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Growing older / Issue 101

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This week's activity in the law firm market showcased exactly why India's oldest National Law School is still number one.

NLISU Bangalore alumni are coming of age and many are now becoming or have become movers and shakers in their own right - and future employers.

Young and by all accounts talented partner Vishnu Jerome from NLSIU's batch of 2002 is serving out the last weeks of his notice period at AZB. Creating a start-up firm is apparently on his mind although blueprints are believed to only be in pencil at the moment.

Meanwhile, from the NLS batch of 2000, ex-Hemant Sahai Mumbai partner Utsa Shome is joining Kolkata start-up Argus, which too has learned to walk and hopes to start running in Mumbai.

Going even further back, Legally India profiled Delhi firm Hammurabi & Solomon this week as part of our new series. Apart from having an interesting name it was also set up by a 1995 graduate - one of NLSIU's first batches.

All this does not reflect on the quality of other law schools but it is clear why the vast majority of law aspirants still vote for Bangalore.

This week's CLAT preferences showed that out of 60 or so of the top students, only five chose next-in-line Nalsar Hyderabad or NUJS Kolkata.

However, between Hyderabad and Kolkata the gap has narrowed a little and NLIU Bhopal and Jodhpur are practically on par in preferences, with other colleges also developing good brand names. Read our exclusive statistical analysis for more.

This week also showcased the first results of the new IDIA diversity initiative, which has won national law school places for 11 economically disadvantaged students who may otherwise not have taken the plunge into the profession.

It is clear that the stream of wannabe lawyers in India will not decrease.

Key will be whether the infrastructure at every level will be ready by then, outside of just a handful of law schools and law firms.

Those studying now or having graduated within the last decade will be able to have a greater impact on all this than they may think.

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