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HNLU recruitment edges up to 61%; AZB, other top firms swear by school

HNLU campus
HNLU campus

HNLU Raipur's recruitment committee has placed 39 out of 63 registered students in its 98-student 2009-10 batches, with HDFC, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners, Bajaj Allianz and Desai & Diwanji picking out students from the college.

Unusually HNLU operated two recruitment batches in July and December per year for its first two years of existence in 2003 and 2004, placing the most recent ones in December 2009 and April 2010 respectively.

HNLU top recruiters 2009-10
Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan: 3
Amarchand Mangaldas: 2
AZB: 2
Bajaj Allianz: 2
Desai: 2
CHRI Raipur: 1
Crawford Bayley: 1
Hindustan Zinc: 1
Kochhar & Co Delhi: 1
Krishnamurthy & Co: 1
KSB: 1
Liquidity Management House: 1
Mars & Partners, Delhi: 1
Quislex: 1
TPM Consultants: 1
Universal Legal: 1
Wadia: 1
Awaited Supreme Court Judicial Clerkship: 4
Other Jaipur law firms: 3
Other: 2

The fourth batch that passed out in December 2009 saw 30 out of 48 students enroll with the internship and graduating batch recruitment committees (GBRC). A total of 20 students in that intake have now been placed, with 10 bagging pre-placement offers (PPOs) while the remaining 10 sought GBRC's help for the final placements.

In that batch a total of 11 students were placed in law firms and six others in the in-house legal teams of various companies like HDFC bank, Hindustan Zinc Limited (Vedanta) in Jodhpur, CHRI in Raipur and Liquidity Management House in Kuwait.

Two are awaiting response from the Supreme Court for judicial clerkship with one winning a job in Hyderbad-based LPO Quislex.

The April 2010 batch was the fifth batch to pass out from HNLU. Out of 33 recruitment committee registered students from the 50-strong batch, only 19 have been placed to date. Eight of those 19 have landed pre-placement offers from law firms that include two at Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai and Delhi each and one each at Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, AZB & Partners, Desai & Diwanji, Mars & Partners and a Jaipur-based law firm.

Insurance company Bajaj Allianz and HDFC Limited have recruited three students each, accounting firm Ernst & Young Bangalore has picked up one as another has become an assistant teacher at MATS Law School in Raipur. Two others are awaiting judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court. (see table for full-year breakdown)

HNLU recruitment committee member Chandrashekar Chakalabbi said: "Most of the remaining students of both the batches have taken up litigation both at High Court as well as Supreme Court. A large chunk of them are pretty serious about judicial services and civil service exams and a few of them are intending to take up LLMs."

He noted that there has been a significant improvement in the recruitment figures of the most recent batches compared to 2008-09 placements, which were marred by the recession and a disruption in the regular activity due to student strikes on campus against college administration and facilities.

Chakalabbi argued that geographical location and active lobbying by other schools also went against HNLU students as far as placements were concerned.

He explained that the recruitment committee followed given benchmarks and strict CGPA as the eligibility criteria for placements but did encourage more and more students to participate.  

HNLU recruitment faculty advisors Harishankar, who also heads the post graduate recruitment committee (PGRC), has confirmed the placement figures. He also said that the PGRC had been able to place three out of five LLM students who opted to sit for recruitments in its first stint this year.

Meanwhile, AZB & Partners has been one of the most regular recruiters from HNLU, having attended campus for the fifth batch in a row. HDFC bank, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, Bajaj Allianz, Amarchand Mangaldas and Desai & Diwanji have hired the most students.

AZB partner Abhijit Joshi told Legally India: "Often new national law schools put their best foot forward in the initial years at least - students are eager to prove [themselves]. Again, many times the top-end of the not so-known schools turn out to be better than the low or medium end of schools which have proved themselves.

"Such was our experience with HNLU when we started our journey with them. We have got consistent five-year toppers and our experience with them has been fantastic. Good legal skills good confidence by and large and good attitude a combination which can be a winner in the long run."

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