Top National Law Universities (NLUs) in India 2020 - Check Here Admission Process, Fees & Eligibility

Published: | January 22, 2020
Top NLUs in India

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.

If you’re looking forward to becoming a lawyer or even wish to study law in India, you would have definitely heard about the prestigious National Law University, also commonly known as NLUs. NLU is one of the most sought-after law universities in India. If you are aiming at any of the National Law University 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 in National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi) and Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU). Both these institutes accept students on the basis of other law entrance exams.

The first National Law University was formed after various law institutions including the Karnataka Government, Karnataka Bar Council, Bar Council of India (BCI) and Bangalore University came together to form an institution for legal studies/education. Following this trend, many other states in India also adopted the same method and formed independent National Law Universities with an aim to give the people of their states an equal right to pursue education in the field of law.

It is not necessary that the students belonging to a particular state can only seek admission in the respective NLU present in the state. While there are no such domicile rules applicable, students from all over India can aim for getting admission in NLUs which are suitable to them in terms of location and other such factors. There are more than 20 National Law Universities in India. The competition for getting into one of the NLUs of India is tremendously difficult 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:

List of Top National Law Universities (NLUs) in India 2020 with Fee Structure:

In the table given below, you can find a list of all the National Law Universities in India, their location, establishment year and an approximate range of annual fees for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses in India. Read below to find out in detail.

S.No. Name of the University Location (State) Annual Fees

Establishment Year

1. National Law School of India University Bangalore Bangalore, Karnataka


₹1,98,500 (SC/ST)
(1st Year only)

2. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata, West Bengal


(1st year only)

3. National Law Institute University Bhopal Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh


+₹5000 every academic session

4. National Law University Jodhpur Jodhpur, Rajasthan

₹1,42,000 + ₹5000 every academic session (UG)

₹1,24,500 (PG)

5. NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad Hyderabad, Telangana

To be Updated

6, Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar, Gujarat

₹2,36,000 (annual) + ₹17,000 (one time payment) (UG)

₹1,80,000 (annual) + ₹12,000 (one time payment) (PG)

7. Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur Raipur, Chattisgarh

₹1,75,000 (UG)

₹95,000 (PG)

8. National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi Kochi, Kerala

₹1,70,500 (approx) (UG)

₹1,26,200 (approx) (PG)

9. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

₹1,19,000 (UG)

₹79,000 (PG)

10. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala Patiala, Punjab

₹2,06,000 (UG)

₹1,62,000 (PG)

11. Chanakya National Law University Patna Patna, Bihar

₹1,86,500 (UG)

₹95,000 (PG) (1st year only)

12. National Law University Delhi Delhi

₹1,86,000 (UG)

₹1,39,000 + ₹46,000 (hostel fees) (PG)

13. National Law University Odisha Cuttack Cuttack, Odisha

₹1,71,000 + ₹10,000 (refundable) (UG)

₹1,11,000 + ₹10,000 (refundable) (PG)

14. National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi Ranchi, Jharkhand

₹2,27,000 (1st year only) (UG)

₹2,03,000 (PG)

15. National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati Guwahati, Assam

₹2,19,000 (UG)

₹1,89,000 (residential) (PG)

₹1,04,000 (non-residential)(PG)


Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Vishakapatnam

Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh ₹1,77,000 (approx) (tentative) 2008
17. Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

₹2,23,000 (1st year only) (UG)

₹1,74,000 (1st year only) (PG)

18. Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai Mumbai, Maharashtra

₹1,77,000 (UG) (approx) (tentative)

₹97,650 (PG) (approx) (tentative)

19. Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur Nagpur, Maharashtra

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

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

20. Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

₹2,46,000 (UG) (1st Year)

₹1,37,000 (PG)

21. Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad Aurangabad, Maharashtra

₹1,88,750 (resident) and ₹2,15,000 (non resident) (UG)

22. Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh ₹2,50,000 to ₹2,70,000 2018


Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, Sonepat Sonepat, Haryana ₹2,02,000 2012

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 score here.

Note: The Consortium of NLU has also decided to set up a campus in Dehradun, Uttrakhand soon.

NLU Eligibility for Law Courses 2020

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 2020

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 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 have 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. This year, the Consortium of National Law Universities have decided to conduct CLAT in offline mode, unlike the previous years when the exam was conducted in online mode. Every year, CLAT is conducted by one of the National Law Universities of India according to the date of establishment of the NLU. National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 on May 10.

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 a 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.

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