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Revealed: Which NLU is most preferred for LLMs? • + Clickbait bonus: One answer may surprise you...

CLAT PG preferences: Mostly what you’d expect. But how would you make your choice?
CLAT PG preferences: Mostly what you’d expect. But how would you make your choice?

Did you know (or suspect) postgraduate law students hoping to study at an Indian national law university (NLU) nearly all prefer going to NLSIU Bangalore? Probably. But did you know NLIU Bhopal is by some readings more popular than NUJS Kolkata? And that a lot of high-ranking post-grads are going to Lucknow.

Following on from our annually-conducted analysis of undergraduate Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) takers’ preferences for national law schools a few days ago, we have this year, for the first time, also analysed postgraduate preferences for national law schools.

This is far from a completely scientific analysis, and doesn’t necessarily take into account reserved seats, locational factors and quality of postgraduate education offered, but it is rather interesting since there has been very little transparency or reporting done on the LLM scene (with the exception of a few articles below, please let us know if we’ve missed any):

In any case, we have published a table below of the top 20 ranks and top 10 ranks who opted for each college for a postgraduate, according to the first indicative seat preference list published by the CLAT.

In addition, there’s a slightly confusing graph above plotting candidate ranks against each law college, which is enlightening once you get your head around it (click here for an interactive version of the graph, which may be easier to follow, as well as the source data).

The findings, in short

In short, much like in the undergraduate preferences, nearly everyone ranking in the top 50 wants to go to NLSIU Bangalore.

Nalsar Hyderabad is in firm second place in CLAT post-graduate preferences, both according to the Super 10, Super 20 and the graph.

It gets interesting around NLIU Bhopal and NUJS Kolkata though - NLIU Bhopal, which is the older college but has long been lower-ranked in undergraduate preferences to NUJS - has a clear edge over NUJS both in Super 20 and Super 10 scores.

According to the graph, NLIU reservations likely kick after around 15 candidates, however, while NUJS has a fairly consistent curve up to 30 candidates.

The largest post-graduate NLU, with 80 seats, is NLU Jodhpur, and it is firmly ensconced in CLAT takers’ preferences behind NLIU and NUJS, for all 60-odd non-reserved seats.

Also interesting is RMLNLU Lucknow, which has quite a low Super 20 rank though actually is nearly as popular as Nalsar Hyderabad among its 10th best candidates. That could be a locational preference or a statistical aberration, due to 10 candidates being a small sample size.

Update: The RMLNLU mystery is perhaps solved. Othla tweeted:

@LegallyIndia reason for Lucknow preference is: lot of candidates who score high in CLAT-PG are from UP preparing for UPSC & Judiciary.

— Othla (@othlaw) Fri, 09 Jun 2017, 19:56

Finally, post-graduate candidates marginally preferred GNLU Gandhinagar over HNLU Raipur, which is followed by RGNUL Patiala and Nuals Kochi.

After that, there is a bit of a numerical separating line between NLUO Cuttack, with comparable Super 20 and Super 10 scores in the mid-300s, and the rest.

The remaining four and youngest CLAT colleges, which generally have smaller batch sizes of around 20, are lowest on the list of preferences with Super 20 scores of around 1,000, due in part to reservations kicking in.

However, some Super 10 scores stand out - MNLU Mumbai’s top 10 candidates have a comparable rank to those at HNLU Raipur, GNLU Gandhinagar, and RGNUL Patiala. One would wager that it’s Mumbai’s locational advantage coming into play, yet again.


In any case, this is the first time we’ve done this but we’d be interested in your views: how do you choose post-graduate national law schools? Is there a difference in post-graduate course quality at each of these places, or is it mostly a matter of brand names?

And why is NLIU more popular than NUJS?

Answers and thoughts in comments below please.

Postgraduate NLU Super 20 & 10 preferences

Super 20 (avg ranks) Super 10 (avg ranks) Total PG seats
NLSIU Bangalore 14 7 50
Nalsar Hyderabad 58 52 60
NLIU Bhopal 106 84 40
NUJS Kolkata 112 98 40
NLU Jodhpur 149 135 80
GNLU Gandhinagar 215 180 52
HNLU Raipur 242 221 45
RGNUL Patiala 258 208 38
Nuals Kochi 334 312 37
RMLNLU Lucknow 349 67 20
NLUO Cuttack 359 341 44
NLUJAA Guwahati 827 827 10
NUSRL Ranchi 983 383 20
MNLU Mumbai 1091 201 18
DSNLU 1229 352 21
MNLU Nagpur 1515 378 17

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