I am a 5th year student from Chanakya National Law University, and have been a regular follower of Lawctopus.
I recently saw your article on the recruitment figures of some of the top National Law Schools namely NLS, NALSAR and NUJS which showcased a splurge of job offers whereas on the contrary schools like RMNLU are doing their best to keep their feet just off the ground.
Thus in a fit of anger, frustration and disappointment, I am writing to you to let you know of the pitiable condition of these so called “National Law Universities” which are just surviving on the mirage glory of its “National” tag.
Every passing year NLUs are screwing up (pardon my language) the future of a plethora of students who are jobless not because they lack the merit or are anyway inferior to the other blue bloods but by the simple reason that their college administration are just interested in collecting their respective tuition fee and other administrative charges.
What the administration does is install lifts and air conditioners in the faculty chambers rather than providing qualitative faculty members or books for that matter in the library.
Editor’s note: RMLNLU’s batch of 2014 has 150 students in total. 80 out of these 150 sat for placements. Only 21 out of 80 got jobs. Out of the 21 jobs, 8 were at LPOs. Read HERE.
And this personal vendetta against students does not end right there, we have a 75% compulsory attendance in all 5 years including 10th semester, which basically rummages our chances to even secure a PPO since no firm would even get a a hang of who you are and what you are capable of doing in a 21 days internship.
That being said securing an internship in the first place is also a blind race for most of us, we make our own contacts (jugaad) and hope against hope that somebody in that firm/ organisation or institution notices us.
We the batch of 2009-2014 are graduating in June 2014, with only 2 people placed right now (if only you can call that so, because the terms of recruitment are subjected to a paid internship for 6 months with a promised stipend of Rs. 15,000).
So much for studying 5 years in a National Law School.
So much for taking an exam among 50,000 aspirants and making to a National Law School.
So much for taking a student loan and promising your dad, that better days would come soon.
So much for expecting that merit at the end of the day wins.
And Dear Law Firms, if you are listening, may be, just may be we don’t belong to the top law schools, but it might surprise you that we might know just as much or may be more than those you recruited.
May be its time, you come up with a recruitment policy that helps you pick up talents from all law schools, help us to help you to form a better legal fraternity.