Private law colleges have risen the India Today annual law college rankings faster than their national law school counterparts, with Symbiosis Law School Pune, Amity Law School Delhi and Bharati Vidyapeeth New Law College Pune all rising in the rankings as against last year.
NLSIU Bangalore and Nalsar Hyderabad traded places at the top again, while NUJS has apparently boycotted the rankings again this year.
NLIU Bhopal stayed steady in fifth rank but was overtaken by Symbiosis Pune that jumped from tenth to seventh this year.
National magazines’ law school rankings have proven controversial and been heavily criticised in recent years by graduates and students as bearing a correlation to advertisement or other more opaque factors. And while India Today has outsourced the heavy lifting in its survey to Nielsen, there is little transparency as to how precisely the rankings are arrived at.
The rankings between national law schools also do not seem to have had any impact on the preference of future law students taking the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT), which have remained fairly static in the last five years; NUJS is still firmly embedded as third in the rankings, while the absence of RMLNLU Lucknow, HNLU Raipur and Nuals Kochi from the India Today rankings, has still seen them ranking more highly in the preferences than RGNUL Patiala, for instance, which was ranked in 15th place this year, up from 18th last year.
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Source: India Today