At a time when people are losing faith in the judicial system, it becomes an added responsibility of the institutes offering legal education, to ensure that they don’t churn out lawyers, but produce well-rounded professionals. This is the sensible reasoning of Professor Rose Varghese, dean at the Faculty of Law (FoL) at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI).
She says, “The emphasis here is on quality above everything. We admit about 80 students each year into the integrated five-year BALLB programme. With a view to ease up the communication channel between the students and faculty we split the students to two batches of 40 each. This gives us an opportunity to interact on an individual level and get to know each other better.”
USP: Faculty of Law is one of the premier institutes in the country for legal studies. Faculty: All full-time faculty members are PhD holders.
Programmes: The faculty’s flagship programme, BA LLB, draws the maximum number of students from across the country. Adds Prof Rose, “We get student applications from across the country for the limited seats. So representation from across the country is very good, with students coming in from flung places like Kashmir, Kerala, Maharashtra and the northeast. Besides, the LLM and PhD programmes offered by the university are also very popular with law students. We are also in the process of offering postgraduate diploma programmes, the details of which are being worked out. Postgraduate diploma in intellectual property rights has, however, been approved.”
IT quotient: The campus is Wi-Fi enabled, and has a computer lab which is available to students at all hours. The lab has high-speed internet connectivity. The faculty doesn’t have a website of its own and information on it is part of the main JMI website.
Infrastructure: The faculty is housed in the management studies building. The classrooms are airy, spacious and get ample natural light. Similarly, the library is huge and has a rich collection of books, periodicals, magazines, international journals, newspapers, and newsletters. The campus has a well-furnished moot courtroom with all the necessary equipment. Each faculty member has a cabin of their own with computer facilities. The campus is disabled-friendly, not only in terms of providing access to spaces but also in terms of sensitising its students to the needs of the differently-abled.
Clubs and societies: Students get ample chances to explore the realms of dance, music and quizzes through intra-department and university competitions. There are various national and international moot court competitions held through the year. Dance and music competitions are held on a regular basis. Quizzing is a favourite activity on campus.
The students are also passionate about sports and have consistently performed well in various sports competitions organised by the varsity. The girl’s basketball team has also managed to qualify for finals in many tournaments.
Placements: The faculty plans to formalise its placement process from this year onwards. Says Prof Varghese, “Our students are required to intern at some organisation during their course and many have managed to convert their internships into jobs. However, this year, inorder to help our students negotiate better, the faculty is setting up a placement cell that will organise campus placements for the out-going batch.”
The Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, was established in 1989. At the outset, a three-year LLB programme was introduced which is now a five-year integrated BALLB programme. Over the past two decades, the faculty has made significant progress in terms of restructuring of courses and syllabi, introducing new courses, experimenting with innovative techniques of imparting legal education and strengthening its clinical programme in order to give due emphasis to the expanding horizons of the legal profession
“The faculty offers everything that we could ask for. From very good teachers to great peers, it is good to study here,” says Shafaq, a law student