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Students under the gun: Amarchand v Trilegal in early NLS campus swoop, 48-hour offers

NLSIU Bangalore
NLSIU Bangalore

Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal conducted interviews on NLSIU Bangalore campus with 35 students yesterday (25 May), making 15 job offers and hoping to steal a march on competitors in the recruitment war for 2011 graduates.

Amarchand interviewed a pool of 28 applicants all day yesterday, offering jobs to 10 and internships to six in its Bangalore and Mumbai and Hyderabad offices, before the current batch of fifth years had even passed out.

Trilegal interviewed a total of 35 applicants and offered five jobs in its Bangalore and Mumbai office.

Although Amarchand released its offer list at around 4pm while Trilegal was still conducting interviews, the firms largely avoided treading on each others' toes, making only one offer to the same candidate despite both interviewing 28 of the same students.

However, the Amarchand job offers lapse after only 48 hours. Last year Amarchand had introduced a 24-hour time-limit on accepting applications as law school recruitment patterns had changed from fixed IIM-style recruitment weeks to rolling year round recruitment, explained an NLSIU recruitment committee source.

Earlier recruitment committees had allowed students to interview with multiple firms in the same band on the same day and choose between offers but the reduced recruitment in the recession increased the bargaining power of the firms and put in place one-job rules, which forced students to make choices on the spot.

One NLSIU student who did not interview with either firm yesterday said: "I don’t want to have to say yes or no to a life choice in one day - I would rather wait for all the firms to come and then choose. So I am not applying right now at all."

Last year's recruitment season started in June for Amarchand, which hired 11 from NLSIU and in July for Trilegal at NUJS Kolkata, with the firm recruiting six months earlier there than the previous year. Amarchand in particular is understood to have been keen to beat the recruitment competition from foreign firms on campus, pressuring the recruitment committee to move its interview date forward after the firm recruited only four students from NLS' 2009 batch.

However, Trilegal had shunned NLSIU in its 2009-10 recruitment milkround after Amarchand's early visit to campus, according NLSIU recruitment committee sources. Instead, Trilegal hired primarily from NUJS and NLU Jodhpur in 2009.

This year, it is understood that extensive negotiations took place between recruiting firms and the NLSIU recruitment committee, with all ultimately agreeing for Amarchand and Trilegal to recruit on the same day. The main recruitment interview period is usually in December.

Amarchand and Trilegal were unavailable for comment at time of going to press.

NLSIU's 2011 batch consists of around 100 students.

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