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GNLU places 44 Day Zero students with huge Trilegal harvest of 15, CAM of 13, 3 foreigns

GNLU students see 49 Day 0-1 jobs with top firms
GNLU students see 49 Day 0-1 jobs with top firms

GNLU Gandhinagar has sent a press release of its Day Zero and Day One recruitments for the 2020 graduating batch with a massive 49 combined jobs, Bar & Bench has reported.

While the article, and presumably the release (a copy of which we have not received), did not specify the total number of students in a batch or the number participating in recruitment activities, in 2017-18, the graduating batch was 170 strong according to NIRF submissions.

Update 17:28: We have now received the press release, which states that 82 students had registered for the placement cell (though it doesn’t mention total batch sizes).

Trilegal hired the most with a massive 11 Day Zero recruitments (in addition to 4 pre-placement offers), followed by GNLU stalwart Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas with 13 hires (including 9 day zero acceptances).

Trilegal has been a particularly heavy recruiter this season so far topping both NUJS Kolkata (with up to 21 offers) and NLU Jodhpur (with 8 offers).

Khaitan & Co, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and IndusLaw each picked up 6, 5 and 5 students respectively (with the latter hiring via so-called Day One, after the first day of recruitments).

AZB & Partners and J Sagar Associates (JSA) each hired one, via PPO.

According to the press release, [one] students were also awarded training contracts.

Correction 17:28: The press release we have received states that there was one training contract with Linklaters, and one each vacation scheme with Herbert Smith Freehills and Allen & Gledhill (not three training contracts as originally reported).

Outgoing GNLU director Dr Bimal Patel (providing he does not remain for longer) seemed keen to cement and commemorate his legacy of 10 years at the helm with the following quote in the press release:

With the highest number of students getting placed in top tier Indian and international law firms with an average package of Rs. 15 lakh, the GNLU brand is firmly established. GNLU’s emphasis on holistic development – teaching, research, extension and training, sustained by the GNLU faculty and staff, is paying a rich dividend to students.

India needs highly skilled lawyers, legal advisers, researchers and I am sure GNLU will make the apt contribution to the nation’s development agenda. I am thankful to my colleagues Dr Nidhi Buch, Faculty Convener, Mr Nimesh Dave, Internship and Placement Coordinator, and other faculty colleagues for achieving the highest ever recruitment record.

Salaries at the top law firms have not been revised since 2015, we understand. Click here for our starting salary breakdown from back then.

Update: Faculty Convenor of the Committee on Recruitment Affairs (CRA) Nidhi Buch said in the press release: “The build-up to Day Zero is taxing for students and faculty alike. However, the 2015-20 batch has handled this time with grace and poise.

“The batch has always impressed me with its firm grasp over foundational knowledge, coupled with an ability to meet challenges. This enables them to remain oriented in this time of unparalleled change and innovation in the legal industry. Having been a first witness to their dedication, I could not have been more proud of what they have achieved so far, and what is yet to come.”

Other NLU days zero this year

Law Firm PPOs Day Zero jobs Day One jobs Total
Trilegal 4 11 15
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 4 9 13
Khaitan & Co 5 1 6
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 4 1 5
IndusLaw 5 5
AZB & Partners 1 1
J Sagar Associates (JSA) 1 1
Total 19 22 5 46

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