Presentation on theme: "THE LURE OF THE LAW SHAMNAD BASHEER MHRD PROFESSOR OF IP LAW WB NUJS FOUNDER, IDIA IMS WORKSHOP 25 TH MARCH, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
THE LURE OF THE LAW SHAMNAD BASHEER MHRD PROFESSOR OF IP LAW WB NUJS FOUNDER, IDIA IMS WORKSHOP 25 TH MARCH, 2012
WHY LAW? WHY NOT? PRIMARY REASONS – LOVING THE LAW INTELLECTUAL STIMULATION JUSTICE/SOCIAL REFORM ADVOCACY/LEADERSHIP SKILLS SECONDARY (PERKS) PAY PACKAGE POWER RESPECTABILITY IN SOCIETY
Famous Lawyers: Law and Leadership
THE LAW SCHOOLS 914 law schools in India Of those, around 25 have a decent standard A significant number of these: NLUs Emergence of the National Law Universities (NLU) Started with the National Law School of India – NLSIU, Bangalore Now 14 of them in various states of India
List of NLUs National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLS) NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR) National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (NUJS) National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU) National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU –Jodhpur) National Law University, Delhi (NLU – Delhi) KIIT Law School, Bhubaneshwar (KLS) Gandhinagar National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU) Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU) Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU) Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU) Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL) National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS) National Law University, Bhubhaneshwar (NLU Bhubaneshwar) National Law University, Ranchi (NLU – Ranchi)
Other Leading Law Schools Jindal Global Law School (JLGS), Sonapet, Haryana Indian Law School (ILS), Pune Government Law College, Mumbai Faculty of Law, Delhi University Symbiosis Law School, Pune University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun Nirma University, Gujarat Christ Law College, Bangalore Amity Law School, Noida University Institute of Legal Studies, Punjab University Kolkata University
SOME PROMINENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES VIKRAM RAGHAVAN Associate General Counsel, WORLD BANK NANDAN NELVIGI PARTNER, WHITE AND CASE (leading US law firm) RAHUL CHERIAN FOUNDER, INCLUSIVE PLANET SIVARAMJANI THAMBISETTI PROFESSOR, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE)
ASHISH ARUN OWNER OF OFFSHORE RESEARCH PARTNERS (LPO) AT 25 MS SRIKAR IAS OFFICER NLS, 1998 (Secretary to Nilekani) JOEY MATHEWS LEADING MODEL SOME PROMINENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES (Contd.) SANDEEP FARIAS OWNER OF VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM (market driven anti poverty campaign)
Career Prospects: Sheer Diversity Litigation Lawyer (trial court, high court, supreme court): Senior Lawyer (Grand Counsels) – Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Arun Jaitley Law Firms (Amarchand, AZB, Khaitan, Trilegal) – Corporate/IPR/Marine law In house lawyer (TATA general counsel) NGO (human rights/environmental law) Research and Academia – Policy body (lobbying/advocacy) Law and business (legal outsourcing/legal databases) Legal journalism International Organisations (UN/World Bank/WTO)
The Legal Pay Package Compares with some of the best in the industry Monthly Salaries: Law Firms/Companies Rs. 50,000 – 1.2 lakhs pm Intnal Law Firms Rs. 2.5 lakhs pm PSUs Rs. 40,000 pm International Org. Rs. 50,000 pm NGOs Rs ,000 pm Litigation Rs ,000 pm
LAW SCHOOLS AT A GLANCE
Interactive classroom teaching (socratic (case) teaching) Competent faculty Well designed course curriculum, legal aid WHY A NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL?
STATE OF THE ART INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
LAW SCHOOL IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE LAW!
CLAT Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) Conducted by separate law school each year Nearing standardisation Now mainly aptitude based 4 sections – English (including Comprehension): 40 marks – Logical Reasoning: 40 marks – Legal Aptitude: 50 marks – General Knowledge (current affairs): 50 marks – Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability of the 10 th standard variety): 20 marks One mark each (no negative marking)
CLAT TIPS Aptitude based Best way is to practice (particularly previous papers) No memorisation Read newspapers (English + GK) Prior knowledge of law can prove disadvantageous Take the logic at face value (propositions are to be taken as true) – Proposition 1: All dogs are black – Proposition 2: All things black are beautiful – Conclusion: Therefore all dogs are beautiful Sleep well!
IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) A movement to create more diversity from within NLUs To Increase Access to Education for the Underprivileged Opportunity to pursue law for students from all strata of society To empower and train students selected by IDIA Create Future Leaders (Community Representatives)
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) - Expensive application forms for CLAT (about Rs. 2500) - Exam centers mostly in urban areas. - CLAT tests on General Knowledge, English, Maths, Legal and Logical reasoning - Rigorous and consistent training - High participation and competition NATIONAL LAW SCHOOLS - High fees (almost 2 lakhs a year) - Cost of living (laptop, books, etc.) ACCESS BARRIERS: WHAT STOPS ME FROM GETTING TO A NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL
TACKLING THE ACCESS BARRIERS IDIA prepares students for CLAT: Aptitude test to select students 1-2 years training, guidance and mentoring Collaboration with leading coaching centres (IMS) If admitted, IDIA will: Pay college fees and expenses (about 10 lakhs per student for 5 year course): but only if admission in top law schools (fee waivers: only 2 law schools) Mentor students and provide support to students to adjust and cope with law school Throw up internship opportunities
Success in very First Year! 14 out of 50 students made it to the top NLU's TOP RANKERS. Shivendu Pandey: 45 th rank in general caterory :National Law School,Bangalore. Mukesh Kumari Kori: NALSAR,Hyderabad Karthika Annamlai:NLU, Bhopal. Johnson Subba (Sikkim): NLU,Orissa Ria Siuli, NLU Gujarat IDIA STRIKES IN THE FIRST YEAR
DISABLED CATEGORY 5 visually impaired students secured admission to leading NLUs Bhimvarapu Mouli Aravind,All India PWD Rank 10-WBNUJS. Goram Sivasankar,PWD Rank 12-GNLU,Ahmedabad. Bandi Sudhakar,PWD Rank 20-GNLU,Ahmedabad. Arepalli Naga Babu,PWD Rank 25-RMNLU,Lucknow. Tudumu Andalu,PWD(SC) Rank 1-NLU,Jodhpur. All of them are from severely economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
OUR SUCCESS STORIES Ria Shiuli is an 18-year old girl from Basanti, Sunderbans. Her father is illiterate and owns a grocery shop. She is now in GNLU,Gandhinagar. Karthika Annamalai is an 18-year old girl from Tamil Nadu who embodies success. She lost her mother and had to battle with a drunk uncle to realize her dream of studying in a NLU.
Shivendu Pandeys father passed away eight years back. His mother works in the Life Insurance Corporation of India. With a General Category rank 45 in the CLAT, Shivendu is now at NLSIU> Bangalore Bhimavarapu Mouli Aravind is a visually challenged student from Nellore. He secured a seat in WB National University of Juridical Sciences.
Arindam Bhattacharjee- His father is a lawyer who practices at the Murshidabad District Court while his mother is a homemaker. Arindam secured admissionto NLU, Bhopal Johnson Subba- His father is a peon in the Power Department while his mother is a homemaker. Johnson is now at NLU Orissa
Thank you very much! For more information on IDIA, please see IDIA contacts: Arnab Basu ( head of West Bengal chapter Arnab Roy: (head of North East chapter):