Written by Apoorva Kutumbe, Campus Journalist, New Law College
Edited by Shreya Agarwal, Campus Journalist, NLUO
New Law College, which was established in 1954 under the parent body, Modern Education Society, Pune, is located in the central part of Mumbai and is easily accessible from Matunga Central or Western Stations.
New Law College is located in the D.G.Ruparel College campus and functions from the Arts building of the same. The D.G.Ruparel College owes much of its pre-eminence in the arena of education to Seth Gordhandas Jadavji Ruparel and his younger brother, Seth Narayandas Jadavji Ruparel of Messrs Doongarsee Gangjee and Sons, Mumbai.
D.G.Ruparel College is located on an area measuring almost 40,200 square metres and has a campus which is very often taken pride upon by its students. It provides for a perfect home to New Law College till it shifts to its new campus.
NLC offers the Three Year Law degree which was introduced in 1977 and is affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
The college faculty includes many locally-well known High Court Advocates like Adv.Sonalkar , Adv Amod Tilak, Adv. Masooma Merchant among many others.
It has a relatively easier course structure, following a Semester pattern with 4 Compulsory Papers every Semester. The working hours, hence, provide adequate breathing space to the students. The working hours for the students stretch from 7 am-10.30 am.
Besides, in its bid to incorporate innovative learning techniques in the system, the college also conducts two study tours in an academic year.
While one trip is to one of the bustling-with-life metropolitans like Delhi, Kolkata etc, the other is to any remote village of the Maharashtra itself (thus again ensuring that the students experience the very best of both the contrasting worlds).
The metro tour, apart from visits to the tourist spots of the concerned city and includes several visits to the various courts there, whereas the rural tour is more in the nature of a back-to-the-basic, adventure tour involving survey work.
Our college believes in holistic development of its students, and hence to ensure that nerdy Jack and geeky Jane also have some fun, hosts an Inter-collegiate fest in the second week of February every year.
‘Anuraag’, which consists of colleges competing in a theme-based singing competition, ensures a gala time to all the students.
The canteen serves everything at a pretty decent price, although fellow carnivores are likely to miss non vegetarian food dearly.
Although the college has certain administrative issues, when it comes to the students, the staff is more than willing to help the students with all sorts of problems, including the worst of the kind- placement issues (a major drawback from which the college is suffering is that it does not have a placement cell yet).
The Principal, N.M Rajadhyaksha, is a humble man with a great sense of humor and leads the college perfectly with his able soft skills. The seniors too, are approachable and friendly (to our relief!).
All in all, the college has a decent environment and academic atmosphere- not bad at all for those looking for a three-year law degree.
Through the ‘My Law School’ series we intend to tell you about law schools from the eyes of the students who study there; from the very basic things, to the very ‘hidden’ ones!