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A lot has been said about my college, Government Law College, Mumbai and it has been compared to other colleges in terms of everything. In all those arguments, my college was praised by some while facing criticism from others. But does anyone really know the reality of the college?
Firstly, I would like to make it clear that Government Law College, Mumbai is unaffected by opinions. It will never showcase or advertise its greatness. And secondly, a student of GLC knows the reality of the college, better than the outsiders. It’s easy to point out the pros and cons of anything, but it’s dangerous to do so without experiencing it.
When I set my foot in GLC, my view about the college was entirely different from what it is today. There’s no denying the fact that GLC is the unarguable giant in Indian legal education, and being the oldest law school of the continent, it has withstood the test of time. It is evident from the fact that despite the rise in the number of NLUs in recent years, GLC continues to attract legal aspirants from across the country and abroad, and has been ranked as one of the top law colleges in India by various prominent surveys and organizations. All of us are aware about the alumni as well as the legacy of this college, but is that only what this college has left in it? That’s a big question.
I will refrain from comparing it to other colleges and I will let India Today and Outlook work out the rankings. But as a student of GLC, I will give you five major reasons that would make you join this formidable institution, which really makes it one of the most distinguished law schools in the country.
1) Active Student Life
The college has a very active student life with as many as 20 student run committees which organize moot courts, debates, essay competitions and other activities which help improving the legal knowledge and the oratory and literary skills of the aspiring candidates.
Moot court competitions have been a regular feature since 1936. In fact, the Moot Court Association of Government Law College is the oldest mooting association in the country that singularly coordinates all mooting activities at GLC and plays an imperative role in honing advocacy skills of the students. As an annual tradition, it hosts the globally renowned D. M. Harish Memorial International Moot Court Competition and the reputed Chief Justice M. C. Chagla Memorial National Moot Court Competition.
The student committees also encourage sports, music, dance and drama. National and international events are organized every month, and trust me, there is literally a fight to book the rooms! All the committees, with Students’ Council as the apex, play a vital role in keeping the flag of GLC flying high, while developing the overall personality of students.
The Placement Cell of GLC works very hard to benefit both the students and the potential employers, and is known for its efficiency and perfection. In fact, the college placed a total of 84 students from their 2015 graduating batch. Out of this, 38 jobs were secured through the college’s Placement Cell. Out of the 183 students from the 3-year and 5-year courses who registered for placements, some were placed in law firms such as Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, AZB & Partners and Bharucha & Partners. A few of them took up offers at corporates such as Reliance Capital and Ernst & Young.
The placement statistics also reveal a number of interesting career choices. One student has joined the Indian Academy of Law and Management, while another will work at the International Justice Mission. When it comes to litigation, 15 students have joined the chambers of various advocates, while a few students have also accepted offers at CA/CS firms and insurance companies.
3) Running Internships
Now this is important. ‘Outsiders’ think that the students of GLC are interning only, as there are no lectures. That is not true! Lectures are held regularly at GLC, but it is up to the students to attend the lectures they want to attend! You will never be forced to attend a boring lecture, nor is the sword of 90% attendance hanging over you.
Due to flexible college timings, students start pursuing their internships from the 2nd year of the college itself. Thus at the time of graduation, they have the expertise and knowledge, which can be considered to be at par with working law professionals. I’m proud to say that my college can count itself among the law colleges in the country that expose their students to a pandora of work opportunities in the legal field.
4) Location – Beneficial for Solicitors and Litigation
Government Law College is one of the few legal institutions that gives its students an opportunity to enroll for the Solicitors’ Exam while undergoing their graduation studies. Taking full advantage of being situated in the financial capital of India, the students of GLC work as article clerks simultaneously, thereby fulfilling one of the requirements of a full-fledged solicitor.
Many students also choose the option of practising law, both in India and abroad. Again, the location of the college, in close proximity to the Bombay High Court plays a vital role. Many top practising advocates and judges of Mumbai and India are GLC alumni. Generally, students of GLC are known to do extremely well in litigation.
5) Professional Courses
Students get an opportunity to undergo add-on professional courses like C.S., C.A., and C.F.A. These courses enable students to expand their knowledge and awareness, even as fresh graduates. In fact, many of my batchmates and seniors are pursuing law and CA/CS simultaneously.
Lastly, GLC has always been a traditional law school, and it has all that you need. But you have to work hard and get it. The college is not meant for dreamers, it is a place for those who dare to stand up after falling. If you are one, this college is meant for you. And trust me, once you’re here, your life will become so busy that you will fall in love with it and this college. Good luck!
P.S.: The fee of the college, for 5 years in totum, will not exceed INR 60,000/-. Quite affordable, isn’t it?