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Result for all 75 NUJS grads into desk jobs; Plus 3 foreign firms, 5 LLMs, 2 start-ups

NUJS: Recruitment figures worth the wait
NUJS: Recruitment figures worth the wait
Exclusive: The NUJS Kolkata campus recruitment committee (CRC) has placed all of its active 75 participants in jobs with law firms, corporate houses or legal process outsourcing (LPO) companies, with most of those outside the process opting for LLM degrees abroad, judicial clerkships or litigation.

Of the 75 NUJS students placed in ‘desk jobs’, 57 recruitments came from law firms, 16 from corporate houses or public sector undertakings (PSUs) and 2 from LPO companies, according to figures from the CRC. Of those, 21 were pre-placement offers (PPOs).

Amarchand Mangaldas was the single largest recruiter hiring 12, with Luthra & Luthra coming in second after offering jobs to 11 NUJS students and Khaitan & Co hiring nine.

Foreign law firms Ashurst, Allen & Overy and Linklaters each offered one training contracts to NUJS students.

The CRC told Legally India that 76 students participated in the recruitment process out of a 2011 graduating batch of 97.

Of those 76, a total of 75 secured corporate or law firm jobs through the CRC process, with a total of 93 offers having been made. One CRC participant is understood to have dropped out of the process for health reasons and one student later chose to reject a domestic law firm offer in favour of going for a judicial clerkship.

“Quite a few offers were made after internships as well,” commented CRC member Pranav Mittal. “Our alumni base has been constantly spreading, and was of immense help too.”

Out of in-house recruiters, ICICI Bank was the largest hiring four and Mines and Metal Trading Corporation hired three.

The committee enforced a ‘no hold-on policy’ so that students were not permitted to 'hold on' to multiple offers while sitting for campus interviews, which helped because recruiters knew interviewed students were serious about joining that firm, according to the CRC.

Entrepreneurs, NGOs and other careers

The Cell. Front Row: Mathews George, Pratyush Saha, Abhipsa Nayak, Souvik Roy (sitting), Abhisaar Bairagi <br/>Middle Row: Varun Kedia, Sneha J., Gitanjali Shankar, Pranav Mittal, Mrinal Kanwar <br/>Back Row: Vivek Chowdhary, Tarunima Vijra, Davis Kanjamala, Srinivas Anirudh. (not picture: Apoorva Misra)
The Cell. Front Row: Mathews George, Pratyush Saha, Abhipsa Nayak, Souvik Roy (sitting), Abhisaar Bairagi
Middle Row: Varun Kedia, Sneha J., Gitanjali Shankar, Pranav Mittal, Mrinal Kanwar
Back Row: Vivek Chowdhary, Tarunima Vijra, Davis Kanjamala, Srinivas Anirudh. (not picture: Apoorva Misra)

Outside of the CRC processes a total of eight students have been shortlisted for judicial clerkships or are planning to pursue litigation as a career.

Two students would be joining research and advocacy groups: one rights and advocacy group based in Nagaland and a policy research unit in Delhi.

Five other students are exclusively preparing for the civil services exam.

One other student had been involved in the founding of NUJS-graduate Rohit Das’ law firm RDA Legal (or PXV Law Partners as it is now called) and would now be joining the firm.

One student chose an entrepreneurial career outside of the law after founding a North East-specialised travel services company Walk With Nine Lives, who will intern over the summer with MTV, Singapore.

Masters studies

A total of five students, including two students who have accepted deferred law firm job offers (one with an Indian firm and one with a foreign law firm) are pursuing LLMs in Indian and foreign universities before.

The universities that made offers are New York University (NYU), National University of Singapore (NUS), George Washington University, King's College London and Queen Mary University of London, Notre Dame Law School, Chicago-Kent College of Law, DePaul University Chicago, Dickinson School of Law Penn State, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Sturm College of Law, University of Colorado Law School, University of Iowa, University of Kent, University of Newcastle, University of Nottingham, University of Sussex and the University School of Law Indianapolis.

The CRC was unable to confirm the career options chosen by two students in the batch.

The NUJS CRC members were Gitanjali Shankar, Pranav Mittal, Mathews George, Davis Kanjamala, Anirudh Srinivas, Mrinal Kanwar, Tarunima Vijra, Abhisaar Bairagi, Sneha J., Apoorva Ankur Misra, Abhipsa Nayak, Souvik Roy, Pratyush Saha, Varun Kedia, Vivek Chowdhary (see picture).

The NUJS committee announced the recruitment figures to Legally India later than most other law schools after the CRC attempted to contact every graduating student for accurate information on career choices. All the data in this article is based on the results of the survey and CRC data.

Last year NUJS placed a total of 38 students with law firms and at least 9 students with companies.

Recruitments have been reported live on the Legallypedia rolling law school recruitment tracker Wiki by several law schools.

NUJS 2011 batch total recruitment

Name of the domestic recruiter Number of students recruited
Amarchand Mangaldas 12 (1 via PPO)
Khaitan & Co 9
J Sagar & Associates (JSA) 2
Trilegal 2
Luthra & Luthra 11 (8 via PPO's)
AZB & Partners 2 (both via PPO's)
Lakshmi Kumaran & Shridharan 2
P&A Associates 1 (via PPO)
Argus Partners 1 (via PPO)
Axon Partners LLP 1 (via PPO)
AthenaLaw Associates 2
Bharucha & Partners 1
BMR Advisors 1
Juris Corp 1 (via PPO)
Krishnamurthy & Co. 1 (via PPO)
Lexygen 1 (via PPO)
Majmudar & Co. 1
Phoenix Legal 1
PXV law Partners 1 (via PPO)
Vidhii Partners 1 (via PPO)
In-house legal department recruiters
Gammon India 1 (via PPO)
ICICI Bank 4
IFMR Capital 1
Mines and Metal Trading Corporation (MMTC) 3
ONGC 1
Star India Pvt. Ltd. 2
SunEdison 2
Vedanta Group of Industries 2
Legal process outsourcing (LPO)
Pangea3 1 (via PPO)
Bodhi Global 1
Foreign firm recruiters Number of students recruited
Ashurst 1
Allen & Overy 1
Linklaters 1
Batch’s other career choices Number of students
Litigation/ judicial clerkship 8
Higher studies (LLM) 5
Civil services 5
Entrepreneurship 2
Unknown 2
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