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NLIU’s top-secret Day Zero yields 22 jobs from BigLaw, JSA, ICICI for 50% of eligible students

NLIU Bhopal’s 2016 batch’s first day of recruitment, held on Friday 3 April, bagged at least 22 accepted job offers from five recruiters, according to information Legally India obtained from law firms and sources with knowledge of recruitments.

Khaitan & Co and Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai again emerged as the largest recruiters, each respectively hiring six and seven from NLIU, including respectively two and four pre-placement offers (PPOs) made after internships at each firm.

Trilegal hired four, while ICICI hired three.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) is understood to have made its first national law school campus appearance to hire 2016 graduates, picking up two from NLIU.

The total batch strength is around 85, with 45 students participating in the activities of the placement coordination committee (PCC).

In 2013 NLIU Bhopal had initially struggled to place its students with a much-delayed Day Zero in August, ultimately resulting in 38 out of 81 graduates being placed.

The law school did not disclose Day Zero figures in 2014 and continued its policy this year, with PCC members declining to confirm or deny figures.

NLIU’s faculty recruitment coordinator, Dr Raka Arya, did not respond to repeated calls and a message seeking comment.

Recruitment season in full swing

NLIU Bhopal was the third national law school to have invited recruiters to hire fourth-years to start in 2016, following NLU Delhi (20 jobs) and NLSIU Bangalore (33 jobs) on 1 and 2 April respectively.

Khaitan, buoyant on a fresher pay bump to Rs 16.2 lakh including a guaranteed annual bonus,  has already hired 19 students to start in 2016, making the firm the single largest 2016 recruiter so far.

Its tally is only matched if combining the hires by Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai and Delhi offices together.

Amarchand Mumbai, has hired more than 14 students to start in 2016 so far, compared to six by Amarchand Delhi; the two offices are in the midst of a long-running mediation that is likely to result in a break up of the firm in two by month-end.

Trilegal has hired 10 students, followed by nine at Luthra & Luthra, and eight at AZB & Partners.

Correction: Khaitan & Co hired six from NLIU Bhopal, not 7 as originally reported.

NLIU Bhopal acceptances (of which PPO) NLSIU accepted (of which PPO) NLU Delhi accepted (of which PPO) Total
Khaitan & Co 6 2 7 4 6 1 19
Amarchand Mumbai 7 4 6 1 1   14
Trilegal 4 1 3 1 3   10
Luthra & Luthra     5 3 4 1 9
AZB & Partners     6   2   8
Amarchand Delhi     4 2 2 1 6
ICICI 3           3
JSA 2           2
Deutsche Bank     1 1     1
S&R Associates     1 1 1 1 2
TTA         1   1
TOTAL 23   33   20    
Herbert Smith Freehills (vac scheme)     2   1    
Linklaters (vac scheme)     1   2    
Allen & Overy (vac scheme)     1   1    
RCC size 45   48   45    
Batch size 85   65   72    
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