Symbiosis Law School

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Symbiosis Law School
Former name
Symbiosis Society's Law College
MottoVasudhaiva Kutumbakam
Motto in English
The world is one family
Academic affiliation
Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
DirectorShashikala Gurpur[1]

Symbiosis Law School (SLS) is a law school located in Pune, India. It was established in 1977 under the banner of Symbiosis Society[2], under the patronage of S. B. Mujumdar, President & Founder Director. It is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust, Act,1950.[3] Symbiosis Law School is a constituent college of the Symbiosis International (Deemed University). It has recently shifted to Vimannagar, Pune in a campus shared with Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts.[4]


Symbiosis Law School offers undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. programmes. It also offers diploma and certificate studies.


Admission for Undergraduate Programmes is through Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) which is a common written test for the admission processes of Undergraduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU). The Entrance Test is followed by Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview which makes SLS the first law school to adopt admission through these steps.


The law school has 25 full-time faculty members which include two Professors, three Associate Professors, 19 Assistant Professors and one Teaching Associate and one Adjunct Faculty.[citation needed]

Centres of Specialization[edit]

SLS has set up six Centres of Specialization in Public Law & Governance, Private Laws, Transnational & Global Legal Studies, Corporate Laws, Justice Education and Technology & Innovation Laws, to promote research activities. Under these Centres of Specialization, research projects are being carried out, such as Community Legal Care, Legal aid activities, Microsoft IPR Chair, Prisoner’s Rights, Law Reform Projects on Common Property with NLSIU, Bangalore & Compensation for rape victims with National Commission for Women alongside supportive research for Law Commission of India. IPC handbook, book research on Feminist Jurisprudence, Legal Regulation of Biotechnology and Educational Laws are other initiatives.

In-house journals[edit]

Symbiosis Contemporary Law Journal

It is a revamped journal of SLS which has replaced the erstwhile journals of the Law School - Symbiosis Law Times, Journal of Symbiosis Law School & IPR Chronicle and consolidated into one journal. It brings the issues which are contemporary to legal education in the country in the fields of Constitutional Law, Corporate Laws, Comparative and International legal studies, Intellectual Property Rights, Innovations in Technology and the recent regulations. It is an annual publication.

Symbiosis Student Law Review

Its provides a platform for the students of the law schools of the country to share their views and expertise in law. This annual journal aims at encouraging students research and to publish their research articles, essays and conference papers.

Lex-Et Symbiosis - Newsletter

This is the bi-annual newsletter of the school which provides updates on campus activities and other events that takes place in the Law School. It also provides awareness of happenings in the legal field.

Justice Y. V. Chandrachud Memorial Public Lecture Series Handbook

The handbook of memorial public lecture series covers public lectures organized by SLS, commemorating the life and work of Indian educational thinkers and practitioners as well as contemporary legal issues. It aims at sharing the knowledge, to reach out to policy makers, the media and the general public, to celebrate the memory and contribution of Late Justice Y. V. Chandrachud, a son of Maharashtra, one of the eminent Judges of Supreme Court of India and the Advisor and Professor Emeritus of SLS.

Student organizations[edit]

The Student Advisory Board is the apex student body of the institution and is primarily responsible for all student activities in the college.[5] It also oversees and supervises all other student bodies in the college. It is headed by a President and 4 Vice Presidents with various cabinet members. It is governed by the "Symbiosis Law School, Pune Student Advisory Board Constitution".

Clubs and societies of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, include the Human Rights Cell (HRC), The Environment Protection and Consumer Rights Organization (Ecocon), Legal Aid and Literacy Cell, Tech Legal Cell, Alumni Cell, Corporate Cell, Law Hawks Forum, International Cell - ILSA, Sports Committee, Law and Economics cell(LAWECON) and the Student Bar Association (SBA). The institution has been a partner institute for Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot Court Competition from 2008 onwards.

Symbhav - Cultural Fest[edit]

The students of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, started Symbhav – a Cultural Fest in February 2009 followed by an edition in 2010. Since its inception in 2009, it has had the participation of 20 teams from all over the country and SAARC nations including leading national law schools and a sponsorship of Rs. 10 Lakhs. In 2010, the fest grew bigger with a sponsorship of Rs. 15 Lakhs and a participation of 15 outstation teams and 200 participants.2011 saw Symbhav gather a sponsorship of Rs. 42 Lakhs in cash and Rs. 9 Lakhs in kind. Symbhav’11 ran literary, legal events, music, arts and sports.


University rankings
Law – India
NIRF (2019)[6]7
India Today (2018)[7]3
Outlook India (2017)[8]9
The Week (2017)[9]10

SLS was ranked seventh in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2019.[6] It was ranked 3rd in India by India Today's "India's Best Colleges 2018: Law",[7] ninth in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017"[8] and 10th in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017".[9]


  1. ^ Venkatesan, J (4 August 2010). "Centre appoints members to Law Commission". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Symbiosis Law School Pune".
  4. ^ "Campus". Archived from the original on 14 December 2011.
  5. ^ Symbiosis Law School Official Website Archived from the original on 29 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Law)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  7. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2018: Law". India Today. 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Law Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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