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‘We have the best law faculty today’

What are the parameters that NLU prepares its lawyers on?

There are three aspects that we inculcate in our lawyers; technical soundness, professionalism or moot-court competition for which we conduct several seminars and conferences to be attended by the students. NLU ranks almost at the top amongst various veteran law colleges. And lastly we believe in producing socially relevant lawyers who are also good human beings because at the end of the day, lawyers need to contribute to the society in the right manner.

NLU Delhi is just about five years old, what is the USP of your university?

We were the 13th law school to be opened back in September 2008 and we did not participate in the common entrance test conducted by the existing law schools known as Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). NLU Delhi has its own entrance test called the ‘All India Law Entrance Test’. Some people do take our scores, however, we are not a part of CLAT. The reason being we wanted to test ourselves from the very first day to see where we would stand as a university.

Last year CLAT had 25,000 applications for about 1,500 seats in the 16-17 law schools across India and NLU Delhi had 12,000 applications for 80 seats. This year the number has crossed 8,000 applications and is expected to cross 15,000 applications as the last date of application is 5 April 2013. These numbers prove that NLU-Delhi has proved its potential in less than five years of its establishment.

Other aspects that make NLU Delhi unique are the kind of facilities that we provide to our students. We have a state-of-the-art library, we motivate students in a great way and NLU Delhi has the best law faculty as compared to the other law schools today.

Does NLU help in placements?

This is another aspect that makes NLU Delhi unique. We at NLU believe in imparting the best knowledge and skills to our students so that they get recruited by the best companies possible. We produce the best of professionals who will get hired purely on the basis of their merit and their expertise. In fact placement is not a good parameter of a law school.

What is it that you think leads to the success of a university?

Institutions have to keep innovating and evaluate themselves continuously, taking corrective actions where ever required, in order to improve their standards. Universities should be given a mandate to come out with the bets of researchers and professionals. However, that will only happen if they are given a fair amount of financial administrative and functional autonomy.

Does the sudden increase in the number of National Law Universities affect the quality being imparted?

National Law Universities are the IITs of legal education. However, still a lot of improvement is required to be carried out. But these are definitely better performing institutions vis-à-vis traditional universities. We need to have law schools abroad, like Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Yale where they compete for excellence in legal education.

National Law University recently concluded a roundtable on sexual violence in India, could you tell us about the outcome of that?

A lot of issues were raised during this round table which was attended by 50 NGOs, various Delhi University students and professors. One of the most important points that was highlighted was the fact that while we appreciated the quick turn around by the government, the problem goes much beyond than that of the law. It was extremely sad to hear that both the girl and the boy where lying on the road in their situation and no one came forward to help, which forces us to ask ourselves where has the society gone wrong? Hence the idea, of the round table to view the current situation in a different context as the law already exists and Indian laws are the best as compared anywhere else in the world.  

The pointers that came out after the discussion were as follows, attitude of the common man needs to change, we needs to conduct sociological and psychological studies, we need to re-look at the governance issues such as buses plying without any licence go scot free. This purely means that somewhere we are not serious about our governing pattern.

Apart from this we also discussed if death penalty is really the answer in these situations and the reasons for giving or not giving it as the repercussion may or may not be severe.
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