The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata recorded a one hundred percent placement for its graduating batch of 2015. 78 students (in a batch of 106) participated in the recruitment process and all the students were placed, either by the Campus Recruitment Committee (CRC) or through offers outside the college recruitment process.
Among the domestic law firms, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas (Delhi) has been the highest recruiter with 8 students being placed, including three PPOs (Pre Placement Offers), Luthra & Luthra Law Offices which recruited 6 students, including five PPOs. Other top recruiters were Khaitan & Co., AZB and Partners, Lakshmi Kumaran & Sridharan, etc. Thus, 49 students could bag jobs at various law firms of the country. The prestigious foreign law firms like Linklaters, Herbet Smith Freehills and Allen &Overy which signed a total of 4 students on trainee contracts. A total of 14 opted for Corporate/In House jobs with ICICI, ITC Ltd., Star India, etc. Law Chambers such as Wadhwa law chambers, C. Mukund took 4 freshers from the batch. Other job opportunities with Lawyers Collective, Observer Research Foundation also attracted the attention of seven students. The twenty eight students who did not sit for the recruitments have plans for LLMs (both domestic and abroad), Judicial services, Civil services preparations, etc.
Expressing satisfaction at the completion of the recruitment process which commenced with the Day Zero on 16th April last year, Samkit Sethia, CRC coordinator said, “We are extremely pleased and satisfied to have achieved the target of hundred percent recruitment. We not only had the top six law firms and our regular recruiters but also a whole bunch of first-time recruiters who came on campus after we engaged and connected with them. The average annual salary package offered by foreign law firms is around INR 38-44 lakhs. Top domestic law firms have offered an average package of around INR 15-20 lakhs, while the average package of our recruiters has been in the INR 8-12 lakh range. Overall, we get the feeling that all recruiters who came on campus or conducted off-campus interviews were extremely pleased with the quality and skills of the candidates.”
Adds Arjun Bhagi, another CRC coordinator, “We are overjoyed with the way the recruitment process has panned out. To modify one of the slogans coined by our Prime Minister, its ‘abkibaar, poorarozgar’ for NUJS. Our batch has a diverse set of people and seen students take diverse career decisions. Some batch toppers for instance did not opt to sit for recruitments but instead have been diligently preparing for civil services examination. Some other students have preferred to work in NGOs or have opted for higher studies.”
Elaborating on the recruitment process, Jay Sayta, member of CRC stated, “We did not anticipate this kind of overwhelming response from recruiters. This has probably been one of the best recruitment years NUJS or any other law school for that matter has ever witnessed in terms of absolute number of people recruited. CRC has ensured that we not only cater to the needs of the students aspiring to work in the corporate sector, but also help other students not intending to take desk jobs in their pursuits. CRC, for instance organised two interactive sessions: one with an alumni who has achieved success in litigation and politics and another with a senior Principal Secretary in the West Bengal government. 2 Of course such an achievement would not have been possible without the incredible efforts of all CRC members, Vice Chancellor Prof. P. Ishwara Bhat, faculty advisor Ms. Sujata Roy, all the faculty members and the entire administrative staff at NUJS. The incredible and fantastic support of our alumni network has ensured these results. The herculean and tireless efforts of our two CRC coordinators Arjun Bhagi and SamkitSethia and member Vijayaraghavan deserve special mention. The efforts put in by our treasurer Akshay Sharma in managing the funds have also been very helpful.”
CRC team of 2015 comprised of the following students: Akshay Sewlikar, Akshay Sharma, Aniket Ghosh, Antara Priya, Arjun Bhagi (coordinator), Arnav Mohanty, PoojaDadoo, Rishabh Sharma, RoopaliAdlakha, Sahana Ramesh, SamkitSethia (coordinator), Vaibhav Verma and Vijayaraghavan