In the name of the law

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 10.04.08
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KIIT LAw School, Bhubaneswar

For those of you keen on pursuing the legal profession, there is a new option. The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, started a law school last year and its courses have now been approved by the Bar Council of India. “The KIIT Law School is growing fast as an institute of genuine intellectual excitement, cutting-edge research, global outlook, cosmopolitan character and is carving out its own place among the law institutes of the country,” says Professor Faizan Mustafa, director of KIIT Law School.

Mustafa stresses that the KIIT Law School is committed to teaching the techniques of the legal profession as well as entering into a dialogue with students about values and justice. “Our goal is to treat law as an instrument of social change and a tool to face the challenges of emerging complexities of industrial societies,” explains Mustafa. “The priority of the KIIT Law School is to focus on the dialectics between “legal studies” and “justice studies” and thus it constantly innovates to ensure new and better ways to train the legal talent of tomorrow.”

At present the KIIT Law School has six departments: the department of public law, private law, liberal arts, business studies, physical and natural sciences, and the centre for alternate dispute resolution. These departments offer undergraduate, postgraduate, postgraduate diploma and doctoral courses in a creative learning environment. The institute offers five-year integrated BA LLB, BBA LLB and BSc LLB programmes. To be eligible for admission to the BA LLB and BBA LLB courses, a candidate needs to pass the higher secondary exam in any stream with at least 50 per cent marks. For the BSc LLB course, candidates should pass the higher secondary exam in the science stream with at least 55 per cent. For all the bachelors level courses, students should be under 21 years of age.

Students have to clear the all-India KIIT Law School Admission Test for admission. The two-hour test is conducted in 68 cities across the country. It consists of multiple-choice questions and short answer questions to test legal acumen, linguistic skills, analytical reasoning, mathematical and numerical ability and general knowledge. The question paper is divided into 70 per cent multiple-choice and 30 per cent short answer questions.

The KIIT Law School also offers two-year LLM courses in information technology law, human rights law and corporate law. A candidate for the LLM course should have passed BA LLB or an equivalent degree from a recognised university with a minimum of 55 per cent.

The institute also holds one-year postgraduate diploma courses in corporate law, cyber law and taxation law. The eligibility is graduation in any discipline with at least 45 per cent marks.

Course fees are Rs 1,20,000 per year for bachelor courses, Rs 30,000 per year for postgraduate diploma courses and Rs 55,000 per year for LLM courses.

The KIIT Law School is constantly updating its syllabus, keeping in mind the changing needs of the time and focussing especially on areas left untouched by traditional schools. There are faculty members who have training in American and Canadian universities and experience in teaching at the top national law universities in India. There are also visiting lectures every week by guests from India and abroad.

The KIIT Law School provides laptops to every student with 24 hours Internet facility. “Students are encouraged to learn analytical, communication and research skills together with a sound understanding of legal ethics and professional responsibilities,” says Professor N.L. Mitra, chairman of the advisory committee of the KIIT Law School.

Mitra stresses that the KIIT Law School is one of the first law schools in India to offer three conjoined honours degree courses — BA LLB, BBA LLB and BSc LLB — that combine law degrees with major and minor papers in liberal arts, business studies and natural sciences. The institute has also taken the initiative to introduce a large range of advanced and specialised courses at the undergraduate level such as constitutional law, international trade law, crime and criminology and intellectual property law.

“We also offer an extensive course on emerging interdisciplinary areas that have not yet been fully explored by other law schools, such as marine science and law, mining engineering and human resource law, real estate and development law, and food technology and preservation law,” reveals Mitra.

The institute has a large library and an extensive range of overseas exchange programmes.

Yogesh Pratap Singh, a lecturer, says, “One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is the feedback I get from the students. The institute also offers research opportunities that compliment my own interests.”

Says Ankita Bafna, a first semester student of the BA LLB course, “Within a week of joining I was reassured that I had chosen the correct institution with a stimulating academic ambience and an updated course.”

Quite apart from its academic strengths, the KIIT Law School provides extensive scope for extra curricular activities such as debating and the performing arts. There is also an active placement, adds Mustafa.

Now Bhubaneswar may become the hot destination for all aspiring legal eagles.

Vital Statistics

WHAT IS IT? A national law education institute.

WHO’S THE BOSS? Professor Faizan Mustafa is the principal.

What are the fees? Courses start from Rs 30,000 per annum.

What about jobs? There is a placement cell.

WHERE TO STAY? There are hostel facilities.

Where is it? KIIT University, Bhubaneswar-751024, Orissa. Phone: 0674 2725440 Fax: 0674 2725440; E-mail: klsat@kls.ac.in

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