5THE LAW SCHOOLS 914 law schools in India Of those, around 25 have a decent standardA significant number of these: NLU’sEmergence of the National Law Universities (NLU)Started with the National Law School of IndiaNLSIU, BangaloreNow 14 of them in various states of India
6List of NLU’s 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)
7Rankings of Law Schools Always controversial!Broad categories of ranks (based on CLAT preferences last year).Tier 1:NLS (Bang), NALSAR (Hyd), NUJS (Kolkata), NLU (Delhi)Tier 2:NLU (Jodhpur), NLU (Bhopal), NLU (Gujarat)Tier 3:RMNLU (Lucknow), HNLU (Raipur), NLU (Orissa), RGNLU (Punjab)Tier 4:CNLU (Patna), NUALS (Kerala), NLU (Assam), NLU (Ranchi)
8Other Leading Law Schools Jindal Global Law School (JLGS), Sonapet, HaryanaIndian Law School (ILS), PuneGovernment Law College, MumbaiFaculty of Law, Delhi UniversitySymbiosis Law School, PuneUniversity of Petroleum and Energy Studies, DehradunNirma University, GujaratChrist Law College, BangaloreAmity Law School, NoidaUniversity Institute of Legal Studies, Punjab UniversityKolkata University
9SOME PROMINENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES VIKRAM RAGHAVANAssociate General Counsel, WORLD BANKNANDAN NELVIGI PARTNER, WHITE AND CASE (leading US law firm)RAHUL CHERIANFOUNDER, INCLUSIVE PLANETSIVARAMJANI THAMBISETTI PROFESSOR, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE)
10SOME PROMINENT LAW SCHOOL GRADUATES (Contd.) ASHISH ARUN OWNER OF OFFSHORE RESEARCH PARTNERS (LPO) AT 25SANDEEP FARIASOWNER OF VENTURE CAPITAL FIRM(market driven anti poverty campaign)MS SRIKARIAS OFFICER NLS, 1998(Secretary to Nilekani)JOEY MATHEWSLEADING MODEL
11Career Prospects: Sheer Diversity Litigation Lawyer (trial court, high court, supreme court): Senior Lawyer (Grand Counsels)Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Singhvi, Arun JaitleyLaw Firms (Amarchand, AZB, Khaitan, Trilegal)Corporate/IPR/Marine lawIn house lawyer (TATA general counsel)NGO (human rights/environmental law)Research and AcademiaPolicy body (lobbying/advocacy)Law and business (legal outsourcing/legal databases)Legal journalismInternational Organisations (UN/World Bank/WTO)
12The Legal Pay Package Compares with some of the best in the industry Monthly Salaries:Law Firms/Companies Rs. 50,000 – 1.2 lakhs pmIntn’al Law Firms Rs. 2.5 lakhs pmPSUs Rs. 40,000 pmInternational Org Rs. 50,000 pmNGOs Rs ,000 pmLitigation Rs ,000 pm
17CLAT Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) Conducted by separate law school each yearNearing standardisationNow mainly aptitude based4 sectionsEnglish (including Comprehension): 40 marksLogical Reasoning: 40 marksLegal Aptitude: 50 marksGeneral Knowledge (current affairs): 50 marksElementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability of the 10th standard variety): 20 marksOne mark each (no negative marking)
18CLAT TIPS Sleep well! Aptitude based Best way is to practice (particularly previous papers)No memorisationRead newspapers (English + GK)Prior knowledge of law can prove disadvantageousTake the “logic” at face value (propositions are to be taken as true)Proposition 1: All dogs are blackProposition 2: All things black are beautifulConclusion: Therefore all dogs are beautifulSleep well!
19IDIA (Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education) A movement to create more diversity from within NLU’sTo Increase Access to Education for the UnderprivilegedOpportunity to pursue law for students from all strata of societyTo empower and train students selected by IDIACreate Future Leaders (Community Representatives)
20ACCESS BARRIERS: WHAT STOPS ME FROM GETTING TO A NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL 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 reasoningRigorous and consistent trainingHigh participation and competitionNATIONAL LAW SCHOOLSHigh fees (almost 2 lakhs a year)Cost of living (laptop, books, etc.)
21TACKLING THE ACCESS BARRIERS IDIA prepares students for CLAT:Aptitude test to select students1-2 years training, guidance and mentoringCollaboration 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 schoolThrow up internship opportunities
22IDIA STRIKES IN THE FIRST YEAR Success in very First Year!14 out of 50 students made it to the top NLU'sTOP RANKERS.Shivendu Pandey: 45th rank in general caterory :National Law School,Bangalore.Mukesh Kumari Kori: NALSAR,HyderabadKarthika Annamlai:NLU, Bhopal.Johnson Subba (Sikkim): NLU,OrissaRia Siuli, NLU Gujarat
23DISABLED CATEGORY5 visually impaired students secured admission to leading NLU’sBhimvarapu 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 .
24OUR SUCCESS STORIESRia 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.
25Shivendu Pandey’s father passed away eight years back Shivendu Pandey’s 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> BangaloreBhimavarapu Mouli Aravind is a visually challenged student from Nellore. He secured a seat in WB National University of Juridical Sciences.
26Arindam Bhattacharjee- His father is a lawyer who practices at the Murshidabad District Court while his mother is a homemaker. Arindam secured admissionto NLU, BhopalJohnson Subba- His father is a peon in the Power Department while his mother is a homemaker. Johnson is now at NLU Orissa
27Thank you very much!For more information on IDIA, please seeIDIA contacts: Arnab Basu head of West Bengal chapterArnab Roy: (head of North East