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Delhi University’s Faculty of Law is the proud alma mater of Supreme Court judges, eminent lawyers and even union law ministers reports Vimal Chander Joshi

education Updated: Apr 14, 2010 09:27 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Among Indian universities offering a three-year law degree, the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, is perhaps the best. Of the several reasons that distinguish it from others, the major one is its low fee. One can become a law graduate by spending a little less than Rs 10,000 over three years.

It has a diverse mix of students hailing from different corners of the country.

“Students (with different socio-economic backgrounds) join this institution to pursue varied careers. Here, you would find students from Kerala, Bihar, North East, UP and Delhi studying together in one classroom. Some aim to become lawyers, a few wish to join the civil services while others nurture the ambition of becoming judges,” says Prof Raman Mittal, associate professor, Campus Law Centre.

The teaching methodology at the law faculty is also quite different. Students are given latest case studies at the beginning of the session. These materials chronicle court cases heard in Indian and international courts, and give students a larger perspective of different laws taught in the syllabus.

“In the classroom, a teacher moderates discussions on myriad legal aspects among students. In this way, we induce critical thinking in them,” adds Prof Mittal.

Famous for:
Its heritage, Delhi University’s tag and the list of noted alumni including Arun Jaitley, Mayawati, Kapil Sibal, Justice YK Sabharwal and LM Singhvi

Three-year LLB, LLM (two-year full-time and three year part-time), PhD, Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) and Master of Comparative Law (exclusively for foreign students).

Extra-curricular: There are little or no extra-curricular activities in the college but there is an emerging trend of moot court competitions that have now become pretty regular here just as that in national law universities.

Infrastructure: The Faculty of Law has three law centres — The Campus Law Centre (CLC) and Law Centre-I (LC-I) in north campus at Chhatra Marg and Law Centre-II (LC-II) in the Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College building at Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi. Each Law Centre has its own teaching faculty and administrative staff (headed by a professor-in-charge).

“First-year students are normally taught by ad hoc teachers who don’t teach well and are only bothered about finishing the lecture. The infrastructure needs an urgent facelift because this is a very old building,” says Sanjay Saini, first year student, Law Centre-I

The Faculty of Law was established in 1924 and the then vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi, Dr Hari Singh Gaur, was its first Dean. The Faculty was initially housed at the Prince’s Pavilion in the Old Viceregal Lodge Grounds and moved to its present location at the Chhatra Marg in 1963. Initially, Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree course was a two-year part-time course and the classes were held in the morning. The evening classes, along with the morning classes for LLB, started in 1942.