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Jindal Global Law School strengthens bonds with Yale as second year admissions positive

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and its parent body have taken the first steps to entering into a more formal collaboration with US Ivy League college Yale University.

JGLS, Yale and O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) jointly hosted a conference last weekend at JGLS' campus in Haryana on “globalisation in India and the USA”, examining law, governance and business with five Yale faculty members, including its president Professor Richard Levin attending.

The two-day conference was also attended by law minister Veerappa Moily, corporate affairs minister Salman Khursheed, NUJS vice-chancellor MP Singh, NLSIU Bangalore founder professor Madhava Menon and a combination of practising lawyers, professionals and business persons.

JGU vice-chancellor professor Raj Kumar said: “This is the first time that Yale as a university collaborated with us as a university. This event will the basis of a formal engagement. There are several courses we have planned and a joint training programme.”

Yale's Levin said in his speech: “The rise of Asian universities should be seen not as a threat but as an opportunity. The rise in collaboration and research is a net gain and the gain should be shared by all; there are social benefits repaid by everyone.” Yale recently also signed a collaboration agreement with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode.

The increasing collaboration between JGU and Yale follows JGLS’ hosting Yale professor Peter Schuck as a visiting professor for four months in early 2010.

However, Kumar added that JGLS had also forged ties with other US universities, such as Harvard Law School, University of Michigan Law School and Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

A number of Harvard students have stayed on JGLS’ campus, two JGLS faculty’s papers had been published in Harvard law journals and Kumar himself was invited to Harvard.

JGLS had also signed on MOU with Michigan to jointly establish a centre for global corporate and financial law and policy, and is collaborating significantly in student exchanges and research projects with Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

JGLS, which is in its second year of operation, took on 125 students this batch for its five-year LLB course, having received permission from the Bar Council of India (BCI) to increase its batch size. Around 15 students joined its three-year programme and a small class of six students enrolled in its LLM programme, said Kumar. Total student numbers at the law school were now at roughly 240. The LLM was launched in February 2010, one year ahead of schedule.

JGLS’ admissions test LSAT-India saw roughly 1,000 test takers this year. However, both last year and this year roughly 10 and three students respectively were selected through the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) for the five-year programme, explained Kumar, in this year because the batch size was increased by the BCI and shortlisted LSAT candidates had already accepted offers elsewhere.

Kumar also added that the reach from where students joined from was widening, with the scholarship pools also having been expanded to a total fund of Rs 2.5 crore per year. This was sufficient to fund 80 to 100 per cent of tuition fees for 10 per cent of students, said Kumar, with a total of 70 to 80 per cent of students studying on one form of scholarship or other.

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