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Admission to Law Colleges despite Low Rank in CLAT

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: August 22, 2022 12:08 am IST | CLAT

Are you fretting over low a CLAT rank? Do not worry, we have got you covered. Check the detailed list of law colleges that you can apply for even with a low CLAT score.

Law Colleges for Candidates with Low CLAT Rank

Is your low CLAT rank distressing you? Are you worried about not getting admission to the top NLUs? If yes, you have landed on the right page. This article will take you through the top law colleges in which you can take admission despite having a low rank in CLAT.

A national level entrance test for those wishing to practice law is called CLAT (Common Law Admission Test). In addition to various private law schools, it allows admission to 22 of India's most famous law schools. After passing the CLAT, you can apply for 3-year or 5-year Integrated LLM and LLB programs. Every year, the 22 members of the CLAT Committee take the CLAT exam, administered by NLU (The National Law University). The leading law universities in India use CLAT scores to select students for various legal programs. The number of candidates appearing for CLAT is increasing every year but the seat intake remains more or less the same. With such a high level of competition, it has become more difficult to secure a good CLAT Rank and get admission into the NLUs. However, there are plenty of law colleges that are willing to provide admission to candidates with a low CLAT rank and will provide them with an opportunity to build a successful career in law.

To get admissions in the top 3 NLUs, the candidates' score must be around 130-150. However, candidates with lower CLAT scores(below 100), on the other hand, can apply to the top law colleges in India that accept the low CLAT score.

There are many popular non-NLUs in India that not only guarantee quality education but also provide ample employment opportunities. If you have a low CLAT rank and are conflicted over the thought of NLUs or Non-NLUs, we have got you covered. Scroll through the page to check out the list of top law colleges that grants admission to deserving candidates regardless of their CLAT Rank.

Is Admission Possible in NLUs With a Low CLAT Rank?

The CLAT rank determines whether or not an aspirant will get an NLU. Listed below are the pointers explaining the idea in detail.

  • Students getting a score in the range of 130-150 gets admission in their choice of preferred top NLUs.
  • Aspirants with marks between 110 to 130 can still get admission to an NLU but due to the category-wise reservations, it is difficult to get the desired National Law University.
  • Candidates who have secured marks in the range of 90 to 110 will have a slight chance to get admission to an NLU as the seats are very limited and most of them get filled with students obtaining marks from 110-150. Such individuals might get an NLU but if not, they can navigate through the list of  Top 20 Law Universities in India Accepting CLAT Scores.
  • Applicants who have scored less than 90 can register themselves in any of the top  Private Colleges accepting CLAT scores

What is a Good CLAT Score?

To get admission into the top NLUs, General category candidates must try to secure around 110 and above. Whereas, the Reserved category applicants must have a goal to score 90 and above in CLAT to get admission to one of the top NLUs.

Candidates must take note that the score might increase or decrease depending on the CLAT question paper and cut-off factors for that particular year. For example, the CLAT exam pattern was completely changed in the year 2020. The maximum marks that a CLAT candidate can now secure is 150. In such a case, the target score also decreases. If the difficulty level of the exam is average, then the student can set a target of scoring between 100 - 120 to get one of the finest NLUs. But, when the difficulty level of the exam is high, then candidates with a score between 80 - 100 would easily get admission to an NLU.

List of Law Colleges for Admission with Low CLAT Rank

Some top-notch law colleges that accept CLAT scores and offer admission are specified below.

College Name

Course Offered

Alliance University, Bangalore

BA LLB 

BBA LLB

LLM 

Ph.D in Law

ICFAI University, Dehradun

BA LLB 

BBA LLB 

LLM

Ph.D in Law

Certificate

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar

BA LLB

BBA LLB

B.Sc LLB

LLM

GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam

BA LLB

BBA LLB 

B.Com LLB

LLM

Marwadi University, Rajkot

BA LLB 

B.Com LLB 

LLM

Karnavati University, Gandhinagar

BA LLB 

LLM

Ph.D in Law

Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat

BA LLB 

BBA LLB 

LLB

LLM

Maharishi University of Information Technology, Noida

BA LLB

BBA LLB

LLB

LLM

Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur

BA LLB

BBA LLB

B.Sc LLB

LLB

LLM

PG Diploma

Ph.D in Law

Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur

BA LLB

BBA LLB

LLB

LLM

Ph.D in Law

VIT Law School, Chennai

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

BBA LL.B (Hons)

LL.M

Ph.D

Crescent School of Law, Chennai

B.Com LLB (Hons)

BBA LL.B (Hons)

Presidency University, Bangalore

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

Institute of Law, Nirma University, Allahabad

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

B.Com LL.B

PG Diploma

LL.M

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

BBA LL.B (Hons)

B.Sc. LL.B (Hons)

B.Com LL.B (Hons)

NMIMS, Hyderabad

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

BBA LL.B (Hons)

Jamia Hamdard, Delhi

B.A. LL.B

Chanderprabhu Jain College of Higher Studies & School of Law

B.A. LL.B 

BBA LL.B

DIRD, Holambi Khurd, Delhi

B.A. LL.B

B.A. LL.B (Hons)

Also Read:Key Features to Be Considered Before Taking Admission in a Law School

Popular Law Exams in India

Students can enter prestigious law programs in India by taking entrance exams like CLAT, AILET, LSAT, AIBE, BVP CET, and MH CET. The following is a list of the most typical law entrance tests that applicants must pass:

BVP CET

MH CET

CLAT

AILET

LSAT

AIBE

Top Non-NLU Law Colleges

There are numerous options for the law aspirants who couldn’t score well in their CLAT exam. Not all successful law candidates emerge from NLUs, there are candidates from some of the top private law colleges in India like Symbiosis Law School, Christ College, Jindal Global Law School, etc. that have gained much more momentum in their law career as compared to their fellow NLU graduates. Success in the law career depends majorly on the law aspirants' hard work, dedication, and intellect. Some of the best private law schools that accept low CLAT scores in India are mentioned below:

  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • KIIT School of Law (KSOL)
  • School of Law, SASTRA
  • LPU - Lovely Professional University
  • School of Law, UPES
  • Jindal Global Law School
  • New Law College, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University
  • M.S. Ramaiah College of Law (MSRCL)
  • Amity Law School, Amity University
  • ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad

Should you drop a year to re-attempt the CLAT exam?

In any case, skipping a year is not a good idea. Many people who choose a drop year come to regret it. The majority of them regret it since they wind up wasting their year by doing nothing while trying to use the year to study for the CLAT or even determine whether they want to pursue law as a career. Consider this: If I didn't do well on the exam, or even if I got a rank that wouldn't get me into a national law school, I'd be demotivated for a while and the whole process would seem pointless. Many people during this period who are experiencing sadness and anxiety sometimes turn to substance misuse and unsavory company.

Even worse is when you manage to gain admission to an NLU while having a score below expectations but decide without attending in order to improve your preparation for the next year. What if despite your best efforts, the question paper is really difficult the following year, or if there were any errors that prevented you from receiving an NLU this time around? The event cannot be undone at that point, and you are certain to regret your choice.

Few people successfully complete drop year with diligent study habits and good fortune. Otherwise, the scenario is generally unpredictable. Students have two choices in place of taking a drop year. Join a reputable Non-NLU, which could be private or public, and pursue your studies there. Alternatively, enroll in a non-NLU and get ready for the CLAT the following year. If you succeed the second time, you can take it; otherwise, you have your non-NLU as a backup. But even so, good luck to you if you decide to forgo a year and work diligently to pass the CLAT.

CLAT Seat Intake- List of NLUs

Below given is the list of NLUs that accept UG and PG students for admission into their law programmes and the intake capacity after CLAT 2022. 

Name of NLU

UG Seat Intake

PG Seat Intake

NLSIU Bengaluru

120

50

NALSAR Hyderabad

105

50

WBNUJS Kolkata

115

40

NLIU Bhopal

102

08

HNLU Raipur

170

60

NLU Jodhpur

104

50

RMLNLU Lucknow

178

27

GNLU Gandhinagar

174

58

RGNUL Punjab

175

58

NLUO Cuttack

159

46

MNLU Mumbai

100

50

TNNLS  Tiruchirappalli

114

18

NUSRL Ranchi

120

50

NUALS Kochi

60

60

DSNLU Visakhapatnam

120

60

MNLU Aurangabad

60

60

MNLU Nagpur

120

20

HPNLU Shimla

120

40

NLUJA Assam

60

30

CNLU Patna

132

-

MPDNLU Jabalpur

120

-

DBRANLU Sonepat

120

-

Top Colleges Accepting CLAT Score: Location and Seat Matrix

After understanding the seat matrix for the 22 NLUs, now let’s move toward the top law colleges that accept CLAT scores and the seat intake for those colleges.

Name

Location

CLAT 2022 Expected Cut-Off

Total No. of Seats in UG Law Courses

Total No. of Seats in PG Law Courses

UPES Dehradun

Dehradun

NA

600

30

The ICFAI University

Dehradun

NA

-

-

Lovely Professional University

Phagwara

NA

-

-

Alliance University

Bangalore

NA

104

18

GITAM University

Visakhapatnam

NA

120

24

SRM University

Sonepat

NA

120

30

International School of Business and Research (ISBR)

Bangalore

NA

120

-

Aurora Legal Sciences Institute

Bhongir

NA

180

-

Ansal University

Gurgaon

NA

140

-

Birla Global University (BGU)

Bhubaneswar

NA

60

-

Jagannath University

Jaipur

NA

-

-

Vivekananda Global University

Jaipur

NA

120

-

List of Law Colleges for Direct Admission Without a CLAT Score

Some popular colleges in the nation also provide admission without a CLAT score. Enlisted below are the names of such institutes. 

College Name

Location

Ganpat University

Mehsana, Gujarat

Sandip University

Nashik, Maharashtra

Raffles University

Neemrana, Rajasthan

Amity University

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

KL University (KLU)

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh

Teerthanker Mahaveer University

Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

Sage University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

JECRC University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Dr. K.N. Modi University

Newai, Tonk, Rajasthan

Bhai Gurdas Group Of Institutions

Sangrur, Punjab

Also Read:Law Admission Without National-Level Entrance Exam Score

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