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ILS Pune launches "corporate cell" to foster careers

ILS Law College Pune students have started up a corporate law forum last week hoping to foster discussion and awareness of the area and improve students' career prospects.

A total of 173 students have so signed up to the programme to date out of a student body of 1,600.

The programme is organised by ILS students but will be supervised by Professor Smita Sabne, who lectures on company, corporate, investment, securities, environmental and employment law.

Sabne said: "It is for them to take into consideration the needs of the legal profession now. We can not now limit our students' knowledge only to the syllabus so we thought we should equip the students.

"If we force it on them they will not be interested," she joked, "but the fact that it is student run initiative will increase interest."

The cell will include weekly presentations by senior students to the rest of the "corporate cell" members, which will then discuss the topic, as well as organising conferences, seminars and lectures by practising lawyers.

The students also aim to launch a monthly e-newsletter, updating students on the latest corporate law developments with analysis.

ILS fourth-year LLB student Jacob Abraham is one of the co-founders of the scheme, together with fourth year students Alakiri Asaithambi, Meghanad Karle and Varnika Mohan, as well as final-year LLB student Jainee Shah.

He said the idea was to increase practical legal and soft-skills: "Being that our curriculum has little to do with practice experience, people expect us to know the action of the law rather than just the application of the law."

"Individuals do get it through their internships but this was never shared – we thought we'd get a forum where we can share the experience of students and alumni," he added.

Abraham said that while one of the objectives was to increase the employability of students, he explained that it was also aimed at students who did not want to join the "corporate world", to become teachers and take up further education, such as LLMs.

The "corporate cell" programme has the support of J Sagar Associates (JSA) Mumbai partner Nitin Potdar. He said that he congratulated the students for taking this "proactive step" and added that he was sure it would "help them in making good corporate lawyers in future".

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