Baroda School of Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara

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Baroda School of Legal Studies
Parent school Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Established 2005
School type State University
Dean Prof. R. C. Patel (Officer on Special Duty)
Location Vadodara, Gujarat, India
Enrollment 120
Website [1]

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, or M.S. University (MSU), is a university in the city of Vadodara, (Baroda) in Gujarat state, India. Originally known as the Baroda College of Science (established 1881), it became a university in 1949 after the independence of the country and was renamed after its benefactor Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the former ruler of Baroda State. It is a teaching and residential university. It is the only university in Gujarat whose medium of instruction is English for all courses. India Today has ranked the university at tenth place in their list of India's best universities, while Hindustan Times has ranked it at the sixth place.

Background[edit]

History[edit]

The Faculty of Law, M. S. University, Baroda has been a law institute in Gujarat since the 1960s. It offers courses like B.A.LL.B. (5-year integrated law degree course), LLB (general), LLB (special), LLM (Business Law), LLM (Criminal Law), Post Graduate Diploma in Taxation Practice (PGDTP), Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Practice (PGDLP), Post Graduate Diploma in Cyber Law (PGDCL), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights (PGDHR) and PhD. program.

In 2005, the Faculty of Law started the Baroda School of Legal Studies with a five-year integrated law course.

Location[edit]

The Faculty of Law is in the Maharaja Pratapsinhrao Gaekwad Parisar Campus of the Maharaja Sayajirao University; it is opposite the University Head Office, in Fatehganj, Vadodara.

Administration[edit]

  • Chancellor: Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar
  • Vice Chancellor: Prof. Yogesh Singh
  • Registrar: Dr. Amit Dholakia (OSD)
  • Director: Prof. R. C. Patel (OSD)
  • Coordinator: Dr. Archana Gadekar
  • Programme Officer: Dr. Namrata Solanki

Population[edit]

Every year, the number of students of the first semester of the Five Years Integrated Law Course is limited to 120.

Admissions[edit]

Candidates who have obtained a minimum of 45% in their HSC Examination (10+2) [40% for SC/ST Students) are eligible to apply. They must not be over 20 years of age on the first day of July in the year of admission. They take a written examination of 200 marks, which assesses the aptitude of the candidate to pursue law as a career.

Fee structure[edit]

  • Prospectus and admission form: ₹600
  • Fees per year (two semesters): ₹30000
  • Examination fee (per semester): ₹500

Infrastructure[edit]

Hostels[edit]

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda has one of the largest hostel campuses in the western India: 12 boys hostels and 4 girls hostels are spread over 100 acres.

  • Accommodation in boys hostels: 2500 students
  • Accommodation in girls hostels: 1300

All the hostels are equipped with automatic gas-fired hot water boilers, which provides hot water during the winter season. Hostels are equipped with a dining hall, a common hall, gym, mike system facility etc. As of June 2012, renovation of the hostels is underway.

Library and reading Room[edit]

Shrimati Hansa Mehta Library, the University Library of M S University of Baroda, was established on May 1, 1950. At the time of establishment of M. S. University of Baroda, a collection of 25,000 books belonging to the two state libraries (Huzur Political Office and Secretariat Library) was handed over to the University Library. There were several colleges in Baroda: Baroda College (for Arts), Science Institute, Commerce College, and Secondary Teacher’s Training College etc. These colleges had libraries of their own. They continued to remain as Faculty Libraries and were administered independently. Thus, the university Library System was established on 1 May 1950, housed in the central block of Old Residency Office Building.

The Faculty of Law holds its own library, comprising books of all areas of law. It subscribes to journals, e-journals and magazines.

IT Infrastructure[edit]

The students have an internet facility on desktop computers at the Faculty premises and the University Computer Centre.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Mooting[edit]

Every year, Baroda School of Legal Studies hosts Lux et Veritas, a law fest where law students from all over the country converge and come on one platform. The law fest consists of events such as the Lux et Veritas National Moot Court Competition, National Client Counseling Competition, Drafting Competition and Students' National Law Conference, among others. Dignitaries such as Ujjwal Nikam, sitting judges and former judges of the Gujarat High Court and other High Courts have been a part of Lux et Veritas.

Lux et Veritas 2010 took place from October 1 to October 3. However, Lux et Veritas has been discontinued from 2010 onwards.

Apart from Lux et Veritas, the faculty holds intra-class moot courts to strengthen student mooting skills. The students have won awards like Winners, Runners-up, Best Mooter, and Best Memorial, at National Moot Court Competitions in the country.

Student activities[edit]

The student management body is called the Maharaja Sayajirao University Union. Its structure is as follows:

  • University Vice President
  • University General Secretary
  • Faculty General Secretary:- Komal Mahendrabhai Patel
  • Faculty Representative :- Pankeet Aundhiya
  • Class Representatives

The students of the faculty participate in the all the functions and events of the university ranging from sports to arts. The university holds a youth festival every year.

Seminars and conferences[edit]

During Lux et Veritas, a national seminar is organized on a contemporary legal issue and learned resource persons are called.

Academia and faculty[edit]

Faculty[edit]

  • Dr Ghanshyam Solanki, (U/S)
  • Dr Archana Gadekar,
  • Dr Namrata Solanki,
  • Dr R I Parikh,
  • Dr. Sanjay Solanki,
  • Kavita Goel,
  • Urvi Buch,
  • Dr Pinaky Shah,
  • S N Parikh,
  • Govind Shinde,
  • Anil Patel,
  • Ajay Joshi,
  • Ashok Shelat,
  • Avadhoot Sumant,
  • Nishit Desai,
  • Deepak Shah,
  • Dr Nilesh Shah,
  • Bharat Shah,
  • Smita Nawathe,
  • Nilam Aras,
  • Sapan Teredesai,
  • Tarakeshwari Bulusu,
  • Dr. Anshu Survey,
  • Kanika Kapil,
  • Arti Ravalji,
  • Dr. Amit Dholakia,
  • R J Shah,
  • Dr. Vibhuti Parikh,
  • Dr. Aruna Awasthi,
  • Dr. Shama Mahmood,
  • Dr. Jyoti Achanta,
  • Ms. Jyotsna Phanse,
  • Ms. Ami Srivastava,

Journals and publications[edit]

No journals are published currently.

The faculty teaches Air and Space Law, which very few universities in India offer.

Semester I[edit]

  • English I
  • Political Science I
  • Economics I
  • Law of Torts (including Motor Vehicles Act, Consumer Protection Act)
  • Contract I
  • History I

Semester II[edit]

  • English II
  • Political Science II
  • Economics II
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Contract II
  • History II
  • INTERNSHIP: NGO

Semester III[edit]

  • Political Science III
  • History III
  • Economics III
  • Constitution Law II
  • Law of Crimes I: Indian Penal Code
  • Clinical Course: Moot Courts

Semester IV[edit]

  • Political Science IV
  • Property Law
  • Family Law I
  • Legal Methods (Jurisprudence)
  • German I
  • English III
  • Internship: Advocates at District Courts/Appellate Courts, Judiciary

Semester V[edit]

  • Political Science V
  • Company Law
  • Environment Law
  • Family Law II
  • Land Laws
  • German II

Semester VI[edit]

  • Political Science VI
  • Administrative Law and RTI Act
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Law of Crimes II: Criminal Procedure Code
  • Clinical Course: Professional Ethics
  • German III
  • INTERNSHIP: Law Firms, Companies

Semester VII[edit]

  • English IV
  • Evidence Law
  • Labour Law I
  • Media Laws
  • General Agreement on Tariffs & Trade
  • Clinical Course: Drafting, Pleading and Conveyancing

Semester VIII[edit]

  • English V
  • Public International Law
  • Labour Law II
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Pharma
  • Foreign Trade Law
  • Civil Procedure Code and Limitation Act
  • Project Work
  • Internship: Law Firms

Semester IX[edit]

  • Health Laws
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Competition Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Information Technology Law
  • Clinical Course: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Semester X[edit]

  • Bio Diversity
  • Law and Corporate Finance
  • Forensic Science
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Air and Space Laws
  • Trade in Service and Immigration
  • Internship: Parliament/Legislature/Local Self Government Bodies

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