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Full Name of Student
Full Name of your Law School
(Shri Vile Parle Kelvani Mandal- SVKM ‘s) Pravin Gandhi College of Law, Mumbai
Faculty and Academics
SVKM has extremely qualified core faculty as well as visiting faculty. Many lectures are conducted by practicing advocates, giving students more exposure.
Course is standard as per Mumbai University norms (5 Year). Lectures are often conducted using projectors and video clippings and this keeps things entertaining.
Student Culture and Activities
Predominantly Gujrati crowd owing to SVKM ‘s Gujju quota and the fact that it is under the SVKM banner.
The college hosts a cultural fest in the beginning of February. Other major events include a National Trial Advocacy Competition and a Drafting competition for colleges all over the country but the students of PGCL themselves cannot participate, they can only help organize.
There is an annual magazine called L’avocat which sees many interesting prose, poetry and legal works by the students.
Other clubs include the Moot Court Society, JurisCine (an effort to combine law and filmography) and the Sports Committee.
SVKM hosts a talent competition called Voyage exclusively for the First years, along with a list of events in its “Freshers’ Week”.
There is an Annual Day and a Sports Day which both see collective efforts from the staff and students.
SVKM ‘s Pravin Gandhi College of Law is located in a popular western suburb on Mumbai and is a 5 minute walk from Vile Parle Station.
Considering the fact that there are 26 educational institutes in the complex itself and may more in the nearby area, it is a bright place for students to be.
There are small cafes and restaurants all around and affordable canteens as well as famous street food stalls.
There are movie theaters about a 10 minute rickshaw ride away.
The college “Mithibai” within whose premises PGCL is, is a famous landmark in itself and very easily accessible by public transport.
Though the single floored college can get monotonous, there is a lot of lively activity all around the area in general. You will never be bored.
The placements through SVKM are decent. I have personally only worked at an NGO through college, which was a wonderful experience. As per your year of study and experience, you are placed with Advocates, Law firms, etc.
Flipkart recently announced that it will be recruiting 2 students every year through college as a part of their in-house legal team.
Administration and Fees
Non-teaching staff is also extremely approachable and efficient.
Fees are approximately 12-13 K which seems reasonable considering the fact that it is a professional course and the college has extremely good facilities.
Receipts are meticulously issued even for library fines.
Tell us about the infrastructure of your college
SVKM college is not too huge, it is spread across the Eight floor of Mithibai College.
Infrastructure is excellent with state of the art classrooms (air-conditioned), a well-equipped Library, two canteens on the same floor and many eating joints around the college.
A large Moot Court Room.
Two washroom units on the same floor which are reasonably well kept.
Attendance is a mandatory 75% if you wish to appear for exams.
All in all SVKM is a great college but people have an issue with the timings (7:30 am to 12:10 pm) since attending 75% and going for an internship becomes a real juggle.
The college is relatively quite new and not famous, the “brand value” is therefore a little less.