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Nalsar 2011: 59 desk jobs, 8 LLMs with in-house filling up 100% RCC quota

Exclusive: Nalsar Hyderabad’s recruitment committee has hit a 100 per cent placement target, finishing its recruitment season with 16 in-house offers, four offers from international firms and eight choosing to study LLMs abroad.

Since September of last year, at which point 35 Nalsar students of the 2011 batch were placed with law firms and in-house already after the first set of recruitments on 26 July 2010, the 2011 grads have now bagged another 14 job offers from law firms and 11 from corporates (see table).

After Amarchand having topped the list with a total of 13 job offers, followed by four from Khaitan & Co and five from Ernst & Young, now Majmudar & Co, Luthra & Luthra, AZB & Partners Mumbai, J Sagar Associates (JSA) Delhi and Tatva Legal Hyderabad have each offered jobs to two or more students.

Foreign firms Allen & Overy, Linklaters, Herbert Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna made one offer each to three students.

A number of companies, including KSK Energy Ventures in Hyderabad, Hewlett Packard in Bangalore, GMR in Delhi and IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance in Delhi picked up more than one student each.

Eight students received a total of 12 offers to study LLM degrees abroad, including one Rhodes scholarship. Oxford and Cambridge proved most popular, with two also having been offered admission to NYU. [Update and correction: According to the RCC one of the eight student has now received an additional LLM offer from Oxford. The updated numbers are now reflected in the table and the article].

A total of 58 students out of a batch of 79 participated in the Nalsar recruitment coordination committee (RCC) activities, according to an RCC member. Of those all 58 received offers, while from the rest of the batch two candidates opted to join non-governmental organisations (NGOs), seven choosing to litigate and three going for the civil service exams.

Six students in the batch came through a Bhutan government programme to study at Nalsar and did not participate in domestic recruitment.

The 2011 RCC consisted of students Ankit Kejriwal, Danish Sheikh, Harsh Kabra, Kanishka Mohan Singh Rathore, Kriti Das, Malak Bhatt, Rohan Singh, Swetali Mohapatra, Yash Bansal.

Last week the Nalsar RCC for the 2012 batch also hosted the first round of campus recruitment by law firms and received offers, following NLSIU Bangalore’s unprecedented April start.

Track record

Last year Nalsar placed around 95 per cent out of 47 final year students. Amarchand made 11 offers last year, followed by Luthra & Luthra with seven, while foreign firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Linklaters and SJ Berwin making offering one training contract each.

In that batch 35 per cent opted for domestic and international law firms – this year this has increased to just over 50 per cent. The number joining companies in-house has remained roughly the same at 20 per cent this year. The number going into litigation has decreased from 13 per cent to 9 per cent.

Nalsar Hyderabad 2011 batch recruitments

Law Firm # of students (offers) Offered pre-Sep 2010?
Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai 12 Yes
Khaitan & Co., Mumbai 4 Yes
Bharucha & Partners, Mumbai 2 Yes
Finsec Law Advisors, Mumbai 2 Yes
Amarchand Mangaldas, Delhi 1 Yes
Trilegal LLP, Delhi 1 Yes
AZB & Partners, Bangalore 1 Yes
Desai & Diwanji, Mumbai 1 Yes
Majmudar & Co., Mumbai 3
Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Delhi 2
AZB & Partners, Mumbai 2
J. Sagar Associates, Delhi/Gurgaon 2
Tatva Legal, Hyderabad 2
S&R Associates, Delhi/Mumbai (through PPO) 1
Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Mumbai 1
Zeus Law Associates, Delhi 1
Total law firms: 38
Ernst & Young (Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai) 5 Yes
KSK Energy Ventures, Hyderabad 3
Hewlett Packard, Bangalore 2
GMR, Delhi 2
IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance, Delhi 2
Bharat Petroleum, Mumbai 1
E.W.P.D.L, Indore 1
University No. of Offers
Oxford University 4
Cambridge University 2
Harvard Law School 1
Yale Law School 1
New York University School of Law 2
University of California, Berkeley 1
Leeds University 1
TOTAL FOREIGN LLMs 8 Students offered 12
Foreign Law Firm (City) No. of offers
Allen & Overy LLP 1
Linklaters LLP 1
Herbert Smith LLP 1
Cameron McKenna LLP 1
TOTAL FOREIGN FIRMS 4 offers made to 3 students
Litigation per City No. Of Students
Delhi 4
Chennai 1
Hyderabad 1
Pune 1
TOTAL: 7 students opted for litigation.
Civil Service Exams 3
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