List of NLUs in India 2023 (Top 23 Nlus)

If you wish to become a lawyer, you would have definitely heard about the prestigious National Law Universities commonly known as NLUs. The first NLU established under the National Law School of India Act, 1986 was NLSIU Bangalore. Currently, we have 23 NLUs in India offering five-year integrated law courses as well as postgraduate and PhD courses in law. If you’re aiming to get admission in any of the NLUs in India, you must be aware that the NLU admission process requires students to crack CLAT, a national level Common Law Admission Test. However, the CLAT score is not applicable to the NLU Delhi, as it conducts AILET for its admission process. No other law entrance exams are accepted by the NLUs. 

Also read: How to Become a Lawyer in India

List of NLUs with UG seats and Fee Structure 

The competition for getting admission into top NLUs in India is challenging but not impossible; you need to up your CLAT preparation and solve as many CLAT mock test series as possible. Below this, we have shared a complete list of National Law Universities, their fee structure, and seats offered. 

S.No. Name of the UniversityLocationBA LLB (Hons) Annual FeesUG Seats
1National Law School of India University, BangaloreBangalore, Karnataka₹2,62,000 (First Year) ₹2,58,875 (First Year) (SC/ST)120
2The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, KolkataKolkata, West Bengal₹1,45,000127
3National Law Institute University BhopalBhopal, Madhya Pradesh₹2,35,250 + ₹5000 every academic session80
4National Law University JodhpurJodhpur, Rajasthan₹1,42,000 + ₹5000 every academic session104
5NALSAR University of Law HyderabadHyderabad, Telangana₹2,42,000 ₹2,36,000 (SC/ST)60
6Gujarat National Law UniversityGandhinagar, Gujarat₹2,37,000 (First Year)187
7Hidayatullah National Law University RaipurRaipur, Chattisgarh₹1,75,000 (First Year)187
8National University of Advanced Legal Studies KochiKochi, Kerala₹1,70,500 (approx) (UG)68
9Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University LucknowLucknow, Uttar Pradesh₹1,53,000 (First Year)178
10Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law PatialaPatiala, Punjab₹2,11,000 (First Year)196
11Chanakya National Law University PatnaPatna, Bihar₹1,94,500 (First Year)140
12National Law University Odisha CuttackCuttack, Odisha₹1,71,000 + ₹10,000 (First Year) (refundable)180
 13National University of Study and Research in Law RanchiRanchi, Jharkhand₹2,27,000 (First Year)140
14National Law University and Judicial Academy GuwahatiGuwahati, Assam₹2,19,000 (First Year) (UG)60
15Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University VisakhapatnamVisakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh₹2,00,000 (First Year)120
16Tamil Nadu National Law University TiruchirapalliTiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu₹2,23,000 (First Year) ₹2,17,000 (First Year) (SC/ST)120
17Maharashtra National Law University MumbaiMumbai, Maharashtra₹1,77,000 (First Year) (approx)122
18Maharashtra National Law University NagpurNagpur, Maharashtra₹2,20,750 (State resident) and ₹2,47,000 (non-resident) (1st year)120
19Himachal Pradesh National Law University ShimlaShimla, Himachal Pradesh₹2,46,000 (UG) (1st Year)148
20Maharashtra National Law University AurangabadAurangabad, Maharashtra₹2,23,017 (resident) and ₹2,57,955 (non resident)60
21Dharmashastra National Law University, JabalpurJabalpur, Madhya Pradesh₹2,50,000 to ₹2,70,000120
22Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, SonepatSonepat, Haryana₹2,02,000120
23National Law University, DelhiNew Delhi₹1,86,00080

Eligibility Criteria for NLU Admissions

The eligibility criteria of CLAT for undergraduate law courses offered at NLUs (including NLU Delhi) is as under:

  • Candidates who passed or appeared in Class 12 qualifying examination are eligible to apply for NLU admissions.
  • They must secure at least 45% marks in the qualifying examination if belonging to General/ OBC/ PWD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories.
  • For candidates belonging to SC/ ST categories, 5% relaxation in minimum qualifying marks is given, i.e., they should obtain at least 40% marks in the qualifying examination of Class 12
  • Candidates who completed their Class 12 education from open schools are not eligible for admission to NLUs.

Also read – NLU Seat Allocation

FAQs Related to Top Nlus in India

Q1. Which is the top NLU in India?

Ans. According to NIRF Ranking 2020, NLSIU Bangalore is the best National Law University in India, followed by NLU Delhi and NALSAR Hyderabad.

Q2. Which law courses are offered at NLUs?

Ans. Law courses typically offered at NLUs include:
– BCom LLB
– MPhil
– PhD

Q3. Which NLU offers the cheapest law course?

Ans. HNLU, Raipur and RMLNLU, Lucknow have the lowest fee structures for UG and PG law courses.

Q4. Which colleges accept AILET scores?

Ans. Only NLU Delhi, who is the conducting body for the exam, accepts AILET scores. All other NLUs accept CLAT scores for all the courses in CLAT UG and PG programs.

Q5. Who is eligible for the judicial exam in India?

Ans. To apply for lower judiciary services, candidates should have an LLB degree from any recognised university. The candidates must also be enrolled as advocates under the Advocates Act, 1961. 

To apply for higher judiciary services, candidates should have an LLB degree from any recognised university. Besides, candidates must have a minimum of 7 years of working experience in litigation.

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