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Luthra leads NUJS Day Zero; At least 41 Noojies get jobs; College hoped to hide figures from firms

NUJS RCC member, yesterday
NUJS RCC member, yesterday

NUJS Kolkata placed at least 40 fourth year students in seven big Indian law firms on 6 April, confirmed authoritative Legally India sources, after the NUJS recruitment coordination committee (RCC) refused to disclose its statistics citing “university policy”.

The bagged jobs were a mix of Day Zero recruitments, which happened at the law school this week, and pre-placement offers (PPO) made to the fourth year students (see table below).

The tally roughly matches NUJS’ Day Zero in 2015, which had resulted in 40 domestic jobs and four foreign placements.

This year, Luthra & Luthra was the biggest recruiter, giving out 10 jobs including 7 pre-placement offers (PPOs).

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas recruited eight students, including one through PPO. Khaitan also recruited eight students.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas hired six students, including three through PPOs.

Trilegal recruited five students and AZB & Partners recruited three.

J Sagar Associates (JSA) made one offer.

S&R Associates and Talwar Thakore Associates, which both rank highly on Legally India’s salary survey, have not recruited anyone from NUJS for 2017.

NUJS batch in 2015 was 106 strong, eventually placing 100 per cent out of 78 students who took part in the RCC.

As reported yesterday on Legally India, NLSIU’s 2017 batch of 81 students, with 53 participating in the RCC, placed 33 on its 2 April Day Zero, including one already-confirmed training contract with international firm Allen & Overy, as disclosed by the NLSIU RCC.

Also read: all our previous law school campus recruitment stories

Also read: Last year’s Day Zero figures at other law schools:

Nalsar Hyderabad got between 35-39 jobs on its Day Zero last year, NUJS Kolkata secured 40 jobs for its fourth years, NLSIU Bangalore’s Day Zero last year yielded 33 jobs and 4 vacation schemes, while NLU Delhi secured 20 jobs and 4 vacation schemes, NLIU Bhopal got around 22 jobs, GNLU Gandhinagar 24 jobs and NLU Jodhpur hauled in 31.

Does secrecy help recruitments?

In 2013, NUJS had first cited an administrative gag order against disclosing recruitment information, as then reported by Legally India.

A comment on Legally India yesterday, suggested that figures would not be disclosed because “the NUJS CRC does not wish for other recruiters to think that all the best students have been taken, and thus not recruit from NUJS”.

NLSIU Bangalore’s RCC from 2015 had commented last year that its policy of full disclosure had actually helped boost their recruitment tally.

In its statement NLSIU had said:

We think our policy of full disclosure with the firms really helped us build good relationships with them. We think that it makes sense for any RCC to start building relationships with firms from the 3rd year onwards, so that there is a certain amount of trust and experience between the firms and the aspirants by the time recruitments commence.

NUJS Day Zero recruitments 2016

  PPO Day Zero Total
Luthra & Luthra 7 3 10
Cyril Amarchand 1 7 8
Khaitan & Co     8
Shardul Amarchand 3 3 6
Trilegal     5
AZB     3
JSA     1
Total:     41
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