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Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) recently released a report on its annual Diversity Survey, conducted at five leading National Law Universities (NLUs). The 2018-19 report captures the extent of diversity in the field of legal education in these institution.
The participating colleges in the survey were National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore; National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad; National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal; West Bengal National University for Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata; and National Law University, Delhi.
These NLUs were selected on the basis of student preferences, i.e. college preferences listed out by students in their application forms for the Common Law Admission Test (with the exception of NLU Delhi, which conducts its own entrance exam).
515 first-year students of these NLUs participated in IDIA's survey.
As was the case in previous surveys, the 2018-19 exercise also highlights a serious diversity deficit at what are perceived to be the top five NLUs.
Some of the key observations in the report are given as follows: