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HNLU Raipur batch innovates via PPOs to negate location for 75% ‘desk jobs’

HNLU Raipur: Effectively changing the local climate
HNLU Raipur: Effectively changing the local climate
Exclusive: HNLU Raipur has leveraged internships and pre-placement offers to secure corporate and law firm jobs for 36 students of its batch of 48, while four entered litigation at the bar, six studied for judicial services exams and two would go on for foreign LLMs.

Recruitment coordination committee (RCC) member Aditya Kutty said that the locational disadvantage of Raipur was one big problem that this and previous batches had to face, so the RCC this year innovated after feedback from law firms.

“Apart from 'coming down' to the campus and picking up students, we had to find certain other ways to attract recruiters,” he explained. “We consciously decided to go the internship route… A few of our seniors had gone to firms and interns, and one of the firms suggested that we do this.”

Only ICICI Bank, Hindustan Zinc and Vedanta Group and legal process outsourcers (LPOs) Pangea3, Bodhi Global and the Clifford Chance captive LPO OSC Export Services visited the HNLU campus directly, explained Kutty, so a a total of 20 out of 36 ‘desk job’ offers came out of PPOs, with students winning jobs in ones and twos at a wide variety of firms.

“Only those firms were contacted which agreed to the possibility of the firm absorbing the student contingent to his/her performance during the period of internship,” added Kutty.

The RCC also faced the problem of the largest recruiters’ having filled up much of their intakes with group hires from the most preferred national law school campuses at a record early time last year – NLSIU Bangalore hosted recruiters in May 2011 who made 15 job offers - whereas HNLU only started in earnest in July or August of 2010, said Kutty.

This was the first HNLU batch that was a full-year batch, rather than two batches split across one year, which made recruitment easier.

Only four students would head to the bar as litigators, said Kutty: one would join the chambers of Dharwad in Karnataka, one those of AS Chandiok in Delhi, one of KK Rai in Delhi, and one student would head to Bilaspur as an independent litigator.

A total of six students were preparing for the Judicial Services Exam via the UPSC.

Two students would pursue LLMs abroad. One secured offers from New York University (NYU) for international business regulation, litigation and arbitration, and a second offer from Oxford University, while another student would take the LLM at Nottingham University.

Last year HNLU placed 39 out of two batches of 98 students.

HNLU’s RCC provided live updates of its recruitments alongside on the Legallypedia rolling law school recruitment tracker Wiki, alongside several other law schools.

HNLU 2011 batch placement record (all figures provided by RCC)

Recruiter Total offers (further details specified)

Amarchand Mangaldas

2 (PPO)

AZB & Partners, Mumbai

1 (PPO)

Platinum Partners, Mumbai

1 (PPO)

ICICI Bank Ltd. (Corporate Legal Group)

3

Vaish & Associates, Mumbai

2 (PPO)

Pangea3

3

Vedanta Group

1

Bodhi Global, Pune

2

Saikrishna & Associates, Noida

1 (PPO)

S.N. Gupta & Co,Mumbai

1 (PPO)

Udwadia & Udeshi, Mumbai

1 (PPO)

Mr A.S. Chandiok, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court

1

Link Legal

1 (PPO)

LVV Iyer & Associates, Hyderabad

1 (PPO)

RRG Associates

1 (PPO)

PXV Law Partners, Kolkata

1 (PPO)

OSC Export Services Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

1

Supreme Court Judicial Clerkship

3

Majmudar & Co., Mumbai

1 (PPO)

Living Media, India Today Group (Retainership)

1 (PPO)

Golden Tulip Legal Cell, Raipur

1 (PPO)

Howden Insurance Brokers India

1 (PPO)

Zeus IP, New Delhi

1 (PPO)

QuisLex, Hyderabad

2 (PPO)

SKJ Legal, Pune

1 (PPO)

Haresh Jagtiani & Associates (Oasis Counsel & Advisory)

1

Independent litigation 4 (2 Delhi, 1 Bangalore, 1 Bilaspur)
Judicial service exam 6
LLMs 2 (1 NYU/Oxford and 1 Nottingham)

Totals

48 of 48 students in batch (36 with ‘desk jobs’)

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