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Jindal law school maiden batch scores 12 Big Six jobs: Ahead of NLIU, NLU-J in LI Recruitment ‘Power’ Ranking

Jindal Global Law School’s (JGLS) Sonepat debut 5-year-LLB class secured 57 jobs for its 83 graduates this year, including 12 Big Six law firm jobs.

The Sonepat law school’s recruitment performance comes right behind top national law schools NLSIU Bangalore, Nalsar Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata and NLU Delhi in Legally India’s new ranking system for law schools based on assigning scores to jobs based on pay and general perception of desirability by students and recruitment committees.

[Please read this article in detail for Recruitment Power Rankings (RPR) break-down of methodology, weaknesses and aims, also in the comments]

The highest portion of the class – 22 students – were placed with corporate law firms, while the next big chunk opted for litigation (22 students), followed by LLMs abroad.

Amarchand Mangaldas picked up six students, while Khaitan & Co, J Sagar Associates (JSA) and Trilegal together hired a total of five JGLS grads.

One student secured a Delhi high court judicial clerkship while 17 others will pursue LLM abroad, with four joining top universities LSE, Cambridge, George Washington and Cornell.

Only four students took up positions in-house, while seven took up alternate legal careers including teaching at JGLS, NGOs and other organisations.

JGLS vice chancellor Prof C Raj Kumar said in a statement: “Tomorrow’s lawyers are going to be pursuing a range of career options like law firms, corporate houses, international organisations, NGOs, research think tanks etc. I firmly believe that the success of JGLS will be measured by its ability to harness the talents of its students to seize these opportunities. JGLS empowers its students to pursue fulfilling careers across different facets of the legal profession. The JGLS graduate is situated to make choices that may not exist in many law schools.”

3-year LLB

All students out of eight students graduating in the three-year LLB graduating in 2014 secured disclosed opportunities.

  • J Sagar Associates (JSA),
  • Luthra & Luthra,
  • Punjab & Haryana high court,
  • Saikrishna & Associates,
  • a junior associate position at Keystone Partners (formerly Nayak & Srikumar) in Bangalore,
  • an LLM University of Cambridge Commonwealth Shared Cambridge Scholarship, 100% Tuition Fee and 100% Living Cost waived,
  • Solomon & Co, Mumbai
  • Training Contract with White & Case

The three-year LLB graduating batch size will be around 40 next year.

5-year Recruitment Power Rankings (RPR)

  Average Job Score Batch-Size Adjusted Recruitment Power Score
Nalsar Hyd'd 24 22
NLSIU B'galore 22 16
NUJS Kolkata 22 15
NLU Delhi 22 15
JGLS Sonepat 19 13
NLIU Bhopal 19 11
NLU Jodhpur 17 10
Nat'l Avg Score 19 10
AIL Mohali 14 9
CNLU Patna 11 8
NUALS Kochi 15 8
HNLU Raipur 14 6
RMLNLU Lucknow 16 5
RGNUL Patiala 13 5
GNLU Gand'r 28 4

According to Legally India’s tiered RPR ranking, JGLS’ five-year LLM batch-adjusted job score is 13.01, which is higher than nine other national law schools.

The figure is arrived at by adding the total jobs in each RPR Tier and dividing it by the total number of jobs (1080 total Recruitment Power Score divided by 57 jobs, coming to an average job score of 19. This is then multiplied by the percentage of students with disclosed jobs, which is 68.6 per cent in JGLS’ case, coming to a batch-size adjusted Recruitment Power Score of 13).

Legally India reported the campus recruitment figures for 13 national law schools which conducted campus recruitment this year.

According to the RPR, Nalsar Hyderabad performed better than all national law schools (including India’s oldest, NLSIU Bangalore) in finding placements for its 2013-14 graduates.

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. [More information here]

JGLS jobs at law firms

22 graduates secured jobs with domestic law firms and one with a local Dubai firm.

Law firm (with RPR tier)

Number of Jobs

Recruitment Power Score

Amarchand Mangaldas – Tier 2

6

180

J Sagar Associates – Tier 2

2

60

Khaitan & Co – Tier 2

3

90

Trilegal – Tier 2

1

30

Economic Laws Practice – Tier 3

2

40

Nishith Desai Associates – Tier 3

1

20

Hemant Sahar Associates – Tier 4

1

10

Udwadia Udeshi & Argus – Tier 4

1

10

RRG & Associates – Tier 4

1

10

Mamta Choudhary Associates – Tier 4

1

10

Jupiter Law Partners – Tier 4

1

10

Unnamed Bangalore and Tax law firms – Tier 4

2

20

Local Dubai firm – Al Sulaiti law firm – Tier 4

1

10

JGLS litigation jobs

The next biggest chunk of the class, 22 students, opted for court practice

Litigation (RPR tier)

Jobs

Recruitment Power Score

Unnamed litigation – Tier 4

15

150

Advocate Arundhati Katju, Delhi high court – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate General of Maharashtra Darius Khambata – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate Menaka Guruswamy, Supreme Court – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate Shobha, Supreme Court – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate Jayant Bhushan, Supreme Court – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate JS Bhasin, Supreme Court – Tier 4

1

10

Advocate Manoj Taneja, Patiala House court Delhi – Tier 4

1

10

JGLS LLMs and Clerkships

One student secured a Delhi high court judicial clerkship while 17 others will pursue LLM abroad, with four joining top universities LSE, Cambridge, George Washington and Cornell.

Clerkships and LLM (RPR tier)

Students

Recruitment Power Score

Clerkship with justice Manmohan Singh – Tier 2

1

30

Temple University – TIer 4

3

30

Zhejiang University Scholarship for LLM in Chinese Law – TIer 4

2

20

Tilburg University – Tier 4

2

20

LSE – Tier 4

1

10

University of St Thomas Law School – Tier 4

1

10

Queen Mary – Tier 4

1

10

University Illinois – Tier 4

1

10

Durham University – Tier 4

1

10

Cambridge University – Tier 4

1

10

University of Edinburgh – Tier 4

1

10

Northwestern/Cornell – Tier 4

1

10

Georgewashington University school of law – Tier 4

1

10

LLM Wirtschaftsuniversität Vienna – Tier 4

1

10

Other jobs

Seven students have taken up alternate legal careers, including teaching at JGLS

Other organisations (RPR tier)

Jobs

Recruitment Power Score

Research Assistant at JGLS – Tier 4

1

10

LAMP Fellow – Tier 3

1

20

Vakilsearch Legal Solutions - Tier 4

1

10

Ministry of Law & Justice – Tier 4

1

10

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy – Tier 4

1

10

Environmental NGO Vanashakti – Tier 4

1

10

Save Life Foundation – Tier 4

1

10

In house

Only four students took up in house roles with three organisations.

In house (RPR tier)

Jobs

Recruitment Power Score

JSPL – Tier 3

2

40

Axis Bank – Tier 3

1

20

Cognizant Technology Solutions – Tier 3

1

20
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