As a student of history at St Stephen’s College between 2007 and 2010, Ajitesh Kir’s interest in law was “augmented by the fact that laws reflect the historical development of society and that its study compliments a historian’s investigation.” Two years ago, Kir sought admission to Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre (CLC) because “law occupies a pivotal role within a democratic system. My internships at courts and engagements in rural India have strengthened my conviction that the law is an effective mechanism to usher in a transparent and responsive administration,” says this final-year student of the LLB programme.
He says he has had much to learn at this historic institution. “Participation in moot courts has enhanced my ability to construct and deliver cogent arguments – both crucial skills of advocacy. Over the past two years, I have been taught that hard work is the only way to become successful in the legal profession. As a prospective litigator, this teaching will stand me in good stead at the courts,” says Kir.
Another aspect which sets CLC apart from others is the varied academic background of its students. The LLB being a postgraduate course attracts graduates of commerce, science as well as arts.
“This promotes a multidisciplinary approach towards the understanding of law as teachers are able to provide varied academic perspectives. Apart from academics, CLC offers myriad opportunities to its students to participate in co-curricular activities such as moot courts, academic conferences and paper presentations,” he adds.
CLC offers a three-year LLB programme. It is among the oldest law institutions and caters to about 800 students admitted each year. The admission is done through a competitive test held in June every year, conducted by the Faculty of Law, which rubs two other law centres in the evening. The alumni of CLC comprise high court judges, bureaucrats, statesmen and senior lawyers of the Supreme Court and other high courts.
USP: Over the years, CLC has gained name and fame and “today is among the best rated law colleges and universities across India. The senior teaching faculty and distinguished alumni make it more popular among aspiring lawyers. Besides, an intelligent and hard-working student body and a liberal approach to learning of law are other unique aspects,” says JL Kaul, professor-in-charge, CLC.
A number of students go for the popular fields of specialisation, including cyber law, corporate law, environmental law, international trade law and human rights law.
Programmes: The centre offers three-year LLB and two-year LLM programmes.
Faculty: CLC has about 45 teaching positions. The professors are internationally renowned in their fields of specialisation.
IT quotient: It has a computer lab in the CLC library which is equipped with major online journals and periodicals, apart from text and research books.
Clubs and societies: CLC has several committees for its students, including moot court, placement, a discussion and seminar committee and a sports committee. The centre has a students’ union as well. The Seminar and Discussion Group invites lawyers and academics to deliver lectures on legal issues every Wednesday. The Legal Aid Society encourages students to do pro bono work by visiting juvenile justice homes and spreading legal awareness in slums.
CLC was established in 1975, though the Faculty of Law was established in 1924
Students want more cultural events to be conducted at the centre