The Student Bar Association of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore has resolved to fight Karnataka’s move to introduce a 50 per cent state domicile reservation at India’s oldest national law school. The state Law Minister TB Jayachandra had tabled the ‘2017 National Law School of India University (Amendment) Bill’ on June 20. It was passed by the Legislative Assembly, but is yet to be passed by the Legislative Council. Quite unsurprisingly, the Student Bar has reacted strongly to the amendment, terming it as antithetical to the University’s cultural and regional diversity. A letter written by the Student Bar states, […]

As reported yesterday, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is likely to introduce a 50 per cent state domicile reservation. The 2017 National Law School of India University (Amendment) Bill was tabled by Karnataka Law Minister TB Jayachandra yesterday. The Bill has been passed in the state legislative assembly, but is yet to receive assent in the legislative council. The Bill seeks to amend Section 4 of the NLSIU Act so as to reserve not less than fifty per cent seats for resident students of Karnataka. It is also interesting to note that the Statement of Objects provides for […]

Three decades after its establishment in 1987, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore is likely have 50 per cent of its seats reserved for candidates who are domiciled in Karnataka. According to Economic Times, an amendment to that effect in the NLSIU Act, 1986 was passed by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly today . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register Already a […]

Law school rankings by magazines have historically been a fruitless and misleading exercise, but The Week may have just bucked that trend. Well, slightly, anyway. As a welcome change from the ludicrous (perhaps paid) rankings of every year, The Week has come up with a list that is more acceptable, with a few exceptions. Each law college is ranked in order of its “Composite Score”. It comes as no surprise that NLSIU Bangalore tops the list, followed by NALSAR Hyderabad and Faculty of Law, Delhi University. WBNUJS Kolkata is in fourth, followed by NLIU Bhopal, NLU Jodhpur and Faculty of Law, […]

Two graduates of National Law University, Delhi have cleared the Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) Civil Services (Main) Examination of 2016. Pratik Tayal and Aditya Vikram Yadav of the batch that graduated in 2016, secured ranks of 92 and 302 respectively. This story will be updated as and when we find more information. If you are aware of any other law graduates who have cleared the exam, kindly leave their names, institutions and ranks in the comments . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to […]

Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to legal education (IDIA) has produced as many as nine scholars who have made it to national law universities thus far. Eight students cleared CLAT 2017 in the first list, whereas one student has secured admission at NLU Delhi after clearing AILET 2017. Among the successful scholars to have cleared CLAT in the first list is Anoop Kumar, a visually impaired student hailing from Gardih in Jharkhand. He was ranked ninth in the Specially Abled Persons category, and has hence secured admission at WBNUJS, Kolkata. Mukesh Seju from Rajasthan secured the eighth rank in the […]

The results of this year’s edition of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017) have been released on the CLAT website (clat.ac.in). Follow this link and enter your login details to view the results. HT reported that Rajat Maloo from Jaipur topped the undergraduate exam with a score of 154.25. Vihit Ashish Shah of Maharashtra and Radhika Sharda from Rajasthan took the second and third ranks woth scores of 150.25 and 148.5 respectively. Sumit Kumar Gupta from Bihar was in fourth, with a score of 147.5. According to the report, 47,108 students reported for the online undergraduate exam. A total […]

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 […]

Message to Law Aspirants from Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University & Dean, Jindal Global Law School   Admissions to Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of OP Jindal Global University (JGU) for the academic year 2017-18 on the basis of LSAT—India Entrance Exam 2017 for 5-year B.A./BBA.LL.B. (H), 3-year LL.B. and 1-year LL.M. programmes are now open. ABOUT JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL (JGLS) JGLS is India’s first global law school. It was established with the vision to impart globalized legal education with a view to producing world-class legal professionals, scholars, and academics in law and other […]

In a victory for students of law colleges in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court last month held that admissions to law courses for 2017-18 would not be subject to the Bar Council of India’s approval. The Bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice GS Kulkarni passed the order in a petition filed by students of the city’s SNDT University, represented by . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all […]

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 . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & […]

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.

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 read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account […]

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 . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all […]

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 . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all archival material Access to all Bar & Bench reports Register Already a subscriber ? Login

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 […]

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 read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to all […]

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 . . . To read the entire article, get a premium account With a premium account you get: One year of unrestrcited access to previous interviews, columns and articles One year access to […]

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 […]