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NLS Bangalore wins back top law school, ousts Hyderabad (UPDATE 1)

National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore today regained the top spot in India Today's annual ranking of the top 25 Indian law schools, pushing Hyderabad's National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University (NALSAR) back to second place.

A total of four Bangalore-based law schools had made it into the league table, which included three new entrants but no changes in the top eight schools (see table below).

NALSAR won the first place in the rankings last year for the first time, displacing NLSIU Bangalore.

The top-ranked schools after NLSIU and NALSAR are Delhi University's Faculty of Law and National Law Institute University in Bhopal, which both retained their places from last year.

Delhi and Pune also scored highly, with three institutions from each of the cities making an appearance in the rankings. Two law schools from each city are also represented in the top 10.

Kolkata's WB National University of Juridicial Sciences and Mumbai's Government Law College both dropped by three places this year, to eighth and tenth places respectively.

The league table was compiled by weekly news magazine India Today but the publication did not publish and specify the methodology that was used to rank the law schools. [Ed: see comment #128 below for details of India Today's methodology in the rankings]

Legally India recently reported that NLSIU was looking to expand significantly under the guidance of a new prominent advisory board.

For Outlook India magazine's 2009 law school rankings, click here.


2009 position (2008) City Law School
1 (2) Bangalore National Law School of India University
2 (1) Hyderabad National Academy of Legal Studies & Research University
3 (3) Delhi Faculty of Law, Delhi University
4 (4) Bhopal National Law Institute University
5 (6) Pune ILS Law College
6 (8) Pune Symbiosis Society's Law College
7 (8) Jodhpur National Law Institute University
8 (5) Kolkata The WB National University of Juridicial Sciences
9 (13) Delhi Amity Law School
10 (7) Mumbai Government Law College
11 (10) Varanasi Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University
12 (11) Aligarh Faculty of Law, Aligarh Muslim University
13 (18) Kolkata Faculty of Law, University of Kolkata
14 (-) Kochi School of Legal Studies Cochin University of Science & Technology
15 (12) Bangalore University College of Law, Bangalore University
16 (21) Delhi Faculty of Law, Jamia Milia Islamia
17 (16) Chandigarh Department of Law, Punjab University
18 (20) Kochi National University of Advanced Legal Studies
19 (15) Pune Des Law College
20 (19) Hyderabad Faculty of Law, Osmania University
21 (23) Mohali Army Institute of Law
22 (25) Bangalore Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies
23 (-) Bangalore MS Ramaiah College of Law - New
24 (17) Chennai Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University
25 (-) Ahmedabad Faculty of Law Gujarat University - New

Source: India Today, 15 June 2009

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