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NLU Delhi first batch scores five law firm jobs after ‘day zero’ ditched

A day (zero) at NLU Delhi
A day (zero) at NLU Delhi
Exclusive: NLU Delhi placed five students from its first ever batch, which will graduate in 2013, in three Indian and one UK magic circle law firm in its ongoing recruitment efforts. Ten other law firms have expressed interest in conducting recruitment interviews for the batch of 2013 in the coming academic semester.

Amarchand Mangaldas Delhi hired two students, while Khaitan & Co Mumbai and Tuli & Co Delhi hired one student each in June. The firms interviewed students participating in the recruitment process, at their own offices instead of visiting campus.

Linklaters extended a training contract to one student who had interned with the UK magic circle firm.

The law school’s placement committee (RCC) declined to name the other 10 firms that had expressed interest in interviewing students of the batch, but a source with knowledge of the process said: “For us ‘day zero’ has been pretty extended, the ‘day zero’ concept didn’t really work. We are now targeting smaller firms.”

NLU Delhi vice chancellor professor Ranbir Singh said: “I am very sure that the kind of students coming out of the first batch of NLU Delhi can match anybody in the country. There should be no reason why any law firm would not like to recruit these students. NLU Delhi would be the first choice. I am not panicky about the placements.”

It is understood that the firms that have conducted and will conduct recruitment interviews for the 2013 batch asked students to visit the firms’ Delhi offices for interviews.

The four-year old law school was to hold its first day of recruitment activities on 18 May, but postponed it to the first week of June after NUJS Kolkata decided also to begin fourth year recruitment on that date.

NUJS Kolkata declined to share figures of its Day Zero recruitment citing a “gag order” from the law school’s vice chancellor Ishwara Bhatt to keep the details confidential.

Day Zero recruitment efforts at NLU Jodhpur yielded 14 jobs on the first day in May, while in April Nalsar Hyderabad’s first week of fourth year recruitment this year netted 15 jobs. GNLU Gandhinagar bagged 17 jobs and NLIU Bhopal got nine also in April.

Traditional first-mover NLSIU Bangalore managed 25 jobs on the first day of its Day Zero scheduled in May, after NLU, Nalsar, GNLU and NLIU.

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