This week, prospective law students from across the country got to know where they stand in this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Viraj Ananth from Bangalore topped the exam on his first attempt, with a score of 174.5. It has come to light that many of the candidates, especially those who secured the top 10 ranks, cracked the exam on their second attempt. And their stories will serve as inspiration for those who have failed to make it to an NLU this year. Many of them were mentored by CLAT coaching expert Rajneesh Singh. We caught up with three […]

Vice-Chancellor of National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA), Prof Vijender Kumar, will be appointed as the first Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur. Before his stint at NLUJAA, Prof Kumar was Registrar at NALSAR, Hyderabad. An expert in Family Law, he holds a PhD from MDU Rohtak and an LL.M. from Kurukshetra University. The potential transfer happens at a time when NLUJAA students are protesting the state of affairs at the University, even as security forces were deployed on the campus earlier this month. As reported earlier, operations at Maharashtra’s second NLU are likely to kick off […]

Manik Gupta (Class of 2017) and Pradeep Kumar (Class of 2017), are both students of the Army Institute of Law, Mohali. Earlier this month, the duo  sold their startup Lawin1 to Karvin Management Consultants Private Limited for $5,84,000. In this interview, Bar & Bench‘s Shreya Vajpei talks to Manik Gupta to find out more. Shreya Vajpei: How was Lawin1 conceptualised and when did it all begin? Manik Gupta: Lawin1 was started initially as an online legal store to cater to legal needs of people online. The idea began in August 2014 with me and my roommate Pradeep putting together a basic business […]

The Union Public Service Commission declared the results of the civil services exam 2015 on May 10 this year. A total of 1078 candidates have been recommended for appointment to the central civil services, out of which we have identified twenty law graduates so far. Misha Singh (AIR 64) is a graduate of RMLNLU, Lucknow. This farmer’s daughter successfully cleared the exam in her third attempt. Rahul Ratnam Pandey (AIR 590), also from RMLNLU, made it to the merit list. Sheema Nabi Qasba (AIR 209), who hails from the Kashmir Valley and one of ten candidates from J&K to qualify this year, studied […]

It is certainly an interesting time to be studying law, not least for the variety of opportunities a law degree offers. The popularity of the law course is concomitant with the advent of the 5-year degree and the national law universities (NLUs), branded as the country’s premier institutions in the field. Today, a prospective law student can choose from seventeen of these universities, spread across the length and breadth of the country, with even more in the pipeline. And this is not even counting the non-NLUs which provide quality legal education. The question is, which one should you choose? Last […]

Varun Chauhan is a 2015 graduate of the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. At the recently held graduation ceremony, Chauhan was awarded six gold medals. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Shreya Vajpeyi, Chauhan talks about his journey as a law student, and what prompted him to pursue an MSc in Finance and Law from Oxford. Bar & Bench: Six gold medals. There must have been some proud moments during the convocation? Varun Chauhan: There definitely were many happy moments throughout the convocation. At the outset, it was really heartening to meet all my batch-mates, faculty, Director, administrative staff and junior friends. […]

India Today has come out with its list of the top law schools in India. Once again, National Law School of India University, Bangalore has found itself in pole position. And once again, the list contains a few controversial additions and omissions, to say the least. NALSAR, Hyderabad and GNLU Gandhinagar are the only other national law universities that find mention in the top 10 law schools, at 3rd and 4th positions respectively. Faculty of Law, Delhi University is in second place. Three Pune law colleges – Symbiosis Law School, ILS and Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College – make it to […]

Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad has placed 63 students of its 2015 batch in various law firms and companies. Out of a batch strength of 209, 95 students opted to sit for placements, with the rest opting for litigation or higher studies. Among the law firms, Wadia Ghandy made the most hires – 3 in Mumbai and 2 in Ahmedabad. AZB & Partners, J Sagar Associates and Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan were also among the hirers. Here is the breakup of law firm placements: The highest salary offered was Rs. 10.5 lakhs per annum, and the minimum package offered was […]

The Gujarat High Court has maintained its stance in a matter related to the cancellation of the examination of a student at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. The matter dates back to November last year when a student was alleged to have “committed malpractice” during an exam. The third-year student found his paper snatched by the invigilating faculty, who claimed that the student was “hiding something”. An Exam Inquiry Committee eventually found the student guilty and ordered the cancellation of his examination. What this would mean is that the student would have to repeat the third year. Consequently, the student […]

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala is organising the 1st National Animal Law Moot Court Competition from August 26 – 28, 2016. All participating institutions have to confirm participation by sending the duly filled registration form through an email to on or before 5 pm on July 10, 2016. The last date for soft copies of Memorial is July 25, 2016 while that of the hard copy is August 16, 2016. More details in the brochure below.