A degree in law education can open up a world of opportunities for law students. Especially, in India, in recent years, there has been a rise in demand for law degrees, both undergraduate (Bachelor of Law) and higher up courses (postgraduate or Master of Law). Not surprisingly, there has also been a corresponding rise in the number of applicants taking the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), which is the entrance exam for the 22 National Law Universities in India, as well as 43 other law schools (Law School Admission Test or LSAT). However, it is imperative that students choose the right law school as well as the right specialization to suit their aptitude (corporate law, tax law, criminal law, civil law, and so on).
For students of law, the ‘lab’ is outside the school and so the area counts.
There are many universities offering a five-year integrated law degree across India. However, experts argue that it is the location of the law school or university that is of paramount importance for the benefit of the student's career prospects. It is important for students to learn in an environment that provides legal events, seminars, conferences, moot courts, and opportunities for internships with law firms or government legal services.
The quality of the faculty is also a considerable factor when choosing a law school. In this respect, Delhi scores really high with the creme de la creme of legal academics and professionals concentrating in the national capital. The presence of the Supreme Court of India, as well as the legal firms of celebrated lawyers in the country, make Delhi an ideal destination for law education. Most law colleges in Delhi NCR offer their students the opportunity to get involved in international exchange programs and legal collaborations. For example, government law colleges in Delhi, such as the Faculty of Law, Delhi University, have global tie-ups in nations like Australia, Israel, South Africa, and Malaysia.
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
The Faculty of Law, DU is considered the most prestigious institute, indeed the national hub of legal studies in India. Since its establishment in 1924, the department has enjoyed years of prominence in the field of legal education. producing many legal luminaries, Supreme Court and High Court judges, leading advocates, political leaders, policymakers, and trendsetters in all walks of life.
The institute offers an LLB degree course of 3 years. With a growing demand from students, the first Centre of the department was established as Law Centre – I in 1970 and the second as Law Centre – II in 1971. The LL.B day classes of the Faculty of Law are conducted at the Campus Law Centre. The Dean looks after the LL.M. and Ph.D. programs.
The institute pursues the case method of teaching law; the department is not dependent on publishers' new editions of books as the case materials of LL.B. and LL.M. are revised by the faculty members every semester with dedication.
Printed copies of study materials are distributed to all students without profit. Moreover, the department is equipped with a rich print library with e-resources. The faculty members offer diversified knowledge and experience. Professors from other Universities, including foreign Universities, are invited to join various fellowship programs and conduct research in the institute, which also benefits the students.
National Law University, Delhi
The University offers comprehensive and interdisciplinary legal education that is socially relevant to selected candidates. Candidates are imbibed with legal and ethical values and a sense of respect for the rule of law and the objectives enshrined in the Constitution of India. Moreover, this hallowed institute also endeavors to disseminate legal knowledge in promoting national development, in order to improve the public's ability to analyze contemporary issues of public concern and their legal implications. In a nutshell, the institute promotes legal awareness in the community to achieve political, social, and economic justice.
As a more confident India asserts herself on the global stage, there are significant challenges that must be addressed, such as the need to assimilate India’s various social classes and their participation in the process of governance. The institute recognizes that cumulative progress needs to be fair and equitable and that the legal system is critical for the empowerment of the marginalized. Thus, the institute sincerely strives to make legal education and justice education an instrument of social, political, and economic change.
The most recognizable name in law education in Delhi, the institute imparts legal instruction through lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Study material is distributed for each course and forms the basis of class discussion and interactive learning Moreover, candidates are also encouraged to engage in constant discussions in class on contemporary issues pertinent to the curriculum. Each course also includes a project assignment to develop research, analysis, and writing skills.
Some courses are taught collaboratively so that the available expertise is optimally used and the education is interdisciplinary. Simulated settings such as courtroom exercises and mediations maximize participation and develop professional skills. The University also invites sitting and retired judges from the Supreme Court and High Court, leading lawyers and academicians, and retired judicial officers, for lectures, seminars, and discussions with students and the faculty.
Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia University
Established in 1989, the Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia offers an LL.B. program spanning 3 years. Over the course of time, the faculty of the institute has restructured the courses and introduced new courses, experimenting with innovative techniques of imparting legal education and strengthening its clinical program so as to keep up with the expanding horizons of the legal profession.
- Doctoral Programs: M.Phil/Ph.D.(Law)
- Masters Programs: LL.M. (Regular) / LL.M. (Self-Financed); L.L.M. (Executive) Self-Financed Programme
- Postgraduate Diploma Programs: PG Diploma in Labour Law; PG Diploma in Air Space Law
- Undergraduate Programs: B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)/B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (Self-financed)
The Faculty of Law organizes Moot Courts within the classrooms, Intra Class Moot Court Competitions, and National Moot Court Competitions. A National Law Reform Competition was organized by the Faculty of Law, in 2011, which was the first of its kind in India. The institute also organizes National Seminars and Conferences, periodically, in addition to Extension Lectures by eminent speakers from India and abroad.
University School of Law and Legal Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
The USLLS was established in 2001 with the objective of offering law candidates 5 years of an Integrated Professional Law Course and to serve as an institution of advanced legal studies. It was the first University Law School established in the vicinity of the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, various subordinate courts, commissions, tribunals and various monitoring offices of national and international voluntary organizations. Admissions are made on the basis of the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT). The institute also offers LL.M, Ph.D., and Post Doctoral research facilities in law.
- B.A., LL.B. (H) Five Year Course
- B.B.A., LL.B. (H) Five Year Course
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) Regular Course, with specializations in
- Corporate Law
- Human Rights Law
- Intellectual Property Rights
- International Trade Law
- Alternative Dispute Redressal (ADR)
- Ph.D. programs in various disciplines of law
Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Ranked one of the best universities in the country and in the international academic fraternity, Jawaharlal Nehru University continues to be at the forefront of educational excellence in the country. The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance is explicitly inter-disciplinary, stressing on diverse academic trainings of its faculty and its student body as well as in the pedagogical methods it adopts. The Centre has developed a reputation as a location where academic rigour can be combined with reflection on policy and advocacy. The Centre emphasizes the understanding of the links between the formal legal framework and governance in practice.
The Centre is at the forefront of pedagogical innovations. The teaching of optional courses is largely in the seminar format where students read in advance of the class, making presentations, and engaging in discussion in the classroom. The faculty also makes use of audio-visual materials such as documentaries and feature films. In some courses, open-book examinations are also conducted. The Centre for the Study of Law and Governance has had successful academic collaborations with a variety of institutions, such as the University of Warwick, the University of Essex, the University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales.
Drawing students from a diversity of backgrounds, candidates at the centre are selected on the basis of the results of an all-India examination conducted by the University in 71 centres across the country and one in Nepal. The Centre also attracts a large number of students from foreign universities, such as Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the University of Geneva, the University of Zurich, Paris-II, Université Paris X Nanterre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Università di Roma La Sapienza, Rome, and King’s College, London, for attending courses or for research affiliations.