Faculty of Law, University of Delhi

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Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Motto Educate, Evolve, Excel.
Parent school University of Delhi
Established 1924; 93 years ago (1924)
School type Law School
Dean Prof. Ved Kumari [1]
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Enrollment 7000
Faculty 130
Website du.ac.in

The Faculty of Law was established in 1924. The Law Faculty is claimed to be one of the largest law schools in India. The centre is situated in the university's North Campus in Maurice Nagar, and is surrounded by a host of other academic institutions such as the Daulat Ram College, Miranda House, St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Hindu College, Delhi School of Economics, and the Faculty of Management Studies. The Faculty of Law comprises three law centres.

The school attracts students from every state of India and more than 20 countries of Asia, Europe, America and South Africa. It has over 4000 students and 100 full-time faculty members anytime on its rolls. The alumni of this institution include Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, Ministers of Union and State Governments, civil servants, and many of India's lawyers.

History[edit]

Origin[edit]

The Faculty of Law was established in 1924 and the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi. Hari Singh Gaur was its first Dean. The Faculty was initially housed in the Prince's Pavilion in the Old Viceregal Lodge Grounds. It was only in 1963 that the faculty moved to its present location at the Chhatra Marg, University of Delhi, Delhi.

The Bachelor of laws (LL.B.) degree course was, initially, started as a two-year part-time course, teaching being conducted in the morning with ten teachers. In 1942, along with the morning, evening classes were also started. In 1944, the one-year Master of laws (LL.M.) degree course was introduced. In 1947, after Independence and partition of the country, the demand for the study of law increased. It was also time to look beyond the entrenched British model and restructure legal education to meet the demands of a now Independent India clamouring for equality in access to power, respect and knowledge. Lawyers played a major role in the struggle for freedom. They now had to be trained to create & use law as an instrument of social change and, as Nehru put it, to wipe a tear from every eye. In 1947, LL.B. was made a full-time course (classes being held both in the morning and evening) and new courses were added. LL.M. was made a whole time two-year course. Two new courses, namely, Certificate of Proficiency (Law) and Bachelor of Civil Laws (B.C.L.) were introduced (later abolished in 1961 and 1966, respectively).

The year 1966 was a turning point in the history of the Faculty of Law and legal education in the country: Dean P.K. Tripathi and his team of dedicated teachers adopted and implemented almost all the recommendations, in the 1964 Report, of the Gajendragadkar Committee on Legal Education (appointed by Vice-Chancellor Dr. C.D. Deshmukh). The two-year LL.B. course was made a three-year (six semester) course with an internal examination at the end of each semester. There were major innovations in the method of teaching: the discussion method of teaching (the Socratic method of teaching) was to be followed and not simply the lecture method where students were merely passive recipients of information. Towards this end, the case method of teaching, with decided cases and other study materials being given to the students in advance, was introduced, which enabled the Delhi Law School to achieve the goal of making students active participants in the learning process, thereby also ensuring an in-depth study of law. Teacher participation in the management of the Law School was ensured through appointment of various committee with elected members.[2]

1970[edit]

In 1970, to meet the increasing demand for more evening admissions, evening classes in the Faculty of Law were discontinued and two new evening centres were established: Law Centre-I at Mandir Marg (Currently in the Faculty of Law building) in 1970 and Law Centre-II at Dhaula Kuan in 1971. The admission in these centres is as per merit in entrance exams.

Programs Offered[edit]

The Faculty of Law is currently offering the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Laws(LL.B.),
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.),
  • Master of Corporate Laws (M.C.L.),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and
  • Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.).

Rankings[edit]

University rankings
Law – India
Careers360[3] 7

The Faculty of Law, University of Delhi was ranked seventh in India by Careers360's "Top Law Colleges in India 2017", sixth among government institutes.[3]

Law Center-I[edit]

Established in the year 1970, Law Centre-I is a premier unit under the aegis of the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Law Centre-I is the oldest centre of the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, having enjoyed 36 years of fruitful and productive existence. It came into being in 1970-71. During those times it was housed in an NDMC School, also known as Nagar Palika School, near the Paharganj Police Station. The evening session was, however held in North Campus only without the name of LC-I. Unofficially, it was popular as ELC, that is ‘Evening Law Centre’. In the year 1994, the Centre was shifted from Mandir Marg to the North Campus. In 2016 it is shifted to New Building of Faculty of Law.[4]

Campus Law Centre[edit]

LC offering three year law degree, ng a multi-cultural and multi-lingual student- body, is rated as one of the best law schools not only in India, but also in Asia.[5]

Qualitative teaching, moot-court competitions, campus placements, legal- aid services, regular discussions, and illustrious alumni are some of the features which have established CLC as a Centre of Excellence.[5]

15 years after the Delhi Durbar and the shift of Capital of British India to Delhi, the Faculty of Law started day classes in 1924 to cater the need for quality legal education. In 1963, the law classes were relocated to the present campus at Chhatra Marg from its original place of Vice Regal Lodge (where Shahid Bhagat Singh was held captive and Lord Mountbatten proposed to Lady Mountbatten). Initially, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) Degree course was started as two-year course and the teaching was conducted in the morning only. To cater to part-time students evening classes were started in 1942. In 1966, the two-year LL.B. course was made a three-year (six semesters) course with an examination at the end of each semester.[6]

Noting the growing reputation and popularity of full-time day classes, it was given a distinct identity and was renamed as Campus Law Centre in 1975 and Faculty of Law was to administer LL.M. and Ph.D. programmes. A full-time Professor was appointed as Professor-In-Charge to run Campus Law Centre independently. Professor Lotika Sarkar was its first Professor-In-Charge. Prof. (Dr.) Usha Tandon is presently occupies this position is twenty- fourth Professor-In-Charge of Campus Law Centre.[6]

Campus Law Centre, a dynamic leader in the field of legal education has produced many Supreme Court and High Court Judges, distinguished jurists, leading advocates, cabinet ministers and legal luminaries. Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Law and Justice and Communications and Information Technology; Justices Vikramajit Sen and Arjan Sikri Judges, Supreme Court of India; 31 sitting Judges of Delhi High Court; Shri Mohan Parasaran, Solicitor General of India; Ms. Alka Sharma, Registrar University of Delhi are some of the glittering stars of Campus Law Centre.[6]

Campus Law Centre has its own building at Chhatra Marg and also houses the office of Faculty of Law. From 1994, Law Centre –I has also been housed within the premises of Campus Law Centre. Campus Law Centre's building with nine class-rooms, a seminar hall, Dean/Professor-In-Charge Room, office (non-teaching staff), teachers- common- room, girls-common-room, thirty two rooms for the faculty members, a library, three lawns and two cafeterias etc. was initially constructed for 250 students. Presently the same building is accommodating more than 2000 students. In 1993 an Auditorium was also constructed, which requires renovation and furnishing. The Centre is in the process of reclaiming its domain, improving its overall infrastructure with state of art facilities.[6]

Law Center-II[edit]

Prof. UpendraBaxi the first Professor-in-charge of LAW CENTRE -II, paved the way to make the Centre one of the premiere educational institutions imparting education in law. Presently, Dr. (Mrs.) Kiran Gupta is In-charge of Law Centre-II. Law Centre-II, a dynamic leader in the field of legal education, has produced many Judges, distinguished jurists, leading advocates, cabinet ministers and some of the best teachers in the country. Its alumni include Justice B.D. Ahmed, Justice KailashGambhir, Justice S.N. Dhingra, Justice Rajiv Shakdhar, Justice V.K. Rao, SEBI Chairman Mr. M. Damodran, TDSAT Chairman Mr. G.D. Geha, Former Registrar of the University of Delhi, Mrs. Alka Sharma, among many more legal luminaries.[7]

Publications[edit]

  • Journal of the Campus Law Centre (JCLC)] The Journal of Campus Law Centre (JCLC) with ISSN|2321-4716 is a refereed journal published by Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi, India. It seeks to provide a platform to the legal fraternity for expressing their views, ideas and research undertaken by them. It invites original and previously unpublished articles, notes and comments from academician, judges, lawyers, research scholars on any contemporary legal and socio-legal issue.
  • Delhi Law Review The Faculty of Law has been publishing a journal titled Delhi Law Review since 1972.
  • National Capital Law Journal National Capital Law Journal is published by Law Centre-II since 1996 and is considered to be a very privileged law journal. It invites articles, papers, case notes, book reviews and essays every year from academicians, independent researchers, practitioners and students.
  • Journal of Law Teachers of India by Law centre -I
  • Winds of Change Annual Report of Legal Service Society of Law Centre-I.

Library[edit]

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The Library of Faculty of Law was established in July, 1924. it is one of the best law library in the country. it is maintained by the staff of 20 employees. it has over one lakh fifty thousand books and a large number of law reports and journals. it subscribes to nearly 140 national and international journals. the library uses TROODON:4 software for the issue and return of books with bar code method. The library has a dedicated E-Resource Centre with computers for accessing a large number of electronics databases of journals and reference sources subscribed by it like - lexis nexis, British parliamentary papers, oxford university press, world bank online etc.

The Law Faculty Library has a collection of books, journals and periodicals. This library caters to the needs of all the students, research scholars and teachers of the Faculty. In addition, the Law Centre-I and Law Centre-II have their own libraries which are used mainly by the students and teachers of the concerned Law Centre.[8]

Moot Court[edit]

Every year students of Faculty of law participated in different moot courts competitions in different law schools and it also conduct national and international level moot courts in its campus like:

  • K K Luthra International Moot court[9] by Campus Law Centre,
  • NHRC & LC-1 Moot Court[10] on Human Right By Law Centre-I,
  • Delhi NCR Moot Court by Law Centre-I.
  • Justified National Moot Court and Debate Competition by Law Centre-II.

Legal Services Programme[edit]


The Faculty has been running a Legal Services Programme[11] since the early seventies. The programme is sustained by the voluntary participation of the law students, teachers and lawyers who are inspired by the legal aid ideals. The main objective of Legal Services Programme are to:(a) impart clinical legal education, (b) provide social service opportunities, and (c) impart socially relevant legal education. The Faculty's recent legal services programme includes legal services at the Beggar's Court, the Juvenile Justice Board and visit to the Tihar Jail. The Faculty has a comprehensive Programme for clinical legal education with a view to undertake activities such as moot courts, legal aid services, legal awareness and professional skills development for the students of all the three Law Centres, in addition to curricular course on clinical legal education and practical training. Law Centre -1 run its own Legal Services Clinic[12] in collaboration with the Delhi State Legal Services Authority.[13][14] The faculty also is associate with delhi state legal services authority-Para-Legal Volunteer Programme(PLV) and,Mass Legal Literacy Campaign and Opening of Legal Literacy Clubs in Schools and Colleges.

Activities[edit]

  • Legal Services Clinic
  • Legal Awareness Programmes
  • Prison Visits
  • Lok Adalat

Hostel Accommodation[edit]

There are twelve hostels for male and female students who are pursuing full-time courses in the University. These are: Gwyer Hall, International Students House, Jubilee hall, Mansarovar Hostel, Post-Graduate Men's Hostel, University Hostel for Women, Meghdoot Hostel, D. S. Kothari, V. K. R. V. Rao Hostel, International Students House for Women, North East Students House and W.U.S. University Hostel. However, hostel facilities will be available only to CLC,LC-1 and LL.M. 2-year course students as per rules and procedure prescribed from time to time by the University and the hostel authorities about which information can be obtained directly from the provost of the concerned hostels. Currently around 100 law students are provided with hostel accommodation based on their rank in entrance exam. LL.M. students are given a priority.

Delhi University attracts maximum number of outstation students. It is estimated that over 10,000 undergraduate students from outside Delhi are admitted every year in the university-affiliated colleges. Delhi University does not offer any hostel accommodation at the undergraduate level, only individual colleges provide hostel facilities. Foreign students are accommodated at International Student's Hostel. Foreign girl students are accommodated in PG Women's Hostel. The capacity of college hostels is limited, accommodating less than 20% of all hostel applications. Out of the 13 hostels available for undergraduate students in Delhi University, 11 are in North Campus colleges and 2 are off campus. Candidates seeking admission to hostel may contact the college concerned directly.[15]

Hostels are scarce in Delhi University. DU currently offers 4,000 hostel seats for more than 80,000 undergraduate hostel aspirants.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Judges of Supreme Court[edit]

Judges of High Court[edit]

Law Officers of Government[edit]

Politics[edit]

Civil servants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.du.ac.in http://www.du.ac.in/du/index.php?page=law. Retrieved 28 October 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ 'Bulletin of Information' 2013-14
  3. ^ a b "Top Law Colleges in India 2017". Careers360. 2017. 
  4. ^ "About Us - Law Centre-I, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi". law.du.ac.in. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Campus Law Centre". clc.du.ac.in. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Campus Law Centre". clc.du.ac.in. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  7. ^ Kumar, Naveen. "Law Centre - II". www.lc2.in. Retrieved 2016-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Law Faculty Library, University of Delhi, Delhi- 110007. (India)". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Moot Court". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "National Human Rights Commission - New Delhi". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "Legal Services Society, Law Center-1". Legal Services Society, Law Center-1. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "Clinical Services". Legal Services Society, Law Center-1. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  13. ^ Delhi State Legal Services Authority
  14. ^ "Security Check Required". Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Home - University of Delhi". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "DU hostel crisis: Students protest against inadequate accommodation facilities". Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  17. ^ http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in/judges/sjud/dychandrachud.htm

External links[edit]

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