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If you are looking forward to becoming a lawyer or even wish to study law in India, you would have definitely heard about the prestigious National Law Universities, also commonly known as NLUs. The NLUs are among the most sought-after law colleges in India. If you are aiming for admission to any of the National Law Universities in India, you must be aware of the fact that the NLU admission process requires the students to clear the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). However, the CLAT exam score is not applicable for students planning to seek admission to National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi) which conducts AILET for its admission process. No other law entrance exams are accepted for admission to the NLUs.
NLUs like NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR and NLU Delhi are considered as the flag bearers of legal education in India. These law colleges produced some of the best lawyers in the country. NLSIU Bangalore is the first NLU that was established in India in 1986. Currently, there are 23 National Law Universities in India. These institutes offer integrated LL.B, LL.M and PhD courses to law aspirants.
List of NLUs with Fee Structure 2022 for UG and PG Courses
The competition for getting into one of the NLUs of India is challenging but not impossible. As mentioned, most of the National Law Universities accept CLAT which is usually conducted online. CollegeDekho has detailed a complete list of National Law Universities in India below. It contains all the National Law Universities in India, their location, establishment year and an approximate range of annual fees for their undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered.
Name of the University
BA LLB (Hons) Annual Fees
LLM Annual Fees
₹ 2,88,855 (First Year)
₹ 2,85,445 (First Year) (SC/ST)
₹ 2,18,875 (General)
₹ 2,15,300 (SC/ST)
Kolkata, West Bengal
₹ 2,42,000 (excluding NRI tuition fees)
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
₹ 2,36,000 (SC/ST)
₹ 1,75,000 (General)
₹ 2,52,000 (First Year)
₹ 2,05,000 (First Year)
₹ 2,07,000 (approx) (UG)
₹ 1,63,000 (approx)
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
₹ 1,68,000 (First Year)
₹ 2,16,000 (First Year)
₹ 1,93,000 (First Year)
National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi
₹ 2,27,000 (First Year) + Mess Fee
₹ 2,03,000 + Mess Fee
₹ 2,24,000 (First Year) (UG)
Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
₹ 2,00,000 (First Year)
Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu
₹ 2,23,000 (First Year)
₹ 2,17,000 (First Year) (SC/ST)
₹ 1,68,000 (SC/ST)
₹2,20,750 (State resident) and ₹2,47,000 (non-resident) (1st year)
₹1,86,250 (resident) and ₹2,05,000 (non-resident)
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
₹ 2,20,500 (UG) (1st Year)
₹ 2,71,931 (non-resident) and ₹ 2,33,501 (resident)
₹ 1,59,875 (resident) ₹ 1,80,500 (non-resident)
Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
|23.||National Law University, Delhi||New Delhi||₹ 1,86,000|
₹ 1,39,000 - ₹ 1,85,000
Note: The Consortium of NLUs has also decided to set up a campus in Dehradun, Uttrakhand soon. As far as the seat matrix or the number of seats available in law courses offered at NLUs in India is concerned, please check the details of the colleges accepting CLAT scores here.
Also Read: Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons
List of 23 NLUs in India - NIRF 2022 Ranking
We have presented the list of the NLUs based on the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework) ranking that will help the students who want to pursue a legal education in India. As per the MHRD’s NIRF ranking report for 2022, among the top 5 colleges in India, 4 are NLUs and number three is SLS, Pune.
Below is a list of all the 23 NLUs with their NIRF 2022 rankings:
NLUs in India
NIRF Ranking 2022
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
National Law University, Delhi
NALSAR University of Law
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Gujarat National Law University
National Law University, Jodhpur
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University
The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
National Law University
National Law University and Judicial Academy
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
Chanakya National Law University Patna
National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi
The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, Haryana
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
NLU Eligibility Criteria for Law Courses 2022
The students who wish to be a part of the student community at one of the National Law Universities of India will have to clear the CLAT examination for the year. There is no age limit as such for applying for CLAT, nor is there a limit to how many times you can appear for the CLAT exam.
The eligibility criteria for being able to appear for CLAT is different for both UG and PG admissions.
- NLU Eligibility for UG Courses: Students wishing to pursue an undergraduate course in law would require to have cleared their 12th. Only the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes have been given concession in terms of the aggregate marks that they would need for the selection process, i.e. 45% for the General category including OBCs and Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and 40% for the SC/STs.
- NLU Eligibility for PG Courses: In case, a student wants to get admission for a post-graduate subject, the student will have to ensure that they have a degree of some sort from the Bar Council of India stating that the student has completed his/her degree in LL.B. (3 or 5-year law course) or any course of the equivalent degree. Just as before, the SC/ST have an allowance in terms of the aggregate marks they would need for the postgraduate degree, i.e., 55% for the unreserved category and 50% for the SC/ST category.
If you are looking forward to preparing for the CLAT exam, here is a list of top CLAT coaching institutes that you can check out to ace the law entrance exam.
Law Courses Offered at NLUs
Below are the undergraduate, post-graduate degree courses, PhD and other diploma courses offered at NLUs.
- BA LLB
- BA LLB (Hons.) (Five-year Integrated Law course)
- BBA LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course)
- BSc LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course)
- BCom LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course)
- PhD in Law
- PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law (NLU Delhi)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Environmental Law (NLU Delhi)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy (NLU Delhi)
NLU Admission Process 2022
The admission of a student into one of the National Law Universities of India will solely be dependent on the CLAT result of the student. If in case, two or more students achieve the same CLAT rank, then the student with the higher marks in the qualifying examinations will be given priority. There is a reservation of seats in the various NLUs of India, however, certain states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have a reservation of seats for those residing in those particular states. Apart from these, 15% of the seats are reserved for people belonging to SC/ST category. Some NLUs like Gujarat National Law University has a reservation of seats for females as well.
Please note that the National Law School of India University, Bangalore accepts NLSAT scores for admission to many of it's law courses including 3 year LL.B admissions, 5 year integrated courses and LL.M. NLU Bangalore however continues to accept CLAT scores as well.
Admission to NLUs through CLAT
CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is considered one of the popular law entrance exams in India. Every year the Consortium of the NLUs (National Law Universities) conduct the CLAT exam for admission to the 5-year undergraduate programmes and post-graduate programs. The integrated law courses offered through CLAT are BA LL.B, BBA LL.B, B.Com LL.B and B.Sc LL.B. The exam is conducted offline in pen and paper mode. CLAT exams are usually held in the month of May-June. All the other NLUs except NLU Delhi accept CLAT scores. After the exams are conducted, the Consortium of NLUs will release the cutoff for every category of students. Based on the marks obtained in the CLAT examination, students will get admission to any of the NLUs.
Admission to NLU through AILET
AILET or All India Law Entrance Test which is a national-level law entrance test conducted every year for admission to NLU Delhi. The exam is held in offline mode for a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes. NLU Delhi does not consider CLAT scores, so it conducts a different law entrance examination for law aspirants. The exam is conducted for admission to the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level law programmes. AILET has deleted Elementary Mathematics and Legal Aptitude topics from its exam pattern.
National law University is considered to be one of the most prestigious colleges for law in India. Every year, CLAT is conducted by one of the National Law Universities of India according to the date of establishment of the NLU.
Apart from the NLUs, there are other private law colleges in India that are well-recognised and sought-after for UG as well as PG law courses. After qualification in the field of law, there are bright chances that you can bag some of the highest paying jobs in the field of law.
If you want to take admission or apply to any of the desired Law colleges, you can use the Common Application Form or call the toll-free number 1800-572-9877. In any case, our admissions experts will help you throughout the process. If you have any questions, please post them in the Q&A section.
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