By Sriparna Mitra, BA LLB, 1st Year, NLU Assam
Enough said and enough heard! Let me introduce you to The Real NLU Assam:
1. One of the highest number of permanent faculty members among all National Law Universities
Open the university website and you will notice the entire list of faculty members, who are working day in and day out for taking this university to the place it rightfully deserves.
The university boasts of one of the highest number of permanent faculty members on its board including pass outs from prestigious universities like NLSIU, NALSAR, AMU, DU and JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA.
Editor’s note (Tanuj Kalia): Who are these faculty members (their names please?). And how good are they?
2. The facilities are good, if not luxurious and it is only going to get better from December
We have a pretty decent girls and boys hostel having free Wi-Fi connection. We have electricity 24×7.
Every classroom, common room & library have a good number of air conditioners to make our stay in the university comfortable.
The library, though small, boasts of quite an excellent and well maintained collection of volumes, books, magazines, study material, novels and non-fictions which are more than enough for preps, be it semesters, competitive exams, moots or just vocational readings.
The university has a provision to play games like TT, Volley ball, Badminton, Carom and Chess. Unlike some other NLUs, we have geysers for hot water during winters and water coolers throughout the year.
While all these sound like bare necessities, you won’t believe how many NLUs/new IITs do not have these basic facilities.
Editor’s note: From what we know, NLU Assam has been promising new hostels every year in its brochure, while doing nothing about it.
The mooting culture, which is an inherent part of any law school life, is developing at a very fast pace with students performing brilliantly in several moots and conferences throughout the country.
This year alone we have bagged awards in Surana & Surana Judgment Writing Competition, National Conference for Justice Education, NCU Law School National Moot Court Competition, IIT Kharagpur National Moot Court Competition, 3rd KIIT University Moot Court Competition, 4th International Banking and Investment Law (IBAIL) Moot Court Competition, 5th FYLC-Ranka National Moot Court Competition and All India Make in India Conference.
Editor’s note: What were these awards? Best Team? Best speaker?
AND what’s NLU Assam’s MPL Rank? I did a bit of research and found that in 2015, NLU Assam was not in the top 39 college. See here.
RGNUL Patiala was ranked 14, NUSRL-16 and CNLU-18.
4. Placements, Higher Studies and Scholarships
Two of our students secured AIR 5 and AIR 9 respectively in the recently released Merit List of South Asian University.
One of them would be joining the Legal Studies program at the prestigious University with Merit Scholarship (Full Tuition Fees).
Another final year student has been offered admission to the prestigious LLM program in Queen’s Mary University situated in London, United Kingdom.
The recently passed-out batch has got convert offers for LLM from Berkley Law School, Cornell Law School, Kings College London and School of African and Oriental Studies, London.
Five students of NLU Assam have secured top ranks in CLAT (PG). One student has been offered job by Wadia Ghandy & Co. The rest are preparing themselves for UPSC and Judiciary exams.
Editor’s note: You’ve mentioned nothing about placements except one Wadia Ghandy offer. Such one off job offers are possible while studying in any college.
And according to you, everyone has either gotten an LLM offer and “The rest are preparing themselves for UPSC and Judiciary exams“. This is unbelievable!
The LLM abroad offers, for sure, are good.
5. Excellent Student Culture
The Senior-Junior relationship in this University is unmatchable. Teachers and seniors are extremely helpful. Hardly an evening goes by when you DON’T find junior-seniors chatting the evening away on our famous green benches!
There is unity amongst students and they stand for what they believe to be right. Our University has an active Debating, Cultural and Sports Committee. We have students bagging various awards at MUNs and Debates all over the country.
We have a Drama Society which gives the students an opportunity to showcase their talents through plays, skits and nukkad-natak.
NLU Assam handles the IDIA North-east Chapter and is doing incredible work in spreading legal education to the underprivileged and specially-abled students.
Editor’s note: Chatting on green benches is hardly a verifiable, quantifiable measure to choose a law college. 🙂
Again, what are these awards in debates?
If you consider having a Drama Society as something to be mentioned in a select list of ‘good’ points about your college, it really needs to cover a lot of ground.
IDIA is a great project. But by default, IDIA’s chapters are headed by NLUs (or good law schools) of the region.
6. Assam: A great place to be in
The scenic beauty of Assam is exceptional. Our college is surrounded by hills from all sides. Brahmaputra is 10 minutes from our place, Kamakhya Temple is 30 mins away. Shillong can be reached within 3 hours. Kaziranga National Park is 3 hrs 17 mins away.
How many other colleges have so many attractions at such close proximity (where you can easily skip off to for the weekends; and be back in time for your classes on Monday morning)? While it may seem unimportant, believe me, it is impossible to stay cooped up in a far-off campus (with no recreational hot-spots in sight) for 5 yrs without having any option to escape off to (NLU life is very stressful!).
Unlike popular perception, Assam is NOT an unsafe place, there is no safety issue. We go to pubs and clubs in the evening and hang out with friends, hassle free.
Editor’s note: While scenic beauty is treasured in a vacation; it will become a ‘criteria’ for choosing a law school for a very few.
As far as location is concerned, I’d suggest students to go to good law colleges in Delhi or Mumbai (where you can go to, learn from and build contacts at multiple events and conferences AND do after college internships) rather than go to most of the lower ranked NLUs.
Obviously, it’s not all rosy. Being a new NLU comes with its fair share of challenges, the biggest of which being the absence of an established alumni base.
With only the 1st ever batch passing out this year, NLUA lacks the support of an alumni base to fall back on, in times of need. Anyone who is anything in any field knows how important alumni is to create a brand.
Like, take the example of the new IIMs. At least 5 batches have already passed-out & giants like Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Microsoft, Google, TAS, ABG, HUL, PnG etc have not even set foot on campus. Same thing can be said about the new IITs/NITs as well.
Why? It is because the students of these new national level brands are so much inferior? Obviously not! It’s because they all face the same problems that we do – the lack of an established alumni base to tap into.
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