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NLIU Bhopal recruitment committee hits 96% offers; Law firms soak up half the talent

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The recruitment committee of NLIU Bhopal has successfully placed 46 out of 48 students registered with its recruitment committee, as of today, while the remaining 27 of this batch have chosen active litigation and judicial services as career paths.

NLIU placement coordination committee chairperson Tapan R Mohanty told Legally India: "This time we’ve almost achieved 100 per cent percent placement amongst those who got registered for the placement programme. The placements have been better compared to last year, which was a recession year."

Last year NLIU Bhopal's recruitment committee had placed 38 out of 43 registered students.

"In a rough ratio," added Tapan, "40 per cent got placed in law firms, 20 per cent in PSUs [public sector undertakings], 20 per cent in private companies or MNCs [multi-national companies] and the rest opted for litigation and judicial services."

According to the figures as of today (12 May) 18 students have been picked by law firms, with eight having opted for the Supreme Court clerkship programme.

Only four of the students who took part in the recruitment committee have gone for working at the bar.

Amarchand Mangaldas recruited three NLIU final-year students each, with one going to Bangalore and two to Mumbai. Khaitan & Co also hired three students for its Mumbai office.

Tax firm Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan bagged two students, while the following firms each recruited one student: Nishith Desai Associates, Crawford Bayley, Singh and Associates, TPM (Trade Marks Practice) Delhi, Desai Dewanji, MV Kini Mumbai, Juris Corp, Wadia Ghandy & Co, Singhania & Co and Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co.

The in-house sector was another major recruiter from NLIU Bhopal this year, as financial houses ICICI Bank and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) picked up three students each, with State Trading Corporation of India (STC) hiring two.

State owned power companies MPPTC Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company) hired two students and Coal India one. HUL hired two students and Asian Paints one for their respective in-house legal teams.

One student received a job offer from TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) and one was placed in OSC Legal, which is Clifford Chance's captive legal process outsourcing (LPO) unit in Gurgaon.

Two students are still awaiting final offers from employers.

NLS Bangalore had procured offers for 96 per cent of recruitment committee students by January of this year, while NUJS Kolkata had placed 84 per cent as of April 2010.

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