The results of this year’s All India Law Entrance Examination (AILET 2018) conducted by National Law University, Delhi have been announced. This year’s exam was topped by Devansh Kaushik, who scored 98.25 marks. A total of 83 students will be admitted this year, including 10 foreign nationals. 50 students will be admitted from the General Category, 11 from the SC category, 5 from the ST category and 4 from the Persons with Disability category. 3 supernumerary seats are reserved Kashmiri migrants and residents of Jammu & Kashmir. Here are the results for the various categories: General Category: Scheduled Caste Category: […]

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has disapproved the panel of senior advocates constituted by the Delhi Government to conduct cases on its behalf before the Delhi High Court and give legal opinions. A letter addressed to the Chief Secretary of Delhi by the Principal Secretary to the Lt. Governor, states that the empanelment was without the prior approval of the Lt. Governor. It is further stated that the empanelment was not done in the manner prescribed under Section . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One […]

A handful of detained law students of Delhi University (DU) received some respite after the Delhi High Court recently allowed them to appear in the ongoing LL.B. examinations. Hundreds of students of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University were detained on account of shortage of attendance. As per the rules of the Bar Council of India, a student is required to have at least 70% attendance to be able to appear in the examinations. Many petitions have been filed . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

This year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) conducted today was hit by technical difficulties at centres across the country. As revealed by various sources, candidates lost up to ten minutes as result of the glitches encountered in the online test. Career Launcher has even gone to the extent of calling it “probably the worst administered CLAT till date”. The problems arose at the start of the scheduled time of the exam, with students at some centres having to wait for an hour to begin. At the Greater Noida centre, the exam could not begin on time, […]

Days before this year’s Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) is scheduled to be held across the country, it has come to light that there has been a change in the online interface for the exam. As first reported by Legally India, the interface for CLAT 2018 will be different from what it was since the exam went online in 2015. The Career Launcher blog edited on May 8 enlists the following changes in the interface for this year’s exam (candidates can view the new interface on the CLAT Admit Card Login page): Tabs are getting replaced by new buttons […]

As many as five graduates of National Law University, Delhi and four from NALSAR, Hyderabad have cleared the 2017 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Examination. Saumya Sharma of NLU Delhi ranked ninth in her first attempt at the examination, while Vikramaditya Singh Malik of NALSAR, who also holds a degree from Oxford University, bagged the 48th rank. Another NLU Delhi graduate, Aditya Vikram Yadav, secured the 72nd rank. He had also

The 2018 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) results were announced today at an event held at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi. Notably, this year’s edition features a separate list for top law schools in the country. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has topped the list, followed by National Law University, Delhi and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad. Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and NLU Jodhpur have been ranked 4th and 5th respectively, completing the top five law schools as per NIRF 2018. The other law schools which made it to the list (ranking from […]

Student bodies at National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore have demanded the rustication of a student found guilty of sexually harassing a classmate more than a year ago. Savitri Phule Ambedkar Caravan, AOW – The NLS Feminist Alliance, and the Law and Society Committee at NLSIU have appealed to the alumni to urge the administration to ensure that justice is done in this regard. The incident dates back to December 23, 2016, when a student of the current fourth year batch allegedly sexually assaulted a batchmate in a bus on the way back from a party. Acting on […]

The Bar Council of India (BCI), in a press conference held today, announced that lawyers who are also Members of Parliament (MPs) or Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs), will be prohibited from practicing in a court of a judge against whom they have initiated impeachment proceedings. The resolution assumes significance in light of the recent move by Rajya Sabha MPs to initiate impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice of India

Students of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata today scored a victory in their fight to effect an overhaul of the University’s administration, as Vice-Chancellor Prof Ishwara Bhat tendered his resignation. Prof Bhat tendered his resignation, which will take effect on April 8, to Chief Justice of India and Chancellor of NUJS, Justice Dipak Misra today. The letter states, “…It has been a great privilege and honour to serve this University which I have done with full sincerity, in accordance with law and to the best of my ability… …However due to health and family reasons, I […]

The report of the first ever Review Commission for the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) dated October 31, 2017 was finally made public recently, following demands by the Student Juridical Association (SJA). While navigating various issues within the University, the Commission admits that there are systemic issues of maladministration that require urgent redressal in National Law Universities (NLUs) across the country. “The students are right. This is a wake-up call to each of use involved with legal education.” The report records this acknowledgement with reference to the following statement submitted by student stakeholders. “Administration of NLUs have subjected […]

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has conferred autonomy upon a host of legal institutions, including four national law universities (NLUs). Among the sixty universities/colleges granted autonomy are National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR), Hyderabad; National Law University, Delhi; National Law University, Odisha; Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala; Indian Law Institute (ILI); and OP Jindal Global University, of which Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) forms a part. As per the UGC Guidelines for Autonomous Colleges, 2017, the criteria for eligibility include the requirement of having existed for more than ten years, an ‘A’ grade accreditation by […]

The students of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna have agreed to put their protests on hold, in light of reassurances received by Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and Chancellor of the University, Justice Rajendra Menon. Meanwhile, Justice Menon has appointed retired judge of the Patna High Court Justice Mridula Mishra as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University. A notification to that effect, signed by Registrar SP Singh, was published today. As per the same, Justice Mishra will look after the day-to-day running of the University until further orders. The students have been on protest for the last […]

Days after it came to light that Prof Ishwara Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS) was in line to take over at Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, students at the latter law school have decided to protest the move. The opposition to Prof Bhat’s appointment as CNLU VC stems from the discontent expressed by students of NUJS regarding the administration of the University during his six-year stint as Vice-Chancellor. In a letter addressed to Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik, CNLU students state, “Prof. Bhat’s style of administering affairs at NUJS including problems under […]

Vice-Chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Prof Ishwara Bhat has been offered the role of Vice-Chancellor of Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna, as first reported by Legally India. Current CNLU Vice-Chancellor Prof AR Lakshminath confirmed to Bar & Bench that an order offering Prof Bhat the post has been prepared. “The notification asks him to join as Vice-Chancellor as soon as possible. The moment he accepts it, a notice will be published on the University website.” Prof Bhat also confirmed that he had applied for the post, pursuant to a notification calling for applications published […]

A bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that seeks to broaden experiential learning has been signed between the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi. The MoU was signed on February 22 by Vice-Chancellor of NLSIU Dr R Venkata Rao and Vice-Chancellor (in-charge) of NUSRL, Gautam Kumar Choudhary. While the nitty-gritties of the MoU are still to be ironed out, the two  Universities have agreed on a broad framework within which they would collaborate. Associate Professor Dr MS Murthy, who is the Registrar (in charge) at NUSRL, told Bar […]

Amidst threats to reignite student protests carried out last year over alleged maladministration, the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal has issued a notification inviting nominations for the post of Director to the University. As per the notification issued on Monday, nominations for eligible persons are to be submitted to the University on or before March 5, 2018. Student protests at the University reached their peak last November, culminating in a firm demand for the ouster of its Director, Professor SS Singh. Prof Singh was due to complete his second term as Director this year. The various complaints directed against Professor […]

Ad hoc and guest teachers of the Faculty of Law at Delhi University have alleged that there has been a ‘scam’ in the appointment of Assistant Professors. A press release states that a list of 126 individuals selected for the post was read out during an Executive Committee meeting held on January 30, four months after the final round of interviews concluded in September 2017. It is alleged that the results have not been declared either on the University’s website . . . Facebook Comment To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: […]

All is not well at National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL), according to highly placed internal sources. And things have not been so, for quite a while now. Vice-Chancellor in-charge, Gautam Chaudhary has been at the helm for over nine months now, and the official VC, Prof BC Nirmal, has not been allowed to enter the campus after returning in June from a month’s leave. Allegations of flagrant violations of the law in the appointment of permanent faculty abound, and the University’s coffers are deep in the red. A Tale of two Vice-Chancellors “All I want […]

Eminent international jurist and former Judge of the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby AC CMG, has been appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professor at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS). Justice Kirby joins Justice Michael D Wilson and Justice Sabrina S McKenna, Judges of the Hawaiian Supreme Court, Justice Dalveer Bhandari of the International Court of Justice, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Senior Advocate Gopal Subramanium, who had earlier been appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professors at JGLS. Justice Kirby is credited with frequent citations of Indian judgments during his tenure as a judge. According to a recent study by Australian and […]

Next year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) will be conducted on May 13, 2018, from 3 to 5 pm. As per the notification published today, online application for the exam will open on January 1. The last date for application is March 31. The 2018 edition of the exam, conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi, will be held for admission to five-year LL.B (undergraduate) and LL.M (postgraduate) courses at eighteen National Law Universities. The scores for CLAT 2018, as has been the case with earlier editions, will also be used by other […]

A proposal to reserve 25% of the seats at the National Law University at Cuttack (NLU Odisha) for state domicile students has been approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, reports the Indian Express. As per various reports, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s office has mentioned that the move will immensely benefit students from the state. Students from Odisha scoring 60% marks in their 12th examinations will be eligible for the reserved seats. Speaking to Bar & Bench, Vice Chancellor of NLUO Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao said that the proposal would have to be discussed after it is placed before the Executive Body […]

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cornell Law School, New York, allowing its students to pursue a dual degree programme. An MoU to this effect was signed by Professor Eduardo M Peñalver, Dean of Cornell Law School and Dr. C Raj Kumar, founding Vice Chancellor of JGU, in New Delhi on December 10. In 2011, both Universities had come together to sign an MoU to establish a flexible framework for academic collaborations. Following the latest MoU, JGLS students securing a JD degree in Cornell University Law School will be eligible to take the American […]

The Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Justice Gita Mittal on Monday, expressed grave concern over the security of women judges after an incident was brought to her notice where a taxi driver allegedly tried to abduct a woman judge. The Registrar General of the Delhi High Court Dinesh Kumar Sharma stated that the incident occurred when the woman judge was going from Central Delhi to Karkardooma court, reported

More than a week after students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal began protesting the state of affairs at the law school, Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chancellor of NLIU Hemant Gupta has called for a new Director to head the University. The same was resolved after a delegation of students met with Chief Justice along with Justice JK Maheshwari of the High Court, Advocate General of the state Purushendra Kaurav, Senior Advocate Vivek Tankha and Principal Secretary of the State Legislative Department AM Saxena. After hearing the grievances of the students, the Chancellor […]

In a press release, the students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal have indicated that their ongoing protest against the college administration will continue unabated until their grievances are taken up seriously. The students at NLIU had launched an indefinite protest on November 9 over administrative apathy in resolving a number of issues at the law school. Letters detailing several grievances in this regard have been sent to the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the Chairman of the NLIU’s General Council, Justice Hemant Gupta as well as the Chairman of the UGC. As the protest developed, students […]

The protests at National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal continued today, with disgruntled students calling for the resignation of Director Prof SS Singh. NLIU students had launched their protest yesterday, highlighting the shortcomings of the administration with regard to dealing with a number of issues. The grievances include, among other things, preferential treatment given to some students, delay in delayed publication of exam results, the faculty’s failure to complete the syllabus in some subjects, and the questionable re-evaluation policy. They are also pressing for an extension of the library timings, and the lifting of the hostel curfew. Students camped outside […]

Students of the National Law Institute University (NLIU) Bhopal are on indefinite protest over a number of issues at the law school. Given the fact that the administration has failed to address the students’ grievances, they have sent letters to Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Chairman of the NLIU’s General Council, Justice Hemant Gupta as well as the Chairman of the UGC. These letters contain a list of grievances and demands, which are not exhaustive. The straw that broke the camel’s back was an incident where the faculty and administration allegedly allowed a fourth-year student who […]

IDIA Scholar and student from Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) Gandhinagar, Jumika Yeptho, passed away yesterday afternoon after battling Tuberculosis. Jumika hailed from Nagaland, where his family was supported solely by his father, who was a state government employee. Quite tragically, Jumika was believed to have been hospitalised for drug use, when in fact, it was found that Tuberculosis bacteria has infected 30-40% of his brain. In a heartfelt email, IDIA Managing Trustee Prof Shamnad Basheer set the record straight. “…Kept to himself and was often the victim of a subtle prejudice that we reserve for those from the North […]

The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws of National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), in collaboration with Trilegal and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, is organizing the third edition of the NLIU-Trilegal Summit on Mergers and Acquisitions (2018 Summit) on 16th and 17th of February, 2018. The aim of the 2018 Summit is to have discussion on niche issues in the area of M&A among participants, panelists and audience. Such a dialogue would help the fraternity in general and the students in particular in understanding the jurisprudence on M&A, it being a considerably new area of practice. The 2018 Summit invites participation […]