ILS Law College Pune

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The Indian Law Society was established in 1923. The Indian Law Society established the Law College in 1924, which has since then established itself as a premier institute for legal studies in India. In 2004, the ILS Law College was accredited the A+ level by NAAC.


Law College Road, Pune, Maharashtra, India Pincode - 411004


Ms Vaijayanti Joshi, Principal BA (Sanskrit) from FergussonCollege, Pune.LLB from ILSLawCollege, LLM from PuneUniversity.Member of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India.Ms Joshi joined ILS Law College as a part-time lecturer in 1980 and was appointed as a full-time lecturer in 1986. She has been the Principal of ILS Law College since 1994. She has visited and lectured in various law-schools in the USA, viz. the Brandeis School of Law, Louisville, the New York University Law School, and the Centre for International and Comparative Law, University of Baltimore.Areas of specialization are Family Law, Private International Law, and Legal Theory.She has authored a number of articles published in various legal books and journals. Her publications include the widely received book 'Vrittapatra aani Kayadaa' (Newspapers and the Law). She has also contributed to the draft of 'Uniform Civil Code'.

Dr. Jaya Sagade, Vice Principal BSc from Fergusson College, Pune.LLB from ILS Law College,LLM and Ph.D. from Pune University,SJD from University of Toronto, Canada.Dr Sagade has been teaching since 1979. She joined ILS as a faculty in 1981.Dr Sagade has been a UGC Fellow and also received the ICSSR fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and Fellowship of the Netherlands Government for Human Rights course at the Hague, University of Toronto scholarship for SJD.Areas of interest: Human Rights, Feminist Jurisprudence, Family Law, and Rights of Women and Children.Publications: Contributed to the draft 'Uniform Civil Code'; 'Child Marriage in India: Sociological and Human Rights Dimension', published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

Dr. Sita Bhatia, Associate Professor MA and PhD (Political Science) from Pune University.LLB from ILS Law College. Teaching since 1984.Member of the Amnesty International, People's Union of Civil LibertiesDr. Bhatia joined ILS Law College as faculty in 1985. She works for the Legal Aid Centre of the College and teaches Human Rights and Law. She has completed courses in Human Rights and Teaching from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, and on 'Human Right to Food and Nutrition' from the CEU, Budapest. Areas of interest: Political Science, Human Rights and Law and International Relations.Publications: 'Freedom of the Press', 1997 - a book; 'Dimensions of Law' (editor). Booklet on International Law and Human Rights, The Panchayat System in Maharashtra (Marathi) and Human Rights and Fundamental Rights and Duties under the Indian Constitution (Marathi).

Ms. Nilima Bhadbade, Associate Professor LLB from the ILS College (Awarded Best Student Award of the ILS Law College, and University Gold Medal for topping LLB in 1982)LLM from Pune UniversityMs Bhadbade has been teaching since 1985. She practised in the Pune District and Civil Courts from 1982 to 1993. She joined ILS as a part-time lecturer in 1993 and was appointed as a full-time lecturer in 1994.Areas of interest: Laws relating to Contracts, Intellectual Property, Insurance and Advocacy Skills, especially Moot Courts. She is the in-charge of the moot-court activities in the college.Publications: Revised 12th edition in two volumes of Pollock and Mulla's Indian Contract and Specific Relief Acts.Invited for lectures in Contracts, Evidence, Procedure and Intellectual Property at MHADA, YASHADA, CDA and MCCIA etc. Also resource person in training programmes on Teaching Methods and seminars about Intellectual Property.

Facts & Figures[edit]

Student placements for the last few years have been over 90% of the students applying for placement. Students from ILS Law College have, in successive batches also secured admission for masters in several well known international universities such as Oxford university, London School of Economics, NYU Law School, National University of Singapore etc making ILS the most favored destination for legal education in India.


Admission is provided on the basis of the MHCET law exam.

Fee structure[edit]

Tuition Fees Within Maharashtra 12,420/-, Outside Maharashtra 14,020/-, Within Maharashtra Backward Class 10,288/-, NRI-(Bhutan, Nepal, Srilanka, Bangladesh) 36,570/-, NRI 60,950/-



The Men's Hostel offers a total of 154 rooms, out of which 46 are double rooms and 108 are single occupancy rooms. The Mens Hostel is a relatively old styled structure comprising of three wings and is flanked by tennis courts on one side and overlooks the picturesque Law College hill on the other. Ample and free parking space is available for vehicles of residents. The students in the first two years of the Five Year Law course have to share their rooms with one other student. The toilets are to be shared by about twenty students on the average. Admission to hostel in successive years, is on the basis of merit, again with separate merit lists for students from within and outside Maharashtra, further with caste based reservation within the seats reserved for students from within Maharashtra. The Fees for students from Outside of Maharashtra is Rs. 30,000 p.a. Private internet service provides provide broadband net connectivity in the hostel rooms, which may be availed of, at the option of each resident. There are taps outside, which provide hot water produced by eco-friendly solar water heaters, which can be carried to the bathrooms for use.

The newly constructed Ladies' Hostel has a capacity to accomodate 67 students with boarding and lodging facilities. There is a dining hall, study room, sick room, washing machine and TV and newspaper room, along with 24-hour telephone facilities. The girls hostel has a curfew of 8:30 pm on weekdays and 9:30 pm on sundays. The fees for the girls hostel includes breakfast, lunch, tea & snacks and dinner. The fees is roughly 70,000 for girls from outside Maharashtra. Students from within Maharashtra have a discount of some 15% of that amount.

Library and Reading Room[edit]

Keeping in mind the importance of a well equipped library in a legal institution, the College gives top priority in funding allocations to the Library. Housed on a separate floor of the Saraswati building, the ILS library boasts of over 45,000 books and volumes of periodicals, journals and magazines and is rated as one of India's best libraries. It subscribes to over 95 Indian and foreign journals each year, including the All England Reports, The American Journal of Comparative Law, The Cambridge and Oxford Law Journals, etc. It also offers computer and photocopying facilities to its students as well as an online search catalog. The library has an inter-library loan network with the other prominent libraries in Pune. It is noteworthy that the Library is currently being expanded, with the addition of more floor space. The library is open on weekdays, and is open till 4 or 5 in the evening.

IT Infrastructure[edit]

The College facilities combine stately architecture and state-of-the-art resources. The campus stretches from the Sarswati Building which houses the library, the reading room, the administrative office, the conference hall and the Principal's office, besides the chambers of other faculty members and computer facilities for research students, to the Laxmi Building that houses over fifteen halls for regular lectures, the legal aid centre and an auditorium with a capacity of 400 people, used for guest lectures, college functions and presentations.Apart from the academic and administrative buildings, the College facilities ate further enriched with a huge residential complex for male students; the newly constructed Ladies Hostel, a gymnasium, a sprawling cricket and football ground, a sports pavilion housing the indoor sports facilities, tennis courts and a swimming pool. With all this and more the College facilities are unmatched by any other institution for legal studies in the country.

Extra Curricular Activities[edit]


Advocacy Skills Activities 2009-10 Participated in 56 Moot Court Competitions (including one International Competition at Oxford, UK), 1 Arbitration Moot Competitions at Vienna (an international competition) , 2 Mock Trial Competition, 8 Client Counselling Competitions, 2 Negotiation Competitions, 3 Contract Drafting Competition, 1 Judgment Writing Competition, 5 Legal Quizzes, 1 Street Play Competition, 1 Mad-ad, 2 Seminars and 6 Law Fests.

Achivements Moot Courts, Mock Trials, Client Counselling, Negotiation, Contract Drafting and Judgment Writing Competitions, Quizzes. Moot Court Competitions: 9 Wins, 10 Runners-up, 8 Semi-finalists, 9 Best Speakers, 1 Second Best Speaker, 5 Best Memorials, 3 Best Researchers, and 5 other prizes or positions. Client Counselling: 3 wins, 1 Runners-up, 1 Semi-finalist, and 2 other prizesNegotiation: 1 Runners-up, 1 Best NegotiatorDrafting of contracts: 1 Win, 2 Runners-upLegal Quiz: 1 Win, and 2 Runners-up.Law Fests: Best team at 1 law fest.

Student Activities[edit]

Moot courts are simulated court competitions which involve arguing on points of law by student 'advocates' before a bench of 'judges' usually comprised of members of the faculty and practicing advocates. Synonymous with the tradition of ILS Law College, moot courts were introduced by Principal J.R. Gharpure, in consonance with the movement started by Sir Lawrence Jenkins, the then Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court. The Bar Council of India has now included them in the curriculum. Mooting allows the students to practice the art of advocacy and the College lays emphasis on this activity to equip students for their future profession. To imbibe the 'mooting culture' in all the students, the College has three annual internal Moot Court Competitions. The prestigious Raghavendra Phadnis Moot Court Competition is held every year in the month of August and is the basis for selecting the students to represent the College in the national and international moot court competitions. The N.V. Joshi Moot Court competition, held in the second term of the college, covers topics ranging from criminal law to torts. The Novice Moot Court is a recent addition to our repertoire of intramural moot courts. Every first year student is encouraged to participate in it and is ably guided by the senior students. Started by the Moot Court Society in 1997, this competition has become very popular with students and professors alike, as it has helped to discover the latent talent of the students. Among the National Moot Court Competitions, the college has been a regular participant at competitions held by the Bar Council of India Trust; the Kerala Law Academy; University Law College, Bangalore; University Law College, Dharwad; Government Law College, Mumbai; Raj Anand Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. Our students have also represented India at both Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at Washington D.C., and the Stetson International Law Moot Court Competition, at Florida. In 2002 ILS organized the first Surana & Surana International Moot Court Competition on Technology Laws. It attracted 16 teams from around the country. This event has become an annual feature on the mooting calendar. This year, it was held on 5-7th January 2007. 18 teams participated in the competition from all over India, as well as from Hong Kong. ILS Law College also hosts the Justice V.A. Naik All Maharashtra Inter Collegiate Moot Court Competition. This is a bi-annual competition in which teams from various leading Law colleges in Maharashtra take part. The Student Moot Court Society ensures smooth and co-ordinated running of all the intra-mural and extra-mural competitions giving exposure to mooting culture to as many students as possible. It also assists the selected students in their preparation to represent the College at the various national and international moot court competitions.Students of the College take part in various competitions such as Quiz, Debate, Dramatics, Creative writing, Mock UN Assembly etc. The last year saw the College winning various competitions in Pune as well as in other parts of the country. During the College Week held in December various inter class and individual competitions are also organized.

Keeping in mind the requirement for strong positive arguing skills in Law, debate competitions are crucial for law students. The College has a Debating Association for this purpose. The Association organizes various debating, elocution & declamation competitions. It also conducts selections for the various Inter College and University competitions. Students of ILS Law college, have been winning many prestigious debates including the All India Inter College Debate organized by the Cochin University and the H.H. Raja of Sangli's Gokhale Cup, Late Sanjay Deshmukh Debating Competition & Late Madhu Limaye Smriti Karandak Competition to name a few. In Feb 2011, the ILS Debating Union organised a Parliamentary Debate competition in the name of Justice V. M. Tarkunde, which will continue for the coming years as it was in partnership with Karanjawala & Co.

A sprawling cricket, football and volleyball ground, a gymnasium, a swimming pool, tennis courts and an indoor sports complex with table tennis, chess and carom facilities make sports an integral part of any student's life at the College. The College has a Gymkhana Managing Committee with a full time faculty member as the chairperson and representatives from all divisions to organize the activities.The College encourages students to participate in competitions organized by the University of Pune and other colleges. Athletics competitions are held around December - January during the annual college week.



Seminars and Conferences[edit]

Prof SP Sathe Conference

The College conducts annual SP Sathe Conference on various legal issues in memory of acclaimed jurist and former Principal Late Prof. SP Sathe.


Academia and faculty[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

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Journals and publications[edit]

'Abhivyakti', the college magazine is published around the month of April each year. It is brought out in two section "Abhivyakti ILS Law Journal" consisting of the student and staff articles, interviews, etc. and "Abhivyakti Yearbook" consisting of the annual report of the college activities of the past year.The magazine has English, Marathi, and Hindi sections. College Magazine editorial committee comprises: Mrs. Vaijayanti Joshi, Principal and Dr. Tejaswini Malegaonkar. The editorial committe is aided by a student editorial committee formed on the basis of interviews of interested candidates.

The College also publishes ILS Law Review consisting of papers presented by the resource persons and students during the annual SP Sathe Conference. The Conference is held every year in the memory of acclaimed jurist and former Principal of the College Late Prof. SP Sathe.


Since its inception, ILS Law College has produced some of the most highly regarded contributors in the field of law. Three Chief Justices of India and a number of Chief Justices and Justices of the High Courts as well as Governors and Jurists are the alumni of the College. Several of our students have gone abroad to well known Universities in the U.K. and the U.S.

Notable alumni[edit]

Justice P.B. Gajendragadkar, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India (1964-66) Justice Y.V. Chandrachud, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India (1977-85) Justice E.S. Venkataramaih, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India (1987-89) Shri K.M. Reddy, Former Governor of Maharashtra State Shri Y.B. Chavan, Former Defence & Finance Minister, First Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Mohan Dharia, Former Minister of Commerce Shri Sushilkumar Shinde, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Arun Kirloskar, Industrialist Dr. Prabha Atre, Indian Classical Vocalist Prof. S.P. Sathe, Renowned Jurist and Ex-Principal, ILS Law College Dr. Alice Jacob, Former Director, Indian Law Institute and Ex-Member, Law Commission of India Dr. A.T. Markose, First Director, Indian Law Institute and Former Professor, Cochin University

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