Interested in becoming a lawyer? If so, you know that you have a long, competitive journey ahead of you.
Law is one of the most popular recession-free fields as the legal work never stops regardless of the economic climate of the country.
Legal education in India generally refers to the education of lawyers before entry into practice. Legal education is understanding and appreciating the framework of the law in a country. Since India is in a growing phase, it is essential for Indian legal education to be improved so that legal professions in India are strengthened.
L.L.B. or Bachelors of Legislative Law is a law degree that is chosen by students who aspire to pursue challenging law careers. A Law degree from one of the top Indian institutes can open up a lot of career opportunities for you.
With over 3 crores of unresolved cases in courts across India, the importance of lawyers and law as a profession has been understood. Consequently, this raises the issue of which college to prefer for studying law.
While NLUs have traditionally topped the overall rankings for top law colleges in India, private law colleges are not far behind. Several top private law colleges in India are in fact better than a few NLUs. Thus, along with CLAT and AILET, you should aim for law entrance exams for these private colleges which have their own exams.
- 1. Symbiosis Law School, Pune
- 2. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
- 3. Army Institute of Law, Mohali
- 4. Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
- 5. Amity Law School, Noida
- 6. New Law College, Pune
- 7. School of Law, Christ University
- 8. ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad
- 9. KIIT Law School
- 10. M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore
The Top Private Law Colleges in India are:
1. Symbiosis Law School, Pune
Symbiosis is an educational center of international standards established in 1971, under the influence of Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, President and Founder Director. The School is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950.
Symbiosis Law School, Pune was established in 1977 was earlier affiliated to University of Pune but later became a part of Symbiosis International University 2002. The School is accredited ‘A’ Grade by NAAC (UGC). It is approved by Bar Council of India. The 36 years old school achieved various high points in teaching, learning, and research. The School has also received a Gold Award by the Bar Council of India.
SLS Pune offers Graduate, Post Graduate, Diploma and Certification Courses in various disciplines of legal studies. For Admission, the applications have to be submitted online. The university conducts its own entrance exam called SLS Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI)
In comparison to other universities, the pattern symbiosis follow is very different and advanced. It collaborates with many international institutes such as Dundee Law School, Asian Law Institute (ASLI), International Association of Law schools (IALS) and Brunswick European Law School, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences.
It was Ranked 4th in India Today Nelson Survey 2012. SLS were Runners up in 5th International Law Competition and 6th International Competition.
2. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
Jindal Global Law School is India’s First Global Law School and was established in 2009. The Institute is approved by The Bar Council of India and is affiliated to O.P. Jindal University (JGU). Courses offered by the Institute are B.A. L.L.B., B.B.A. L.L.B., L.L.B., and L.L.M.
The Institute highlights itself with its collaborative research centers namely Michigan- Jindal center for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy and Renmin-Jindal India China center on Negotiation to facilitate the research activities.
It established several research centers in a variety of fields such as Women, Law and Social Change, Penology, Criminal Justice, and Police Studies and many more.
The Institute is a member of International Association of Law Schools and Law Schools Global League. It also offers a range of opportunities to pursue the study of several foreign languages on campus. It is also active in hosting conferences, seminars, and public lectures on some of the most important issues related to law, society, and business.
Jindal Global Law School Placements are offered to all the candidates through the on and off campus under the O.P Jindal Global University Placement Cell. Appearing in LSAT-India and attending its respective counseling is a mandatory clause for admission to all courses (except Ph.D.) offered by Jindal Global Law School.
3. Army Institute of Law, Mohali
Army Institute of Law has been providing high-end law education to the children since July 1999. It is affiliated to Punjab University, Patiala. It is also approved by the Bar Council of India. 25 Journals are subscribed within the library. It is accredited ‘A’ by NAAC. It is run by the Army Welfare Education Society.
AIL offers a 5-year integrated B.A.L.L.B program. The school reserves 60 seats out of the total 80, for the wards of Army Personnel and 20 are available for civilians. Sixteen civilian slots are for students from Punjab and four are for the All India Civil Category. The Admissions are based on the Army Institute of Law Entrance Test, except that civilian students from Punjab are selected on the basis of 10+2 marks.
It offers a one-year postgraduate L.L.M. program with options to specialize in Criminal Law or Family Law. The course enrolls passionate students on the basis of the common entrance exam.
The Institute has been ranked 12th among Best Colleges in India and 2nd in the northern region by India Today Nelson Survey 2018. It has also been ranked 4th among Top Law Schools of Eminence and 2nd among Top Law Schools of State Punjab by GHRDC Law School Survey 2018.
It was Ranked 18th among All India Top Law Colleges, 4th among All-India Top private Colleges, 2nd Top Private Colleges in the North Zone by The Week- Hansa Research Survey, 2018.
4. Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
Institute of Law, Nirma University is a private legal study and training institute located in Ahmedabad. The Institute was set up under the affiliation to Nirma University in 2007. The college offers various undergraduate and postgraduate and doctoral programs in legal education.
The UG program is offered in two 5-year Integrated courses – BA- L.L.B. (Hons.) and B.Com-LL.B. (Hons.). LL.M. course is offered in specializations like Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal and Security Law, Legal Pedagogy and Research, Commerce and Corporate Law and Science, Technology and Law. Ph.D. program is offered in two specializations namely Constitutional Law and Criminal Law.
The admission is through an entrance exam called the Common Law Admission Test.
The Institute conducts Moot court sessions; workshops, Interactive sessions with renowned lawyers, judges, law teachers, and scholars.
It is ranked first among ‘Top Law Schools of Eminence in India’ by Global Human Resource Development Centre (GHRDC), April 2016.
It has its own Legal Research Centers of various areas of importance to inculcate interdisciplinary research skills and works on research projects funded by GWSSB and Gujrat Ecological Commission. It includes MoA with Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Aryavarta Space Organisation.
5. Amity Law School, Noida
Amity Law School is affiliated to Amity University. Amity Law School was founded in 1999. The School was granted affiliation by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The Amity Law School is an institution established by an educational society called the Ritnand Balved Education Foundation (RBEF) with the object of providing high-quality education in the legal domain.
It is one of the finest institutions and has all the requirements that a college need to strive ahead. It is the first institute in Delhi NCR to offer five-year integrated LLB (H) Program. It has an impressive array of sports, academic and cultural facilities. The Motto of the college is ‘Knowledge speak but Wisdom listens’.
The courses that the college offers are B.A. L.L.B., B.B.A. L.L.B., L.L.M., B.Com. L.L.B (Hons.). The Institute is approved by Bar Council of India. It is accredited ‘A’ by NAAC. It is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The B.A L.L.B. (Hons.), B.B.A. L.L.B (Hons.), B.Com. L.L.B. (Hons.) are the courses that are offered for a duration of 5 years. It also offers many PG courses with various specializations. The courses include:
- L.L.B. is the course which is offered for a duration of 3 years.
- The courses that are offered for a duration of 1 year are:
- L.L.M. (Business Law)
- L.L.M.( Constitutional Law)
- L.L.M. ( Corporate Banking and Insurance Law)
- L.L.M. (Family Law)
- L.L.M. (Human Rights)
- L.L.M. (International Environmental Law)
- L.L.M. (International Trade and Economic Law)
- L.L.M. ( Media and Entertainment Law)
- L.L.M (Medical and Health Law)
- L.L.M. (Tax Law)
- The college also offers a doctoral degree which is M.Phil (Law).
The Admission to the undergraduate and postgraduate Law Programs in Amity Law School is direct. The candidate is required to fill an application form by depositing the requisite amount fees.
The School has established a full-fledged placement cell which interacts with the corporate world in order to explore the possibility of training and job placements of students. 30-40 percent of the students go for litigation after their studies, 10-15 percent goes for higher studies in India and abroad, a few go for Judicial Service and Civil Service Examinations, a few take up clerkship under the Honorable judges of the Supreme Court and High Court and rest of them join law firms.
6. New Law College, Pune
Bharati Vidyapeeth New Law College (NLC), Pune was established in 1978. It is one of the premier institutions of legal education in India. It is recognized by The Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission.
The Teaching Faculty includes retired Judges, Senior Advocates, academicians, Corporate Personnel- International Knowledge Partners. The extra co-curricular activities are outstanding. They follow best practices by world-class universities.
The admission to L.L.B. program is done on the basis of marks scored in an entrance exam conducted by the university itself. The courses offered are B.A-L.L.B, B.B.A-L.L.B, L.L.B, L.L.M.
The college offers various Postgraduate diplomas with various specializations which include Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law, Merger and Acquisition, Intellectual Property Law, Labour Law, Corporate Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution System, Taxation Laws, Air and Space Law, Human Rights, Media and Law, E-Learning and Litigation Law, Anti- Corruption Law, Social Legislation, Foreign Investments Law . It also offers a doctoral degree called M.Phil in Law.
It has collaborations with 10 international renowned universities in UK, USA, Europe, for participation in the international moot court competitions. They also conduct interactions with Judges through Judicial Colloquia. The college has published more than 97 research articles and 18 books during the last three years.
7. School of Law, Christ University
The School of Law, Christ University (SLCU) is formerly known as Christ College of Law. It is approved by Bar Council of India. It is affiliated to Christ University which is accredited ‘A’ by NAAC. SLCU is an institute imparting world-class legal education not only to students from various parts of the country but also from the Middle East and Mauritius.
Christ University has won various laurels in prestigious moot court competitions conducted at national and international levels. Some of the prominent achievements include:
- Winner of the 8th SP Sathe Memorial Moot Court Competitions.
- Also won the Best Memorial prize and Best Gentleman Advocate of the Competition.
- Best Delegate Prize at the Rotary Indian International Model United Nations, Pune, Maharashtra held between 10–12 January 2014
Winners at 3rd Jus Amicus National Moot Court Competition, 2015 Semi-Finalist And Best Appellant Memorial at 8th National Law School International Arbitration Moot.
Winners at the Pondicherry Cultural Fest, SPIRITUS and INVICTA.
The courses that are offered by the School are:
- Bachelor of Law B.A. L.L.B Honours
- Bachelor of Law, B.B.A. L.L. Honours
- Postgraduate courses offered for a duration of one year
- Master of Law in Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Master of Law in Corporate and Commercial Law
- Master of Law in Intellectual Property and Trade Law
- Doctoral of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Law
- Master of Philosophy
- M.Phil Law
The Admission is through the common entrance exam which the university conducts every year.
8. ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad
Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India Law School, Hyderabad is one of the oldest law institutes in the state. The college was founded in the year 1956 located in Hyderabad, the state of Telangana. The ICFAI Law School is approved by Bar Council of India. It is affiliated to IFHE Hyderabad.
The admission process involves an entrance exam which is called ILSAT/ CLAT.
The Institute is famous for it’s out of box placement assistance and global exposure. Every year some of the reputed companies recruit students from their institute.
The School is Ranked 3rd among ” Top 10 Promising Law Colleges in India 2017″ by Higher Education Review, July 2017. It also conducts MOU for academic collaborations with Widener University, Delaware Law School, Wilmington, USA and National Law School of India University, Bangalore. It is also a member of the International Association of Law Schools (USA).
The College offers various courses. The undergraduate courses offered are B.A. L.L.B (Hons.), B.B.A. L.LB. (Hons.). The postgraduate courses offered are L.L.M in Corporate and Commercial Law, L.L.M. in Tax Laws. The college also provides many certifications which are as follows:
- Certification in Immigration Laws
- Certification in Forensic Science and Law
- Certification in Solid Waste Management and Law
- Certification in Cyber Laws.
- Certification in Infrastructure Laws
- Certification in Goods and Services Tax Laws.
- Certification in Law of Financial Services.
- Certification in International Trade Law.
The college offers Doctoral degree as well which is Ph.D. in Law.
It contains an Anti- Ragging environment, provides counseling services and healthcare services. it provides the facility of the hostel.
9. KIIT Law School
Kalinga Institute of Information and Technology (KIIT) Law School, Bhubaneswar was established in 2007 by KIIT University. Academic Programs of the School are recognized by the Bar Council of India, the apex body regulating the legal education in India and UGC.
The college offers specialized honors courses in Business Law, Constitutional Law, International Law, Crime & Criminology, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation Law, and Human Rights Law.
The aim of the college is to create an advanced center of professional learning of International standard where the pursuit of knowledge and excellence will reign supreme, unfettered by the barriers of nationality, language, cultural plurality, and religion.
The School runs under the guidance of Prof. N.L. Mitra, Former Director, National Law School of India University, Bangalore. The School is a member of the International Association of Law Schools, Australia. It is the First law school of the country which has implemented the curriculum recommended by Bar Council of India. It takes part in MOU with Northumbria University, Miami University and Dong-A University for academic collaborations and joint activities.
It offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It offers programs such as B.A.L.L.B, B.B.A.L.L.B, B.Sc L.L.B. The postgraduate courses that the college offers are L.L.M. in Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, Family Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Criminal and Security Law, Legal Pedagogy and Research, International and Comparative Law. The School also offers Ph.D. in Law, Criminology, and Corporate Law.
The Admission to the various courses is through an Entrance Exam conducted by The KIIT which is called KIITEE (Kalinga Institute of information and Technology Entrance Examination).
10. M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bangalore
M.S. Ramaiah College of Law was established in the year 1995 by the Late Dr. Sri M.S. Ramaiah. The major cause of establishing this college was to produce an exceptional quality of legal education for aspiring students.
Students in huge numbers from every corner of India turn up here to take admission in their graduate law courses. The college is also approved by the Bar Council of India. the college is affiliated to Karnataka Ste Law University.
The College takes part in MOU with National Law School of India, Bangalore for conducting bridge courses, training program, and other academic activities. it has collaborations with Trans-India Law Associates, Delhi for internships and placements. It also has collaborations with Karnataka State Legal Services Authority for students to work on various research projects.
It offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The undergraduate course offered by the college is B.A.L.L.B. The college offers Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law and Information Technology. The college also offers certification in Human Rights Law.
The Admission to the college is purely based on merit. They do not conduct entrance examinations for admission.
Getting a good college is very important regardless of the programme the candidates look forward to pursue. The private law colleges mentioned above are some of the best institutes in the country and offer great opportunities after graduation.
Since most of these universities have their own law entrance exams, it is better to select the best preference and prepare for the entrance tests of these colleges. Candidates should target the colleges that suit best to their requirements regarding the fee structure and curriculum.