A career in law is still a prestigious thing in India. Gone may be the days when you had only Doctor, Engineer and Advocate as career choices but studying law is still much in demand among Indian youth. To pursue a career in law and become lawyer one requires to possess a degree in law. LLB requires five year to complete for 10+2 candidates while graduates can complete in three years. On completion of the course you can opt to practice law for central or state government and even have opportunities to work in Defense, Tax and Labor Law departments. You also have options to work as legal advisor in private companies.
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Eligibility – Who can apply to law colleges?
You need to secure 50% marks in aggregate in your 12th exams or an equivalent diploma course for Common Law Entrance Examination. For the 5 year course in LLB you need to complete to complete 20 years but for the three year course you need to complete at least 17 years.
Admission to law colleges in India
Admission for the National level law institute is based on the merit score of the Common Law Entrance Examination. Apart from the National level colleges some private colleges also conduct separate entrance examinations before granting admission.
Top 10 Law Colleges in India
Here is a list of top 10 colleges in India offering law degree.
1. National Law School of India, Bangalore
The National Law School has undergraduate, postgraduate and research program for its aspiring candidates. The B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Program admission is done on the basis of ranking in Common Law Entrance Examination and they have a total 80 seats. Good infrastructure, faculty student ration, special sessions on case studies, moot courts and lectures makes it worth for the candidates. The post graduate LLM course is for 1 year and has three semesters. They also research and distant education programs for candidates.
2. Rajiv Gandhi Law of Intellectual Property Law
Located in Kharagpur, approximately 120km away from Kolkata the Rajiv Gandhi Law College offers traditional law courses along with the latest courses that are designed keeping in mind the current global trend. To be gain admission in the LLB program of this college one must pass the All India Entrance which is conducted at different centers across India. For the Ph.D program there will be a written test, interview and group discussion. To be eligible for this program you must at least have Master’s degree in law with 55% marks and Net
3. National Law University Jodhpur
National Law University has both graduate and post graduate courses in Law.This University was started in the year 1999 and the first batch started in 2001.The under graduate degrees with 10 semesters include B.A.,LL.B. (Hons),B.B.A,LL.B. (Hons),B.Sc.,LL.B. (Hons).The post graduate level courses include Constitutional Governance ,Intellectual Property Law ,Management and Law , International Trade and WTO and Banking and Finance .The admission for undergraduate courses is done on the basis of Common Law Entrance Examination while the post graduate course is done of the basis of National Level entrance test.
4. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research
The National Academy of Legal Studies and Research has specially designed courses with apt specialization for law students. It has under graduate, post graduate and doctoral programs and they also have diploma courses. The B.A LLB program of this college has 120 seats and the admission is purely based on the merit score of Common Law Entrance Examination. Now the post graduate LLM program is for one year.Apart from this the college also has master’s degree in Business Laws and Administration (MBLA), Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) with LLM degree and Doctor of Philosophy.
5. Amity Law School
Amity is one of the top universities in the country and they have exclusive programs for candidates interested in law. It has a 5 year integrated BA LL.B (H) program that is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. They have the best infrastructure with most sophisticated classrooms, computer labs, library. To make the teaching better apart the classes they also hold seminars, case studies, moot courts for the students. They also have placement programs to help student get placed in organizations. They have facilitated and assisted students in getting admission to renowned universities abroad like London School of Economics and Political Science, National University of Singapore and University College of London.
6. Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
The Delhi University is the largest University in India. They have around 16 faculties, 86 academic departments and 77 colleges in India. The LLB and the LLM course requires the candidate to have secured 50% aggregate in graduate/post graduate course from Delhi University or any recognized university. OBC category has 10% less marks in the Entrance exam. The LLM program is for 2/3 years and have a total of 6 semesters.
7. School of Law, Cochin University of Science and Technology
School of Legal studies was formed in 1962 and later it joined with Cochin University in 1986 to be renamed as Cochin University of Science and Technology. The five year B.B.A/B.Com. LL.B.(Hons.) Course requires you to complete at least 12th with at least 60% marks for science stream and 55% marks for commerce stream. Now the selection to the course will be made purely on the merit score of the Common Entrance Examination Results. The three year LLB degree requires 40% marks from any recognized university. Here again the selection will be made on the basis of entrance test conducted by University of Law. They also have the 2 year LLM program where admission is done on the basis of Common Admission Test, Group Discussion and Interview.
8. Gujarat Law University
Gujarat Law University was established by the Government of Gujarat and it is a member of Bar Council of India. Their programs include the undergraduate five year BA/B.Com/BBA/BSc/BSW LL.B. (Hons.) and the post graduate LLM as well as Financial Management and Business Law. The undergraduate requires you at least complete 10+2 with minimum of 45% in aggregate and 40% marks in case of SC/ST. The eligibility of one year LLM program requires degree or equivalent degree with a minimum 55% marks. The MBA (Financial Management and Business Laws) is a complete 2 year program which focuses on training the candidates for multinational companies, banking houses and public sector undertakings.
9. Department of Law, Aligarh University
Aligarh University is known for its excellence in higher education and they have some best faculty in terms of experience. To make legal education more updated to latest business trends the university has also included Competition Law, Cyber Law, Banking and Law, Mines Law, Maintenance Law, Banking and Insurance Law, International Trade Law with the law curriculum. Courses offered include the 5 year B.A.LL.B. (Integrated) Course, LLM course 2 years and P.G diploma courses. To avail admission in these above mentioned courses you need to have completed 10+2 with at least 50%in aggregate. Now there is an entrance examination conducted by the Aligarh Muslim University and the selection to the course will be purely based on merit.
10. Symbiosis Law University
Symbiosis Law University started in 1977 in Pune and is affiliated to the Pune University. The courses offered include 5 years B.A LLB (Hons.), 3 yeat LLB, One year LLM program. For the admission the candidates need to have completed 10+2 with a minimum of 45% marks. If you qualify for this you need to appear for the Symbiosis Entrance Exam .Selection will be based on merit and personal interview.The college also has scholarship program for students with good score.
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