Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co has significantly increased its recruitment of penultimate year students from one of India's top law schools.
The firm's Mumbai office has enlisted 11 fourth-year law students from National Law School of India University Bangalore (NLSIU).
Last year the number was lower, said Amarchand co-managing partner Cyril Shroff, who was in Bangalore on Monday (1 June) to announce the news.
Sources said that last year Amarchand had recruited only four students from the fourth-year group.
The selected students out of an intake of around 80 will only graduate the five-year BA LLB programme in 2010, marking Amarchand's faith in a coming upturn.
When asked by Legally India
about his views on 2010, Shroff joked: "Better than 2008 for sure."
However, Amarchand's recruitment figures are still shy of the 20 odd students it is understood to have recruited in previous boom years.
The upturn in Amarchand's recruitment happens against a background of decreased campus competition from international firms, which have been making lawyer lay-offs in their home jurisdictions.
Compared to last year, far fewer students who graduated the NLSIU five-year course this year had secured job offers from international firms, according to campus sources.
Some magic circle firms are understood to have recruited only two students from this year's fourth year batch, compared to around 10 last year.