Top Law Colleges in India

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Imagining Bollywood movie scenes after high school showing cool and happening colleges, of course, with very less study scenes! No Offense, but it doesn’t exactly match the reality, yet one thing we all agree upon is that attending college can be one of the most fun yet stressful parts of our life at the same point, as it takes time for us to figure out which of the colleges will be ideal for us? Will we be able to gel up there? Whether it will provide placements? Can we afford it? Is it a good college & how to take admissions? and so on…. 

In this article, we have sorted out some of the law colleges in India, not rank-wise but in random order, that are considered the best law colleges in India, where you can get enrolled and kick-start your journey. You can visit the official websites of each college by tapping on the links. Let’s get started!

Top-ranked law colleges in India

Below is a list of the top law colleges in India, in no particular order.

National Law School of India University Bangalore

NLSIU Bangalore was founded in 1987 and is situated in the Silicon Valley of India. It provides several undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in Law, including LLB, LLM, and MPhil degrees. It is amongst the best law colleges in India, and the competition is fierce for those wanting to get admission here as it is the top-ranked NLU in India. Moreover, to attain your entry ticket into NLSIU, candidates need to qualify for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT exam) & reach the cut-off. The cut-off is based on the ranks of the candidates. It also provides internships & student exchange programmes with many others.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 14.44 lakhs

LL.M- 2.32 lakhs

Masters of Public Policy- 4.53 lakhs

National Law University (Delhi)

Founded by the Government of NCT Delhi in 2008, National Law University, Delhi is again one of the best law colleges in India. NLU is a public university which offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level courses along with some leading bridge courses like BA LLB, LLM, PGDUEML, etc. In order to get a seat at the NLU, Delhi, one needs to clear the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) and then qualify for an interview round conducted by the authorities of the university. It also offers a 2 years/1-year Bridge Course to candidates who have obtained LL.B. Degree from Foreign Universities.  Candidates who have obtained Three Years LL.B. Degree will undertake 2 Years Bridge Course, and those who have obtained Four Years LL.B. Degree will undergo a 1 Year Bridge Course.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 5.75 lakhs

LL.M- 1.24 lakhs

Bridge Course in Law (1 year)- 1.21 lakhs

Bridge Course in Law (2 years)- 2.35 lakhs 

NALSAR University of Law, NLU Hyderabad

By the Statute of the State of Andhra Pradesh, the National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law was founded in 1998. Attracting students from across the globe, the NALSAR has been consistently ranked among the best law colleges in India and is also one of the earliest National Law universities in the country. Situated in Telangana, the institution believes in imparting legal education in an interdisciplinary way. The courses given at NALSAR are curated with the convergence of varied streams of Law, Social Sciences, Management and Humanities. One has to appear and qualify for the CLAT exam to get admission to the university.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 8.10 lakhs

LL.M- 88 thousand 

MBA- 8.04 lakhs

Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), Sonipat was established in 2009. Approved by UGC, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat offers BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLB, BA Hons., LLM and PhD. Candidates aspiring to take admission to integrated Courses (BA LLB/BBA LLB), LLB and Doctoral Courses (PhD) offered by Jindal Global Law School have to qualify Law School Admission Test (LSAT), whereas admission to  BA (Hons.) is offered on the basis of the merit of the qualifying examination.  Verification of documents and payment of the requisite fee is the last stage of the admission process; it is only after this that the admission will be considered final. 

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 30 lakhs

BBA.LL.B (Hons.)- 30 lakhs

LLB- 18 lakhs

BA Legal Studies (Hons.)- 10.50 lakhs

LLM- 3.51 lakhs

Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

The Institute of Law, Nirma University, established in 2007, is a constituent autonomous college of Nirma University, Ahmedabad. Institute of Law, Nirma University has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council with an ‘A’ grade. Institute of Law, Nirma University has linkages with various universities/organizations such as Pennsylvania State University and The University of Johannesburg. The minimum eligibility criteria for admission to five years integrated programmes- B.A. L.L.B and B.Com L.L.B is that candidates must have passed the 10+2 level examination with 45% marks from a recognised board. The institute also offers PhD programmes.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

B.Com.LLB (Hons.)- 14.34 lakhs

BA.LLB (Hons.)- 14.34 lakhs

LLM (Constitution & Administrative law, Criminal & Security law)- 1.30 lakhs

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, School of Law was established in 2007. It has partnered with the University of Law for legal studies. School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies offers Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Legislative Law (B.A.- L.L.B.)  Hons., Bachelor of Business Administration+Bachelor of Legislative Law (B.B.A. L.L.B.) Hons., Bachelor of Commerce+Bachelor of Legislative Law (B.Com. L.L.B.) Hons., Master of Legislative Law (L.L.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)  in Law. It offers admissions through the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Law Studies Aptitude Test-Computer Based Test (UPES ULSAT-CBT). Candidates who have qualified for CLAT or LSAT are exempted from UPES ULSAT. Aspiring candidates must check the eligibility criteria for various programmes and fulfil them in order to successfully apply for admissions. 

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 19.78 lakhs

B.Com LL.B (Hons.)- 18.80 lakhs

BBA.LL.B (Hons.)- 19.78 lakhs

LLB- 11.54 lakhs

Amity Law School Noida

The Amity Law School, Noida is an institution established by an educational society called RBEF (Ritnand Balved Education Foundation) to provide high-quality education in the legal domain. The Founder of Trustee, an NRI and an industrialist and the President of RBEF, Dr Ashok K Chauhan, is a renowned philanthropist who has devoted his life to the service of the nation through education. Teaching at Amity Law School started effect in 2004. ALS is a part of Amity University and runs a five-year integrated B.A./B.Com/BBA LL.B (Hons.), Programmes and has been approved by The Bar Council of India, New Delhi. The college has impressive academic, sports & cultural facilities as per the students' review.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 13.92 lakhs

1- Year non- sponsored semester- 0.65 lakhs

1- year sponsored semester fee- 0.97 lakhs

Manipal University, Jaipur

The Manipal University Jaipur forayed into the field of legal education by introducing Integrated BA, LL.B (Hons.), Bachelor of Law (LL.B), Master of Law (LL.M), and PhD programs in the study. As an institution of excellence, the School of Law is dedicated to fostering and inculcating intellectual and ethical values in the students. The School of Law is committed to the evolution of law as an instrument of social change, and efforts are being made to expose students to practical realities. It offers programmes like LL.B, BA.LL.B (Hons.), BBA.LL.B (Hons.), LLM & Doctor of Philosophy.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

LLB- 2.8 lakhs

Integrated BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 9.3 lakhs

BBA.LL.B (Hons.)- 9.9 lakhs

LLM- 72,700

HNLU Raipur

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a public university established in 2003 by the Chhattisgarh Government under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh Act, 2003. HNLU Raipur has been included in the list of the Universities maintained by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, 1956. The university is recognised by the Bar Council of India under section 7 of the Advocates Act 1961. It also offers UG, PG & doctoral courses. Enrolment in BA.LL.B (Hons.) is obtained through Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) & for LLM, they need to appear in CLAT PG and obtain a valid score. For admission, visit the official website but only after matching the cut-off in CLAT examinations.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B- 6.40 lakhs

LLM- 1.50 lakhs

New Law College Pune, BVP

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University New Law College was established in 1978. It is also known as BVP NLC Pune. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has accredited the college with an ‘A+’ grade. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma and doctoral courses. BVP University New Law College admission to UG programmes is done based on candidates' marks in the All India Law Entrance Test. Candidates for the Master of Legislative Law (LLM) programme must have a minimum of 50% in their LL.B degree from a UGC recognised university. Visit the official website to fill out the admission form.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (5-year course)

Total Fee for Regular Merit Category (Unaided section)- 82,700/- (Per Annum for 5 yrs)

Total Fee for Management Merit Category (Unaided section)- 1.6 lakhs (Per Annum for 5 yrs)

Fee for Foreign/NRI (Unaided section)- 2.79 lakhs (Per Annum for 5 yrs)

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, was established in 2006. The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Bar Council of India (BCI) recognise the university. The university is spread over an area of 50 acres offering various academic and infrastructural facilities to the students and faculty members. Programmes like B.A. LL.B/ LL.M are offered based on CLAT scores, and enrolment in PhD programmes is based on students' performance in the written test and interviews conducted by the university's authorities.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 7.60 lakhs

LLM- 1.02 lakhs

SLS Bangalore

CMR University School of Legal Studies (CMRLS), Bangalore, was established in 2003 and is affiliated with Karnataka State Law University and is a constituent department under CMR University. It offers BA LLB Hons., BBA LLB Hons., B.Com LLB Hons., LLM Commercial Law, LLM Constitutional Law, PGD Air and Space Law, and PGD Intellectual Property Law. For Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Diploma Programmes-

  • Candidates seeking admission in this programme have to apply online on the official website of the University and submit the application form with the needed documents.

  • The admissions to this programme are purely based on merit, and the eligible candidates will be given direct admission to the programme.

Fee Structure:

LLB- 95,000 (1st-year fees)

LLM- 1.2 Lakhs (total fees)

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 1.4 lakhs (1st-year fees)

P.G Diploma- 25,000 (total fees)

Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)

IIT Kharagpur is a leading institute which was established in 1951 as a public institution. The institution’s Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law offers popular legal degrees like LLB, LLM, and integrated programs. As one of the leading institutes in the list of IITs, it conducts research in Geographical Indication, Labor and Industrial Law, Environmental Governance, International Human Rights Law & many more. The application process for the law courses at IIT Kharagpur starts around January every year & recruitment is done on the basis of its own exam.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

LLB (Hons.) in Intellectual Property Rights- 3.55lakhs

National Law University (Rajasthan)

Established amidst the heritage city of Jodhpur in 1999, the National Law University, Rajasthan is especially popular for its fusion degrees like B.Sc L.L.B along with a variety of graduate and masters levels courses like BA LLB, LLM, LLD, MBA in Bachelor of Law (Hons.), PhD, etc. Along with this, the institution has also incorporated Hons. programs in several law specializations, including but not limited to Trade Law, Intellectual Property Rights Law, Constitutional Law, and International Law.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B- 1.44 lakhs

LLM- 1.14 lakhs

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS Kolkata)

Situated in the city of palaces, the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) is an autonomous university founded in 1999. Its objective is to transform budding law professionals into future leaders. It is another significant one in our list of best law colleges in India and provides multiple diplomas and degrees in Law, and qualifying CLAT is the eligibility criterion required to take admission to the college. It also offers 3 years of LL.D degrees, the most advanced law degrees. The candidates for these degrees are expected to produce a thesis that will constitute a substantial and valuable contribution to legal scholarship

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 15.52 lakhs

M.Sc Forensic Science- 3.82 lakhs

LLM- 1.95 lakhs

LLD- 1.65 lakhs

Symbiosis Law School (Pune)

Symbiosis Law School, SLS Pune, was established in the patronage of S.B Mujumdar in 1977 by the Symbiosis Society. Situated in Pune, Maharashtra, it is recognized as one of the best law colleges in India for its multitude of diploma courses, graduate, and postgraduate programs like LLB, BA LLB (Hons.),  BBA.LL.B (Hons.), LLM, etc. Those wanting to enrol in these courses will have to qualify for the Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT Exam) or the Common Law Entrance exam, CLAT. 

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

LLB- 7.20 lakhs

CNLU Patna

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna was established in 1986. Its campus is spread over 18 acres. The university is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The university has been approved by the Bar Council of India.CNLU Patna is accredited Grade ‘A’ by the NAAC. CNLU Patna in the law department offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses. B.A. L.L.B. Hons., B.B.A. L.L.B. Hons., L.L.M., L.L.D., PhD Law and PhD Law part-time. Admissions are based on the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) marks and participation in the counselling process.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 7.04 lakhs

BBA.LL.B (Hons.)- 7.04 lakhs

LLM- 1.45 lakhs

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Jamia Millia Islamia was originally founded in Aligarh in the United Province, and in 1920, it became a Central University. In Urdu, ‘Jamia’ stands for “university”, and ‘Milia’ means “national”. One of the commonly chosen and best law colleges in India, this prestigious university offers an array of courses to choose from, namely, LLB, BA, LLB, LLM, PG Diplomas, MPhil, PhD, etc. To acquire admissions under these popular courses, students have to qualify for the JMI law entrance exam.

Fee Structure:

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 10,400 (1st-year fees)

LLM- 8,700 (1st-year fees)

PG Diploma- 26,600 (total fees)

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

Following is again one of the renowned colleges in India, the National Law Institute University, which was established back in 1997 by the state government of Madhya Pradesh. The University was ranked 17th by the NIRF in 2021 for law colleges in India. They believe in applying theoretical knowledge to practice and are really appreciative of all the modern teaching methods and techniques. Originally, they offered only law undergraduate courses, but now they have also stepped into the post-graduation courses. Their LLB course details are elaborate. Just like NLU, they also follow a blended teaching approach by covering theoretical concepts and providing internships, moot courts, use of audio and visual equipment, etc.

Fee Structure:

Total fees 

BA.LL.B (Hons.)- 9.18 lakhs

LLM- 1.44 lakhs

Hence, the colleges mentioned above give details of the campus and official websites along with the fee structure, with the help of which one can pick a college based on the financial condition as well.

About the Author: Kakoli Nath | 275 Post(s)

She is a Legal Content Manager at Finology Legal! With a Masters in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), a BBA.LL.B from ITM University, and patent analyst training from IIPTA, she truly specializes in her field. Her passion for IPR and Criminal laws is evident from her advanced certification in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Profiling from IFS, Pune.

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