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A step closer to the truth? The Week’s top law colleges in India
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A step closer to the truth? The Week’s top law colleges in India

Aditya AK

Law school rankings by magazines have historically been a fruitless and misleading exercise, but The Week may have just bucked that trend.

Well, slightly, anyway.

As a welcome change from the ludicrous (perhaps paid) rankings of every year, The Week has come up with a list that is more acceptable, with a few exceptions.

Each law college is ranked in order of its “Composite Score”. It comes as no surprise that NLSIU Bangalore tops the list, followed by NALSAR Hyderabad and Faculty of Law, Delhi University. WBNUJS Kolkata is in fourth, followed by NLIU Bhopal, NLU Jodhpur and Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University. GNLU Gandhinagar, ILS Pune and Symbiosis Pune complete the top ten.

There are five other CLAT law colleges that feature in the top 35: HNLU Raipur at 13th, RMLNLU Lucknow at 14th, RGNUL Patiala at 16th, NUALS Kochi at 17th, and CNLU Patna at 23rd.

Here is the list of the top 35 law colleges:

RankUniversityRankUniversity
1NLSIU Bangalore19NLU Delhi
2NALSAR Hyderabad20Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia
3Faculty of Law, DU21TN Ambedkar Law University
4WBNUJS Kolkata22Faculty of Law, Allahabad University
5NLIU Bhopal23CNLU Patna
6NLU Jodhpur23New Law College, Pune
7Faculty of Law, BHU25Faculty of Law, Calcutta University
8GNLU Gandhinagar26University College, Osmania University
9ILS Pune27ILNU, Nirma University
10Symbiosis Pune28Christ School of Law
11Amity Law School, IP University29CMR Law School
12GLC Mumbai29University Law College, Bangalore
13HNLU Raipur31Kerala Law Academy
14RMLNLU Lucknow32KC Law College, Mumbai
15Faculty of Law, AMU33KLE Law College, Bangalore
16RGNUL Patiala34MS Ramaiah Law College, Bangalore
17NUALS Kochi35Law College, Dehradun
18AIL Mohali

But every list has its share of anomalies, and this is no different. Take NLU Delhi’s low ranking of 19 for instance, or Faculty of Law BHU’s high ranking of 7. Perhaps if the components behind this “Composite Score” was revealed, we could get a better idea of the basis for assigning the ranks to the above mentioned colleges.

Despite the fact that this list gives prospective law students a more accurate idea of the top law schools in the country than India Today’s, the fact remains that there is an element of subjectivity that creeps into these exercises. The Week’s rankings are after all based on the perception of 57 experts and 151 current students from various colleges.

Here is a list of the top private law colleges:

A step closer to the truth? The Week’s top law colleges in India

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