The Indian legal system is one of the strongest in the world. In fact, the constitution of India is so strong that it has adaptations from a number of other constitutions. Another reason for the immense strength of our judiciary is the fact that it has to support the second most populous country in the world.
Indeed, to be a pillar to the largest democracy in the world, it needs to be very firm and have talented young people join the same. These people have to be trained in such a way that they are capable enough to bear the weight of expectations that this profession brings.
Another factor that is critical here is the fact that the legal system is one that has a very late retirement. Thus, people who have worked in other professions in the past, join this profession at a later age to render their services.
All these people also need to be trained with the same dedication as that of the young minds so that they can bring their best to the table. Here is a list of the top 10 law colleges of the country which, as of 2018, are producing legal professionals of exceptional calibre.
1. National Law School Of India University, Bangalore
One of the oldest NLUs in the county, this college has a very limited intake of 80 students for its undergraduate law program, 40 in its Master of Law program and 40 more in its Master of Public Policy.
The institute has a highly competitive debating environment and its Student Bar Association is one of the best in the country. The institution also has a line of well-settled alumni to its credit.
2. Rajiv Gandhi School Of Intellectual Property Law, Kharagpur
What sets this institute to be different from that of other colleges in this list is the fact that all the students of this institute have to go through an 8-week summer internship. During this period, they work with some of the most reputed names in the industry (like Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, Cognizant, Biocon, Siemens India, Honeywell, amongst others) and often end up bagging pre-placement offers from the same.
Over 90% of the students who have graduated out of this institute in the last five years are well placed in the top MNCs at a global level.
3. National Law University, Jodhpur
Established in 2001, this institute offers highly specialised postgraduate courses. The postgraduate course in Intellectual Property Law is one that is highly coveted and has the best placement record. It has 115 seats at the undergraduate level and 150 more at the postgraduate level.
To ensure that only the creamy layer of students make their way to the institute, there is no domicile state reservation. In fact, it is one of the three only national law universities to have this exception.
4. NALSAR University Of Law, Hyderabad
This institute has collaborations with a number of international organisations and experts from the same visit the institution to deliver guest lectures. Exposure to all of these ensures that the students have a holistic learning experience and that their perspective of life is not a narrow one. The placement scene at this reputed college is commendable.
5. National Law University, New Delhi
This is one of the best institutes of the country in terms of provision of legal research. The institute has thirteen research centres dedicated to the same. The library of the college is particularly well-equipped and has access to the best journals at a national and international level.
The ambience of the college is such that it trains its students to deal with all the challenges of the professional world and establish their ground as sound legal personnel of exceptional calibre.
6. Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
Being India's first global law school, this is one of the few private institutions to make its way to the top 10 law colleges of the country. What sets this college to be different from others is its courses, which are highly interdisciplinary in nature, which in turn prepares its students to face the challenges of the real world.
The five-year integrated BA LLB course has at least 12 courses in social sciences and humanities while it has 12 courses in business, commerce and management.
7. Faculty Of Law, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
Established in 1924, this institute has been in existence for longer than the Indian judiciary itself. Over the years it has adapted itself to the changing times and its course structure has been highly dynamic in nature.
Having one of the most modest fee structures, this institute has one of the highest student pay packages. This makes it one of the most coveted institutes of learning in terms of judicial studies in the country.
8. The W. B. National University Of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
The greatest strength of this institution is its faculty. The well-experienced faculty of this college come from a number of well-reputed institutions, like the Oxford University, University of Michigan, London School of Economics and Columbia University. All of them work hand in hand to ensure that the best legal education is imparted to the students.
It is this exceptionally high quality of teaching that ensures that the students have a very good performance track record in international moot courts. The accolades that the students win for the same owe credit to the high quality of teaching that takes place within the premises of this reputed institution.
9. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
Having one of the best placement cells in the country, every year this institute witnesses a number of well-reputed companies, like Khaitan, Wipro, Citi Bank and others.
To ensure that their students get placed in these well-reputed firms, the college invests in training the students in some highly professional placement-centric courses. This form of interview preparation strategy of the college is the main reason why it has its alumni in almost all the big names of the corporate world.
10. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
This college is well reputed in achieving 100% placement year after year. The moot court facilities that are provided by the college are at par with global standards.
Although the college has a history to respect, it has kept itself updated with the changing times. That is why it is fair to say that the college has the best infrastructure in terms of sports facilities, digital technologies and exposure to modern amenities.