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Nalsar Mooting Premier League wins cited by India Today in ranking NLSIU 2nd

India Today rankings still rankling (click image to enlarge)
India Today rankings still rankling (click image to enlarge)
India Today magazine has ranked Nalsar Hyderabad as the best law school in the country followed by NLSIU Bangalore in second spot, with the magazine citing the college’s two consecutive wins in Legally India’s Mooting Premier League (MPL) as a factor.

NLIU Bhopal, Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre, Pune’s Symbiosis Society’s Law School were slotted next amongst the top five law colleges this year.

The annual survey undertaken by the India Today group in association with market research company Nielsen released the ranking of India’s best colleges in the field of law and arts, commerce, science, medicine and engineering.

The other national law schools to have made into India Today’s top ten ranks include NUJS Kolkata and NLU Jodhpur on the sixth and tenth spots respectively with ILS Law College Pune, Banaras Hindu University’s (BHU’s) Faculty of Law and Amity Law School also in the top ten.

In the print version of the magazine India Today said “what sets Nalsar apart” were moot courts, unique topics in its courses (including cyber law, intellectual property rights, insurance and banking, civil aviation management, realty sector, law and administration and aerospace), routine (a strict campus regimen where students are required to be in hostels by 9pm normally and by 11pm during exams), and the semester system, allowing for longer holidays to pursue internships.

India Today wrote: “Nalsar excels over other law schools in moot court competitions, which are competitive and very academically rigorous. For the past two years, Nalsar has finished in first place with National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, and NLSIU finishing in second and third places, according to law website LegallyIndia.”

Nalsar won the 2009-10 MPL sponsored by Clifford Chance and this year’s 2010-11 season of the MPL that was sponsored by Allen & Overy.

NLIU Bhopal, Nalsar Hyderabad and Symbiosis Pune all had taken out full-page advertisements in the print publication.

The methodology of Nielsen in compiling the survey began in March 2011, according to India Today, using “secondary data sources such as the Internet, published reports and the Association of Indian Universities Handbook”. Experts in each city were then asked to distribute 100 points between five parameters: “reputation of colleges, quality of academic input, student care, college infrastructure and job prospects”.

Experts were not allowed to rate their own college. From that shortlist a second “panel of experts” rated colleges in each stream nationally. Top-ranked colleges at that point were asked to provide factual data, with colleges that declined to supply such data not having been considered in the final rankings.

NUJS Kolkata, which boycotted the June 2011 Outlook India survey following the college making formal complaints about its and India Today’s methodology, was ranked sixth by India Today.

Factual score accounted for 40 per cent, with the perceptual scores compiled by experts accounting for 60 per cent. Faculty of colleges was not considered.

Nalsar was ranked first in all categories (see table), with NLSIU having been ranked second in all categories, except for the “factual rank” of college-submitted materials where it achieved only a 9th rank. NLIU Bhopal and NUJS Kolkata’s submitted materials in the “factual rank” category came second and third respectively. [Editor’s note: the online version of the India Today rankings breakdown contains factual errors]

Lawyers Update magazine in December 2010 was the first publication to use data from Legally India’s Mooting Premier League in its ranking of law schools.

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