough. Students have to go through cut-throat competition in order to secure a seat at any NLU.

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Pros of Studying from a Private Law College

Many private law colleges have established themselves among the leading law institutes of the country and stand at par with the NLUs. For example, the Symbiosis School of Law has made its place in the top NIRF rankings as well. 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.

  • A blend of the interesting and innovative course curriculum is offered at these private law colleges which makes the student more fascinated towards the process of learning.

  • Many private institutes ensure internship and placement assistance is given to all students.

Cons of Studying from a Private Law College

The cons of private law colleges and universities in India have been mentioned below. Aspirants should consider these facts before choosing any private law colleges:

  • 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.

  • The curriculum of some colleges can be vast and hence some students might find covering all of it to be a problem.

  • In some colleges, students might have to look for internships themselves. The institutes provide the facility of campus placements but students have to land at internships by themselves.

Best Law Colleges in India (Non-NLUs)

The list given below contains the names of some leading private law colleges in the country in which students can seek admission. These are some of the best colleges which offer placement assistance, great infrastructure, modern teaching methods, and updated pedagogy.

College Name


Aurora's Legal Sciences Academy, Hyderabad (ALSA)

Hyderabad, Telangana

Amity University

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU)

Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

SAGE University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

The ICFAI University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Chandigarh University (CU)

Chandigarh, Punjab

Lovely Professional University (LPU)

Jalandhar, Punjab

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU)

Sonepat, Haryana

ILS Law College (ILSLC)

Pune, Maharashtra

Institute of Law Nirma University (ILNU)

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Check the entire list of top Non-NLUs here

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. If you are interested to take admission or apply to any of the desired Law college, you can either fill-up the Common Application Form or dial the toll-free number 1800-572-9877. Either way, our admission experts will reach out to you and will assist you throughout the procedure. If you have any queries related to the same, leave them on the QnA zone.

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