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Legal ambitions

Considered one of the best for law education in India, Delhi University’s Faculty of Law attracts the brightest of minds

education Updated: Sep 14, 2011 11:01 IST
Garima Upadhyay

There is not a dull moment at the Faculty of Law. Last week, the campus saw maximum activity with power-packed campaigns of election hopefuls in the entire North Campus. Ask the students the reasons for being so politically charged and a first year Campus Law Centre (CLC) student, Prankur Chaturvedi says, “Issues of justice, human rights, politics are very closely associated with law. Since we are law students, our engagement with politics is at a deeper level. We study the constitution and try to better the life of those around us through our knowledge of law.” The involvement of law students can be ascertained from the fact that the newly elected president of DUSU, Ajay Chhikara, is also a student of the Faculty of Law.

USP:
The campus promises enough exposure in terms of peer exchange. “We study amidst the best of brains. The student community comes from fields as Btech/MTech and journalism. We have a student who has come here after completing an MBA from London. The best part of studying here is also the extremely talented and experienced faculty. It is an honour to be learning from them,” says Chadravijay Bhadoria, a first year CLC student.

Faculty:
The college has over 100 faculty members approximately

Programmes:
The faculty of law offers LLB, LLM and bachelor of civil law (BCL) courses. Admission to these courses begins in March every year. The entrance exam is held in June.

Infrastructure:
Infrastructure in the college requires a facelift. Be it classrooms or potable water, both need immediate attention of the authorities.

“We don’t have drinking water in the campus and have to buy bottled water from the canteen. Since this is a noted centre for law education in the country, we’d expect the administration to look into the matter and address it immediatey,” says a student who did not wish to be named. While the infrastructure might need attention, the library is a crowd puller. Considered one of the best in India for law students, it has over 1.25 lakh books and subscribes to 160 national and international journals.

Studentspeak:
“The campus Law Centre at the Faculty of Law is the best for law education in the country. The faculty, teachers and peer learning one has access to over here is one of its kind. The experience and knowledge you receive here is incomparable in many ways. Intense discussions with students from varied backgrounds are an integral part of life here,” says Asma Zaidi, a first-year CLC student.

Clubs and societies:
Legal aid, placement centre and debating society are some of the active clubs and societies on campus. The KK Luthra Memorial moot-court is an annual affair, the highlights of which are discussions and debates around contemporary issues.

The Law Centre also organises Delhi NCR moot-courts annually. The legal service programme, which has been running since the early ‘70s, has been instrumental in providing social services to those who can’t afford mainstream law education. Students also contribute actively to mylaw.net, a website.

Factfile
The Faculty of Law was established in 1924 and moved to its present location in 1963. It has three centres: Campus Law Centre (CLC), Law Centre-I (LC-I) and Law centre-II (LC-II). The CLC classes are held in the morning from 8.30 am onwards, LC-I has two sessions: the afternoon session from 3pm to 6pm and evening session from 6.15pm to 9.15 pm and LC-II has classes in the evening from 6.15pm to 9.15pm

Wishlist
There are some areas that need attention. Providing potable water, capacity- building and modernising the existing infrastructure are some of the things that have to be done. We want the campus to be wi-fi enabled. If that is too ambitious we’ll at least want the library to be wi-fi enabled. As a part of the new student council, we’ll try addressing these issues so that studying here can be an unforgettable experience for fellow students, says Nayan Mimani, central counsellor, CLC