In a heartwarming show of support, the people of Mumbai made an effort to help put a third year student of the city’s Government Law College (GLC) through law school. In a series of tweets, Radio City host Suchitra Tyagi (@Su4ita) revealed the heart rending story of Nikita Shukla, who is visually impaired. On account of her disability, Nikita’s parents sought to get her married after she completed school. However, Nikita refused, as she wanted to fulfill her dream of studying law. As a result, she was forced to leave the house. With a little help from her friends, she […]

The “rankings” become more farcical by the year. If the fact that a number of law colleges were missing from the top last year raised a few questions, this year’s India Today rankings certainly warrant a full-blown inquisition. It comes as no surprise that NLSIU, Bangalore is once again at the top; what is surprising is most of the other names on that list. Aligarh Muslim University’s Faculty of Law is in second place, followed by, less bewilderingly, WBNUJS, Kolkata. Quite astoundingly, Amity Law School, Noida and Christ University’s School of Law complete the top five. Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law […]

With the 2017 edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) taking place tomorrow, CLAT mentor Rajneesh Singh gives applicants a few pointers as to how to approach the paper. Do not stress a lot on 13th May Watching a movie may be a good idea for many. Revising GK or some short cuts of maths can be done. Revising some chapters like calendar or clock is advisable. I will advise not to study for more than 6 hours. Do not study after 9 pm on 13th May CLAT is usually very heavy because of qualitative, logical, analytical and legal […]

As many as 28 students from National Law University, Jodhpur’s (NLU J) 2018 batch have been placed at various law firms and organisations. Luthra & Luthra was the most prominent recruiter, hiring 9 students of the 2018 batch. This is followed by Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas with 6 and Khaitan & Co and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas with 3 each. Trilegal hired 2 students, while Nishith Desai Associates and Majmudar & Partners hired 1 each. Majmudar also offered 4 assessment internships. One student also landed an in-house job at ICICI. Firm/Organisation No. of accepted offers Luthra & Luthra 9 Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas […]

The standard of legal education in law colleges continues to plunge to new lows. Ten students of a law college in a West Bengal university have been suspended for two years after it emerged that they wrote lyrics to love songs and abusive words in their exam papers. The fourth semester students of Balurghat Law College, part of Gaur Banga University in Malda district, saw it fit to fill their answer scripts with lyrics to Hindi and Bengali songs; the lesser poetically inclined ones chose to write abusive words on their sheets. The report also shows the shoddy state of […]

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar has once again found itself in the midst of litigation before the Gujarat High Court. This time, an administrative officer has moved the High Court, challenging the University’s decision to remove him from the post of ‘Head, Budget, Accounts & Finance/Assistant Finance Officer’. And Manoj Patel has emerged victorious, with the High Court coming down rather strongly on GNLU’s “arbitrary, unfair and unreasonable” decision to terminate him from service. Patel was issued an appointment letter for the post on January 2, 2012, under the pay scale of Rs. 9300-34800 with grade pay of Rs. […]

The Recruitment and Placement Committee of National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata has decided against disclosing the Day Zero figures for the 2018 batch. A statement on the University’s Student Juridical Association website says, “We are proud to announce that we had a stellar Day Zero this year. The firms have said that they are pleased with the quality of our candidates in comparison to other law schools. Firms have also expressed appreciation on the impressive depth prevalent in the NUJS Batch of 2018. As a matter of policy, we are mandated to disclose recruitment figures only at the […]

The protests at National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) Ranchi have finally come to a standstill after three days. After a meeting held yesterday, Vice-Chancellor Dr. BC Nirmal has reportedly been ousted from his post. Director of the Judicial Academy of Jharkhand, Gautam Kumar Choudhary has taken over in the interim. Choudhary’s first order of business was to conduct a meeting with the students, attended by police officials and an MLA. It is understood that the students have agreed to call off their protests for now, giving the authorities three months to set things right. The students […]

Students at National University for Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) Ranchi continue to protest the state of affairs at the law school for the third consecutive day, even as judges of the Jharkhand High Court arrived on campus to take stock of the situation. Justices Aparesh Kumar Singh, S Chandrashekhar and Rajesh Shankar visited the NUSRL campus along with Jharkhand Judicial Academy Director Gautam Chaudhary yesterday morning. However, it has emerged that the visit bore little fruit in terms of reaching an understanding. The University has been on lockdown since yesterday, with students defying the authorities’ directions to abstain […]

A few days after their Vice-Chancellor revealed the sordid state of affairs, students of the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi, have launched an indefinite protest. NUSRL students on indefinite protest till Uni meets demands.@timesofindia @PTI_News @ANI_news #savenusrl #occupynusrl #jharkhand #ranchi — Voice of NUSRL (@Voice_of_NUSRL) April 10, 2017 Taking to the campus in droves, the students have called for an overhaul of the administration, publication of financial records and audit reports, and the release of funds by the state government to pay the Central Public Works Department its dues. They have also called upon the Chancellor […]

The 2017 batch of NALSAR, Hyderabad has recorded 100% placements. All 58 students who sat for placements, out of a batch of 74, were placed in law firms and corporate houses. The remaining 16 students chose to pursue careers in academia, policy making, judicial and civil services, etc. Those intending to pursue higher studies secured admission in colleges such as University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of California at Los Angeles, Cornell University, and the London School of Economics. Here is a breakup of the law firm placements: Law Firm No. of placements Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 10 Cyril Amarchand […]

A total of thirty students of the 2018 batch of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar stand placed as of their recently held Day Zero. Seventeen offers were made by the country’s top law firms, with fifteen of these being accepted. Apart from these, the batch received fifteen PPOs, taking the total number of acceptances to thirty. Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas led the way, making twelve offers and five PPOs. Other top tier firms like Khaitan & Co, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Luthra & Luthra, and S&R Associates also made hires. Here is a breakup of the offers: Firm Offers PPOs Cyril […]

A visit to the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi in late 2014 revealed the tell-tale signs of a fledgling university having trouble getting off the ground. And more than two years later, it seems little has changed. NUSRL is now facing the prospect of being taken to arbitration by the Central Public Works Department in Ranchi. The reason? The University owes them Rs. 42 crore in dues for construction on the campus. The University, as Vice-Chancellor Dr. BC Nirmal reveals, is in no position to pay that amount. He adds that the Jharkhand government has […]

Early last year, students from the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) started the Legal Entrepreneurship Cell (LEC), an initiative aimed at providing business advisory to early stage ventures, and pro bono advisory to Tibetan refugees, amongst other things. In this interview, Bar & Bench’s Shreya V chats with Harsh Loonker, a final year law student, to discuss the workings of the LEC. Shreya V: Tell us about this society? Harsh Loonker:  The LEC is a pro bono initiative, aimed at providing holistic legal research solutions to early stage ventures, NGOs and individuals who typically cannot afford to hire legal services. The […]

The 2018 batch of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore secured as many as fourteen jobs on their Day Zero, held yesterday. In addition to this, students of the batch were offered twenty pre-placement offers (PPOs) prior to Day Zero, of which nineteen were accepted. This takes the total number of students placed thus far to thirty-three. In addition to this, the batch was offered four vacation schemes from international law firms; Herbert Smith Freehills made two offers, while Linklaters and Allen & Overy made one each. A host of top law firms including Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, […]

The 2018 batch of National Law University, Delhi received as many as eighteen offers from top law firms on their Day Zero, held on April 1. A total of fourteen acceptances were recorded; this figure excludes six pre-placement offers (PPOs). A total of six firms visited the campus on Day Zero, including Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co, Trilegal, Luthra & Luthra, and Talwar Thakore & Associates. The batch also secured three vacation schemes from international law firms; one each from Linklaters, Allen & Overy, and Herbert Smith Freehills. Here is the breakup of the Day Zero offers: Firm No. of […]

As many as 51,000 students have applied for this year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017). Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna and this year’s Convenor Prof A Lakshminath was quoted as saying, “As of now, around 45,000 candidates have applied for CLAT UG programme and 6,000 for the PG programme.” Prof Lakshminath also said that that the number of applications rose exponentially after the Supreme Court stayed the Bar Council of India’s age limit rule in March. Further, he mentioned that the state-wise and gender-wise break-up of applicants will be provided soon. Last year, out of 45,037, four […]

Two weeks ago, as many as nineteen students of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam were suspended after an incident of violence took place on campus. Students of the third, fourth and fifth year were involved in the incident, in which a few students were injured. Dr. Dayanand Murthy, Registrar at DSNLU told Bar & Bench that the students who were suspended on March 6 were now allowed to attend classes. He said, “It was an ego issue between seniors and juniors. One junior stared at a senior, which resulted in one student slapping another. As a result, a […]

The Delhi High Court last week dismissed a petition challenging the selection process for teachers at Faculty of Law, Delhi University. The petition was filed on the ground that the requirements for appointment of an Assistant Professor did not include experience as an advocate. Currently, the eligibility criteria for selection of faculty includes “good academic record as defined by the University”, with at least 55% marks at the Master’s degree level. Having cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC is also a prerequisite. Apart from these, additional weightage is given to post-Ph.D. research and teaching experience. The […]

A few weeks before the tenth edition of the All India Bar Examination (AIBE X) is scheduled to be held, the Bar Council of India has made a few changes to the syllabus of the exam. As first pointed out by iPleaders co-founder Abhyuday Agarwal, four new subjects have been added to this year’s syllabus. They are Public Interest Litigation (4 marks), Law Related to Taxation (4 marks), Land Acquisition Act (2 marks) and Intellectual Property Law (2 marks). Moreover, the weightage for Family Law has been increased to 8 marks. Additionally, four subjects have been omitted from the syllabus. These […]

The team from ILS, Pune emerged as the winners at NLUJ Antitrust Law Moot Court Competition 2017 organised by NLU, Jodhpur from March 3, 2017 to March 5, 2017. NALSAR, Hyderabad were the runners-up at the competition. The citation of Best Memorial was also won by ILS, Pune while the citation of Best Researcher went to Shreya from RGNUL, Patiala. The award for Best Student Advocate was bagged by Vishal Aggarwal, Amity Law School, Noida.

In a major development, the Supreme Court today stayed the notification issued by the Bar Council of India prescribing an age limit for admission to LL.B. courses. A Bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao clearly expressed its dissatisfaction at the interim measure taken by the BCI to raise the age-limit to 22 years for the five-year course and 45 years for the three-year course. Senior Advocate Sanjay Hedge and advocates Gopal Sankaranarayanan and Zoheb Hossain appeared for the petitioners. When the matter was taken up today, Advocate AK Prasad, appearing for BCI, conveyed the body’s decision to increase the […]

Jus Dicere is organizing it’s first National Case Comment Competition. Theme : Author is free to choose to free any subject of law or any landmark case. Eligibility : The Competition is open only for LL.B., & LL.M. students studying in any Law Schools / Colleges / Departments of the Universities recognized by Bar Council of India. To Register please visit https://www.payumoney.com/webfronts/#/index/jdcc For any queries, please write to social@jdicere.com.

Confluence 2017 is a first of its kind conclave to explore linkages between the legal industry and the academia, organised by National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi), in association with the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and the Bar Association of India under the auspices of University Grants Commission (UGC). To participate in the event, kindly send a mail with the subject “Registration for Confluence 2017” to confluence@nludelhi.ac.in by March 5, 2017 with the following details: Name Designation & Affiliation Email ID Phone Number Special Requirements, if any The Brochure can be found here.

The Legal Services Clinic (LSC) at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is looking for sponsors and translators to help with the translation of their handbook titled Frequently Asked Questions on Law. The LSC provides free legal aid to the socially and economically backward sections of society, who may often face difficulty in accessing the system. In 2014, the LSC released the handbook, which sought to simplify eleven basic areas of law such as civil procedure, right to information, right to education, amongst others, which affect people’s daily lives. These legal areas have been distilled into a question-answer form, for easy […]

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar is organising the 6th GNLU International Maritime Academy, 2017 from April 15-22 at the university campus. The theme of the 6th edition is “Maritime Industry, Naval Power and Marine Environment”. The 2017 Edition is designed to explore and assess the trajectory of law and policy affecting maritime commerce, maritime security, and marine environmental protection and resource conservation. For information on eligibility, course fee, academy structure and mode of payment, please click on the link here. In case of queries,  contact Mr. Sushil Goswami, Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Registrar at +91-8128650813 or write to gima@gnlu.ac.in.

Jus Dicere is organising a three-day educational trip to Rajasthan from March 24-26 of this year. All the candidates will be awarded with certificate and their experience will be shared on our blog. Selected candidates will be awarded paid internship at Jus Dicere. Registration & Fees Amount –  INR 6500/- (Six Thousand Five Hundred Rupee) Inclusion – Registration Kit, Accommodation (Twin Sharing), Food, Field Trip & Entry Charges, Local Transportation, Certification Last Date  – March 5, 2017 Important Note- Delegate have to make necessary arrangement of traveling to Udaipur and From Jaipur. Register Now at – www.jdicere.com/tour

As part of the NALSAR Lecture Series on Constitutionalism, the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad hosted Justice S Muralidhar, Judge, Delhi High Court who spoke on the ‘Evolution of Legal Aid Movement in India’. Justice Muralidhar is best known for his pro bono work, including the cases for the victims of the Bhopal Gas Disaster and those displaced by the dams on the Narmada river. He was appointed amicus curiae by the Supreme Court in several PIL cases and in cases involving convicts on the death row. He was appointed as judge of the Delhi High Court in 2006. We also know him […]

The Ideal Institute of Managment and Technology and School of Law is an affiliated institute of GGSIP University, New Delhi. The institute is organising the Rakesh Aggarwal Memorial National Moot Court Competition from April 1 2017 to April 2, 2017. Participating teams should register themselves by sending duly filled application form, registration fee of Rs. 1000/- per team, and memorials by email to idealmootcourt1@gmail.com and by post to Ideal Institute of Management and Technology & School of Law, 16-X, Karkardooma Institutional Area, Delhi – 110092 before March 10, 2017. For further queries write to idealmootcourt1@gmail.com.