NLU or DU : Which is a Better Place to Pursue Law?

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When you want to pursue law, you are often confused as to which is better- The National Law Universities (NLU) or The Campus Law Centre of The University of Delhi (DU). They have already made their presence felt in the educational scenario with their admission procedures. Since both the law institutes are at par with each other on different fronts, students become confused as to where to apply.

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With the help of this article, we will be giving information about both the institutes and also throwing light on the differences between the two. This will help a student to make better decisions. 

DU vs NLU: Overview

With the help of this table, you will be able to see the major areas of difference between the two institutes. The basic parameters have been highlighted so that you can understand which is more suitable for you.

Courses Offered LL.B, LL.M, Ph.D B.A. LL.B.
B.B.A. LL.B.
B.Com LL.B.
B.Sc. LL.B.
 Fees LL.B. - Rs. 18,000 (approximately)
LL.M. - Rs. 12,000 (approximately)
Integrated LL.B. - Rs. 10,00,000
LL.M. - Rs. 4,00,000
Duration of the Course LL.B. - 3 years
LL.M. - 2 or 3 years
Integrated LL.B. - 5 years
LL.M. - 1 or 2 years
Entrance Exams For undergraduate courses -DU LL.B. (Delhi University LL.B. Entrance Exam)
For postgraduate courses -DU LL.M. (Delhi University LL.M. Entrance Exam)
For undergraduate courses – CLAT UG (Common Law Admission Test- UG)
For postgraduate courses - CLAT PG (Common Law Admission Test- PG)


Eligibility Criteria for Law from DU

The Campus Law Centre (CLC) of Delhi University has eligibility criteria that one has to fulfill to get admitted to the courses. You must go through this checklist before applying to DU. This law institute is very strict with the admissions and hence if you fail to meet the criteria, your application will be rejected. 

  • You have to be a graduate to apply for the LLB program at DU.
  • The candidate should have completed the UG degree from a University or a national level institute.
  • The candidates must have received the passing marks in the subjects in their UG courses.
  • If you have completed your PG degree, then you can also apply for the LLB program. 
  • The candidate must have scored not less than 50 percent marks (for general category students). For OBC candidates, there is a relaxation of five percent. Wards of serving personnel, physically handicapped students, and wards of ex-servicemen are also given this relaxation.
  • If the candidate is from SC or ST category, then scoring 40 percent marks in the graduation or post-graduation exam is good enough for applying to DU’s law courses.
  • There are some seats which are reserved for the students of the University of Delhi who have completed their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree there.
  • If a candidate fulfills all these criteria, then the person can appear for the DU LLB Entrance Exam.  

Eligibility Criteria for law from NLUs

For getting admitted to the National Law Universities, the candidate will have to sit for the CLAT exam. If you want to get admitted to one of the 23 NLUs, go through the eligibility criteria of NLU. Each NLU checks the documents submitted by the candidates so that they know that they have proof to state the eligibility. If you do not fulfill the criteria, you will be disqualified. Hence before filling the form, check the criteria well. 

NLU UG Eligibility Criteria 2020

  • Completing the class 12 education is a must before applying to NLU.
  • The school from where you completed class 12 must be affiliated to the state or central board of education.
  • The student must have passed all the subjects at the 10+2 level.
  • For OBC candidates, one will have to score 45 percent marks in the class 12 exams. For ST and SC candidates, there is a relaxation of five percent. 
  • There is no upper age limit for admission to the UG program at NLUs.
  • If you are in your final year exams, you can also apply at NLUs. However, at the time of getting admission, they will have to show the evidence of passing the exam and meeting the eligibility criteria. 
  • To get admitted to the B.Com LL.B course, you have to clear 10+2 in either the commerce or science stream. 
  • For getting enrolled in the B.Sc LL.B program, the candidate must have passed their 12th board exams in the science stream. 
  • There is no specific stream mentioned for students who want to apply for B.A LL. B and BBA LL.B programs.
  • You have to clear the CLAT-UG entrance exam.

NLU PG Eligibility Criteria 2020

  • If you want to pursue an LLM course, then one will have to complete the LLB degree or the integrated UG degree in law.
  • If you are in general, physically challenged, or OBC category, then you have to score at least 50 percent to apply to this course. SC and ST students are given five percent relaxation. 
  • For applying to CLAT PG, there is no upper limit. 
  • If you are waiting for the results of the degree, you also can apply. 

Differences between Law from DU and NLU

The differences between the two law institutes are mentioned below:

Fees Higher than DU Lower than NLU
Minimum eligibility Many UG courses THE only UG Course offered is LLB. Also, there is no integrated degrees
Tenure 5 years to complete a Bachelor’s degree 6 years to complete a Bachelor’s degree
Specific Course- Law But if you are interested in corporate law, apply to NLU If you are interested in litigation, opt for DU.
Location NLU Delhi can provide similar benefits. However, the other NLUs that are located away from the main city struggle to maintain the internships. DU is located in Delhi and hence you have easy access to law firms and the courts where you can go for internships.
Campus placements NLU has a wide range of courses and hence the number of companies going to NLU for campus placements is more Comparatively low

Read in detail about DU and NLU before arriving at a decision. Both the law teaching institutes are good and at par with each other. Check the criteria and decide for yourself the one that suits your needs the most.

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