Law has always been one of the most respected professions worldwide and legal education and scholarship has been respected globally for centuries. Legal education, the way we understand it in India, has undergone a sea of change in the last twenty years, i.e., since the first national law school was established in Bangalore in 1989. Since then, at least twenty National Law Schools have sprung up all over the country, of which fifteen are under CLAT (see the list below). As statistics prove, these law schools have successfully managed to churn out good lawyers with cutting-edge legal skills and acumen year after year and, all the graduates have achieved professional success right from the word go. Most of the National Law School Graduates have either lapped up cushy corporate jobs from prestigious law firms and corporate houses all over the world. Even those who have opted to work for NGOs, Government organisations or PSUs, or have chosen to practice law in the conventional way under some of the top lawyers of the country, or else have chosen a career in higher academics, have managed to do well for themselves in their respective fields. It is now acknowledged in the legal circuits that those who graduate from national law schools are, by virtue of their deeper understanding of the nuances pertaining to law, better equipped to deal with legal matters and hence are more readily employable.
Even in law not all are equal, “some are more equal than the others.” At the top of the pyramid of legal education lie the National Law Universities, world class institutions which began the process of reorienting legal education in India. National Law Universities are some of the most coveted places to get into. Key to their insistence of cutting edge education is the belief in quality over quantity, which translates to extremely limited number of seats on offer throughout the country. The irony of the situation is that the more in demand the law schools become, the shorter is the supply. At present there are 15 National Law Universities throughout the country. Under CLAT there are:
National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) conducts its own paper AILET.
Other than these private universities conduct their own papers. Some of them are: