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 […]

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 […]

A Bangalore civil court has granted an interim stay on the dismissal of a faculty member at the city’s MS Ramaiah College of Law. Dr. G Srinivas, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the law college, had been terminated after protesting the treatment meted out to him by the authorities. A member of the Scheduled Caste community, Dr. Srinivas allegedly faced discrimination in terms of pay scale since January of last year. In fact, in his petition, Dr. Srinivas states that faculty members junior to him and those less qualified were being paid more than him. After his several representations […]

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 NLS Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling Competition (NLS Client Counselling Competition) 2017, is being organised by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, India from May 4 to May 7, 2017. The competition is being organised in association with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Negotiation Competition (INC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Young Mediator’s Initiative (YMI) and the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration (AFIA) . The competition aims to provide a platform to students from all over the world to develop and showcase their alternative dispute resolution skills in a tournament which brings together all types of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Further, the NLS NMC […]

The National Law University, Delhi will hold the fourth edition of its annual Cultural and Literary fest, KAIROS from March 3 to 5. KAIROS 2017 has been weaved around the theme ‘Break Free’ as a celebration of progress and individual freedom. KAIROS will play host to Run! It’s the Kid, Dual Vibes, Mandboy/Mink and Begum X & Delhi Sultanate. The fest will also see some spectacular events with prize money of upto Rs. 2 lakh! Registration: Contingent Registration Individual Registration For more details contact: Srishti Singhania: ‪+91-9811351975 Vaibhavi Shaunak: ‪+91-9717820108

In a bid to keep tab on the infrastructure and faculty strength of Indian law schools, the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India is considering conducting surprise inspections. A recently passed resolution authorises the Chairman of the BCI to set up teams for such inspections. It is recommended that the inspection teams should comprise a former high court judge and a Senior Advocate or an advocate having at least 25 years’ experience of standing practice. The team must also have two professors (one for law and the other for non-law subjects) for institutions offering the five-year programme […]

Even as the students of Kerala Law Academy’s Law College demand the ouster of Dr. Lekshmi Nair, the University of Kerala has debarred the Principal from having a say in the examination process for five years. The decision was taken in a special meeting of the University’s syndicate held on Saturday. The syndicate reportedly upheld the findings of a sub-committee that investigated the grievances raised by the students. As reported earlier, among the allegations levelled against Dr. Nair is the arbitrary and unfair awarding of internal marks to students. She also allegedly granted favourable internal marks and attendance to a […]

The Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) at Visakhapatnam is all set to move into its new campus in Sabbavaram at the end of this month. The development was confirmed by Vice-Chancellor (In Charge) Prof V Kesava Rao, who was appointed in June last year. Speaking to Bar & Bench, he said, “We will be starting classes on the new campus from January 30, when the students come back from their internship vacation.” Among the facilities on the new campus will be separate hostels for boys and girls, an academic block with eleven classrooms, a 7,500 sq. ft. library and a […]

One of Kerala’s oldest legal education institutes, the Kerala Law Academy (KLA) Law College, is in the eye of a storm. For the last five days, students have been protesting the state of affairs at the institution, demanding the resignation of Principal Dr. Lekshmi Nair. The events were set in motion by the recent suicide of a student from a nearby engineering college, allegedly due to harassment from the management. This incident has encouraged the students of the Kerala Law Academy’s law college to speak out against the injustices they claim to face at the hands of the administration. Among a slew […]

After aiming to bring about changes in the legal profession last year, the Bar Council of India (BCI) is now looking to amend its Rules of Legal Education, 2008, as first reported by LiveLaw. In a circular dated January 2, the BCI invited comments on its proposed changes to the Rules from the heads of all universities imparting legal education. Through this amendment, the BCI seeks to change things with respect to the faculty composition in law colleges, and determine the equivalence of law degrees obtained from foreign universities with those obtained in India. But perhaps the most significant change […]

Even as the Supreme Court’s judgment in Compassion Unlimited Plus Action v. Union Of India And Ors is awaited, sixty students from the Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli, have expressed their support for Jallikattu. In a release, the students describe the practice as an Indian tradition that is being followed for more than five thousand years. They also say that it has scientific value. “It is one of the best methods not only to sustain our breeds but also to select the genetically superior variety of bull for mating… …Given the dwindling bull population, an outright ban on Jallikattu […]

The tenth All India Bar Exam (AIBE) is likely to be held on February 26, 2017. As per the notification on the website of AIBE and Bar Council of India (BCI), the tentative date for the exam has been fixed for February 26. Online registration for the exam is likely to commence on January 6. AIBE, which is conducted by the BCI, has come in for a lot of flak over the years. The Supreme Court of India is currently seized of a petition concerning the Constitutional validity of AIBE. The petition, which was filed in 2013, came up for hearing […]

In 2015, a group of students from the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata entered a competition called Startup Weekend, organised by Google. They designed an online mediation platform for consumer disputes, which came to be recognised as the competition’s most socially innovative platform. Since then, they have continued their endeavour to promote mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism through their platform, ODRways. The venture has also received strong support from the legal fraternity of India, with former Law Minister Salman Khurshid among the endorsees. Pranjal Sinha, a third year student, gave us a little more insight into the project. “There […]

The dates for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 have been announced, reports Lawctopus. As per the report, the exam will be held on May 14, 2017. The online registrations will begin from January 1, 2017 and will continue till March 31, 2017 which is the final date for submission of application form. A copy of the notification was shared by Careers360. The upcoming CLAT will be conducted by the Chanakya National Law University, and will oversee admissions to the eighteen national law universities that are part of the CLAT. Though the CLAT website presently appears to be down, Vice-Chancellor […]

A student of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow is battling a case in a consumer forum. His cause of action? A restaurant that wrongfully charged him a fee on a debit card transaction. And in light of the Centre’s recent demonetisation move, Chanakya Sharma’s plaint is a significant one. During their visit to an eatery in Goa, Chanakya and his friends were made to pay a surcharge of 2% on the bill while paying by debit card. When he sought clarification as to why this surcharge was levied, responses from both the establishment, as well as the bank, […]

At least three Indian law students have made it to the list of Rhodes Scholars for 2017. Among them are Gauri Pillai from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and Mary Kavita Dominic, the first ever Rhodes Scholar from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi. As first reported by Legally India, NLSIU Bangalore’s Vanshaj Jain has also made it to the list. Last year, NLU Delhi’s Rishika Sehgal and Bahuli Sharma of Campus Law Centre, Delhi University made the cut.

In a meeting of the International Association of Universities (IAU) held in November in Bangkok, Dr. Ranbir Singh, the current vice chancellor of NLU- Delhi was elected as a full-time board member. The IAU, based in Paris, is the UNESCO based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It is the global equivalent of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Until Recently, Dr. Singh was the President of AIU, and continues to be council member of ACU. Elected as a board member from Asia and South-Asia region, Dr. Singh will serve a period of four years in […]

There is yet another challenge to the Bar Council of India’s age limit rule for law courses, this time in the Allahabad High Court. Sanjeev Yadav and 56 others have filed a writ challenging Clause 28, under which the maximum age limit for joining the undergraduate and post-graduate law courses was set at twenty years and thirty years respectively. Apart from assailing the controversial rule, the petitioners are also seeking a direction to the CLAT authorities to drop the age limit rule for this year’s exam. When the matter came up for hearing on November 15, Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra […]

A third year student of National Law School of India University, Bangalore was found dead in her hostel room two days ago, as first reported by Deccan Herald. Nishi Ankita Kujur, who hails from Jharkhand, was found hanging from a ceiling fan by her friends, according to the report. Sources from the law school confirm that Nishi was suffering from chronic abdominal pain and had been admitted to the hospital on several occasions. Her ailment prevented her from attending classes. In her suicide note, she mentioned that she was not able to bear the pain any longer.

One of the most controversy-ridden examinations this year, the Maharashtra Law CET, may well see another round of litigation. Law students Ashutosh Paibhale and Aditya Roongta have approached the Bombay High Court, alleging that the CET cell has incorrectly applied the rules relating to reservation for women candidates. Filed last month, the matter was mentioned before the vacation bench of Naik J on the first of this month. On being asked to mention the matter in a week’s time, the two mentioned the matter on November 7 before the vacation bench of Karnik J.  On November 7, Paibhale argued the […]

Litigation against the Bar Council of India’s age-limit rule has now reached the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, reports The Hindu. The bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and A Shankara Narayana J. reportedly directed that the age-limit would not be applicable for this academic year.  The group of seven petitioners have asked the High Court to strike down Clause 28, which was “revived” in September this year. The petitioners, led by one Gudisa Babu Bhima Rao, have contended that this clause runs afoul of the Advocates Act, as well as Article 14 of the Indian Constitution. Although this petition was limited […]

Pursuant to the Bar Council of India’s intentions of imposing an age limit for those who want to study law, next year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will also have such a restriction. The news, sourced from the Hindi edition of the Hindustan Times, was first shared by CLAT mentor Rajneesh Singh in a Facebook post. The article says that CLAT 2017 will have an age bar of twenty years for candidates, as per a decision taken by the CLAT Core Committee yesterday. The Registrar’s office of Chanakya National Law University, Patna has confirmed the same. CNLU will become […]

As the tragic suicide of Sushant Rohilla brought out only all too well, law students are under an increasing amount of stress. Be it competitive moots, a packed academic schedule, high fees, or even finding employment, today’s law students face a significant amount of mental and emotional strain. Chethana Venkataraghavan, a final-year student at Gujarat National Law University, is trying to change things, one student at a time. With exams currently taking place at GNLU, she has set up an e-mail account examofsmile@gmail.com (“the third choice after frown2smile and lawsucksbutlifedoesnt”). Students are free to e-mail their problems to Chethana, with the assurance that complete […]

Almost six months after the killing of Harambe, a 17-year old Western lowland gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, students of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University have organised a candle light vigil in the memory of the beloved gorilla. The gorilla was shot and killed after a three-year old boy climbed into its enclosure. The incident, which was recorded on video, received an immense amount of international coverage and criticism. A candle light vigil called “Wicks out for Harambe” has been organised by the debating society of GGSIPU as a part of their intra-college parliamentary debating tournament on October 15. […]

A week after part-time GLC faculty member Yasmin Tavaria challenged the Bar Council of India’s age limit rule in the Bombay High Court, a similar petition has been filed in the same High Court. The petition, filed by a group of Mumbai-based law students collectively known as the Student Law Council, challenges Clause 28 of Schedule III of the BCI’s Legal Education Rules of 2008 as violative of Articles 14, 19(1) (g) and 21 of the Constitution of India. The challenge is also closely related to the recently held Maharashtra Law CET, through which a number of students have already attained […]

The PIL filed by an Amity Law School graduate against the allegedly arbitrary implementation of attendance norms was disposed of by the Delhi High Court yesterday. Divyadeep Chaturvedi, the petitioner, told Bar & Bench  that at 1.10 pm yesterday afternoon, he was informed that students were given IDs and passwords to their online accounts on an internal website of Amity through which they could have access to their real time attendance records. “It is a great step forward for the students. They are the ones who will benefit out of this.” The law school, represented by Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayyar gave a demonstration […]