In India, a student can pursue a legal course only after completing an undergraduate course in any discipline. However, following the national law school model, one can study law as an integrated course of five years after passing the senior secondary examination.
The following degrees are most commonly awarded
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)
The LL.B. is the most common law degree offered and conferred by Indian universities which has a duration of three years. Almost all law universities follow a standard LL.B. curriculum, wherein students are exposed to the required bar subjects.
Integrated undergraduate degrees
B.A. LL.B., B.Sc. LL.B., BBA. LLB., B.Com. LL.B. These degrees are mostly offered in the autonomous law schools having a duration of five years.
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
The LL.M. is most common postgraduate law degree which has a duration of two years.
Master of Business Law
A two years law course with specialization in business law.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
A Ph.D course in Law
Integrated MBL-LLM/ MBA-LLM
Generally a three years double degree integrated course with specialisation in business law.
Popular Entrance Exams in India
AILET: All India Law Entrance Test or simply AILET is an entrance test conducted by National Law University Delhi for law admissions in India. AILET is of 1 and 1/2 hour duration and AILET will have 150 questions for a total of 150 marks. You can learn more about AILET here.
CLAT: Common Law Admission Test is an all India entrance examination conducted by 11 National Law Universities in India for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). You can learn more about CLAT here.
LSAT: LSAT—India is a standardized test of reading and verbal reasoning skills designed by the USA–based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by law schools in India. You can learn more about LSAT here.
Top 25 Law colleges in India, as ranked by India Today can be viewed below
|Institute Name (City)||2011||2010||2009||2008|
|NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)||1||2||2||1|
|National Law School of India University (Bangalore)||2||1||1||2|
|National Law Institute University (Bhopal)||3||3||4||4|
|Campus Law Center, Delhi University (New Delhi)||4||4||3||3|
|Symbiosis Society’s Law College (Pune)||5||5||6||8|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata)||6||6||8||5|
|ILS Law College (Pune)||7||7||5||6|
|Faculty of Law, BHU (Varanasi)||8||12||11||10|
|Amity Law School (Delhi)||9||10||9||13|
|National Law Institute University (Jodhpur)||10||8||7||9|
|Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur||11||11||na||na|
|Gujarat National Law University (Ghandhinagar)||12||9||na||na|
|Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)||13||16||12||11|
|Army Institute of Law (Mohali)||14||15||21||23|
|Christ College of Law (Bangalore)||15||na||na||na|
|Government Law College (Mumbai)||16||10||na||7|
|Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College (Pune)||17||na||na||na|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies (Kochi)||18||14||14||18|
|ICFAI Law School (Dehradun)||19||na||na||na|
|Faculty of Law, University of Kolkata (Kolkata)||20||21||13||18|
|School of Legal Studies (Kochi)||21||13||14||na|
|Faculty of Law, University of Lucknow (Lucknow)||22||na||na||na|
|Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia (New Delhi)||23||24||16||21|
|Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University (Chennai)||24||18||24||17|
|Faculty of Law, University of Allahabad (Allahabad)||25||na||na||na|
Source: India Today 2011 Law College Rankings
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