Law education refers to the study of law and judicial system of any country by pursuing a professional study program of lawyers at different levels e.g. graduate, postgraduate or PhD level. In India legal education is granted as a three years degree course under the act of  Advocates Acts, 1961, that is passed by parliamentary.

Traditionally the degree offered by Law Commission of India is referred as B.L. (Bachelor of Law) or LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws). First Law University in India was set up in Bangalore known as National Law School of India University in 1985, known as NLS.

NLS provides multi-disciplinary qualification in a combined course. National Law school offered its five years integrated course titled as “B.A., LL.B. (Honours)” . Next university that began functioning as a Law Educaion university was NALSAR university of Law, Hyderabad.

Thereafter more Law universities opened in India such as, National Law Institute University of Bhopal in 1997. Following that National Law University, Jodhpur was established in 2001 which offered “B.B.A., LL.B. (Honours)”. Jodhpur was preceded by West Bengal University of Juridical sciences granting “B.Sc., LL.B. (Honours)”

Finally KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar became the first institute to offer an integrated law course specialization i.e. BA/BBA/B.Sc. LLB (Honours).

However, these specializations have different pre-qualification requirements e.g. students must have a bachelor’s degree to enter a three years professional B.A. LL.B. program and to enter five years integrated Law education candidates of Class XII from a Board of Education in India can apply. 

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Structure of National Law Schools-

Autonomous status of the Law:  These universities are called ‘deemed universities’, functioning as fully independent law institutes offering Law degrees and recognized under University Grant Commission.

Integrated degrees: These universities allow students to study other graduate courses along with LL.B. course in order to enable them possess better knowledge of other education fields.Initially the choice for the candidates was limited to B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) but later additional graduate programs e.g. B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science), B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration), B. com. (Bachelor of commerce) were added as options.

National status of law schools: these are recognize by University Grant Commission and affiliated to Bar Council of India. These schools work under a specific legislation passed by State legislature of the state.

Structure of National Law Schools-

List of National universities offering Law education in India.

  • National Law school of India university, Bangalore
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National Law University,
  • Patiala Chanakya National Law University, Patna

1. National Law school of India university, Bangalore

Located in Bangalore National Law University is the first Law school set up by legislative assembly of Karnataka in 1986. Chief Justice of India serves as a chancellor of University.  NLSIU was ranked first Law University by India Today in 2017.

University National Law University
Established 1986
Total Students 540
Undergraduates 400
Postgraduate 140
Undergraduate course Duration
B.A./ LL.B. 5 years
LL.M. 1 year
PG research M.Phil. LL.D.  Ph.D.
Masters of Public policy 2 years
Admission policy Through CLAT
Contact   website:
Postal Address National Law School of India
  University P.O. Bag 7201,
  Nagarbhavi, Bangalore -560072
  Karnataka, India
Phone +91 80 2321 3160
  +91 80 2316 0532
  +91 80 2316 0533

2. NALSAR (National Institute for Legal Studies and Research)

NALSAR is the foremost legal studies university established by an Act 34 of 1998 by state assembly of Andhra Pradesh

University NALSAR
Established 1998
Total Students 600
Undergraduates 480
Postgraduate 120
Undergraduate course Duration
B.A./ LL.B. 5 years
LL.M. 1 year
PG research M.Phil. LL.D.  Ph.D.
Masters of Public policy 2 years
Admission policy Through CLAT
Postal Address NALSAR University of Law
  University P.B. no. 1, Justice City
  Shameerpet, Medchal Dist.
  Hyderabad, 500078, Telangana
Phone +91 40 23498105/ 115

Top law schools in the world

Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School is one of the premier professional law schools located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in 1817 is Harvard Law school is the oldest constantly functioning school in United states.

Each class has 560 students per year in J.D.(Doctor of Jurisprudence) degree course.It ranks 3rd in the ranking of Law schools in united states. Total costs (tuition + fees + accommodation) of Harvard University for the academic year 2017-18 is $92,200

University Harvard Law School
Established 1817
Total Students 1990
Faculty 100-150
USNWR ranking 3rd (2018)
Alumni Barack Obama (Form.US president)

Oxford law school

The faculty of Law, University of Oxford is an 800 year old law school. It grants largest doctoral programme in the English-speaking world. It ranks first in the world in the current year 2019 in Times higher Education World University Rankings. Chandrayan-2 India on mission

Programmes offered:

Oxford graduate Programme: BCL (Bchelor of civil Law) and MJur Magister Juris (for civil background) are the only law courses in the world which are taught by tutorials, seminars and lectures. World-class study atmosphere and renowned scholars from around the world impart their knowledge to the students. Shanghai Facts

M.Sc. & M.Phil. degrees: master of science in criminology and criminal justice is a specialist 1 year programme and Master of Philosophy in criminology is a 1 year programme. Shanghai Facts

University The faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Established 800 years old
Alumni Tony Blair (Form.UK president)
  Sir Nicolas Bratza

Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is a professional graduate school of Stanford university located in Silicon Valley, California. Stanford Law School enrolls 572 students each year. Students receive education from veteran and scholars of Law and legislation. Teaching methods are practical and comprehensive. After completion of the degrees graduates feel no competition in finding their dream jobs as the Stanford Law University is the 2nd ranking Law school in the world.

University Stanford law school
Established 1893
USNWR rank 2nd (2018)
LL.M. Master of law
M.S.L. Master of studies in Law
J.S.M. Master of the Science of Law
J.S.D. Doctor of the Science of Law

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge is a premier world’s first ranking law School in the world famous for its sublime legal-research in international law. It ranked atop all the universities in 2018 and next-to-top in the world.

It offers six degree courses BA, LLM, MCL, MLitt, PhD and LLD. In addition, it offers M Phil in Criminology, M Phil in Criminological Research.

University Faculty of Law, Univ. of cambridge
Established Around 13th century
USNWR rank 1st (2018)
LL.M. Master of law
M.C.L. Master of Corporate in Law
B.A. Bachelor of Arts
MLitt Master of Law, Literature
Master degree MPhil in Criminology
  MPhil in criminology research
Diploma course Legal studies
  International Law

Yale University

Yale Law School or otherwise known as, YLS is the Law School of Yale University situated in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

It offers following study courses for the students

University Yale University
Established 1824
USNWR rank 1st (2018)
LL.M. Master of law
J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence
M.S.L. Master of studies in Law
J.S.D. Doctor of the Science of Law
Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy