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Covid-19, a coronavirus, has caused widespread disruption also in the legal profession.
12 November 2020

As the novel coronavirus is gearing up for a second wave and wreaking renewed havoc in much of the world and economies continue teetering on brinks barely held back by government stimulus packages, a number of law firms have recently eased restrictions on their fee-earners.

07 October 2020

Khaitan & Co has announced that all 49 law school graduates whom it had made campus offers to over the past years, would join the firm on 12 October 2020.

06 October 2020

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas has internally announced that the firm “hoped” that staff would “start coming back to work gradually, in a staggered manner” from 19 October.

11 September 2020

Facing heavy internal resistance after suggesting that staff should return from their hometowns where many had sheltered during the Covid-19 lockdowns, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan (LKS) has changed course and scrapped the policy tonight, announcing it would continue working from home indefinitely.

09 September 2020
In part, the firm has cited stronger billings than expected, though this doesn't mean law firms are out of the woods.*
08 September 2020

L&L Partners corporate transactional advisory partnership has paid out bonuses to fee-earners just a little behind schedule last week, though it notified its 44 fresh campus recruits that they would not be able to join the firm before 2021 as opposed to around this month (though a few of these have since joined - see update below).

27 July 2020
Sometimes doing what is normal is abnormal, especially so in the days of the coronavirus on the loose.
24 July 2020

The LSAT-India sit-at-home online exam for law school aspirants, which started on Sunday (19 July) and has been continuing with testing sessions throughout the last week, has almost completed its run until this Sunday (26 July). And although it’s apparently not been without any hitches, those hitches may be useful lessons that should be heeded by the other bigger upcoming Covid-era law admissions tests.

22 July 2020
Bhojani was one of the first lawyers to make it to top corporate management in India, paving the way for the others who followed*
21 July 2020

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (CAM) has postponed fresher joining dates all the way until next year, according to emails sent by the firm to candidates most of whom had accepted offers in 2019 to join the firm in August 2020.

17 July 2020

Khaitan & Co has made working-from-home from a distance the default until the end of 2020, bearing in mind a variety of factors and routines upended by the Covid-19 pandemic.

07 July 2020

L&L Partners’ litigation partnership, which is one of four separate partnerships that the firm operates under one brand name, has effectively cut fee-earner salaries by at least 15% and 35% via deferrals of retainers, which would operate retrospectively from 1 April, according to two sources with knowledge of the measures.

01 July 2020

The mainstream press have reported over the last few weeks that OP Jindal Global University and its subsidiary law school, JGLS Sonepat, have launched 100 scholarships for students facing the economic and general fallout from Covid-19, dubbed “graduate research immersion scholarships” or more succinctly, GRIPS.

09 June 2020

Nalsar Hyderabad and NUJS Kolkata have opted not to hold online exams this semester in light of potential difficulties faced by students, in contrast to NLSIU Bangalore, which has opted for students to sit their final exams entirely online in six- to eight-hour exams spread out over a longer time period.

08 June 2020

All Khaitan & Co offices have opened their doors again today to allow fee-earners and staff - purely on a voluntary basis - to physically return to work.

28 May 2020

NLSIU Bangalore alumni have donated money and organised the air travel home of 174 migrants stuck in Mumbai due to the Covid-19 lockdown, reported LiveLaw.

26 May 2020
CLAT convenor and DNLU Jabalpur VC Prof Balraj Chauhan shares some of his and the committee's current deliberations surrounding potentially taking the admissions test online this year
22 May 2020
However, the GNLU students have reached the limits of what they alone can achieve and are keen to help other law schools start a wider movement
20 May 2020

NLIU Bhopal students studying employment law have started a website, telephone helpline and initiative to assist migrant labourers with some of the difficulties they face during the Covid-19 lockdown.