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Amarchand finishes 2010 recruitment run at NUJS

Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai has completed its student hires for the year after making pre-placement offers to nine law students from NUJS Kolkata last week.

The firm's latest offers also included its first hire of a law student who is blind.

Mumbai managing partner Cyril Shroff said that the firm had now finished with its 2010 campus recruitment for the Bombay, Bangalore and Hyderabad offices, after having visited National Law School Bangalore (NLS), NALSAR Hyderabad and now NUJS.

"Collectively between these three campuses we have taken about 40 to 45 students," he said.

He added that the firm managed to hire the top nine NUJS students of the year, except for a student ranked in first place who had accepted an offer from Clifford Chance.

Out of the UK magic circle, Clifford Chance is understood to be the only firm to have recruited students directly from Indian campuses this season. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters did not recruit in India this year, although Linklaters continues to hire Indian students through its internship scheme.

Amarchand has also hired its first lawyer with a visual impairment, offering a conditional one-year contract to a blind final-year NUJS student.

Amarchand Mumbai partner Vandana Shroff led the recruitment drive at NUJS. She said: "We at Amarchand have always recognised, nurtured and respected talent. He seems a high achiever."

The student is understood to have been ranked fifth in his year and has won the Microsoft IP Scholarship Award, which is co-sponsored by Amarchand.

Vandana Shroff added that the firm would see whether it needed to make appropriate workplace adjustments by 2010 to accommodate staff with visual impairments.

"We do believe that with some support from his family to take care of him outside the offices, we should be able to house him in our work place and use his considerable intelligence," she said. "I understand that there is software to assist him [but] as this is yet new to us, we are finding out."

Amarchand's Delhi office is yet to recruit from campuses this year.

Trilegal has also completed its campus recruitment last week.

To read more background on the latest NUJS recruitment round, check out the blog 'A first taste of law'.

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