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The IFIM Law School is based in the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru, capital of Karnataka. It is a fairly new institute, having only been established in 2015. But the group is much older. IFIM stands for Institute of Finance and International Management, which was itself established back in the year 1995. The business management courses have met the approval of the AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education). The law school is affiliated to the Hubli- based Karnataka State Law University (KSLU). This affiliation ensures approval of the UGC (University Grants Commission). The law courses here have also been ratified by the BCI (Bar Council of India), as is the norm for legal education in the country.
At the Bengaluru- based IFIM Law School, there is a single- minded focus towards one course alone at the undergrad level. It is an integrated five- year BBA plus LLB programme. The LLB of course is the standard degree offered to Common Law countries’ legal study graduates. The combination with the BBA was started due to the realization that students wanted a study theme which could combine the legal and business aspects. It even enables the smooth transition to a life of entrepreneurship or future MBA studies which many students opt for anyway.
Admissions to this BBA LLB programme is one the basis of scores in the nationally or state- wise recognized competitive examinations such as the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) or LSAT (Law School Admission Test). The CLAT includes 200 objective type multiple choice questions to be answered within a maximum time limit of 120 minutes. These 200 questions are divided into Legal Aptitude and GK hogging half the total share with 50 questions each. English and Reasoning are worth 40 each while math which is quite elementary is worth 20. For every wrong answer, a fourth of negative marks gets deducted. CLAT is also one of the few law entrances that were conducted on online mode, but has now reverted to the offline avatar. The LSAT does not have GK or math, but has extra rounds of reasoning.
The IFIM Law School also conducts its own entrance tests, for students who haven’t appeared for either the CLAT or LSAT. Those students with relatively weaker scores in those two papers, also get another chance this way. This is the ILAT (IFIM’s Law Admission Test) paper. Merit scores from class XII are also considered for admissions. This college has also been extremely proactive in sealing agreements with foreign universities. This helps in research collaboration, facilitating exchange programmes and generating consulting assignments. Such partners of the IFIM Law School are located all over the world, in the countries of USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Singapore, Greece and Italy.
Some of the leading names as part of this list include- the Brooklyn Law School, ALBA Graduate Business School, University of Wollongong, ESC Rennes Business School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Plymouth University, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Bicocca and the University of Applied Sciences Lubeck. Domestically, also there exists a collaboration with the National Law School of Indian University (NLSIU), also in Bengaluru. As IFIM is a member of the AIESEC (International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences), internship opportunities get automatically generated via it.
The campus has much to offer. There are hostel facilities for both boys and girls. There is a sports field where cricket and football may be played. Facilities are also there for indoor sports. The gymnasium may also be used by all. A large auditorium is there to facilitate major events, at both intra and inter college level. An important aspect of law college life is the moot court contests. For this a separate hall has been curated, replete with all real court room paraphernalia. This then resembles the closest to the real model. The campus is Wi- Fi enabled. Science laboratories have the latest of equipment. A health centre is also there to cater to medical emergencies. Hygienic food is prepared at the college cafeteria.
Banking facilities with ATM, convenience stores and access to public transport may all be availed from immediately outside the college’s two- acre urban campus. The library here is one of the best stocked within the region. Besides the physical books on display, it also provides digital access to en number of international academic journals for research and academic purposes. The rankings have also swelled up across the platforms. The Careers 360 magazine for instance, rates the IFIM Law School as the 17th best within its category, nationwide. This has also had a positive impact on the campus placements and internship opportunities generated. A Personality Enhancement Programme (PEP) is held on campus, to help make the students more employable. Some of the key recruiters in recent seasons from campus, have been the likes of- Siemens, PUCL, Faith Foundation, CRY, Green Peace, AIR, Fox Mandal, Bosco, Rotary Club, Amnesty International and the Mahindra Finance, besides a few more.
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