Although they don’t regularly feature in the world rankings, the law schools in India offer their students an excellent education, not to mention the chance to study in the largest Common Law nation in the world!
So let’s take a look at the top 10 law colleges in India and some of the elements that make them so great.
Top 10 Law Schools in India
All of the law schools in our top 10 offer LLM courses, some of which are specialised and some are general Master of Laws programs. All of the LLM courses are studied for one year on a full-time basis, and distance or online learning is not available yet at the law schools in India.
The National Law School of India University is often regarded as the best institution to study the law in India. It offers two specialities in its LLM program of Business Law and Human Rights Law. Meanwhile, the ILS Law College offers an LLM concentrating on International Law or Business Law, and the Symbiosis Society's Law College offers an LLM specialising in Business and Corporate Law, Constitutional Law and Administrative Law, Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Law, Policy and Good Governance, Criminal Law and Security Law, and Human Rights Law. Students can specialise in Media Law, Corporate Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Tax Law and Health Law in the LLM course at Amity Law School. The Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia offers specialisation in Criminal Law, Corporate Law and Personal Law. The Christ College of Law has specialisations in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Intellectual Property and Trade Law, and Corporate and Commerical Law.
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Faculty of Law at Banaras Hindu University, the Faculty of Law at Aligarh Muslim University and the Bharati Vidyapeeth's New Law College all offer general LLM courses.
Locations of the Law Colleges
There are a few cities in India where there is a concentration of excellent law schools, but as a general rule law schools are spread out across India. The National Law School of India University is located in Bangalore as is the Christ College of Law and The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences is in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). The ILS Law College, Bharati Vidyapeeth's New Law College and the Symbiosis Society's Law College are all located in Pune. The Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University is in the ancient city of Varanasi and Amity Law School has a number of campuses in Lucknow, Gurgaon, Gwalior, Mumbai and Raipur. Aligarh Muslim University is in the city of Aligarh and Jamia Millia Islamia is in Delhi
The Student Bar Association has representation at most law schools in India, as does the All India Law Student Association. Most law schools have extensive committees and societies that students can get involved with, such as the National Law School of India University. Alumni societies are a good way to connect with previous LLM students to find out all you can about the LLM course at your law college in India, for example the ILS Law College has a great Alumni Society. Law Clinics are a regular feature of the top 10 law schools in India, offering students an excellent chance of experience practising the law, such as the one at the Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University.