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03 October 2019

Still flying high after his barnstorming speech on Sunday at the NLSIU Bangalore convocation, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra has stood up for the noble profession yet again and hit back at the government, which has floated an oft-attempted but never-achieved proposal that would drastically shake up legal education in the country.

13 September 2019

NLSIU Bangalore’s Student Bar Association (SBA) has taken the offensive over the (possibly) inexplicable delays in the appointment of Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy as its new vice chancellor (VC), with students wearing black bands today.

06 September 2019

The government has approved several of the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) recommendation to make institutions with law schools Institutions of Eminence (IOE), which, apart from bragging rights, would carry with it a significant amount of funding in case of public universities, and more autonomy in case of private institutions.

29 August 2019

According to a CNN News 18 sting operation just aired, undergraduate law degrees (amongst other subject) are available for sale by agents for the princely sum of Rs 2.1 lakh (even less than the recently revised Rs 2.3 lakh fee NLSIU Bangalore students have to pay for a single year of study).

28 August 2019

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has in a press release said it would not approve any more law schools for three years, after the number of schools had ballooned to 1,500, meaning it had approved around 25% additional law colleges since five years ago.

31 July 2019

Nigam Nuggehalli, a 1997 NLSIU Bangalore graduate and former visiting professor there, has been appointed as dean of the new BML Munjal University law school.

05 July 2019

NLSIU Bangalore’s Student Bar Association (SBA) has released a statement to express its wishes in the ongoing vice chancellor (VC) selection process.

06 June 2019

The government has released a draft policy to improve education in India; also buried within its 484 pages are recommendations to improve legal education in the country by ensuring it “reflect[s] social-cultural contexts” and “fall[s] back upon the culture and traditions of people, the history of legal institutions and victory of ‘Dharma’ over ‘Adharma’ writ large in Indian literature and mythology”.

20 May 2019

By July of last year, NUJS Kolkata’s interim administration had unilaterally shut down its distance learning certificate courses contractually provided by all third parties.

01 April 2019

The Bar Council of India’s (BCI) legal education committee has sent a circular to national law university (NLU) vice chancellors (VCs) on 10 March 2019, recommending that NLUs do more to improve legal ethics in budding professionals.

21 February 2019

The Consortium of National Law Universities’ executive committee (EC), set up in 2014, has decided to lobby the BCI to allow full-time law teachers to also practise law.

13 February 2019

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, as NUJS Kolkata’s chancellor, via his nominee has directed the stagnated appointment process of a permanent vice chancellor (VC) to be completed by 28 February 2019, with all other senior administrative appointments, such as registrar and accounts officer, to be appointed by 31 March.

04 July 2018

Prof Ishwara Bhat has joined the Karnataka State Law University as vice chancellor, after having resigned as VC from NUJS Kolkata under student pressure in April.

19 June 2018

A total of nine students from non-traditional backgrounds supported by the Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) initiative have made it to national law schools.

28 May 2018

For previous years’ Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) candidates, faculty quality of a law school was the most important factor in choosing whether or not to seek admission, according to a study conducted by Nalsar Hyderabad on legal education reforms which was commissioned by the Department of Justice (DoJ).

15 May 2018

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 was almost a complete debacle it is now emerging with students at 243 out of 260 total exam centres reporting snags and glitches so far, as research by Law School 101 revealed, as also reported by Lawctopus. This is contrary to convenor Nuals Kochi’s claims that we reported yesterday that 98.5% of the test centres were glitch-free.

10 May 2018

NLIU Bhopal has hit limbo in the appointment of its next director since Tuesday, as first reported by the Times of India, because students have opposed the nomination of Allahabad University professor Bhanu Pratap Singh to the post, based on the ground that in their opinion several other candidates rejected had far greater fitness for the post.

09 May 2018

The newest among 25 national law universities (NLU) in India, and Madhya Pradesh’s second NLU, NLU Jabalpur yesterday was given its first director as the high court appointed former RMLNLU Lucknow and NLIU Bhopal vice chancellor (VC) Prof Balraj Chauhan to the post.

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