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National law universities (NLUs) or national law schools, as they are also known, are law schools set up by Indian states, usually each with their own enabling statue. NLSIU Bangalore was the first NLU to have been started in 1987.
03 November 2014

New CLAT erAll Indian national law universities (NLU) except NLU Delhi are now entitled to conduct the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) by rotation every year, according to the terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by 16 NLUs on Saturday.

07 August 2014

One-year LLM scrapped in one year?The one-year LLM degree is here to stay, according to a new University Grants Commission (UGC) note published on Tuesday, to clarify its earlier 5 July notification that raised eyebrows.

31 July 2014

fzrj10tmQuestion marks surround the  5 July University Grants Commission (UGC) notification that appeared to raise a death knell for the new one-year LLM degree and the five-year integrated LLB degree.

29 April 2014

Wadia Ghandy has promoted eight of its lawyers in Mumbai to partnership, including one 2008 NLIU Bhopal graduate and a 2006 NUJS Kolkata graduate.

24 April 2014

ClerkshipThe Delhi high court has agreed to wait for a three-judge Supreme Court committee’s decision on review of its policy of selection of judicial clerks.

21 January 2014

NLU Nagpur almost done: The National Law University Nagpur cleared another hurdle with the Maharashtra government taking the ordinance route to set it up and the cabinet approving the ordinance. Once the draft of the ordinance is sent to the governor for promulgation, the way would be clear to appoint a vice chancellor and other statutory officers for the university [TOI]

Bar council may suspend Delhi law min: The Bar Council of Delhi yesterday issued a notice to Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti asking him to show cause on 7 February, why his name should not be removed from advocate rolls for allegedly tampering with evidence while representing a client before a CBI special court in August [PTI]

ML Sharma vs Kejriwal: The Supreme Court has admitted advocate ML Sharma’s petition against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and law minister Somnath Bharti for “creating chaos in the heart of the capital by going on in an unprecedented 10-day sit-in protest” [India Today]

MHAA strikes some more: The Madras High Court Advocates Association continues working on the demand for recall of the list of judgeship recommendations at the HC, by shunning work yet again – courts were boycotted again today and additionally a “day long hunger strike” from 10am to 4pm was launched. The MHAA also resolved to urge dropping of the ten-year old Supreme Court contempt proceedings against Tamil Nadu Advocates Association president S Prabhakaran [New Indian Express]

Kejri for president’s rule? Former Delhi high court judge RS Sodhi said he sees AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s protest as a face-saving tactic to bring about president’s rule and quit from his post as a “gullible martyr” as the party has realised it is beyond its power to govern the city [Telegraph India]

Delhi HC CAG audit order appealed: The Association of Uniform Telecom Service Providers of India has moved the Supreme Court against the Delhi high court verdict allowing the Comptroller and Auditor General the power to audit their accounts [The Hindu Businessline]

06 January 2014

SC clerkshipsThe Delhi high court today issued notice in the Supreme Court’s letters patent appeal against the 16 December decision by a single Delhi high court judge that the apex court’s method of selecting judicial clerks was unconstitutional.

16 December 2013

Judicial clerkshipsSupreme Court judicial clerkships may no longer remain the preserve of national law schools and select universities after the Delhi high court today ruled as unconstitutional the Supreme Court’s current procedure of inviting applications for the clerkships.

11 December 2013

SC Singhvi retires, leaves legacy
The Supreme Court’s justice GS Singhvi, most famous for his stern treatment of the 2G and the land acquisition cases, retired today just after overturned the progressive Delhi HC judgment that had decriminalised homosexuality [The Hindu]

Madras HC advocates for Ganguly
Madras HC advocates yesterday took out a rally in support of sexual harassment accused former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly, asserting that he was being targeted because of his stern dealing of sensational cases [TOI]

CCI’s giant Coal India fine
Coal India is facing Rs 17.7 billion ($290m) Competition Commission of India fine for abusing its dominant position and imposing unfair conditions in fuel supply agreements with customers [Reuters]

E&Y legal to launch Singapore with HSF partner
“Former Herbert Smith Freehills’ Singapore partner John Dick has joined Ernst & Young Singapore as a partner as the “big four” accounting firm mulls legal services launch,” reported [The Lawyer]

PIL reveals crippled IPAB
A PIL in the Madras HC has brought attention to the “crippled” state of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board due to insufficient funds to have permanent premises for its principle and circuit benches [TOI]

Maha-NLS dream remains distant
Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan “dodged” the Times’ query regarding schedule of setting up of Nagpur NLS, even though its proposal was earlier promised to be tabled in the winter session of the state legislative assembly. The paper now writes it could be a distant dream [TOI]

10 October 2013

Nagpur wins NLS Maharashtra clearance: The proposal for Maharashtra National Law University” (as it will be called) to be based in Nagpur was cleared yesterday by the Maharasthra state cabinet. The government has earmarked a reduced capital grant of Rs 125 crore (from Rs 204 crore) for the NLS, which will take in 100 students for its first batch through the CLAT [TOI]

Justice Singhvi excuses self from 2G case, pre-retirement: Justice GS Singhvi, who was leading the bench in the 2G spectrum case, will not hear the case anymore because he has a lot of workload to finish before his retirement on 11 December [TOI]

World anti death penalty day: To mark today's World Day Against Death Penalty NGO Amnesty International yesterday urged India to commute all its death sentences and impose a moratorium on executions [Firstpost]

ML Sharma again Delhi rape lawyer: Serial PIL filer and the former lawyer of one of the Delhi rape convicts, ML Sharma – who had been dumped as counsel to Delhi gang rape convict Mukesh after failing to appear in a fast track court hearing for him – has again filed a Vakalatnama to represent Mukesh after his defence lawyer VK Anand yesterday withdrew from the case [BS/TOI]

Karnataka circuit fiasco:  The principle bench at Karnataka HC suffers undue vacancies as judges get deputed to its recently consolidated circuit benches at Gulbarg and Dharwad [Deccan Chronicle]

25 September 2013

Parsons: CyclesHerbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has entered into associations with NLS, NUJS, Nalsar, NLU Jodhpur and Delhi so far.

23 August 2013

TN NLS: The Rs 100 crore Tamil Nadu National Law School Srirangam was yesterday inaugurated and has only five students from Tamil Nadu in its first batch of 71 CLAT-admitted students [News Today/TNNLS Website]

Black gold: 16 files containing details of illegitimate allocations in the Coal scam that mysteriously went missing in the Coal ministry until yesterday, have resurfaced, just as mysteriously [TOI]

SC protects whistleblowers under the Prevention of Corruption Act, ruling that leakers’ identities must never be revealed to the accused [TOI]

The Judicial Appointments Bill is one step closer to wiping out the judicial collegium system, as the Union Cabinet yesterday cleared the proposal [Zee News]

Admin Tribunals Act amendment cements eligibility of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) chairmanship to current or ex-higher judiciary members. Amendment also creates power to transfer of cases between tribunals, aimed at speedy disposal [Zee News]

46 death row convicts await gallows at the only Karnataka prison that literally has a gallows facility. 12 were commuted to a life term including a female serial killer dubbed Cyanide Mallika by the press [TOI]

30 July 2013

The Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) Vizag in Vishakhapatnam is Rs 40 crore behind on the minimum funds required to set up its own campus. It is currently operating from a 20,000 square feet rented building for its 460 students, who are housed in private hostels across Vizag without any transport facilities, reported the Times of India last week.

These are the third rented premises from which the university is operating but unless it manages to get its infrastructure in place it will not receive central funding.

The authorities have requested the state government to release Rs 20 crore by the end of this academic year, however out of the Rs 10 crore sanctioned to it last year the state had released only Rs 5 crore.

26 April 2013

NLU DelhiNLU Delhi added five full time faculty, two visiting professors and three research associates to its teaching staff this academic year taking its total faculty strength to 44, while continuing the drive to recruit young faculty by offering salaries more attractive to foreign university LLM holders.

06 March 2013

A Delhi high court bench headed by Justice Pradeep Nandrajog said “99% of the existing NGOs are fraud and simply moneymaking devices. Only one out of every hundred NGOs serve the purpose they are set up for” [Hindustan Times]

Sonepat in Haryana, which is also home to Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), is to get its own national law school by 2015-16, funded by Rs 190 crore [PTI]

10 UK law firms amongst 500 most recognised UK business brands. How would Indian firms fare? [Legal Week]

Why is the government not willing to include marital rape in the new anti-rape Bill? Live chat with Luthra senior associate Mihira Sood [IBN Live]

21 February 2013

PIL filed in Delhi HC against Facebook India, Google India about alleged compliance failure in tax and RBI regulation, data security, and user-agreement [DNA India]

Maharashtra NLU in limbo after as ministers fight over location: Aurangabad campus in addition to Mumbai? [TOI]

CBI calls on two Italian law firms to help it figure out chopper graft case [PTI]

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