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Breaking: Nalsar VC Veer Singh resigns; Chancellor starts hunt for new VC

imageimage Exclusive: Nalsar Hyderabad chancellor and Andhra Pradesh Chief Justice Madan B Lokur is seeking nominations to find Nalsar’s next vice chancellor (VC), as current VC Veer Singh has resigned the institution to join as a director of the Chandigarh Judicial Academy, according to several sources.

AIBE results within 7 days promises BCI, as SC stays Cal bar exam case

imageimage Results for the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) would be out within a week, said Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Ashok Parija, after the Supreme Court today granted interim relief over the Calcutta High Court’s stay of the exam results.

Sent: RTIs to 7 national law schools for accounts, reports, pay scales & more

Looking deeperLooking deeper Legally India has today filed right to information (RTI) requests with India’s seven oldest national law schools, seeking full financial accounts, council meeting minutes and other information.

Nalsargate exclusive: The inside story of a secret report and the quest for excellence

Report on NalsarReport on NalsarUntil last Wednesday, an explosive 161-page document prepared by four judges was gathering dust in the office of Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor (VC) Veer Singh for nearly four months. Few, if any, had read it and most faculty and students claimed they were unaware even of its existence or any details.

The story of that report is Nalsar’s alone. But this is also a story of academic power struggles, law school management and students caught in between, that will have near-universal parallels in many Indian law schools.

Nalsargate: Download full judicial report on gold meddles, distance learning & scorpions; Nalsarites call off protest

Scorpions live in Hyderabad apparentlyScorpions live in Hyderabad apparentlyExclusive: Nalsar Hyderabad has today disclosed the full copy of the three-judge report on the university to Legally India, containing around 50 additional pages of findings from the detailed four-month investigation published in September 2011, as Nalsar students called off a protest against the administration.

Download parts of 3-judge Nalsar report slamming exam leaks, student drowning, mooting favouritism, law school rankings & more

NalsarNalsar Exclusive: Nalsar Hyderabad yesterday responded to Legally India’s Right to Information (RTI) request of 12 January, disclosing part of the highly critical September 2011 report of the three-judge committee headed by Justice Syed Shah Mohammed Quadri investigating the college.

Nalsar VC Veer Singh & others accused of authority abuse, fudged accounts & more by judges, after LI RTI stonewalled

imageimage Nalsar Hyderabad vice chancellor Veer Singh has been accused of “favouritism, abuse of authority, gross academic indiscipline and financial irregularities”, by Supreme Court and High Court judges in a report unearthed by state auditors, a copy of which Legally India has unsuccessfully tried to obtain for more than two weeks.

[Update-1] AIBE results due today but Cal HC bar exam injunction will delay till Feb/ March; BCI files SLP

Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has been restrained from publishing the results to the third All India Bar Exam (AIBE) due today by the still effective Calcutta High Court’s stay.

Mint Careers Counsel: Should I do an LLM abroad? Ponderings on India’s fascination with the LLM

Aunty and Uncle are taking a break this week, but Legally India editor Kian Ganz shares his opinion in today’s Mint on whether there is any point for an Indian lawyer to do an LLM abroad. Also covered is Gap Yah, pathology and how a Harvard LLM can make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

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LI-Mint: US job market remains in dumps; 92% of Indian LLM grads come home empty handed?

Exclusive: A few years ago, Indian lawyers who took a top LLM in the US were inundated with job offers from prestigious US and international law firms. Many accepted. But in 2011 only five out of 60 students got such a ticket. Have $70,000 US LLMs just become a way for colleges to cash in on Indian students? Find out why the Brazilians seem to fare better than the Indians.

BCI to hire PR agency, resolves that HRD min ‘stealthily trying to invite foreign firms’

The Bar Council of India (BCI) will engage a public relations (PR) consultancy and passed a resolution to agitate against the Human Resource Development ministry’s move to take away legal education, which the BCI said was “stealthily trying invite foreign firms”.

BCI ramps up bar exam difficulty, grads fail to finish; AIBE protests in TN

Graduates sitting for the 2012 All India Bar Exam (AIBE) were greeted on Sunday with a tough question paper, as the Bar Council of India (BCI) has said it would slowly increase the standard.

BCI extends January bar exam registration deadline by 7 days to Dec 15

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has extended the deadline to register for the third All India Bar Exam (AIBE) from 7 to 15 December, despite claiming a “substantial number of applications”.

July bar exam certificates - now a photo ID - available 25 October, nearly 3 months after exam

imageimage Graduates who passed the July 2011 All India Bar Exam (AIBE) can collect their practising certificates, which now includes photographs, from state bar council offices from 25 October, said the Bar Council of India (BCI) in a press release yesterday.

2011 All India Bar Exam postponed to 8 January 2012, previous practice certificates ‘being printed’

The All India Bar Exam (AIBE) will be held on 8 January 2012, after the Bar Council of India (BCI) had originally scheduled the exam for December 2011 in its 4 September 2011 resolution.

BCI pegs next All India Bar Exam for December; To allow provisional practice after ‘practical difficulties’

Taking exams: A desk jobTaking exams: A desk jobExclusive: The Bar Council of India has scheduled the next All India Bar Exam (AIBE) for December 2011 but acknowledging “practical difficulties” will allow graduates to practice in courts if they give an affidavit to pass the AIBE in December.

Jindal Law School starts practical project infrastructure course with IDFC and eye on employability

image Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has tied-up with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) to teach project finance and infrastructure law as an elective to students and provide placements.

Ranbir Singh awarded SILF’s law teacher of the year prize; Salgaocar Law School, Symbi’s Gudpur, AT Markose recognised

Exclusive: Current NLU Delhi vice chancellor Professor (Dr) Ranbir Singh will be honoured with this year’s Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) Madhava Menon law teacher of the year award, while the Goa-based Salgaocar College of Law has been chosen for the institutional excellence award.

Bar exam pass-rate drops to 69% as re-takers perform worst; 2,500 in Chennai again AIBE-less

Only 69 per cent of 11,752 bar exam test takers managed to clear the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE), as only 56 per cent of those re-taking the test for the second time managed to clear.

Mass advocate protests reported in Chennai over today’s bar exam

On the day of the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE) today PTI reported at least 500 lawyers protested outside one of two exam halls in Chennai, where the first exam in March had to be cancelled due to unrest.

13,000 to take second All India Bar Exam on 24 July, says BCI

The Bar Council of India (BCI) said today that over 13,000 candidates applied to take the second All India Bar Exam (AIBE), which is set to take place on 24 July after it was postponed by a month in May.

NLU Ranchi, Jharkhand to be given 100-acre campus, plans foreign tie-ups

Jharkhand’s new National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) Ranchi could become one of the best law schools in India in the next two to three years, predicted NUSRL’s dean-in-charge of faculty Alok Kumar Gupta.

Growing older / Issue 101

Legally India newsletterThis week's activity in the law firm market showcased exactly why India's oldest National Law School is still number one.

Jindal Law School to start student exchanges with New York’s Cornell

jindal-global-law-school-2 Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has arranged a reciprocal student exchange programme with New York's Cornell Law School starting in 2012, also agreeing on other joint initiatives.

Breaking: CLAT college selection site online; 3,000+ to make their choice

image The online ‘counselling’ process by which takers of the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) select their preferences amongst 11 national law schools has now started with 23 more general seats available than last year.

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