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List of 23 NLUs in India - Check Fees, Ranking, Admissions & Eligibility

Cyril Titus Zachariah
Cyril Titus ZachariahUpdated On: July 28, 2021

With 23 National Law Universities in India and many more coming up, NLUs have become one of the most sought after law colleges in India. Check out the admission process, eligibility and fee structure of NLUs in India.

Top NLUs in India

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.

List of NLUs with Fee Structure 2021 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 out a complete list of National Law Universities in India here below. It contains all the National Law Universities in India, their location, establishment year and an approximate range of annual fees of their undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered.


Name of the University

Location (State)

BA LLB (Hons) Annual Fees

LLM Annual Fees

Establishment Year


National Law School of India University Bangalore

Bangalore, Karnataka

₹2,62,000 (First Year)

₹2,58,875 (First Year) (SC/ST)





The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Kolkata, West Bengal





National Law Institute University Bhopal

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

₹2,35,250 + ₹5000 every academic session




National Law University Jodhpur

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

₹1,42,000 + ₹5000 every academic session




NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Telangana


₹2,36,000 (SC/ST)





Gujarat National Law University

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

₹2,37,000 (First Year)




Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur

Raipur, Chattisgarh

₹1,75,000 (First Year)




National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi

Kochi, Kerala

₹1,70,500 (approx) (UG)

₹1,26,200 (approx)



Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

₹1,53,000 (First Year)




Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala

Patiala, Punjab

₹2,11,000 (First Year)




Chanakya National Law University Patna

Patna, Bihar

₹1,94,500 (First Year)




National Law University Odisha Cuttack

Cuttack, Odisha

₹1,71,000 + ₹10,000 (First Year) (refundable)

₹1,11,000 + ₹10,000 (refundable)



National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi

Ranchi, Jharkhand

₹2,27,000 (First Year)




National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati

Guwahati, Assam

₹2,19,000 (First Year) (UG)

₹1,89,000 (residential)

₹1,04,000 (non-residential)



Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Vishakapatnam

Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

₹2,00,000 (First Year)




Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli

Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

₹2,23,000 (First Year)

₹2,17,000 (First Year) (SC/ST)


₹1,68,000 (SC/ST)



Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Mumbai, Maharashtra

₹1,77,000 (First Year) (approx)




Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur

Nagpur, Maharashtra

₹2,20,750 (State resident) and ₹2,47,000 (non-resident) (1st year)

₹1,86,250 (resident) and ₹2,05,000 (non-resident)



Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

₹2,46,000 (UG) (1st Year)




Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad

Aurangabad, Maharashtra

₹2,23,017 (resident) and ₹2,57,955 (non resident)




Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur

Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

₹2,50,000 to ₹2,70,000




Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, Sonepat

Sonepat, Haryana




23.National Law University, DelhiNew Delhi₹1,86,000



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.

NLU Eligibility Criteria for Law Courses 2021

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.

Also Read: Career Options that Law Graduates/ Lawyers Can Opt for Other Than Being a Lawyer

NLU Admission Process 2021

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.

Also Read:Top LLB Courses in India and their Admission Process & Fees

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.


Can I get admission in NLU without CLAT?

All NLUs, except NLU Delhi, accept the law entrance exam of CLAT for selecting students. If you seek admission in NLU Delhi, you will have to appear for AILET. For the admissions of 2020, NLSIU conducted its own entrance exam called NLAT. However, it is mandatory to appear for CLAT for admission to any other NLU.

Which NLU has the biggest campus?

NLU Jodhpur has the biggest campus among all National Law Universities. The National Law University, Jodhpur has a campus spread over an area of 50 acres.

Which is the best NLU in India?

Among all NLUs, the top positions are given to NALSAR Hyderabad, NLSIU Bangalore, WBNUJS West Bengal, and NLU Delhi. These are the NLUs that were established earlier and have featured in almost all the rankings consistently.

How many NLUs are there in India?

There are a total of 23 NLUs (National Law Universities) in India.


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