OF THE 63 new colleges proposed by the state government for the University of Mumbai (MU), the most — 11— are for law courses. The proposal is a reflection of the rising demand for law courses among students.
In the past five years, enrollment in all law colleges under MU has steadily gone up. The number of students admitted to the three-year and five-year LLB courses at all the 38 law colleges in MU went up from 5,826 in 2014 to 7,422 in 2015. In 2010 only 4,430 students had enrolled for law.
Dr Ashok Yende, Director of University National Law School, Mumbai, said the multidisciplinary curriculum on offer has attracted many students. “The curriculum has diversified from traditional law. Students now have options such as social sciences, energy law and law and management among others.”
For those who do not want to venture into litigation, there are ample avenues in transactional law as corporate and government firms are always looking for legal advisers, said Yende. With start up business booming across the country, corporate law is a favourite among students.
Harshita Jani, a first year student of the five-year LLB course at Government Law College, Churchgate, said she wanted to pursue a career in corporate law “as it pays well”.
“Not only do the students find the courses intellectually stimulating, the offers from corporate firms too are lucrative,” said Sunita Khariwal, principal of KC Law College, Churchgate.
Yende said BBA LLB, a combination of law and management courses, offered by MU was quite popular. The course was first started on the Thane campus with 55 students in 2014. Last year, 102 students enrolled for the course at Thane and the Fort campuses.
The university revised the syllabus for its law courses last year to make them more practical. As part of the new syllabus, called clinical legal education, students are taught the practical application of the laws. Students have to work on social projects too.
“We are taught generic subjects such as economics, political science and legal history in the first two years. As a result, we have a holistic understanding of the society before we are taught core law subjects third year onwards,” said Bhavika Dadlani, who is in the first year of her five-year integrated LLB at Pravin Gandhi Law College, Vile Parle.
Most students said the syllabus exposed them to various avenues they could explore.