Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 4 (April)

JGLS secures 36 Zero-Day Placements for Batch of 2021

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), which was ranked in March 2021 as India’s number one Law School by QS World University Rankings by Subject, secured a commendable 36 Zero-Day placements for the Batch of 2021.

This is a record 50 per cent increase in the Zero-Day placements compared to that of the batch that graduated last year. The 2021 intake includes 11 pre-placement offers (PPOs) with 8 leading law firms. This is an extension of JGLS’ continued efforts towards placements, especially during these times challenged by continuously evolving industry requirements, during which JGLS placed 176 students last year from the Batch of 2020.

The 176 Law Students placed in 2020 36 jobs Secured on Zero-Day Placements in 2021: 50 per cent increase from 2020. The Zero-Day for the Graduating Batch of 2021 was held on 28 February 2020. The Zero-Day recruitments for the graduating Batch of 2021 surged past the previous Batch’s Zero-Day recruitments by 50 per cent with a tally of 36 in the current batch compared to 24 in the previous batch.

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas became the largest recruiter of JGLS students with an intake of 10, followed by AZBPartners and Trilegal with 8 intakes each. LL Partners and Indus Law hired 3 students each, whereas Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas hired 2. KhaitanCo. and Argus Partners hired 1 student each.

As JGLS continues to drive the post-Zero-Day placement process for the current graduating batch of the law school, JGLS students have already secured placements across other leading organisations including Veritas Legal, Bharucha Partners, Hemant Sahai Associates, Converse Law, Sarvaank Associates, Rajeshwari Associates, Aquilaw, Obhan Associates, Tata Power, Go Lorry, Chamber of Senior Advocate Arvind Nayar, and many others.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic loomed a sense of despair for students across the globe, we foresaw the impending threat of a fall in corporate and industry demands early in April 2020. At Jindal Global Law School, we are deeply committed to securing the future of our students. Hence, under the aegis of JGLS and the JGU Office of Career Services, we increased the rigour since the onset of the pandemic to ensure that the career aspirations of students were not dampened by the ongoing crisis that we are witnessing today,” said Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU and Founding Dean, JGLS, commenting on the achievements of the students of JGLS.

“This included mapping pandemic scenarios, assessing career possibilities, engaging in feedback with our corporate and industry partners, designing enabling frameworks for our students to continue to excel in their studies, and creating academia-industry interfaces. It is quite heartening to see that our efforts have borne fruit and the students of JGLS have been able to pursue their ambitions last year and this year as well. I am humbled to share that through the commitment to our vision, and the continuous efforts of our Office of Career Services, we were able to create diverse career opportunities across multiple organisations including law firms, academia, NGOs and corporate firms. Quiet remarkably, we have surpassed our Zero-Day recruitments in 2021, with 36 students already placed across India’s leading law firms,” added Professor (Dr) C Raj Kumar.

“This remarkable achievement of JGLS became possible due to the persistent efforts of the members of the Office of Career Service, Vice Deans, Programme Directors, Assistant Deans, Faculty Coordinators and faculty members of JGLS. Outstanding services were provided by the Student Career Representatives (SCRs) to the process  — they selflessly worked to help their peers fulfil their dreams. The students of JGLS also deserve a special mention, for their dedication, hard work and performance has resulted in JGLS accomplishing this feat,” said Professor (Dr) S.G. Sreejith, Executive Dean, JGLS, attributing this success to the collaborative efforts amongst multiple stakeholders.

Apart from the Zero-Day recruiters, the key recruiters of the 2020 batch included Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Nishith Desai Associates, LakshmikumaranSridharan, Economic Laws Practice, Bharucha Partners, J. Sagar Associates, PA Law Chambers, Obhan Associates, Platinum Partners, SR Associates, Spice Route Legal, S.S. RanaCo, and Wadia Ghandy. Additionally, renowned corporate organisations such as Welspun Group, Bajaj Allianz, upGrad, Tech Mahindra and Darcl Logistics also recruited students from the JGLS batch of 2020 for their in-house positions.

“While the Office of Career Services is constantly reinventing itself to create greater and better opportunities for the students since the inception of JGLS, the pandemic created a very dynamic job landscape which required constant out-of-the-box thought processes. We revisited and revised our operational strategies across the year to keep up with the constantly changing job markets. Adapting to the changed conditions and responding effectively to the newer demands of the industry enabled us to create the required career paths for the students. More importantly, we worked towards being in continuous touch with the industry and our potential recruiters, to understanding their continuously-evolving requirements to suit these times, and accordingly enable our students to contribute to the organisations more meaningfully,” said Professor (Dr) Pankaj Gupta, Dean, Career Services.