The good, bad and ugly of Amity Law School, Delhi Featured


ami_law_school_delhiHon'ble Justice Mr. D. Murugesan correctly remarked that legal education is an investment, which, if wisely made, will produce most beneficial results for the nation and accelerate the pace of development. Most importantly in any nation, legal education has to play an emphatic role in protecting the rule of law and the future of a democracy. The role of law schools in creating warriors of law is unparalleled. A lot has been talked about the National Law schools so far. Now let's examine "the good, the bad and the ugly" about a college which has carved a niche for itself among the legal fraternity since its inception. Akshay Pathak, a second-year student of Amity Law School, Delhi talks about his college.

Amity Law School, Delhi has the unique distinction of being the first law school in Delhi to start the 5 year integrated LL.B (H) programme. It was established by Dr. Ashok Chauhan in 1999 and granted the affiliation of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in the same year. The college has been doing fairly well so far and has been giving the National Law Schools , a tough competition in every sphere. The students have been continuously performing well and this college has certainly carved its place among the Law Schools. Much has been talked and discussed about the National Law Schools earlier. Now lets look at the pros and cons of this college along with the admission procedure.

The Good

Infrastructure: Amity Law School, Delhi operates in the "F-1" block of the Amity University Campus, sector 125, Noida. It has a world class infrastructure. The classrooms are spacious and air-conditioned along with the presence of instructional aids such as Over Head Projector, White boards and microphone facility along with LCD Projector for effective communication and interaction with the students, to facilitate class room discussions and project presentations. The library has a collection of 9,450 books and 5,464 bound volumes of journals and reports. It has Wi-Fi connection and a fully air-conditioned computer lab with around 50 computers with internet connectivity. Amity Law School shares the hostel facility with the Amity University. Since 85% of the seats are reserved for the Delhi students, the hostel facility is availed by only a handful of students from each batch.

Faculty: One of the best things that need to be mentioned about Amity Law School Delhi, is the presence of a really good team of around 36 professors and assistant professors. The college also has visiting faculties from various reputed institutions. Even though the college gets over by 4:00pm, the faculty as a rule, is required to stay back upto 4:30 pm to help the students with their queries as well as help them to with their projects or research papers. The director , Prof Balachandran is accessible to students and their parents anytime, not just for their academic performance but also for discussing their personal problems and counselling them.

Moot court and other activities: Participating in moot court competitions goes a long way in honing the personalities of budding lawyers. Realizing this, Amity Law School, Delhi has been facilitating continuous training to the students to participate in Moot Court competitions organized by various universities and law schools in and outside Delhi. It is compulsory for the first year students to participate in the internal moot court rounds which are held every year. The Law School has also been hosting a number of moot court competitions to test the mettle of the future lawyers of the country. The students have been doing fairly well in different National as well as International moot court competitions being held in different law colleges. Last year, Amity Law School, Delhi ,hosted the North Round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The students have to participate in the internal rounds on a team basis for participating in national as well as international moots. The judges of the internal rounds are often law associates of reputed law firms. The participants of the internal rounds get ranked and are then allotted moots as per their rank. Students of Amity Law School, Delhi also having been actively participating in both National as well as International seminars/conferences. They have committees such as the Quiz society, Drama Society, Music Society etc. Students from such committees have been participating in events and bringing laurels to the law school

Placements: Amity Law School, Delhi have a lot of students who are sons and daughters of senior lawyers, judges and Ministers. So, they prefer joining the bar and practice. So, around 30-40% of the students go for chamber practice. Many of the students even prefer going for higher studies to universities like Oxford, LSE, Kings College, NUS (Singapore), Columbia, NYU, etc. The placement record has been good. Bigger firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, Luthra & Luthra, etc. prefer interviewing students at their offices and then offering jobs. Students have been able to get placed even in eminent law firms like Rele & Becker LLC (New York), Herbert Smith (Singapore & UK), Allen Overy LLP (UK), Ashurst (UK), Tan Kok Quan (Singapore), Philips (Singapore), Norton Rose (Singapore), Dres & Napier (Singapore), Clyde & Co. (Dubai) & Roousse International (Dubai), UNICRI in Security Governance/Counter Terrorism Lab, Tornio (Italy) & World Trade Institute, Switzerland.

Mentor-Mentee sessions: A Law School is and always will be a world in itself. When students enter into law schools, they face cut-throat competition, college politics, a rat-race to score more and stay ahead of their colleagues and what not! When the journey of a student begins in the law school, the presence of a senior faculty to guide him/her, can act as a beacon light to help them sail through initial phase of law school. Amity Law School, Delhi has a unique session every week for the first year students that is called as the "Mentor-Mentee Session". Under this scheme, the students are divided into small groups and they are allotted a mentor, who is any senior faculty member. The mentor helps the students in dealing with all types of issues which the students face in the 1st year.

The Bad

85% seats reserved for Delhi Students: Since the Amity Law School, Delhi is affiliated by the Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), it has to accept the 85% reservation scheme followed by the GGSIPU. Thus, only 15% of the total seats are available for the non-Delhi students. Often many good students fail to get in Amity Law School, Delhi by the counselling conducted by the IP University, due to this reservation. The college has discretion in admitting 24 students on the basis of 12th std. percentage. The 85% reservation scheme is not applicable in this management quota. The only requirement is that these students must have appeared for the CET.

Absence of Hostel Culture: Since most of the students reside in Delhi itself, they do not opt for hostel. Only a few from each batch opt for hostel. The hostel is shared with the Amity University. Thus, there is a complete absence of the "Hostel Culture" and senior-junior interaction after college hours. Those residing in hostel often face problems because of the difference in the curriculum followed by the Amity University and Indraprastha University. If you are a student of Amity Law School, Delhi and you have opted for a hostel, there are chances that you will land up staying all alone on your hostel floor, or even the hostel (my personal experience) during semester exams. Also, since the college is affiliated by the Indraprastha University, the hostel students have to travel to far off examination centres of Indraprastha University for semester exams.

The Ugly

Perpetual confusion regarding its separate existence: There is a perpetual confusion regarding the existence of two colleges by the names of Amity Law School, Delhi and Amity Law School, Noida - both operating in the same Amity University sector 125, Noida Campus. The separate identities of the students of both these colleges are often mistaken. There are people who still feel that there is only one college existing by the name of Amity Law School. There are others who think that these colleges are merely two parts of the same Amity Law School, i.e Amity Law School 1 and Amity Law School 2. Also, this confusion prevails among the law aspirants.

Many are still unaware of the existence of these two colleges separately and they consider both the colleges to be the same. The most basic difference between these two colleges is the fact that Amity Law School, Delhi is affiliated by the Gurugobind Singh Indraprastha University, whereas, the Amity Law School, Noida is affiliated by the Amity University. Also, people often consider these colleges to be one and the same because both these colleges operate in the same Amity University Campus, sector 125, Noida. These colleges operate in two different blocks in the Noida Campus. Amity Law School, Delhi operates in the "F-1" block while the Amity Law School, Noida operates in the "I-2" block. This confusion is a source of embarrassment for present students when they realize that the listener isn't actually aware of the crude difference between these two colleges.

Admission Procedure: The admission procedure of Amity Law School, Delhi is completely regulated by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The University conducts its own Common Entrance test (CET). Amity Law School, Delhi is among other law colleges affiliated by the Indraprastha University and students get admitted as per their CET ranks after attending a counselling conducted by the Indraprastha University. Moreover, 85% of the seats in Indraprastha University are reserved for the Delhi based students. However Amity Law School, Delhi also has a management quota through which 24 students who had appeared for the CET, are admitted in the college, based on their 12th boards marks, irrespective of their CET rank. The students under Management Quota are admitted absolutely on the basis of their merit in 10+2 exams. That is the only criteria and now there is no difference in the fee structure. So you can't actually call it Management Quota.

Despite many inadequacies, due to the dedicated efforts of the Director, faculty and the students, Amity Law School has carved a niche' for itself among the law schools in India, as a result of which it has often been ranked among the top 10 Law Colleges in India by reputed magazines. Someone has righty pointed out that "You are what you create". Thus, the future of this law school lies in the hands of the students who have to take it to greater heights.

Image Source: Amity Law School, Delhi website 

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 19:02

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