Training legal eagles
Started in 2008, National Law University Delhi lays emphasis on interaction of its students with some of the best legal luminaries in the country.education Updated: Jun 11, 2013 15:40 IST
A range of activities, an application-based law curriculum and an experienced faculty attracted Mumbai-based Shreya Rastogi to Delhi’s National Law University. “I had my set of apprehensions initially on aspects such as academics, placements, environment and research programmes but everything fell into place once I joined. The faculty is highly experienced and we get to interact with several experts from the field of law,” says Rastogi, who joined the first batch of the BALLB programme in 2008.
The young law student also got to hone other necessary skills. ‘We got a chance to hone our persuasion and argument skills through debates, moot court competitions, research advocacy programmes and other activities. One such opportunity that students now get is through the plea bargaining programme for undertrials in Tihar jail. This is meant for those who have been convicted for an offence. Working with the legal aid committee is another such chance,” says Rastogi, who will join a Mumbai-based law firm as an associate next month.
USP: “We have established ourselves as a law school that supports students by providing scholarships and fully funding them to attend international competitions. Being in Delhi, we have also managed to facilitate the interaction of our students with leading lawyers, scholars, judges and a whole host of other public intellectuals,” says Prof (Dr) Ranbir Singh, vice chancellor, NLU Delhi.
It offers students a chance to interact with and get trained by some of the best brains in the country. It also boasts of good placement records with some of the major foreign and Indian law firms such as Linklaters, Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co. etc, recruiting its students. “A number of students also seek admission to Oxford, Cambridge and New York University for pursuing LLM,” adds Singh.
NLU Delhi was the 13th law school in India which started in September 2008. It did not participate in the common entrance test conducted by the existing law schools known as Common Law Admission Test. NLU Delhi has its own entrance test called the All India Law Entrance Test.
In 2008, it got more than 4,000 applications for the entrance examination. This year, the number went up to 14,000.
“There is never a dull moment in college since there is so much to do. We have seen the campus grow. Every semester has been exciting. Every day is about striking the perfect balance among cultural activities, projects, research work, studies, and self-study. As budding lawyers we were exposed to a lot of opportunities such as a UNDP-funded project with the ministry of social justice. We even had faculty from universities such as Yale and Oxford visiting the campus,” says Mona Singh, a student at the university.
Infrastructure: The university's library has about 34,189 books, including journals, magazines, and bound volumes of periodicals. It also has 20 online databases, both national and international, such as Westlaw International, LexisNexis Academics, HeinOnline, JSTOR, Kluwer Arbitration Online and Manupatra, and three eBooks (Hart, Oxford and Taylor & Francis). The university has also established 26 research centres.
NLU Delhi, in association with Prof Graham Greenleaf - co-director, Australian Legal Information Institute, launched Legal Information Institute of India (LII) in 2011. With this electronic facility, legal research in the library would get a boost as LII of India has a rich database. including over 3 lakh decisions from 37 courts and tribunals, Indian national legislation from 1836, over 800 bilateral treaties, law reform reports and about 500 law journal articles.
The university has entered into MoUs with over 46 reputed national and international educational institutions. The campus is fully residential for boys and girls. At present, the university has a volleyball court, basketball court and a badminton court. The campus has facilities such as ramps and lifts for the differently abled.
Programmes: Besides its flagship programme, BALLB (hons), the university offers specialised one-year LLM from the current academic year, and it also offers PhD and diploma programmes in judging and court management, urban environmental management and law, competition law and policy, tourism and environmental law
Faculty: The university has about 47 faculty members, including some prominent former vice chancellors, teachers from NLS, Bangalore, and universities such as Oxford and Yale
IT quotient: The campus is Wi-Fi enabled. Besides, the university also has a hi-tech interactive integrated audio-visual moot court hall and seminar halls
NLU Delhi was established in 2008 as the 13th National Law University in India
“The faculty-student interaction could be better since NLU Delhi is a residential campus,” says a student