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The unwanted return of filling up NLU preferences + what can be an ideal preference list.

Hello, everyone.

As most of you look to fill up the application form for the all-important CLAT exam, the return of one tricky provision would be a cause for concern for some of you. Rule 5 under the "Procedure for filling up the Application Form for CLAT-2016 provides -


"The candidate is also required to fill his preference order for all seventeen NLUs at the time of application only. No change shall be allowed in the preference order after the form is submitted by the candidate."

For some of you who are not yet fully sure about the choice of colleges, and indeed your chances in the exam, it is quite a bad step since you can't make an informed choice based on the confirmed options you have in your hand. If this provision were there in my year, it would have been a disaster for me since I was still deliberating between two colleges till literally the last minute of submission. For the past 2-3 years, candidates have got to know their rank and then make an informed choice to fill up their preferences. 

I believe it is a bad move, but nothing can be changed. So I am providing you all with what I believe is an ideal preference list based simply on the quality of the colleges-

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)

2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)

3. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)

(If you get these three colleges, which I consider Tier I(NLU-D is also a Tier I college),your life is set)

=4.5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)

=4.5. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU) 

6. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)

(These are also very good options and they have amazing alumni)

7. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)

8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)

9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)

10. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)

(These are relatively newer colleges, and you have to work very hard to compete with the top colleges, especially if you want 12 lakh per annum packages and top law firms).

11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)

10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)

13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)

14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)

15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)

16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)

17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)

(These colleges comprise the last frontier of respectability and come with the 'NLU' tag. However, most students attempt CLAT in the next year to get into better colleges - or simply choose other streams. Life is very difficult and you need to work very hard if you aspire for plus corporate jobs).

At the end of the day, this list makes no sense if you have personal considerations and preferences, and it is wise to choose the college where you feel your holistic needs will be addressed. Like for me, NUJS felt like - and now I am sure is - the best college to go for keeping in mind my personal considerations. So I have given you a list and comments, it all comes down to you and your family's larger plans, and of course, your rank.

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