Jindal Global Law School is rated as the number one law school in India and it is also ranked among world’s top 150 law schools. According to QS World University Subject Rankings 2020, the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has been raked in the 101-150 band across all law schools that have been ranked in the world while National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru has been ranked in the 151-200 band. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director, QS Quacquarelli, noted ‘we not only have a young institution – but also one that is top in India. O. P. Jindal Global University has been ranked in the 101-150 range in law, while being ranked first in India, having veteran National Law School of India University, Bengaluru just behind in the 151-200 range, having the second rank in India’.
JGLS offers a wide range of programmes in law: BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLB, and LLM. In 2009, it received 502 applications and gave admissions for 112 students; in 2019 it received 8,268 applications and gave admissions to 847 students. Its popularity among students wishing to study law has seen a steady growth since its inception.
Dr Professor C. Raj Kumar, the founding Vice Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University, and Ashwin Fernandes, shared the news with the media, on 4 March 2020, in the national capital of New Delhi. Interacting with the press—attended by more than 50 journalists representing television, newspapers, magazines, websites both national and regional (vernacular/up country media)—they revealed why and how JGLS has reached the top position in India.
QS Subject Ranking in Law measures the global relevance of institutions specifically in the area of research in law along with combining reputation from the academic community and employers. The methodology is subject sensitive and looks specifically at universities or institutions which have a strong focus in law.
Naveen Jindal the benefactor and founding Chancellor of O. P. Jindal Global University said, “Our vision was to establish a world class university in India that will fulfil the aspirations of young people of India and the world. The fact that JGU and JGLS have achieved a stellar reputation and a global recognition in a decade gives us immense satisfaction. But more importantly, it reinforces the power of philanthropy and its role in institution building and nation building.”
Professor Raj Kumar is not only a Rhodes Scholar but also studied law from Delhi University and Harvard University. He returned to India giving up his lucrative career in law in the USA and Hong Kong, and sacrificing a covetable position in the UN in order to establish a world class university in his home country. He said, “India deserves to have universities that can provide world class education, benchmarking with the best in the world in terms of faculty, education, research, collaborations, and infrastructure. JGU is on a relentless pursuit of promoting excellence in institution building. It is an extraordinary and unprecedented institutional moment for JGU to witness history as its first school, the Jindal Global Law School, is ranked number 1 in India and among the top 101-150 in the world. This achievement has been possible because of the visionary leadership and generosity of our founder and philanthropist.”
O. P. Jindal Global University is also recognised as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the Government of India.