NLU or DU : Which is a Better Place to Pursue Law?
Choosing a career in law is the right choice you have made if your interest lies on practicing with corporate firms, working as a legal advisor in different companies, or as solicitor general or public prosecutor in government department and ministry. Starting from small family dispute to making an affidavit, from marriage to divorce, to starting a business to tax payment, every time we need a lawyer. And in a hugely populated country like India, lawyers have a great demand. However, it is always a daunting task to choose the right college that would cater to your career goals, personal aspirations, and provide various opportunities for learning and growth.National Law Universities (NLUs)and Delhi University are among those eminent colleges providing a degree in Law.
National Law University (NLU) was established in the year of 2008. The institute has been accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC and approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). NLU, Delhi has received 2nd rank in the Law School Category of National Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2018 and 2019. At present there are 23 NLUs.
The Faculty of Law, University of Delhi is the law school of the University of Delhi, established by an Act of Parliament and under the direct purview of the Department of Higher Education (DHE) under Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).It was established in the year of 1924.The Faculty of Law, University of Delhi was ranked third in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges in 2017.
You can enter into NLUs directly after 10+2 through an entrance test which is known as AILET. The toppers of the exam generally prefer NLUs for their law studies, thus, the colleges only take the top merit on board.
Delhi University conducts DU LLB & DU LLM Entrance Exam in order to shortlist aspirants for admission in the LL.B and LL.M programmes. You can pursue a degree in law from DU only after your graduation.
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Almost all NLU campuses have the finest infrastructure among all the law colleges in India. NLUs have the best facilities of Moot Courts where the students can practice their dummy trials under the faculty supervision. They also have facilities of accommodations, cafeterias, sports and games,auditoriums and digital classrooms. There central libraries has a rich collection of over 37,500 books, journals, 180 current subscriptions to journals, newspapers along with 250 CDs and DVDs. NLU Delhi has the best infrastructure among the others NLUs
The Faculty of Law operates through three centres within its campus, namely, Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II. The Law centre- I and Law Centre-2 are newly constructed and has better infrastructure as compared to the Campus Law Centre. The academic & administrative buildings consist of the classrooms, seminar halls, the libraries, the moot court hall, legal aid hall, pantry, underground parking, lawns and administrative offices of each Law Center.
The placement sector of NLUs is one of the most important factors for which the students choose to study in NLUs. The university has organized a Recruitment Co-ordination Committee (RCC) to facilitate the procedure of recruitment. The students can become legal practitioners after graduating with BCI (Bar Council of India) approved law courses. The top law firms visit the campus of NLUs to provide exposure, internship opportunities and placements to the law graduates from the NLUs.
Faculty of Law conducts a lot of seminars, workshops and lecture series which boosts your overall career growth.New Delhi, being the capital of the country, attracts the best lawyers and law firms from across the country and even overseas. Most of the practicing lawyers and judges at all the courts in Delhi are graduates from Delhi University Law Faculty itself. Campus Placements are fairly few and so the students have to be active and grab every opportunity provided by the college.
A number of students from NLUs opt to join corporate law firms where the average pay for these students fresh out of college is around Rs. 14-15 lakhs. Several students enter litigation careers, with a number of alumni having distinguished themselves in various courts across the country. Alumni also serve variously in the judiciary, whether as Judges of the High Courts or in the lower judiciary. A few students also get recruited to foreign firms. Some of the notable alumni are Shamnad Basheer, Founder, SpicyIP Blog and the IDIA Trust, Harpreet Singh Giani, Litigator,Justice Shekhar B. Saraf , Judge, High Court of Calcutta., Justice C. Saravanan , Judge, High Court of Madras and many more.
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This is where Faculty of Law ,DU own everyone else. The college is churning 1800 students a year into the profession and has a huge notable alumni network. Some of them are Mr Late Arun Jaitley (Former Finance Minister of India), Mr Kiran Rijiju (Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports), Mr Kapil Sibal (Former Minister of Science and Technology), Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi (Puducherry), Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda(Former Chief Minister of Haryana) and many more. Most of the judges in the Supreme court are an alumni of this college.
After reading the above article, it is the student's call to decide where to pursue their career. However the journey does not end after getting into these top colleges. The next phase of getting closer towards the goal depends on student's ability , hardwork and grabbing every opportunities and making the most out of it. Hence a student has to continuously keep performing to stand out among the rest.
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