India’s top NLUs – the ranking parameters

The National Law University (NLUs) is considered to be the premier law institute in the country. Candidates seeking to get admission in National Law Universities have to appear for an entrance exam, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) except NLU Delhi. NLU Delhi conducts a separate exam i.e. the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for shortlisting the applicants. 

What is CLAT?

CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam conducted for admissions at 22 National Law Universities in India (except for NLU Delhi).

CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam conducted for admissions at 22 National Law Universities in India, except for NLU Delhi. CLAT allows admissions for more than 2800 seats for five-year integrated law courses and around 750 seats for PG law courses. More than 70,000 law aspirants appear for the CLAT exam every year, making it the most popular law entrance exam in India

The NLUs are the first preferences of the candidates who wish to achieve success and make a career in law. In such a scenario, deciding which NLU to prefer can be a confusing task. While filling out the CLAT application form, candidates are given the choice of selecting their preference of NLUs. Several factors should be considered before filling the choice of college in the CLAT form. Go through the list provided below and evaluate which NLU will be ideal for you.

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Following is the list of top NLU colleges in India ranked by NIRF:

Name of the NLURank
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore1
National Law University (NLUD), Delhi2
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad3
National Law University (NLUJ), Jodhpur5
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata6
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar7
The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala10

NLU Ranking Parameter

While drawing up the NLU ranking, some specific parameters are considered. You can find this information publicly available for all NLUs. You can consider the following parameters in the decreasing order of priority-

  • Diversity in a batch (Unreserved, women & NRI categories)
  • Ranking Quotient
  • Location attractiveness & Establishment duration 
FeatureIndicatorNLU Category INLU Category 2
All India category Unreserved seats (As % of Total Seats)>50% seats (Truly NATIONAL Law Schools)Jodhpur, Patiala, Bhopal, Gandhinagar,       Cuttack, Guwahati, Patna
 <50% seats (Less geographic diversity)Kochi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Raipur,Ranchi, Nagpur, Vizag, Trichy, 
Women Candidate seats25% plus seats (Promotes gender diversity)Bhopal, Raipur, Gandhinagar, MumbaiNone
<25% of total seatsKochi, LucknowVizag
No seats under this categoryPatiala, JodhpurGuwahati, Ranchi Trichy, Patna, Cuttack, Nagpur
Rank Quotient
More “Uniform potential to perform” within the batchQuotient below 3Quotient below 4
Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Jodhpur, PatialaCuttack, Patna, Nagpur
Less “Uniform potential to perform” within the batchQuotient from 3-4Quotient from 4-6
Lucknow, RaipurRanchi, Vizag
Quotient > 7Quotient > 8
Kochi      Trichy, Guwahati
Location AttractivenessRanked 1 or 2Mumbai, Raipur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Patna, Nagpur, Guwahati, Ranchi, 
Ranked 3Jodhpur, Kochi, Patiala, Cuttack, Trichy, Vizag, 
Establishment durationOlder than 10 yearsBhopal, Kochi Jodhpur, Gandhinagar, Lucknow, Raipur, Patiala, Patna, Ranchi, Vizag, Guwahati, Cuttack, 
 Not yet 10 years oldMumbaiNagpur, Trichy

Now that you’re aware of the important parameters used to rank NLUs, you can use them yourself.

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