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2013 recruitment day zero at Nalsar, GNLU, NLIU: Amarchand, Trilegal hire 30

Campus recruitment, a.k.a. in the UK as the milk round
Campus recruitment, a.k.a. in the UK as the milk round
Exclusive: Around 40 fourth-year students at Nalsar Hyderabad, GNLU Gandhinagar and NLIU Bhopal have been hired by law firms led by Amarchand Mangaldas and Trilegal, after the three colleges held their so-called recruitment “day zero” events weeks ahead of traditional first mover NLSIU Bangalore.

Nalsar Hyderabad

On 7 April, Nalsar was the first national law school to hold its recruitment day for 2013 graduates, although telephone interviews and offers by Amarchand Mangaldas several days before day zero caused frictions with other recruiters that preferred to interview a full selection of students.

Amarchand made pre-placement offers (PPO) to a total of eight Nalsar students, all of whom have accepted. It is understood that the Nalsar recruitment committee has prevented all those students from participating in future recruitment committee activities.

Trilegal recruited two students from Nalsar, but is also understood to have offered five assessment internships and to have offered a further interview to one student.

AZB & Partners made offers to two students for its Bangalore office and two in Mumbai, while J Sagar Associates (JSA) Delhi recruited one student from Nalsar and shortlisted another.

Khaitan & Co and Luthra & Luthra did not attend Nalsar’s day zero, despite having been invited.

2012 ‘day zero’ recruitments at 3 colleges

Amarchand 8 via PPO 8 4 via PPO
Trilegal 2 8 (+1 PPO) 2
AZB 4 - -
JSA 1 - -
Khaitan & Co - - 2 (+1 PPO)
Total 15 17 9

“Somebody or the other [law firm] falls out of line every year and it just ends up harming the interest of students,” commented a lawyer involved in graduate recruitment at one of the invited law firm.

On 15 April 2011, Nalsar’s day zero had netted fourth years a total of 29 job offers – nine at Luthra & Luthra, seven each at Amarchand and AZB, with three at Khaitan and two at Trilegal.

GNLU Gandhinagar

GNLU was the second national law school to hold its recruitment day for fourth years on Thursday 12 April, less than a week after Nalsar.

Trilegal recruited a total of two eight fourth years on its campus visit to Gandhinagar, and also made six PPOs to students. Just before day zero the firm also made one PPO. [corrected after secondary confirmation]

Amarchand picked up eight students on its campus visit.

In the 2010 batch Amarchand had recruited 12 students from GNLU, followed in by 15 GNLU job offers in 2011.

NLIU Bhopal

NLIU held its day zero on Monday 16 April, with Amarchand Mangaldas again opting for telephone interviews of previous interns, making a total of four PPO offers.

Khaitan & Co hired two students from campus and made one PPO, while Trilegal hired two NLIU students after video conference interviews.

In 2011 Khaitan was the top recruiter at NLIU with six, followed by Amarchand with three offers.

NLSIU Bangalore

NLSIU – traditionally the first national law school to start the recruitment season for fourth years - will only hold its recruitment day for fourth years in early May, around a similar time as NLU Jodhpur.

Note: All figures stated are approximate and have not been confirmed by respective colleges’ recruitment committees.

Photo by Paul Hamilton

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