Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, which draws a diverse cohort of students from across India and abroad imparts quality education by focusing on practice and research…
A sense of old-world charm cloaks Jamia Millia Islamia, established during the pre-independence era in 1920. The fact that it became a Central University in 1988 has not made much difference to its ambience. It’s a bit of a surprise that the university which was born during the freedom movement spearheaded by a number of lawyers took almost 70 years to establish the Faculty of Law (FoL) in 1989.
Programmes: Undergraduate Programmes - B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)/B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (Self-financed); Masters Programmes - L.L.M - LLM (Executive) (Self-financed) Weekend Programme; Postgraduate Diploma Programmes - PG Diploma in Labour Law, PG Diploma in Air Space Law; Doctoral Programmes M.Phil/Ph.D.(Law); Eligibility: LLB- 10+2 (min 50%); Selection Criteria: Entrance test conducted by JMI Hostel: Available
There is ample greenery all around and a lot of space for outdoor games like cricket, badminton and football. Chairs and tables laid out in open spaces help students study at leisure while the food kiosks dotting the campus cater to gourmet cravings of the students. The tastefully designed classrooms are equipped with smart boards and modern audio-visual aids, emphasising the role that technology plays in today’s learning.
With the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and a number of district courts and various tribunals and appellate authorities in nearby areas, the institution enjoys a unique advantage of location. “We have all places for internships nearby so it becomes very convenient for us to get the much needed legal experience,” says Umair Ahmed, a fourth-year B.A. LL.B student. A large number of students from across India and abroad join the university for its faculty and research.
Breaking away from the conventional classroom teaching, students here are motivated into self-learning through presentations, research, case studies and other simulation exercises. The teachers stress upon reading and research and lead classroom teaching with discussions on judgments of various courts, social issues and latest developments in the sector.
In the final year, the students visit legal machineries like the Delhi High Court, police stations and jails that are regularly organized for these students. “The court experience has always been very good and motivating. It gives us a feel of professionalism but as we move inside the court rooms there comes the realisation of the responsibilities attached,” adds Ahmed. FoL holds monthly in-house guest lectures by legal experts. These lectures motivate the students in exploring, questioning and refining their innate strengths, both professionally and personally.
It also places a lot of importance on research. “This institution has good students to grow into good lawyers as well as good teachers. It was this institution that prompted me to go for empirical research,” says Dr. Syed Yawar, Assistant Professor.
Moot Court and Mock Trials
The FoL strives to integrate the theory and practice of Law in the campus through regular moot court competitions and mock trials of cases. It has won 25 moots, including the ‘International Nuremberg Moot Court’, Germany. It also has in its kitty the best memorial prize for the ‘The Nelson Mandela World Human Right Moot Court Competition’.
The members of Faculty of Law mentor the students, paying close attention to their individual needs. “I have a keen interest in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law and I want to do my specialization from Jamia which is reputed for Constitutional Law. I would be going for judiciary and I also intend to do LLM from Jamia as the teachers here are very good,” says Abhinandan Kumar Singh, a final year student of law.
The Faculty of Law, JMI has 750 students with approximately 120 students per batch for B.A. LL.B and 30 students per batch for LLM courses.
The efforts that the FoL puts in grooming its students resonates in the selection of its alumni to judicial services in various states and even in the civil services and eggs it on in its avowed journey of becoming an institution of excellence in legal education sector.
Dr. Syed Yawar,
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
This institution has good students to grow into good lawyers as well as good teachers. It was this institution that prompted me to go for empirical research
Fourth-year student, B.A. LL.B, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
We have all places for internships nearby so it becomes very convenient for us to get the much needed legal experience
Prof Nuzhat Khan,
Dean, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia
Q. How is education in Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, different from the rest?
A. Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, has always aspired to excel in academics and has worked towards its goal to produce young lawyers who possess the intellectual genius and are morally conscious and socially responsible to ensure the rule of law. The faculty has achieved this goal by getting a fine balance between classroom learning and practical expertise.
Q. What are the specialized courses you offer?
A. Other than B.A.LL.B. (Hons.), B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) self-finance and LL.M. (Regular) courses, Faculty of Law, Jamia Millia Islamia, offers LL.M. Executive program has been specially designed for working professionals, classes for this course being held on Saturdays and Sundays. The Faculty is running specialized Post-Graduation Diplomas in the fields of Labour Laws and Air and Space Laws. These diplomas are open for the graduates of any stream. The Faculty of Law is also a research institution and it awards PhD degrees as well.
Q. Is the curriculum in Faculty of Law, JMI, keeping pace with the changing scenario and demand?
A. Our institution is one of the institutions of excellence which not only takes care of the change in society but also changes the curriculum accordingly. Like in foreign countries, we find that their institutions are very much up to date when it comes to keeping pace with the changing scenario.
Q. Your take on the need for higher education and research in the legal sector.
A. I want to emphasise on one fact that when it comes to higher education and research, not only the university comes under the top 500 institutions of the world, but our Faculty of Law has one of the top rankings of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The Faculty till now has left not a single area in the field of law on which research is not done. Our research, thesis and dissertations have been quoted with a great research value in most reputed journals and other academic writings.
Q. Do you take care of the placement of the students?
A. Yes, indeed. We help the students with their placements like no other. We have a dedicated team of Placement Committee which ensures that the students are placed before they get their degrees in their hands. For this purpose, the faculty has collaborated with a lot of law firms and resource lawyers. Intake of our students in previous years in the corporate sector, for high courts litigations, companies and specially government jobs such as Law Officers, Judges, Judge Advocate General etc. is very high.
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