Emeritus Professor at the Law Faculty in Bond University, Professor Mary Hiscock has written extensively on international trade law, as well as the “internationalisation” of legal education. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal, Prof. Hiscock talks about the importance of a law degree, why her students nicknamed her “Bloody Mary”, and much more. Anuj Agrawal: You have written extensively on the “internationalisation” of legal education. Professor Mary Hiscock: My own personal view is that, to some extent, internationalisation has always been a part of university education. I can remember my first days as a student in Melbourne Law School in […]

Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal is the Director of the Institute of Law at NIRMA University (ILNU), Ahmedabad. In 2014, we had interviewed her on the state of affairs at the institute. Two years later, Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK catches with the Director to find out the changes at ILNU, and a lot more. Aditya AK: What changes has ILNU undergone in the past few years? Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal: The major change is with regard to our curriculum. We have tried to incorporate many elective courses, and we are marching towards the choice-based credit system. We have around 73 elective courses from […]

Three law students from India recently made the cut for this year’s Rhodes Scholarships. Gauri Pillai from NUJS, Kolkata, Vanshaj Jain from NLSIU Bangalore and Mary Kavita Dominic from NUALS, Kochi will fly the Indian flag at Oxford University come next year. We interviewed two of these Rhodes scholars – Vanshaj Jain and Mary Kavita – and asked them about the selection process, the role their respective law schools played, and their future plans. Aditya AK: What inspired you to apply? Vanshaj Jain: I don’t think I ever actually felt I had a chance until they announced my name, you […]

It has been a little over three years since Dr. Poonam Saxena took over as Vice-Chancellor of National Law University, Jodhpur. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, she discusses why she thinks the NLU experiment has worked, the autonomy of NLUs, and much more. Aditya AK: Could you take us through your academic career? Dr. Poonam Saxena: I completed LL.B. from Campus Law Centre in 1979, LL.M. from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi in 1981, my PhD Fellowship in the following year, and was selected as an Assistant Professor in July 1982 at Campus Law Centre. I taught at the […]

How diverse is the student population at India’s premier legal education institution? Four students of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore recently came up with an exhaustive study on student demographics, accessibility and inclusivity at the university to answer this very question. Titled The Elusive Island of Excellence, the study was compiled after profiling the regional, social, economic backgrounds of 397 undergraduate students of NLSIU. The study also looks into how these factors affect the performance of students over a period of five years. And the study throws up some interesting figures. In this interview, Bar & Bench’s Aditya […]

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 […]

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 Vajpei, 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. […]

Dr. Nicole Stremlau is Head of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a Research Fellow in the Centre of Socio-Legal Studies and is responsible for organizing the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. In this interview, Bar & Bench’s Shreya Vajpei talks to her about the organisation process behind the moot, and the success of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. (Edited excerpts) Shreya Vajpei: The Price Media Moot has in just the last decade created a reputation for itself. How was your journey as the organiser for the Moot? Nicole Stremlau: I should start by saying […]

Prof Nigam Nuggehalli teaches at the School of Policy and Governance at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. After teaching in a number of universities, both in India and abroad, the former tax lawyer will now be a faculty for APU’s soon to be launched LLM course in Law & Development. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Nuggehalli talks legal degrees in India, continuing legal education and more. Aditya AK: What brought you to Azim Premji University? Prof Nigam Nuggehalli: I think a bunch of us have come here for the same reason. We felt that we were at a […]

Prof Sukh Pal Singh is the Vice-Chancellor of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur. A seasoned academician, Prof Singh was previously at Banaras Hindu University before moving to Raipur. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, he talks about how students of traditional law colleges compare with those from NLUs, the challenges faced by a VC of an NLU, what it takes to set a controversy-free CLAT paper, and much more. Aditya AK: How would you compare traditional law colleges with NLUs? Dr. Sukh Pal Singh: In national law universities, we emphasise more on higher things like case […]