Dozens of GNLU Gandhinagar students walked out of a compulsory nearly-five-hour-long “mind power” session by a motivational speaker yesterday, in protest against the usefulness of the content of the session and against the administration substituting classes with it during exam season.

The student bar associations of NLSIU Bangalore, Nalsar Hyderabad and NUJS Kolkata have released an unprecedented joint statement in solidarity with the recently-successful student protestors at NUSRL Ranchi, and issued a call for all national law school students to work together towards jointly fixing what they feel is a root cause of many NLUs’ problems: a distinct lack of funding.

Students of NUSRL Ranchi, have hammered out a compromise agreement with a new acting vice chancellor, winning a series of concessions to improve the administration and management at the law school.

NUSRL Ranchi students on campus lockdown protests were visited today by four judicial dignitaries to discuss their demands, as their protests against administrative apathy entered its third day and a new phase where senior LLB students have begun conducting classes for the juniors.

The NUJS Kolkata student juridical association (SJA) president reacted to NUSRL Ranchi vice chancellor Prof BC Nirmal’s statement that NUSRL students are protesting on campus not for rights but for a holiday, calling him “delusional” and “plain indifferent”, in a Facebook post.

Nuals Kochi has suspended classes and postponed end semester exams for LLB students up to the fourth year to deal with the shortage of clean water and the outbreak of Hepatitis A on campus, at the request of students.

NUSRL Ranchi’s student body is out in full force before its campus gates since yesterday, having locked out the administration and faculty members until NUSRL vice chancellor Prof BC Nirmal, and registrar in charge Dr PP Mitra, resign or are removed from their posts and the students’ other demands are met.

Nalsar Hyderabad’s first out of the gate to confirm final the jobs secured by its 2017 graduating batch, scoring jobs for all 58 students who were part of the organised campus recruitments out of a total batch of 74.

Nalsar Hyderabad has placed 27 students with domestic top tier law firms out of a batch of 72 by its first day of 2018 recruitments, or so-called Day Zero on 5 April, in addition to one actual high-paying job with a foreign law firm, and one vacation placement with a foreign law firm.

GNLU Gandhinagar has seen Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas make a record 12 offers on its Day Zero of recruitments in addition to 5 pre-placement offers, bringing its total haul of 2018 accepted job offers to 30, reported Bar & Bench, citing a GNLU press release.

“It all settles here with the passage of time. That’s the curse, there is no student body,” a student told me recently when I asked him about why the administration was not being called to account for some alleged wrongdoings it had committed.

GNLU Gandhinagar showed undue favour to an LLB student of the law school, resulting in a loss of Rs 27 lakh to GNLU’s coffers, according to the annual Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled before the Gujarat legislative assembly on 31 March 2017.

Nuals Kochi students have asked the law school to apply for an exemption from holding classes, as the college is dealing with a Hepatitis A epidemic in the run up to its semester exams, allegedly due to contaminated water on campus.

NLSIU Bangalore’s Day Zero of recruitments yesterday (3 April) has yielded 30 job offers, alongside a record 20 pre-placement offers (PPOs), of which a total of 34 job offers were accepted.

Seven law firms have made 24 offers to NLU Delhi students by its Day Zero of 2018 recruitments on Saturday, 1 April, with 20 NLU Delhi students having now bagged jobs upon graduation.

NLSIU Bangalore has put out a call to recruit five permanent faculty members, for the first time since 2009, when vice chancellor Prof Venkat Rao had joined, with one permanent faculty having been recruited as long ago as in 2008.

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