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Chennai is home to some of the best law colleges in India, and Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College and SRM University are among the top law colleges in Chennai. Chennai is home to 21 law colleges that include 14 government institutes and 7 private institutes.

  • Out of these colleges, 19 provide classroom programs, whereas 2 offer correspondence courses.
  • A student can pursue LLB from 14 colleges, LLM from 9 colleges, and a doctorate from 7 colleges.
  • The top colleges in Chennai include Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College and SRM University.

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Top Law Colleges in Chennai: Rankings

There are various agencies in India which are responsible for providing college ratings. They give the ranking based on courses such as Engineering, Medical, Law, etc. The ranking might be subdivided into government and private institutes. Different agencies look for various factors while ranking an institute, the major being placement records, standard of faculty, Teacher to student ratio, perception regarding the institute, and other such data.

Here you can see the rankings of the top Law colleges in Madras as provided by different ranking agencies in the country.

Note: No college from Chennai makes it to the NIRF list of law colleges.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai: Jagran Josh Ranking

Jagran Josh is also a popular organization that releases the list of best colleges for different fields in our country. It publishes a yearly list with the different colleges ranked based on various factors observed by Jagran Josh.

  • Jagran Josh ranks Saveetha School of Law as the best law college in Chennai.
  • Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College is the best government college in Chennai
  • Other colleges that make it to the Jagran Josh list are Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, and SRM University.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai: The Week Ranking

The Week is a popular weekly magazine in India and was founded back in 1982. It is published by The Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd in Kochi and printed in various locations around the country. Just like most other weekly magazines, The Week also releases the list of different colleges based on their ranks each year.

  • The Week ranks Saveetha Law College as the best institute to pursue a career in law in Chennai.
  • Other colleges that made to the list are Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, and SRM University.
  • Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College is not rated by The Week, but it is a good college and the best if you want a government college.

While ranking the colleges, The Week looks at Factual Score out of 400. This score is based on factors such as age, accreditation and infrastructure, faculty, placements, extracurricular activities, entry standard, and the teaching-learning process.

After the perceptual score, there is a Perceptual score out of 600. It is based on nominations and actual ranks received by the various participating institutes.

This system ranking is based on the opinions of 276 academic experts, 585 current students, 529 aspiring students, 75 recruiters, and 1465 direct interviews.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai: ROI (Return on Investment)

Getting a law degree costs a lot of money, and if the return of investment isn’t good enough, then even a good college might not be considered by many aspirants. So, here is the top law of colleges in Chennai based on ROI.

College Name

Total Fees INR

Average Placement INR

ROI Rank*

Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College

INR 3,23,000

INR 2,85,000


SRM University

INR 7,50,000

INR 4,40,000


Saveetha School of Law INR 7,50,000 INR 2,58,000 3

Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies

INR 7,63,000

INR 2,45,000


ROI={(Average Placement Package/Average Annual Fees)*100%}

  • In terms of ROI, Dr. Ambedkar Government college is the best with an ROI of 88.2% on total investment.
  • SRM university is also a good option as it has the highest average placement of all the colleges.
  • Vels Institute would rank the lowest in terms of placements. They haven’t provided any data regarding their placements. So, the average placement at Vels is taken as the minimum average law placement in India.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai: Admission Process

As mentioned earlier, Chennai has 14 government law schools and 7 private law schools, bringing the total number of law schools to 21.

Number of Top Law Colleges in Chennai
  • The majority of colleges in Chennai accept CLAT scores. However, Vels Institute admits students for its law course on the basis of VEE, which is conducted by the institute.
  • To appear for CLAT undergraduate, a candidate needs to qualify class 12th with at least 45% aggregate marks and 40% if the candidate belongs to SC/ST category.
  • To appear for CLAT postgraduate, a candidate needs to qualify from a recognized law college with at least 55% marks. SC/ST candidates need at least 50% marks.

SRM University

SRM Institute Of Science And Technology (SRM IST), formerly known as SRM University, is one of the top-ranking universities in India with over 20,000 students and more than 2600 faculty across all the campus. 

  • It offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine, Health Sciences, Science and Humanities.
  • To get admission to SRM University, a candidate needs to appear for CLAT or SRMJEE.
  • A candidate who manages to score at least 30 marks in CLAT is eligible for admission at SRM.

Saveetha School of Law

The candidate needs to qualify for the entrance exam to get admitted to Saveetha School of Law. Later,  a candidate needs to appear for interview and group discussion to confirm admission.

  • The law school has been ranked No 3 by The Pioneer.
  • The Week has ranked the college at 21st position among law colleges in south India. 

Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies

A candidate applying at Vels needs to appear in VEE conducted by the institute to get admission. The candidate needs to score around 30 marks to appear for VEE counseling and seat allotment.

  • Outlook Magazine has ranked the Vels University at the 108th position.
  • Vels University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses in 14 different fields. 

Top Law Colleges in Chennai: Entrance Exam Wise

The top law colleges in Chennai conduct admissions based on National-level entrance examinations. The top law exams include CLAT, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University exam, etc. Entrance Dr. Ambedkar Law University conducts a separate Examination for admissions into undergraduate and postgraduate law programs. Mentioned below are some of these top colleges according to the entrance exam score they accept.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai Accepting CLAT Score

CLAT is conducted to grant admission to students in LLB and LLM programs offered by 21 NLUs, 53 private colleges and other participating colleges. 

  • For LLM Admission Test, candidates who secure 40% marks (35% in case of SC/ST/PWD) out of 100 objective questions will qualify for evaluation of their descriptive answers.
  • There is no age limit to apply for the exam. Candidates appearing or having qualified class 12 with 45% marks (40% for SC, ST) satisfy CLAT 2020 Eligibility for LLB program.
  • CLAT 2020 Application fee for General, OBC and EWS category is INR 4000 and INR 3500 for SC and ST candidates.

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national examination conducted by the NLUs for admission to the top law colleges in India.

Top Law Colleges in Chennai Accepting TNDALU Score

The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University is a government university which was founded in 1997. It conducts the TNDALU Exam for admission in various colleges affiliated to it. After the candidate has been shortlisted according to the rank list of the university the candidate will proceed further for TNDALU Counselling.

Colleges admitting students through TNDALU Exam:

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Top Law Colleges in Chennai: FAQs

Ques. Which is the best Law College in Chennai?

Ans. Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College is the best college in Chennai. In private colleges, the best option would be the SRM University.

Ques. What is the fee structure of the top Law Colleges in Chennai?

Ans. The fees at government colleges in Chennai will be around INR 3-4 lakhs for the complete course. At private colleges, the fees would be INR 7-8 lakhs.

Ques. What are the placement statistics of the top Law Colleges in Chennai?

Ans. The majority of top law colleges in Chennai would give you a package of INR 3 lakh per annum. SRM University will provide a slightly higher package of INR 4.5 lakh per annum.

Ques. How is VIT Chennai for law studies?

Ans. VIT Chennai is a decent college, but it is generally not preferred by students as they want to join the main branch in Vellore. VIT Chennai LLB fee is around INR 8 lakhs. However, no placement stats for LAW are made available by VIT.  

Ques. Is there any difference in CLAT for LLB and LLM?

Ans. Yes, CLAT for LLB consists of five sections, which are English, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Elementary Mathematics, and Legal Aptitude.

LLM CLAT paper has three sections consisting of a total of 100 MCQs. The sections are Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, and other law subjects. The question paper also consists of two essay questions that cover topics from the law or a contemporary issue.

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