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NLS after Day Zero: 46 early jobs in bag out of 76 grads for 2019 • Trilegal biggest, 1 foreign vac scheme (though likely no foreign job)

Day Zero at NLSIU yields jobs for 60 percent of batch already, more than 1 year before graduatingDay Zero at NLSIU yields jobs for 60 percent of batch already, more than 1 year before graduating

NLSIU Bangalore has already placed 46 out of 76 students who will graduate the LLB degree next year.

15 of those jobs were sealed during the 3 April ‘Day Zero’ of recruitment at the law school, and 10 more jobs were accepted on and after the 10 April ‘Day One’ of recruitment.

Trilegal has so far been the biggest recruiter for the batch graduating in 2019, with 7 candidates hired already, including 4 PPOs and 3 Day Zero jobs.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co and Luthra & Luthra with 6 jobs each, were the other leading recruiters among the nine firms and two banks, which have already hired from the law school.

Out of these CAM hired four students on Day Zero - becoming the biggest recruiter on Day Zero. SAM on the other hand, which was facing the problem of internal approvals for their offers to NLU Delhi on 24 March and NLU Jodhpur on 2 April, and therefore couldn’t hire this season from those NLUs, gave out offers at NLSIU which were accepted on the spot.

The others were Talwar Thakore & Associates, AZB & Partners, S&R Associates, ICICI, Finsec Law Advisors and Societe Generale.

Out of these ICICI hired 4 students.

Recruiter Total PPO Day Zero Day One
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 6 4 1 1
Trilegal 7 4 3
Khaitan & Co 6 3 3
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 6 2 4
Luthra & Luthra 6 6
Talwar Thakore & Associates 2 1 1
AZB & Partners 3 3
S&R Associates 1 1
ICICI Bank 4 4
Finsec Law Advisors 3 3
Societe Generale 2 2
46 21 15 10

International firms Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters and Allen & Overy which have hired from NLU Delhi and NLU Jodhpur this season were missing from the mix at NLSIU.

We understand that A&O gave out one vacation scheme but that student later also appeared for Day Zero and won a job offer with a domestic firm. The RCC told us that the student has not yet made a decision of accepting the domestic job offer instead of the vacation scheme he had already bagged.

A total of 15 offers were made on Day Zero, while 10 more offers were made on Day One.

50 students from the batch graduating in 2019 appeared for the Day Zero.

This year is an improvement for the RCC at the law school compared to the 33 jobs gained during last year’s Day Zero excluding three vacation schemes.

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Like +1 Object -0 Congratulations 13 Apr 18, 15:56
Btw Kian, when will you publish the NUJS Placement Figures? Have been hearing some insane figures including PPOs,Day 0 and Day 1.
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Like +10 Object -2 kianganz 13 Apr 18, 16:02 LI subscriber  interesting
Yeah, those figures are true, but dontcha know, NUJS RCC has a 'policy' :)
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Like +4 Object -4 Congratulations 13 Apr 18, 16:11
Hmmm. Right. An illogical policy perhaps.

Lord knows they could do with some good press.
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Like +3 Object -0 Bhaiya 13 Apr 18, 19:17
Kian, they will release something. it's just that this year, recruiters like ICICI didn't come on Day Zero itself, but a week later. Just waiting for the process to get over properly. And you are right, the figures have actually broken all records since 2000 at least.
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Like +0 Object -0 Crazy stuff 15 Apr 18, 12:43
While it might be behind in collective research output and all that jazz, NUJS is a machine when it comes out to churning corporate lawyers. Khaitan made 1 offer, SAM 3, Luthra 3, indusLaw 4, ICICI 4, CAM 15, Trilegal 14, AZB 19. This in addition to 21 PPOs and 4 Vac Schemes.

These are figures which can't be thought of in the wildest of dreams. Congratulations NUJS! Only forward from now :)
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Like +2 Object -5 Darkseid 13 Apr 18, 16:02
This is actually quite interesting. NLSIU grads usually have several (rightly deserved) vacation schemes every year, almost all of which lead to training contracts. Does this year's results indicate a trend among the best and the brightest not to look at foreign firms as number one priority? Could this actually have something to do with the possibility of foreign firms arriving here over the next 2-3 years? As it is, a substantial number of NLSIU students opt for non-law firm careers, which is quite healthy too for the future potential of the legal sector in the country. Maybe someone from that batch, if reading this, can shed some light on this matter?
p.s. Congratulations to the batch and the RPC for a fantastic job done, as usual.
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Like +2 Object -9 PlaceBoo 13 Apr 18, 16:38
Since foreign firms have clearly hired from other law schools this year, either NLS students didn't want vac schemes (which isn't true, they did come for the interviews, and didn't get through) or they aren't the "best and the brightest" anymore (by placement metric).
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Like +15 Object -2 VacSchemes 13 Apr 18, 16:42  interesting  top rated
Lol no, HSF did not recruit from NLS because NLS students showed up in pyjamas and slept off in the HSF Lecture Series that was organised at NLS. No one was even shortlisted for an interview from NLS
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Like +2 Object -0 NoVacSchemes 13 Apr 18, 23:53
Wonder why Links didn't hire then.
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Like +9 Object -1 Maa TV 14 Apr 18, 01:07  interesting
Hired in GNLU
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Like +2 Object -1 K 15 Apr 18, 09:32
Attractiveness of these jobs is declining, given immigration policies (many have had uk work visas rejected) and gbp exchange rate. Further increasingly more top rankers are choosing to litigate.
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Like +1 Object -0 Lol 16 Apr 18, 23:37
Rubbish. No UK work visa of a trainee has ever been rejected. You underestimate the power of Law Society of London.
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Like +1 Object -0 K 18 Apr 18, 08:15
Oh, I'm sorry, wasn't aware you worked at the UK high commission.
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Like +9 Object -0 JSA 13 Apr 18, 16:36  interesting
This is nothing short of a circus. I opt out.
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Like +0 Object -0 Unbelievable 13 Apr 18, 16:41
How many people sat for placements?
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Like +2 Object -0 Papayafromthebatch 13 Apr 18, 17:49
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Like +6 Object -6 NLS18 13 Apr 18, 16:42  controversial
A student from this batch declined a job offer from AnO and interview from HSF as she realised she wanted to work in the field of human rights. She recently got through Oxford.
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Like +1 Object -2 Correction 13 Apr 18, 19:07
That student is from the immediate senior batch to this one.
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Like +0 Object -0 Insider 13 Apr 18, 21:57
Commendable job RCC...Great going chandni and others! Many congratulations!
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Like +7 Object -4 Hooter 13 Apr 18, 22:59

Its actually 100% recruitment. Other 40% hired by Ashok Wada Pav wala
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Like +8 Object -2 Cowboy 13 Apr 18, 23:34  interesting
Kian, how can we get NIRF to look at your figures instead of the doctored stats given to them? Can you establish contact with the MHRD Minister and the concerned officials? Can you write an article for Mint and approach them through Mint? The problem with NIRF is that their notification states: "Please note that the responsibility and accountability for the data rests entirely with the participating institutions." This is totally unfair.

One possibility is that VCs of law schools suffering because of doctored data can gang up and get with the minister of NIRF. I am sure ;aw schools are not the only ones affected here.
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Like +3 Object -9 Guest 14 Apr 18, 07:33
Kids are being raped in our country and the government doesn't give a f@ck. How high do you think the injustices of the NIRF ranking are on their list of priorities?

Kian has done his bit. Put his take up here, contacted VCs of offending institutions - received word back from one and got stonewalled by the other. They'll hopefully take this on board, or maybe the students/faculty members at those institutions will push for better oversight next time.

But, next time!

Forget about this one.
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Like +5 Object -0 Laxmin 14 Apr 18, 08:55  interesting
NIRF mandates that every Institution maintain an email address and contact address for anybody particularly whistleblowers to ask questions about Institute's data which is publically available right next to the ranking.

Anybody can go through the data and raise queries, first to the Institution and then escalate it to NIRF.

Hope this helps.
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Like +10 Object -0 Notorious 13 Apr 18, 23:48  interesting
NLSIU is clearly losing the dominance it once had. With declining support from the Karnataka government, a lazy administration, and impending 50% domicile quota, one cannot guarantee if it will still be #1 15 years from now.
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Like +12 Object -0 kianganz 13 Apr 18, 23:58 LI subscriber  interesting  top rated
That is quite possible, 15 years is a looooong time...

But honestly, I know it's been said before, these days there's not much to tell graduates from the top 3, 4 or 5 NLUs apart, and the institutional opportunities they have are pretty much at par...
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Like +15 Object -0 Dreamer 14 Apr 18, 00:09  interesting  top rated
Features of the ideal law school:

Location in the legal or commercial NLUD or MNLU
Location in a central part of the NUJS
A large, beautiful campus with plenty of space..... like NALSAR
Generous government GNLU
Bright students selected on merit, as little NRI/domicile/caste quota as NLSIU
Fancy facilities, good faculty and admin.... like Jindal
Low fees and affordable to all.... like GLC
An honest, incorruptible VC and Registrar ????
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Like +1 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 07:35
Qualify honest. Have many been found to 'corrupt' (in the economic sense)?
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Like +1 Object -2 NLUD guy 14 Apr 18, 10:23
Ranbir Singh
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 14 Apr 18, 10:49
Is that name a response to honesty or corruption?
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Like +1 Object -0 Curious cow 14 Apr 18, 00:22
Can LI please explain the relevance of the picture of a cycle with those milk cannisters?
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Like +3 Object -1 Guest 14 Apr 18, 03:06
Sir, I request Legally India to do the Recruitment Ranking this year, otherwise people will submit fake data for NIRF. Your ranking is the only way to prevent NIRF being hijacked.
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Like +1 Object -1 K 14 Apr 18, 08:17
It's pertinent to note that merely 50 of the batch of 76 were part of the RCC Batch. That is, 26 people expressed no interest in sitting for placements; choosing to pursue alternative career options like litigation or civil services instead.
The percentage of people placed should hence be 46/50*100 or 92%, and not 60% as this article reports.
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Like +2 Object -0 L 14 Apr 18, 10:05
The only problem is that there is no way to verify it. All law schools keep saying only 50-60% of our batch strength opted for campus placement. Whether that is because the remaining students genuinely wish to opt for something else, or whether it is because they didn't get a job or simply knew beforehand they can't compete with the rest of their batchmates in the Day Zero/One events, is anybody's guess. No way an outsider can gauge that objectively. So, this percentage is the only fair one.
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Like +5 Object -2 Chemical 14 Apr 18, 10:21
Here is the ranking given by Legally India in the last recruitment ranking many years ago. I think the picture is very different now.

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Like +4 Object -2 Guest 15 Apr 18, 23:00
To those claiming people turned down training contracts for LLMs: FYI all firms allow a deferral and actually encourage higher studies. So stop making lame excuses.
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Like +0 Object -1 Hmmm 17 Apr 18, 16:06
Wow. Sound like a pushy Indian parent.

Person turned down a training contract for studies in human rights. I guess they had forgotten about the Human rights practice in London Law Firms! :|
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Like +2 Object -0 Guest 17 Apr 18, 01:18
Kian Sir, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a ranking after the full figures are out and also get it published it in a respected national newspaper like the Hindu. We can then use this for the 2019 NIRF ranking, which will be based on 2018 figures. A grave injustice has been done in this ranking and needs to be corrected.
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