Law School Review: Symbiosis Law School, Noida

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Neha Sahgal

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Symbiosis Law School, Noida

Faculty and Academics at Symbiosis Law School

Course Structure – The course is built on the semester system with each year containing two semesters.

The course plan is deliberated upon by subject specialists before the beginning of every semester in the form of a Teaching Plan put forth in the college portal-Curiosity.

Choice of Electives are given from the Second year itself.

Class Hours – Classes begin at 9:15 in the morning and go on till 1:40 in the afternoon, 12 P.M on Saturdays with two breaks-10 mins and 30 mins. There are specific days when the classes stretch to 3:15 to accommodate the compulsory extra subject options provided from the second semester.

This can be quite tiresome as even a slight delay of five mins in the morning’s amounts to you not being allowed to enter the classroom and the importance given to attendance does not help.

Evaluation Methodology – There are 3 Internal Assessments amounting to 40% of your total marks throughout the semester; which include two tutorials and a research paper.

The 60% comes from an exam at the end of the Semester

Attendance – There is a strict adherence to 75% attendance policy. Even a slight difference of 0.2% amounts to a TNG (Term Not Granted) which implies that you are ineligible to give the final external exams.

Student Culture and Activities

Curiosity – The College boasts of a portal which is dedicated to providing notes by the faculty as well as an active place where discussions relating to every aspect of law and the various supplementing subjects are discussed and debated by faculty and students alike.

The students are persuaded to have their own opinions and the faculty is open to new ideas.

Moots – There is an active mooting culture with selections in two stages biannually.

The NASCENT Moot Court Competition is held every year for 2nd year students and a team of 18 students is selected.

The NASCENT Moot Court Competition is held every year wherein students from 2nd -5th year can apply, this also includes the existing mooting contingent.

This ensures a fair competition and keeps the mooting contingent in top shape.

Other co-curricular, extra-curricular activities – There is always some activity that happens over the course of the year and the college ensures that there are auditions for every competition, which ensures a fair chance to all.

There is also an annual college fest-Symfiesta ,which is a 3 day event full of fun and frolic.

Societies/ Committees – There are so many that I can’t even name all of them. Most of them are fairly active and take up good initiatives.

Location

The campus is located in a prime business district. There are malls and a lot of restaurants nearby. It is close to all the basic amenities and is fairy accessible by metro.

There are also a lot of PGs available for students.

Placements at Symbiosis Law School

The college is in its first year of graduation and hence has average placement.

However all the students are made to do two month compulsory internship every year.

The college provides good internship placements and maintains strict professionalism when it comes to handing internships.

Administration and Fees

Administration – The administration is efficient and strictly follows the rules and procedures set by the university. It is tedious at times to provide an application for the smallest of jobs. However it helps instil a professional behaviour from the very start.

Fees – Refer to website. It is around 1.75 Lakhs per year.

Dress code – There is a very strict policy of wearing the college uniform. It almost feels like I am still in school and will get reprimanded for wearing the wrong shoes or the lack of the tie.

You will not find any student wearing Jeans or T-Shirts.

You are required to wear the uniform all days of the week, except Wednesdays and Saturdays. The lack of even one of the elements of the uniforms results in being asked to leave the class.

Good things

The college encourages you to participate in moots and other academic as well as co-curricular and sports by providing you monetary reimbursements as well as exemptions from lectures.

However it goes without saying that a strict check is kept on you when you are provided with exemptions for a judicious utilization of the time.

Bad things

The tedious procedures that need to be followed to get any job done.

The emphasis given to 75% attendance mark.

Other things about Symbiosis Law School

All in all, I like the professionalism that the college so aptly shapes us for and recommend this college to prospective law students.

Tell us about the infrastructure of your college

The infrastructure is very compact and lacks huge open spaces.

Classrooms – The Academic Block is spread over three floors in a four storied building.

The classrooms are spacious and are provided with uninterrupted electricity, state of the art projectors and speakers and air conditioners.

Additionally, the whole campus has pretty fast Wi-Fi, though you can’t access your social Networking sites. However the phone signals are very low and often make you feel frustrated, when you have an important call to make.

Canteens – The canteen is relatively small and is shared with the SCMS Campus. The food quality is average.

Hostels – There is a girl’s hostel on campus with extremely strict rules and a curfew akin to that of a 14 year old.

There are restrictions on the clothes to be worn outside the room and a very strict policy against use of basic electronic gadgets, which are somewhat baseless.

The rooms which are given on a triple sharing basis have the bare essentials and have coolers installed in them.

There is no Boys hostel on campus.

Library – The library is relatively small and has problems issuing books on various subjects. There are tedious rules and inconvenient procedures which I find a bit baseless. However it is a perfect place to sit and study for hours on end.

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  1. Nipun Dave says:

    The writer forgot to mention one of the few good things
    1. Extension lecture series: Professional from varying fields interacts with you regarding the current demands of the industry and provide you with the valuable info which no book can offer. Basically, it bridges the gap between practicality and classroom learning.
    2. Resouces: Apart from basic offline resources, the library though small but is a treasure for those who values it. From commentaries to AIR reports and Reference section books (which are periodically suggested by the faculty itself) it is very much suffice for any learner. Needless to say from this small library, mooters have won international best memorial awards and what not. So yeah quality books are a priority than quantity of books.
    In addition to offline material various online databases access are also provided with. And to your surprise, even this is not all.
    Also I think the culture in SLS, NOIDA is unique in itself, we call ourselves the ‘first-year learners’ or ‘second-year learners’ not seniors and juniors and all that rubbish.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The college is in its SECOND year of graduation and hence no the placement is not average. [2010-15 has already graduated]
    Some of our fourth year learners were placed in two of the top law firms in India like Trilegal and AMSS, because of the college references and their stark performances.
    AZB picked up two of our best students, two weeks ago. And the placements for startups/established firms hasn’t stopped yet.

    Hostel timings/rules could have been a little flexible.

    Library rules are similar to those followed everywhere nothing so tedious about it.

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