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Mushroom season / Issue 15

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Law schools, law firms and law-related businesses are mushrooming all over the place these days as India does one of the things it does best: building enterprises.

Some of India's top law firms of course were little more than tiny sparkles in lawyers' eyes a few years ago.

Although the market has become tougher it is not stopping anyone.

For example, Amarchand's former Kolkata head is in the early stages of setting up a new firm in the city.

So, do you want to start up a law firm too? Read our feature on how to do it and learn from the pains and pleasures of other legal entrepreneurs.

An Indian practising lawyer recently also became 'young entrepreneur of the year' in a prestigious national award. We have interviewed Rohit Kochhar and asked him how he manages to run several businesses and a law firm.

Amarchand's former CFO and COO has also been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and is starting up a legal consultancy business with recruitment and training company Rainmaker.

Meanwhile, following a more traditional career path is getting easier this year, as Trilegal and Amarchand Mumbai have recruited record numbers of law students after a temporary lull last year. Both are now full-up for the year already.

And if you are a law student looking down that road, read our article on how to navigate the first steps on that road through the internship minefield.

India's enterprising law teachers are also finally getting recognised. Near-legendary Professor Madhava Menon won 'law teacher of the year' for having almost single-handedly kicked Indian legal education into the 20th century. Read our full interview with Professor Menon next week.

In the meantime, keep an eye out - you never know what will pop out of the ground next in India.

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Elsewhere, if the Government is to be believed, new specialised commercial courts will be created in a bid to appease companies that have no interest in hanging around Indian courts for years.

Not all-around smiles though this week: the Bar Council of India has had a bad one as the Government is trying to take away legal education from it.

Finally, if you have a work, life or other related question you want answered, please email us. We will try and help.

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