The group of institutions collectively known as the National Law Universities (NLUs) now number over twenty. Most of them recruit students using the CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) scores. This is considered the flagship exam, which gives entry to some of the finest Law colleges in the country. The competition for this is immense. The test 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. Success in this exam, opens the door towards some of the best national law colleges (NLUs). In spite of the ‘national’ tag associated with the NLUs, they remain state universities. CLAT is also one of the few law entrances that were conducted on online mode but has now reverted to the offline avatar.
For long, law lagged behind several other professional and degree courses when it came to prestige and career opportunities, but now, thanks to the NLUs, it is considered a top career choice. With the opening up of the economy, law grads can now take up careers in corporate law, international agencies, NGOs, Legal Process Outsourcing (LPOs) firms and academics, besides the conventional careers centres around litigation and the judiciary. This was the reason for the launch of the five- year integrated programmes by the NLUs which can be taken up by students immediately after completion of their school.
The Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) in Raipur was established in the year 2003. It is named after the former Chief Justice and Acting President of India and built on a total area of 65 acres worth land in the state of Chhattisgarh. Courses are available here at the HNLU right from the UG till doctoral levels. At the UG level, the flagship five- year integrated programme BA LLB is offered. The LLB of course is the standard degree offered to Common Law countries’ legal study graduates. At the master’s level, the LLM is offered here. The research-based doctoral programme is also available at the HNLU.
The entire academics here at the HNLU is overseen by the six schools, each with expertise in its own area. These schools are here for – International Legal Studies, Business & Global Trade Development, Juridical & Social Sciences and for Constitutional & Administrative Governance. Another is the School of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (SSTSD). Yet another one is the School of Administration of Justice, Continuing and Clinical Legal Education (SAJCCLE). Under each school, there are a further six centres each, thus rendering a total of thirty- six units.
A lot of the research that takes place at the HNLU gets published in their own in-house journals. The best known of them is the HNLU Journal of Law and Social Sciences. Another is the HNLU Student Bar Journal. As the name suggests, this one is for the students themselves. The institute has been accredited by the NAAC (National Assessments and Accreditation Council). The university also brings out an annual quality assurance report. A separate IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell) has been created to this end, to ensure that all the terms of the NAAC are complied with.
The HNLU Raipur is also a part of the Consortium for Education Communication (CEC), set up by the UGC (University Grants Commission) to improve information dissemination using television. It has also signed up for the NATS (National Apprenticeship Training Scheme). It is a part the National Academic Depository (NAD) which stores high- quality academic content for future usage. It collates information from across sources within the country’s academic and research circles. Plus, it is a signatory to the Fulbright Fellowships. There is an HNLU Lecture Series where prominent personalities, especially from the legal world, are invited to speak to the students.
There is a thriving student culture here. The annuals sports fest here is known as the Colossus. For basketball, an inter-university event is held known as the Dunkyard. An annual Justice Hidayatullah Memorial National Moot Court competition is held with great regards within the peer group. One of the important debate competitions is known as the Aruna Hyde Memorial Debate. A Debating Premier League (DBL) is also held.
All this and much more has led to the institute securing very high ranks across ranking platforms. The Careers 360 magazine has placed the HNLU Raipur at rank 15th for the entire country with a AAA+ rating. This in turn has fuelled excellent placement records here. Some of the key recruiters in recent seasons have been the likes of – Singh & Associates, RRG Associates, ICICI, Tech Mahindra, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Thomson Reuters, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Eastern Book Company and several others.
HNLU Raipur is ranked between 10 to 15 among the 21 national law universities in India. It is one amongst the best law institutes. It is the dream college for many of the law aspirants. It is also considered as a first option by many of the law students. To make it into this college the candidate has to clear the CLAT examination conducted national wide.
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