Gujarat National Law University
|Gujarat National Law University|
|Motto||Aa No Bhadra, Kratavo Yantu Vishwatah
Let the noble thoughts come from all directions
|Type||National Law University|
|Vice-Chancellor||Dr.Bimal N. Patel|
|Location||Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India|
|Campus||Urban, 50 acres (200,000 m2)|
|Affiliations||University Grants Commission, Bar Council of India|
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a National Law University established under a statute by the Government of Gujarat. It is one of the most prestigious law schools in India. The university is located at Gandhinagar, which is the capital of Gujarat and is located 7 kilometers north of the city of Ahmedabad. The statute provides that a Senior Supreme Court Judge serve as the Visitor of the university. The Vice-Chancellor, currently Dr. Bimal N Patel, an internationally acclaimed scholar serves as the chief administrator. The university started in 2004 and has five batches of 160 students each, currently under training. It is currently ranked as the 5th Best Law school in the country as of the year 2012. The University is recognized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) and University Grants Commission (UGC) (2f & 12b). The University is also member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and the University is functioning as nodal agency to uplift the legal education in the State of Gujarat.
- 1 Courses Offered
- 2 Visitor and Vice Chancellor
- 3 Admissions
- 4 Schools of Excellence
- 5 GNLU Centers
- 6 Publications
- 7 Academic setup
- 8 Extracurricular activities
- 9 Infrastructure
- 10 Student Achievements
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
The university was formed in 2003 with a five-year integrated LL.B structure preferred by the Bar Council of India. It offers its students a course of five years, and upon graduation provides the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A)/LL.B (Hons.), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)/ LL.B (Hons.), Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), LL.B (Hons.), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)/LL.B (Hons.) or Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), LL.B (Hons.). GNLU also offers an LL.M course. The syllabus is based on the UGC’s Model Syllabus on Law 2012. The course is of one year duration with two semesters. LLM courses are offered in :
- International And Comparative Law
- Corporate And Commercial Law
- Constitutional And Administrative Law
- Intellectual Property Rights
The University also offers Phd programs along with various diploma programs. The University specializes in Maritime and Real Estate laws. Diploma Programs are offered in
- Environmental Law
- Criminology and Forensic Management
- Labour Law, Labour Welfare and Personnel Management
- Internet Law and Policy
- Intellectual Property, Law, Management and Policy
GNLU also has a Summer School Certificate Program of Cyber Law & Cyber Security.
Visitor and Vice Chancellor
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Anil R. Dave of the Supreme Court of India serves as the Visitor of the University. Dr. Bimal N. Patel, a scholar and academician of international law and diplomacy, is the Director/Vice Chancellor of the University. He has prepared administrative, procedural and substantive jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and the International Labour Organization Administrative Tribunal (Geneva). He has delivered numerous lectures, including one at Cambridge University, UK, and has received several honors.
Admissions to GNLU were originally done on the basis of a separate entrance exam conducted by the University itself. After a Supreme Court ruling directing that all law entrance examinations must be clubbed together, the Common Law Admission Test(CLAT) was introduced in 2008. The first CLAT was conducted by NLSIU. As of now, all admissions in GNLU, for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs are made on the basis of performance in the CLAT. In 2013, for the Undergraduate CLAT, a total of 30000 students contested for 180 seats, making the examination one of the most competitive in India.
Schools of Excellence
Gujarat National Law University aims to create schools of Excellence in particular fields of law over the years. They are:
- School of Law, Science and Technology
- School of Public Law and Policy Sciences
- School of Criminal Law and Criminology
- School of Law and Economics
- School of Personal Laws
- School of Social studies
- School of Physical and Life Sciences
- School of Studies in ADR Mechanism
- School of Disaster Management
Besides these, a Museum of Indian Legal History is also envisaged by the University.-->
- Center For Distance Education
- Center For Food Security And Agro Economy
- Center For Foreign Policy And Security Studies
- Center For Sports Law
- Center For Private International Law
- Center For Environmental Law
- Center For Banking Investment And Taxation
- Center For Public International Law
- Center For Corporate And Competetion Law
GNLU Law Review
The GNLU Law Review was started in 2008 with the objective of knowledge sharing and dissemination among the legal fraternity. It is the University's flagship review.
The GNLU Law Review is one of the few in India which accepts submissions of articles from ExpressO, an online Journal submission system. It is published bi-annually and is entirely managed by the editorial board under the guidance of its advisory panel comprising jurists, practitioners and legal experts from academia and practice. Circulation includes the Supreme Court Judges’ libraries, the High Courts’ Judges’ libraries, law universities in India and abroad, law firms, senior advocates and law students.The Law Review is being published biannually under the supervision and guidance of its Advisory Panel headed by Mr. Justice P.N. Bhagwati, Former Chief Justice of India.
GNLU Journal of Law Development and Politics
The GNLU Journal of Law Development and Politics (GJLDP) is a biannual, interdisciplinary journal which focuses on law, development and politics; it is published by the Editorial Board of Gujarat National Law University and is administered by faculty and students of the university. It provides readers with information on developments affecting law, development and political issues. The Advisory Board is composed of Justice J.S. Verma, former chief justice, Supreme Court of India, Justice (Dr.) B.S. Chauhan, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice Dilip Gupta, Judge, Allahabad High Court and Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, senior advocate, Supreme Court of India, to name a few.GJLDP receives substantial support and assistance from its Board of Advisors. The Board of Advisors is composed of Judges of various Courts, Senior Advocates, Legal Practitioners and academicians around the country. The Board of Advisors advises the Board of Editors on issues relating to practice in the law field, the organization and dissemination of an academic legal publication, and the maintenance and development of relations in various areas of law.
Developing World Review on Trade and Competition
DWRTC is a biannual journal published by the GNLU from 2011. Within a short time it has got immense recognition from the legal academia all over the world. The journal deals with the burning issues regarding the legal implications on the trade and commercial conflicts in the international scenario.
The curriculum is based on the National Law School model and follows a two semester per year pattern. The courses include project work, report writing, research and analysis.
Moot courts and other legal events are held in the university, as a part of the curriculum as well as an extracurricular activity. The university has a Moot Court Committee for conducting moot court activities. Students participate in national and international moot court activities.
An organizing committee was constituted by the Moot Court Committee for organizing an international moot court competition covering the subject of public international law with aspects of international trade law, called GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC), a first in GNLU's history. GIMC has been organised in February each year since 2009. Teams from all over the world have participated in the competition. GIMC 2012 was held from 8 to 13 February 2012.
Student Activities Committee
The Student Activities Committee, popularly known as SAC is an organization of students who work to promote extra-curricular activities in the University. The various student activities organized by the SAC offer students, the much needed ‘break’ from the busy, officious and monotonous schedule of Law School. The SAC caters to diverse student interests varying from cultural pursuits like Music and Dance to literary activities like Quizzing and Parliamentary Debating. Specific student involvements in Films, Books, etc are also nurtured by the SAC. The SAC consists of nine clubs which address the varied student interests. The SAC also takes pride in organizing the annual five day inter-university literary and cultural fest -‘Pentagram’. The event is scheduled during the month of March. This student extravaganza is marked by different themes on the five days. Students challenge each other in a motleyed range of activities. The Event is usually concluded by some merriment and fun during the cultural display named ‘Pro Nite’.
Legal Aid Committee
The Legal Aid Committee organises legal knowledge camps and has conducted programmes to increase legal awareness. It has set up a Free Legal Aid Clinic which is run by student members.The GNLU Legal Services Committee has been set up by way of Section 4(k)of the Legal Service Authorities Act, 1987 which reads as Develop, in consultation with the Bar Council of India, programmes for clinical legal education and promote guidance and supervise the establishment and working of legal services clinics in universities, law colleges and other institutions. The motto of the LSC stands as Assertion Awareness Action. LSCs endeavors and objectives are in consonance with its motto. The objectives of LSC are attained by making use of different platforms and utilising various approaches and methods legal aid cells, skits, plays, workshops, surveys, research on contemporary issues and policy making. The Legal Aid Cell, established under statutory law provides assistance through a variety of methods, including traditional casework, summary advice, self-help, community legal education, community development and policy reform initiatives. The initiation of a Legal Aid Clinic in PaldiKankaj (located close to Sanand, Ahmedabad) has also resulted in the formation of a panel of advocates practicing in the Trial Courts and High Court who guide LSC members by providing practical knowledge and a sound understanding of the relevant laws.
GNLU has a vibrant sports Committee in place to conduct sports like cricket,table tennis,football,basketball,lawn tennis,badminton and volley ball and an additional task to manage the gym of GNLU. Justice League the annual sports fest of GNLU is looked forward by the students much greatly. The events forming part of the meet are football, cricket, lawn tennis, athletics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, badminton, chess, carrom, and throwball.
GNLU provides separate hostels for girls and boys. Students are allotted double sharing rooms. The hostels have a Common Room for TV and other creative activities. It has a night mess,an indoor badminton court and TT tables inside the hostel premises. There is also a provision store to meet the daily requirements of the students.
GNLU has an excellent library which supports the teaching, learning and research needs of scholars, students and faculty from different parts of the world by providing a rich collection of world’s legal literature.
It occupies largest wing in administrative building and is spread in four floors with seating arrangement for 300 readers at once. It is fully air conditioned to create the ambiance conducive to productive reading and research.
It has a vast collection of more than 35000 volumes of books, law reports and has a subscription of more than 150 journals, newspapers, reference books, E books etc. It contains books relating to subjects in law as well as non-law subjects like Management, Sociology, Science & Technology, History, Economics, Political Science, International Relations and English Literature.
Library remains open from 8.30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on all working days and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays.
The university has a computer laboratory with Internet connection for more than 40 computers. The laboratory is on the university campus.
Gujarat National Law University provides 24/7 Internet access to its students in the hostel with a Wi-Fi connection. The academic block is also equipped with a Wi-Fi connection.There is subscriptions to web based databases like JSTOR, Manupatra and Westlaw International, SCC Online, and Economic and Political Weekly.
GNLU has an oval shaped grassed ground to play football and rugby.In addition to that GNLU has provided
- Well furnished Basket ball courts (02)
- Tennis Courts (Clay & Cemented)
- Cricket ground
- Independent football court
- Badminton Court
- Cemented cricket pitch for practice
- Volley Ball and Throw Ball court
A swimming pool and a billiard room is also in the pipeline.
Seminars and conferences
The university organizes seminars and conferences. Noted dignitaries have delivered guest lectures at the university including Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, the former Chief Justice of India, Justice C.K. Thakker, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Soli Sorabjee, jurist and former Attorney General of India, and Prof. Upendra Baxi. It has a visiting Professor program in place to facilitate learning from international level professors.
A large number of graduates of GNLU have been recruited by premier law firms of India. Students have been recruited to magic circle law firms like Linklaters and Herbert Smith, LLP among others. The domestic law firms which have recruited students from GNLU include Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, Khaitan & Co, Amarchand Mangaldas, Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan, Trilegal, and many others. Among companies, ICICI Bank, Union Bank, Tata Sons, Infosys and many more have recruited from campus. SEBI the capital markets regulator in India has also recruited students from GNLU. Many Public Sector Units of Gujarat as well as other states also regularly recruit a large number of graduates from GNLU. Some graduates, albeit a minuscule number, pursue careers in litigation by joining the chambers of Senior Advocates in the Supreme Court of India or High Courts & Trial Courts. Some graduates have also embarked on a career in law teaching.
Some graduates prefer not to sit for the recruitment process. Instead some of them have taken higher studies in universities like Harvard University , Cornell University , Oxford University ,Cambridge University , New York University among others. A very small percentage appears for the prestigious Civil Service Examination and the Judicial Examinations.
- 4th NLU – Jodhpur Anti-Trust Law Moot Court Competition, 2013
GNLU Team were adjudicated as Semi Finalists.
- 2nd ILNU International Moot Court Competition, 2013
GNLU Team were adjudicated as the first runner's up and won the 'Best memorandum' prize.
- 3rd Surana & Surana Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, 2013
GNLU Team won the gold and were declared the winners.
- 9th Nani Palkhivala National Tax Moot Court Competition, 2012
GNLU Team overcame NUJS Kolkata in the Final Rounds to win India`s oldest tax moot. They won a rolling trophy, Rs. 12,600 in cash, life-time membership to All India Federation of Tax Practitioners and internship to each team member at Nishith Desai & Associates.
- 3rd All India Corporate Law Moot Court Competition, 2012
GNLU won the Best Oralist award .
- 2nd Amity Noida International Moot, 2012
GNLU Team bagged the Runner`s Up position. They won a rolling trophy and Rs. 6,000 cash prize.
- 1st SASTRA University National Moot Court Competition, 2012
The GNLU Team won the runner`s-up position along with a cash prize of Rs 5,000/-. Sharngan Aravindakshan was also declared as the Best Oralist and won an individual cash prize of Rs. 2,000/-.
- 2nd Justice PN Bhagwati International Moot Court Competition, 2012
GNLU Team won the runner`s-up position along with a prize money of Rs 7,000/-.
- NLIU Juris Corp National Corporate Law Moot Court Competion,2013
GNLU team won the gold.
- Seedling School’s International Banking and Investment Moot Court Competition, 2013
GNLU was adjudged the Winner of the Moot .
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