This article will help eligible aspirants of Law University programmes to know about some of the best colleges under CLAT. CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). These law colleges offer multiple courses including 3 Year LLB, 5 Year LLB, LLM and also PhD in Law, in both full-time and part-time modes.
Candidates must note that there are various CLAT 2020 participating institutes including National Law Universities (NLUs), and some private colleges/institutions where law aspirants can apply for admission. If you aspire to become a professional law graduate, it’s important for you to pursue legal education from some of the best law schools/universities of India.
It is important for the eligible students to know about the top list of law schools/universities which come under CLAT, i.e. they give admission through CLAT score/rank.
All the NLUs participating in CLAT are listed on the official website of CLAT Consortium with details of courses offered and more. Moreover, candidates who are filling up the application form have to mark the CLAT colleges in order of preference for the admission process. This is done so that when the CLAT Results are declared, the consortium will prepare a merit list mentioning names of shortlisted candidates for each NLU. The same merit list will be used by the consortium for conducting CLAT 2020 Counselling. Besides, NLUs there are some top private law colleges under CLAT in India that accept CLAT scores for admissions.
List of Top 7 National Law Schools/Universities and 3 Private colleges under CLAT in India (which accept CLAT scores for admission):
Note: The list is not in any order of preferences but on the basis of their perceived rankings across various lists compiled from time to time in magazines like India Today, Outlook etc.
- National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.
NLSIU was established under the National Law School of India University Act (Karnataka Act 22 of 1986). It is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). NLSIU is accredited with an “A” Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It has been consistently in top ranks among colleges under CLAT.
At the UG level, the School offers BA LLB (Hons) with a course duration of five years. LLM and MPP are offered at the PG level. LLM is divided into three trimesters, whereas MPP is offered with a course duration of two years under the Institute of Public Policy.
- National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad.
A 1998 Act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature enabled the establishment of NALSAR, Hyderabad. The University was established in 1998 by an Act of Andhra Pradesh State Legislature. It is popularly known as NALSAR or NALSAR Hyderabad and is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is accredited with an “A” grade with a score of 3.60 by NAAC.
The University offers full-time UG, PG, doctorate and diploma programmes in various fields of Law and Management. Apart from the full-time programmes, the University also offers part-time programmes under the NALSAR Directorate of Distance Education (DDE).
- National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
The National Law Institute University (NLIU) was started in 1998 under NLIU Act No. 41 of 1997 of the Madhya Pradesh Legislature. The law university is recognised by the Bar Council of India and, is a part of Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. Besides, NLIU Bhopal also has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five foreign universities.
NLIU Bhopal was first started with a five-year integrated LLB course – BA LLB (Hons.), and now it offers three more courses in law at postgraduate level.
- West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata.
Built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India (BCI), The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS or popularly known as NUJS) was established under the WBNUJS Act, 1999. The University has been granted permanent affiliation by the Bar Council of India in July 2005. It is one of the autonomous law schools in India. The NUJS, Kolkata, along with the GNLU and NLSIU, Bengaluru, continuous to be the only three National Law Schools which have the honourable “Chief Justice of India” as the Chancellor.
NUJS is a Public Law School and a National University, offering courses such as BA-LLB (Hons), BSc-LLB(Hons), LLM (Corporate and Commercial Law), M Phil, PhD and LLD. Along with this, the University also offers Diploma or PG Diploma courses in various specialisations.
- Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur.
The Government of India established Hidayatullah National Law University. It is a public law school located in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh. HNLU is the sixth NLU in the series of National Law Schools.
It is a state University which is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is also a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The University was ranked at 10th position by CLAT among all NLUs in 2019. In the same year, the University was also ranked 12th among law schools in India by Outlook.
One of the features of HNLU is its six schools/centres in different fields. Some of the schools are the School of Juridical and Social Sciences, School of International Legal Studies, School of Business and Global Trade Laws Development and more. College offers admission in the dual degree BA LLB program and a master level LLM program.
- National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU).
The Rajasthan State Legislature, established NLU Jodhpur under NLUJ Act of 1999. The law university is a member of Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) that comprises 22 self-governing colleges.
The Bar Council of India (BCI), the governing body for legal education in India has recognised NLU Jodhpur. The law university also ranked among top 10 law schools in India as per the reports of National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) by Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD).
NLU Jodhpur Courses
NLU Jodhpur has collaborations with national as well as, international institutes for student exchange programmes and, other academic research requirements.
The university which was earlier started with a five-year integrated law degree now offers five more degrees including an MBA degree.
It is among the colleges under CLAT which offers BA LLB (Hons.) and BBA LLB (Hons.) courses.
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar.
The Government of India established GNLU, one of the National Law Universities in the country. It is a public law school which was established under the GNLU Act 2003.
The University holds a great faculty-student ratio of 1:19. The University has 12 research centres with approximately 60 teaching and research faculty members.
The University offers UG programme under five streams, PG programmes over 10 specialisations and PhD programme in Law and Interdisciplinary.
- Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
Established in 2009, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) is India’s first global law school located at Sonepat. The institute is approved by Bar Council of India (BCI) and is affiliated to O.P. Jindal Global University. It is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and also accredited with the Highest Grade ‘A’ by NAAC. It is a premier Law institute in India among colleges under CLAT.
It has international academic collaborations with 155 universities & institutions in 36 countries. It has excellent collaborations with top law schools of the world such as Harvard, NYU, Yale, University of Texas, University of Arizona, Hanban China, Yunnan University, University of Cambridge, and so on. The college offers undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes such as BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, BA Hons, LLB, LLM and PhD.
- IFIM Law College, Bengaluru
Established in 2014, IFIM law college is affiliated to the Karnataka State Law University (KSLU). The college has a dedicated internship and placement cell to ensure a student’s professional development. The school has renowned faculty, both permanent and visiting from international universities.
IFIM Law School, Bangalore offers degree courses in the discipline of Law and Business Administration apart from BA LLB course.
- Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
Lloyd Law College is situated in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 2003. More than 1800 students are enrolled in the college. It is affiliated with BCI (Bar Council of India) and CCS University, Meerut.
Lloyd Law College Courses
The college offers two courses, a 3-year LLB course and a 5-year integrated BA-LLB course. It also offers specialisation in various departments of law.
The college has also been working on many research programmes that aim to influence policy formulation in the area and also influence legal reformation.