The widely read magazine, India Today has released its rankings for various educational institutions, including law schools. As per the ranking, NLSIU, Bangalore is the best law school in India, followed by NALSAR Hyderabad.
Interestingly, India Today has not differentiated between 3 year law courses and 5 year integrated courses and has marked institutions on the same criteria. Amongst the other National Law Schools, only GNLU and HNLU found a mention within the top 10 places in the rankings. GNLU, Gandhinagar occupied the 4th position, while HNLU entered the top ten rankings for the first time with its 9th position.
Quoting the Vice Chancellor of the NLSIU, Bangalore, the magazine says, “The NLSIU was a first-of-its-kind institute set up by multiple stakeholders in Bengaluru in 1987 to reform legal education and establish a centre of excellence for legal research. In less than three decades, it has become the most preferred institute for students aspiring for a successful career in different areas of law. "Thanks to the founders of this institute and their long-term vision, NLSIU is undoubtedly the best law institute in the country. We will always have a 10-year advantage over other such institutions that have come up in different parts of the country.”
The Vice Chancellor also quoted the success of the students and alumni and said that the graduates fro the institutions have joined various places, from ranging from NGOs, law firms, academia and civil services and have brought laurels to the university.
The first National Law School in the country, NLSIU has a number of endowment chairs on a variety of subjects-human rights, business laws, WTO, alternative dispute resolution, public law and policy, juvenile justice. It had also secured a funding of Rs. 1 crore by the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs to set up an online mediation centre, a first of its kind, to protect consumers’ interests.