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JGU partners with US Ivy league university

10 December 2017
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The New Indian Express

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of O P Jindal Global University (JGU) has signed an MoU with Cornell Law School, New York, allowing the students of JGLS to pursue a dual degree programme. 

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the representatives of Cornell Law School and JGLS in the presence of Delhi High Court Acting Justice Gita Mittal and Dean of Cornell Law School. 

Earlier, Professor Eduardo M Penalver, Dean of Cornell Law School and Dr C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O P JGU in Sonipat, Haryana, had signed the MoU. 

Cornell Law School is based in the Cornell University, a private Ivy League university located in Ithaca, New York. 

It is one of the eight Ivy League law schools and offers three law degree programs besides several dual-degree programs in conjunction with other professional schools at the varsity. 

A press statement issued by JGU states that this is the first time in the history of the eight Ivy League law schools in the USA (Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and University of Pennsylvania) that an international partnership of this magnitude and significance has been established with any law school outside of Europe. 

"The dual degree programme opens up a number of exciting opportunities for JGLS students. This will enable students to get access to and learn from the top-notch and renowned law professors in Cornell University Law School. 

"JGLS students securing a JD degree in Cornell University Law School will also be eligible to take the American Bar Exam as well as sit in for campus recruitments taking place in Cornell Law School," the press statement said. 

It further said that the partnership comes to force with immediate effect and the first batch of JGLS students to Cornell Law School will be eligible to start in 2018. 

JGLS students who are in the fourth year of the five-year law programme and in the second year of the three-year LLB programme at JGLS are eligible to apply, it added. 

Professor C Raj Kumar, also the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School, speaking on the occasion, said, "In a globalised world where legal practice and transaction are increasingly cross-border in nature, any first hand exposure to global high quality teaching and legal training would go a long way in shaping the careers of law school students. 

"A higher education degree which helps build a strong foundation in academic fundamentals and at the same time provides the required skills and knowledge necessary to compete in a global marketplace is needed," he added.