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CLAT 2016 early preferences: First-timer NLU Mumbai squeezes in with GNLU, HNLU. So could NLU Delhi make the top 3?

Mumbai NLU makes a massive entry to the CLAT: How would NLU Delhi change things up?
Mumbai NLU makes a massive entry to the CLAT: How would NLU Delhi change things up?

The 2016 first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) preferences have just been published and the only big surprise in the list has been first-time CLAT participant and youngest national law school NLU Mumbai, which came in a very strong seventh position in preferences.

The Super 30 ranking devised by Legally India, calculates the average rank order of the 30 highest-ranked aspirants selecting the college, in order to normalise for larger batch sizes at colleges.

According to that metric, NLU Mumbai was just a tad below GNLU Gandhinagar, and even ahead of India’s sixth oldest national law school HNLU Raipur, eighth-oldest RMLNLU Lucknow, and ninth oldest RGNUL Patiala.

Other than that, the Super 30 preference order is virtually unchanged from 2014.

The strong performance of NLU Mumbai, which does not even have a permanent campus yet, suggests that NLU Delhi, which has a similarly strong locational advantage and an established campus, faculty and recruitments, would perform very strongly in aspirant preferences if it were to join the CLAT (something which it has managed to avoid to date).  

More detailed analysis to follow.

Super 30 score Top ranked joiner Order of founding 2014 Super 30 Rank
NLSIU 17.4 1 1 1
Nalsar 71.5 12 2 2
NUJS 133.0 9 4 3
NLIU 213.5 19 3 4
NLU Jodhpur 214.0 74 5 5
GNLU Gandhinagar 339.1 212 7 6
MNLU Mumbai 418.1 156 17 -
HNLU Raipur 453.8 355 6 7
RMLNLU Lucknow 490.0 344 8 8
RGNUL Patiala 557.0 154 9 9
Nuals Kochi 674.5 135 11 10
CNLU Patna 744.1 565 10 12
NLUO Cuttack 750.5 569 12 11
NUSRL Ranchi 936.3 663 13 13
DSNLU Visakhapatnam 996.3 668 15 -
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli 1021.5 415 16 -
NLUJA Assam Guwahati 1025.0 496 14 14

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