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Just what J&K needs right now: Another NLU!

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday approved a bill to establish a National Law University in the state, PTI reported, quoting an official spokesperson.

The proposal owes its origin to the resolution moved by the ‘’All India Law Ministers Conference’’ in mid-nineties, resolving to set up a law school in each state modelled on the National Law School University for improving the quality of professional legal education, he said.

Great news.

First of all, a law school approved by a governor under President’s Rule, in a state that is currently effectively operating under martial law since the revocation of Article 370, will no doubt make for some interesting field case studies for first years.

Also cause for celebration: this will be at least the 24th (correct us if we’re wrong) national law school to mushroom as state governments have fallen over each other to plant an NLU flag on their turf.

Though it’s worth remembering that the vast majority of NLUs see little to no support from state governments and have few employment or academic prospects to offer students, as in-part evidenced by a raft of protests.

The latest NLU that has become recently operational, seems to be NLU Sonepat in Haryana (also known as the Dr BR Ambedkar National Law University, or DBRANLU Sonepat), which has apparently taken admissions for the 2019-20 academic year and commenced classes on 7 August 2019.

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