How to choose a Law School?
Confused? on which law college you should enrol into? I can relate to it. And, don’t worry, there are many who can. Running around colleges, collecting forms, submitting forms on time, checking out merit lists, etc. That period is crucial, I can understand as even I have been at that stage.
If you Google up top law schools in India, you will find a list of National Law Universities (NLUs) along with some other reputed colleges, you will also get some statistics and relevant information regarding those colleges. But, you must decide properly and enroll in the institution which will suit your needs.
Here are some tips which may help you decide which Law School you should join:
First figure out what do you really want? PLEASE remove the “herd” mentality. Do not follow something just because your parents are saying or your friends are going for it.
It’s your life, in future whatever happens you must be the sole person responsible for it. So, be your decision maker.
But, obviously don’t take such important decisions haphazardly.
Location – Most students prefer Delhi or Mumbai, which makes sense. Delhi having all types of courts, tribunals, forums, High Court and even the Supreme Court, so it becomes the nerve center for lawyers. Mumbai is a hub for everything and also has most of the courts and tribunals except the Supreme Court. But, it’s not like if you want to become a renowned lawyer then you have to be from these two places only. There are legends who came from small towns and MADE history. But, my suggestion would be that at least find a college which is in a city, so that you may get some exposure while you are studying. Because usually Courts ,other Government and administrative offices, firms, MNCs, etc. with whom lawyers deal with in their day to day lives are located mostly in cities only.
Plus, if you have decided that you are going to practice law in future & that too in a specific geographical location only. Then, its logical to get into some college which is in or near that location.
Health is precious. Do, you have any health issues? Will the climatic conditions of your dream college’s location affect your health? Can you afford that? Don’t take big risks with your health, the same kind of education can be availed at some other place too.
Look at your Marksheet. Whatever marks you must have got, it’s just awesome because you worked hard and cleared the exam, that’s what is important.
But if you really have a very low score in your 12th or final year exams and CLAT or whatever entrance exams you have taken, then thinking of taking admission in a top NLU is an impractical dream for you unless you make it happen by not so recommended means.
Have you calculated the MONEY factor? You may be confident enough that you will get admission into a specific college. But, have you inquired about the fees per year in that institute? expenses other than tuition fees? If you are an outstation student, then Hostel charges, mess charges, etc? Can you afford it? If not then can you make proper arrangements for it?
Don’t worry much, because nowadays loans are available easily, so you can apply for loans. You also can apply for scholarships if you are eligible. But you have to make the required preparations for the same beforehand to avoid the hustle later.
Decoding the College. After deciding the factors above, make a list of colleges which you want to apply for admission. Visit the college’s website and make a note of the following things.
- Types of courses offered by the College.
- Fees of the course per semester.
- Other expenses(Hostel,Mess, deposits, etc)
- Specialisations offered by the college in those courses.
- Scholarship details.
- Faculty details.
- Types of Extra curricular activities available for students.
- Placement Assistance.
Just gather all such relevant information at one place and then analyse. You can simply do it by making an excel sheet in Microsoft Office or using Google Sheets.
Now, compare all colleges in your list & then take the decision. The above tips will surely help you to take the decision efficiently.
The last one – NLU or Non-NLU ?
Just because it’s a NLU, doesn’t mean that it is THE BEST. Most of the newly opened NLUs are struggling to get even 50% placements done for their students.
Placements are not the only point to be considered, most of the colleges also have poor quality of faculty, do not provide the basic necessities of a good library, proper infrastructure, canteen, sports club, hostel, etc.
One must get the knowledge about these things through friends, family or whatever means they can and then make your decision.
Finally, don’t place your complete trust on internet rankings & especially advertisements while judging a particular college. Some sources will just try to sell the college in order to get business. So, go through the points mentioned above, sort out some colleges and figure out which one will suit you the best, to provide what you want from a law college and also practically think about your eligibility and chances of getting into the same. ALL THE BEST !!!