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

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AindrilaUpdated On: January 11, 2023 11:15 pm IST

Currently, there are 23 National Law Universities in India and they are popular law schools in the country. The NLUs are the flag bearers of legal education in the country. Check out the admission process, eligibility and fee structure of NLUs in India.

 

List of 23 NLUs in India

Law aspirants must have heard of the prestigious National Law Universities, popularly known as NLUs. Candidates who are looking forward to becoming a lawyer should know that NLUs are the most sought-after law schools in India. In India, there were 23 National Law Universities in total, but 3 more NLUs are forming and will come into effect from 2023. Those aiming to get into one of the NLUs must also know that candidates have to clear the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) in order to get admission to one of the NLUs. 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 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. Law aspirants can get detailed information about the National Law Universities in India from this article. 

List of NLUs with Fee Structure 2023 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. Before looking at the fee structure, you must know that the NLU admission fee comprises certain components:

  • Tuition fee
  • Admission fee
  • Infrastructure and development fee
  • Library, ID card, examination fee, basic amenities fees
  • Sports, gym, medical, internet, electricity, moot court charges
  • Hostel facilities, mess deposit

S.No.

Name of the University

Location (State)

BA LLB (Hons) Annual Fees

LLM Annual Fees

Establishment Year

1.

National Law School of India University Bangalore

Bangalore, Karnataka

₹ 3,27,815 (First Year)

₹ 3,23,815 (First Year) (SC/ST)

₹ 3,27,815 (General)

₹ 3,23,815 (SC/ST)

1986

2.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Kolkata, West Bengal

₹ 3,06,400

₹ 1,78,000

1999

3.

National Law Institute University Bhopal

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

₹ 2,65,150

₹ 2,30,150

1997

4.

National Law University Jodhpur

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

₹ 3,00,000

₹ 2,28,000

1999

5.

NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Telangana

₹ 2,62,000 (General)

₹ 2,56,000 (SC/ST)

₹ 1,75,000 (General)

₹ 1,69,000 (SC/ST)

1998

6,

Gujarat National Law University

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

₹ 2,58,000 (First Year)

₹ 2,62,200

2003

7.

Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur

Raipur, Chattisgarh

₹ 2,10,000 (First Year)

₹ 1,60,000

2003

8.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi

Kochi, Kerala

₹ 2,24,000 (approx) (UG)

₹ 1,63,000 (approx)

2005

9.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

₹ 1,68,000 (First Year)

₹ 1,03,000

2005

10.

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala

Patiala, Punjab

₹ 2,21,000 (First Year)

₹ 1,73,000

2006

11.

Chanakya National Law University Patna

Patna, Bihar

₹ 2,28,470 (First Year)

₹ 1,61,000

2006

12.

National Law University Odisha Cuttack

Cuttack, Odisha

₹ 2,01,000

₹ 1,41,000

2009

13.

National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi

Ranchi, Jharkhand

₹ 2,45,700 (First Year) + Mess Fee

₹ 2,19,500 + Mess Fee

2010

14.

National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati

Guwahati, Assam

₹ 2,44,000 (First Year) (UG)

₹ 2,11,500

2009

15.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Vishakapatnam

Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

₹ 2,09,000 (First Year)

₹ 1,89,000

2008

16.

Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli

Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu

₹ 2,17,500 (First Year for General/ SC/ ST)

₹ 1,17,500 (First Year TN’s SC/ ST)

₹ 1,68,500

₹ 1,13,500 (SC/ ST)

2012

17.

Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai

Mumbai, Maharashtra

₹ 3,56,250 (All India)

₹ 3,23,436 (Maharashtra Domicile)

₹ 2,62,200

₹ 2,50,650

2014

18.

Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur

Nagpur, Maharashtra

₹ 2,60,000 

₹ 2,18,000 

2014

19.

Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

₹ 2,35,500 (UG) (1st Year)

₹ 1,86,500

2016

20.

Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad

Aurangabad, Maharashtra

₹ 3,04,214 (All India)

₹ 2,57,712 (Maharashtra Domicile)

₹ 1,97,825 (resident) 

₹ 1,72,869 (non-resident)

2017

21.

Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur

Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

₹ 2,93,100

₹ 2,93,100

2018

22.

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

Sonepat, Haryana

₹ 1,87,000

-

2012

23.

National Law University, Delhi

New Delhi

₹ 3,65,000

₹ 3,65,000

2008

Note: The Consortium of NLUs have 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. The NIRF 2023 Ranking will be out soon. 

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

1

National Law University, Delhi

2

NALSAR University of Law

4

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

5

Gujarat National Law University

8

National Law University, Jodhpur

10

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

15

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

17

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

18

National Law University, Cuttack

25

National Law University and Judicial Academy

24

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University

-

Chanakya National Law University Patna

-

National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi

22

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

-

New National Law Universities in India

Sikkim National Law University, Gangtok

-

National Law University, Tripura

-

GNLU Silvassa Campus

-

NLU Eligibility Criteria for Law Courses 2023

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 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

Seat Matrix for NLUs

The seat matrix for the 5-year LL.B and LL.M degree programmes offered by various NLUs through CLAT 2023 exam is as follows:

NLU

5-year LL.B

LL.M

Total CLAT Seats

All India Seats

Domicile

NLSIU, Bangalore

240

180

60

100

National Academy of Legal Studies & Research, Hyderabad 

132

99

33

66

NLIU Bhopal

120

60

60

60

NLU Jodhpur

104

104

0

50

Hidayatullah National law University, Raipur

180

85

95

90

Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University

169

80

89

24

NLU Gujarat

172

129

43

57

West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata

132

91

41

100

NLU Odisha

180

135

45

44

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

138

69

69

-

Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala

180

175

5

60

National Law University & Judicial Academy, Guwahati

60

31

29

60

National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

120

61

59

50

National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi

120

60

60

40

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam

138

54

84

69

Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy

120

60

60

60

Dr. BR Ambedkar National Law University

120

90

30

-

Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MPDNLU)

120

60

60

-

Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla

180

108

72

80

Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

150

55

95

50

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

240

92

148

45

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

60

23

37

60

GNLU Silvassa

66

50

16

33

Total

3241

1764

1290

1248

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)
  • LLM
  • LLD
  • 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 2023

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 have 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.

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

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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FAQs

How many NLUs are there in India?

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

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.

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.

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.

After clearing CLAT can I apply for NLU Delhi?

No, NLU Delhi holds a separate examination known as AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) for admitting students to law programmes. CLAT scores are not accepted by NLU Delhi. AILET exam is conducted by the National Law University, Delhi. The courses offered through AILET are BA LLB (Hons.), LLM and PhD.

Is CLAT easy?

The CLAT exam can be cracked like other exams with appropriate preparation and proper study materials. The questions asked in the exam are not very difficult but as a lot of students apply for it and the seats are limited, the competition in the CLAT exam is quite tough. You need to understand the exam pattern, syllabus and start your preparation with some good books.

Do all NLUs accept CLAT for admission?

All the 22 NLUs except NLU Delhi accept CLAT for their admission process. However, starting from 2020-21, NLSIU Bangalore conducted its individual entrance exam NLSAT for its admissions and opted out of CLAT but now it accepts CLAT scores as well. CLAT is conducted every year to offer admission to students to the various UG and PG courses of law. The law courses offered through the CLAT exam include LLB, LLM, and 5-year integrated programmes such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB, and B.Tech LLB.

How tough is AILET than the CLAT exam?

The total number of seats offered through the AILET exam is very less compared to CLAT, hence it makes the exam more competitive and tough. Through the AILET exam, law aspirants can get admission to the 5-year BA LL.B (Hons.) or 1-year LL.M course. Students who want to study PhD at NLU Delhi need to appear for AILET as well to get selected. 

Do other law colleges accept CLAT scores apart from NLUs?

Yes, there are lots of other law colleges apart from NLUs that accept CLAT scores. These law colleges are government as well as privately owned. The Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities) conducts the CLAT exam year and each one of the 22 participating NLUs conduct CLAT. Other than NLUs the next best law school is SLS Pune. 

Are NLUs government law colleges?

Yes, the National Law Universities are government law colleges. All the NLUs were established by an act of the State Government. Hence, all the NLUs are state law universities which are affiliated with the Bar Council of India (BCI) and recognized by the UGC. Law aspirants must be well aware of the NLUs and the competition that they have to face in order to get admission to one of the top NLUs. 

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