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July date for Xavier Law School in Calcutta

The school will come up on St Xavier's University's 17-acre New Town campus

By Mita Mukherjee in Calcutta
  • Published 29.12.18, 10:48 PM
  • Updated 29.12.18, 10:56 PM
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St Xavier’s University in New Town. The Telegraph picture

The proposed law school of St Xavier’s University is set to welcome its first batch of students in July 2019.

Father Felix Raj, vice-chancellor of the university, said on Thursday Xavier Law School had been modelled on prominent law institutions such as the Nalsar University of Law, in Hyderabad; National Law School of India University, in Bangalore; and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta.

Xavier Law School will come up on the university’s 17-acre New Town campus.

The school will offer five-year integrated BA LLB (honours) and BCom LLB (honours) courses. “The syllabus and the curriculum will be designed to produce competent experts in legal profession with sound knowledge in every sphere of law. After completing the course the students can practise law in court or can work as consultant or join the corporate sector,” Felix Raj said.

The university will soon approach the Bar Council of India, which regulates legal education in the country, for affiliation. The University Grants Commission’s approval will be sought as well.

Work on setting up the infrastructure is on in full swing, the VC said.

“The most important component of any institution of higher education is its library. For a law school, it is important to have a library with an extensive collection of law books and journals,” said Felix Raj.

The law school will have “elaborate arrangements” for organising moot court competitions, which help students develop skills in debating.

Students will have to clear an “independent competitive examination”, to be conducted by the university, to gain entry into Xavier Law School.

Institutes such as the Nalsar University of Law and the National University of Juridical Sciences admit students through the Common Law Admission Test.

The first batch will have 120 students. The university may later increase its intake.

Recruitment of teachers will start soon. “Our aim is to engage the best legal experts and academics,” Felix Raj said.

The university is yet to decide the fees for the five-year programme.