Graphic prepared by NUJS CRC about Big 7 jobs secured by NUJS students through the agesGraphic prepared by NUJS CRC about Big 7 jobs secured by NUJS students through the ages

NUJS Kolkata’s 2017 batch’s campus recruitment committee (CRC) has assisted in placing all 78 of its members in law firm or corporate jobs, out of a batch of a total batch 128.

The country’s seven largest law firms emerged as the largest recruiters by far, with Khaitan & Co snapping up 11 students (including 4 pre-placement offers (PPOs) offered to students after internships).

Closely following behind in the tally were Luthra & Luthra (9 jobs, including 7 PPOs), Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas with 8 jobs (including 1 PPO), and Trilegal and Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas that both made 7 accepted job offers each.

AZB & Partners’ Mumbai and Delhi office together hired 6 (3 each, with Delhi having taken on all its intake via PPO).

J Sagar Associates (JSA), which has stopped doing direct campus recruitments this year to instead rely primarily on PPOs, has hired 5 from NUJS, of which 3 were PPOs.

ICICI Bank hired 4, with a number of other law firms such as Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Indus Law, Argus Partners hiring several students each.

Foreign law firms Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Overy hired one student each.


While not formally part of the CRC activities, more than six students decided to go for further education, according to the CRC’s statement:

Students have received admission offers in LLM from Harvard Law School, Cambridge Faculty of Law, NYU Faculty of Law, London School of Economics and Graduate Institute Geneva respectively. Charting new courses, while one student opting for a master’s in management has been offered admission at the renowned London Business School, another joined as a policy officer at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore. Interestingly, even the topper of the class opted out of placements this year and set a new record by being the third in the line of scholars from NUJS to secure the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. Similarly, students have also decided to take up the meritorious one year Young India Fellowship program at Ashoka University.

Vote of thanks

The CRC added in its press release:

The brilliance of the batch is only reiterated by the fact that students received pre-placement offers from Big 7 law firms right from their third year. This entire feat would not have been possible without the support of the respected Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. Ishwara Bhat, CRC faculty advisor Ms. Vaneeta Patnaik, and all the faculty members at NUJS. The CRC team comprised of the following members: Abhimanyu Hazari, Aman Bansal, Trisha Dasgupta (Coordinator), Aishwarya Mudgil, Satwik Singh and Apoorv Agarwal (Coordinator). The CRC ascribes this phenomenal result to the collective efforts and individual brilliance of the students, with a significant chunk of students bagging PPOs (pre-placement offers) by excelling at their respective internships. Coordinator Apoorv Agarwal added to the release:

“Our batch has done exceptionally well for itself, securing a large number of PPOs, ensuring that our batch secures 100% placements. The CRC worked diligently under the guidance of the members of the last year’s CRC and is grateful to Prateek Gupta and Adithya Iyer for having been a constant support both pre and post Day Zero. The workshops and mocks conducted by students of the batch of 2016 not only helped the students prepare for their very first job interviews, but also kept the morale of the batch high. The core committee of Day Zero constituting of members of the Recruitment Placement Committee and students from the batch worked day and night to make it a huge success.”

Other NLU 2017 recruitments so far

Notably we are still awaiting NLSIU Bangalore and NLIU Bhopal final 2017 recruitment tallies. If RCCs or students could please get in touch to share, that’d be great*.

NUJS final 2017 CRC recruitment tally

Name of Recruiter Jobs accepted (of which PPOs)
Khaitan & Co 11 4
Luthra & Luthra 9 7
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 8 1
Trilegal 7 2
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 7 3
J Sagar Associates 5 3
ICICI Bank 4

AZB & Partners, Mumbai 3 1
AZB & Partners, NOIDA 3 3
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan 3

Indus Law 3

Argus Partners 2

Singh & Associates, Delhi 2

Macleodds, Mumbai 2

Linklaters 1

Herbert Smith Freehills 1

Allen & Overy 1

Anand & Anand, Noida 1 1
Pathak & Associates 1 1
Link Legal 1

Khadim India 1

McNally Bharat 1

Quislex 1

Totals 78 26

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Like +3 Object -1 ElCid 10 Jun 17, 14:57
Quislex, Singh & Associates, LKS and Linklegal pay more than 8lpa? That is what B&B reported.

LKS doesn't offer 8 to NLUJ grads also.

Kuch to ghapla hai boss!
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Like +1 Object -0 Volante 10 Jun 17, 15:17
heard AZB has offered the highest package of 18 lakhs p.a. among domestic firms!!
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Like +3 Object -0 kianganz 10 Jun 17, 15:29
There is this paragraph in their press release:

>The salaries remain the same as last year with the average foreign firm package ranging from INR 38 lakhs to 44 lakhs for traineeships and the average domestic firm packages ranging from INR 8 lakhs to 18 lakhs. The firm with the highest domestic package was AZB and Partners, Mumbai. <

However, we generally shy away from citing 'packages' given by law firms, since there is no parity there. I don't believe AZB is offering Rs 18 lakh base pay at the moment - this would include possible bonuses and other 'cost-to-company' perks, I think, so it distorts things a little.

As far as I know, the base salaries haven't been changed since 2015 levels, but I'll double check on that:
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Like +5 Object -0 Request 10 Jun 17, 15:46  interesting
I request Legally India to restart its recruitment ranking. Please compare the 2017 batch figures from different law schools.
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Like +11 Object -1 Angry Noojie 10 Jun 17, 15:49  interesting
"This entire feat would not have been possible without the support of the respected Vice Chancellor, Prof. P. Ishwara Bhat, CRC faculty advisor Ms. Vaneeta Patnaik, and all the faculty members at NUJS."

I am absolutely shocked that such a statement was made by the CRC when the SJA passed a resolution condemning Bhat. Also, faculty members do zilch for placements.

Who drafted this statement???
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Like +5 Object -0 Concerned commenter 10 Jun 17, 17:18  interesting
I agree with you sir/madam. It appears to be shallow lip service, an probably it has been written unilaterally by one or two CRC members who enjoy cozying up to these faculty members.

From my information the VC and faculty members at large r oblivious to recruitment processes. I am sure they will soak in the applause however
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Like +0 Object -0 Mistborn 10 Jun 17, 19:14
You shallow fellow, is it necessary that a cookie be only Sir and Madam?
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Like +2 Object -0 Saddddd 10 Jun 17, 19:52
This is exactly why there ill not be any improvement in admin and faculty. There is not enough unity among the students to take on Bhat & co as some students suck up to them.

The person who drafted the statement should be called out.
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Like +5 Object -0 Guest 10 Jun 17, 16:14  interesting
Congrats to the students! It boggles the mind to think how much more they could achieve if they had better faculty and infra -- perhaps twice the number of big firm hires and LLM offers!
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Like +29 Object -5 Wow 10 Jun 17, 17:33  interesting  top rated  controversial
NUJS has offered the best placements in the last 2-3 years even vis-a-vis NLS, NALSAR.

I know the counter argument: NUJS has a bigger batch strength...

But here's the deal. If you are among top 60-70 people at NUJS, you'll probably get a better offer than if you are in top 60-70 at NLS or NALSAR.

And NUJS has done this inspite of Bhatt being there.

What makes NUJS so good is a strong student body and the fact that nearly all student affairs (all big and small, curricular and extra curricular) activities are managed nearly entirely by students themselves.

This gives the students the much wanted soft skills (communication, working in teams, management, getting things done).

This is wow. Hats-off!
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Like +0 Object -0 Clarification needed 10 Jun 17, 19:49
Please give a full picture of what the people outside the figure of 78 and 8 LLMs are doing. Did anyone fail to get a job?
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 10 Jun 17, 20:10
I asked the RCC but apparently it's not very easy to find out since most are on holidays and those plans are quite fragmented, subject as they are to professional exam outcomes, etc.
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Like +4 Object -1 Pi 11 Jun 17, 17:28
This is indeed a big issue which should not be lost in the celebration. While it is commendable that 78 students have got jobs, what about the rest 50? The university should give a detailed breakup of these students as well.

What I have seen in my time at the law school is that the RCC would underquote the number of students who are its members so as to show 100% recruitment at the end. The best way to puncture the 100% myth is to ask RCC from all unis to provide the number of students who are its member in the 4th year so that at the end of 5th year they cannot underquote it without providing reasons.

LI would you be brave enough to raise this issue with CRCs?
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Like +2 Object -5 Guest 12 Jun 17, 01:28
The elephant in the room is that a large chunk of students at NUJS (and other NLUs) are from the SC/ST/OBC quota. These students often struggle academically due to the absence of a mentoring programme at NLUs where they are trained separately for an extra year before joining the BALLB.
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Like +0 Object -0 Leader of Opposition 15 Jun 17, 01:23
NUJS has been running an effective Buddy Initiative (mentorship programme) for the last two-three years and results will be seen very soon.
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Like +1 Object -1 Analyst 10 Jun 17, 20:09
Legally India has given NALSAR 2017 final figures but not the NLSIU 2017 final figures. Based on a comparison with NALSAR we can see the following:

1) NALSAR had 20 Big 7 offers plus 2 S&R, 1 NDA, 1 LKS

2) NALSAR had 3 foreign law firm offers
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Like +0 Object -0 Reader 10 Jun 17, 22:15
Mr Kian, the VC of Jindal law school sends emails with a signature file graphic saying Legally India ranked JGLS fifth in recruitment. I can upload the graphic if you want. Various other law schools and coaching centres also make claims about placement rankings citing Legally India.

The ranking by LI he uses was incomplete and most unfair. NLUs with better placements than Jindal were not surveyed by you properly. I request you to prevent such misinformation.
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Like +0 Object -0 kianganz 10 Jun 17, 22:40
Hmm, yes just found it...

This is the article they would be referencing I guess:

It's certainly slightly misleading the way they put it, as the ranking was certainly not of 'all' law schools, but merely compared to a number of NLUs that had supplied figures. Also, quoting a 2014 survey, since batch sizes have now increased a lot is slightly disingenuous.

Also, we had published it with the following qualification, which obviously makes the ranking less clear cut than the email signature would suggest:


The RPR is a work-in-progress that should be taken with a massive pinch of salt.

The RPR is intended to assign an approximate metric of recruitment prospects and strength of law schools, which tends to manifest in a greater number of students getting jobs or career options that are high-paying or perceived as more competitive.
However, other than the above, it does reflect the data somewhat though it's not nearly as unequivocal as that snapshot suggests.

Will raise it with JGLS and see if they can clarify it a bit.

Regarding coaching institutes I can't really do anything of how they wish to use our information, but if there's a specific example, please do share...
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Like +5 Object -2 Tupac 11 Jun 17, 17:22
I also urge Legally India to do a placement ranking for 2017. Because of outdated info the placements ranks are not reflecting student CLAT preferences. NALSAR is being preferred over NUJS despite NUJS having better placements. Ditto for NLIU being preferred over NLUJ. Coaching centres also have outdated info. In fact it is high time we have a proper law school ranking and stop India Today, Outlook etc confusing students.
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Like +0 Object -0 Gripes 13 Jun 17, 13:51
Well done NUJS! (As always)
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