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NUJS secured 119 mostly pre-Covid placements for 2019-20 batch: 64+ in highest-pay bracket, 17 lit, 17 future CSE/judges

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NUJS 2020 recruitment committee

The NUJS Kolkata Campus Recruitment Committee (CRC) 2020 has released its final placement statistics for the 2019-20 academic year, with more than 60 accepted job offers from the highest paying law firms, according to a release by its Student Juridical Association (SJA).

In total there were 119 opportunities accounted for, including 75 law firm jobs, 2 in-house positions and 17 opting for litigation chambers.

Civil services and judicial services exam preparation remained popular, with 8 and 9 respectively going for each of those.

Four would do policy and research work, while two would join startups, according to the CRC.

Purely numerically, these numbers are comparable and arguably (and of course very subjectively) an improvement on 2019’s results (which were the last full recruitment figures published from NUJS),

We have asked for confirmation of the precise size, but understand that the total undergraduate batch strength at NUJS is just over 120 students normally.

Breakdown

The largest recruiter by far was Trilegal, with a massive 15 students hired, followed by Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas with 11, and L&L Partners with 9 jobs.

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and AZB & Partners both made 8 offers, while Khaitan & Co made 6 offers.

In addition, students bagged one vacation scheme (a prestigious paid summer internship) with foreign law firm Allen & Overy, as well as one training contract.

Unusually, in-house only contributed 2 to the total tally with jobs at ICICI Bank.

All those firms pay amongst the highest possible salaries amongst organisations recruiting from Indian law schools (in addition to firms such as S&R Partners and Talwar Thakore & Associates).

Across firms, that accounts to at least 64 jobs at such traditionally high-paying workplaces.

Litigation saw 17 total offers.

Further education, like in-house, was also not terrifically popular this year with only one LLM and one MS in Commerce abroad at Cambridge and the University of Virginia abroad.

Caution remains reserved for current batches

Despite the strong result, these come with a massive asterisk for current batches considering the continuing uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated recruitments.

One NUJS source confirmed that almost all the above offers had been confirmed before the full emergence of Covid-19 in early 2020. Covid-time figures and impacts on recruitments, if any, would more likely be reflected in the batch of 2021’s results, said the student.

The 2020 CRC consisted of Aditya Kumar, Aditya Rajagopal, Agreema Sanghai, Anirudh Goyal, Lakshya Thukral, Prakhar Mittal (coordinator), Shreshth Tomar, Tejas Popat (coordinator) and Vidushi Garg.

The committee said in its statement:

Despite the pandemic, the record of the Batch of 2020 continues along the path of excellence that has been a hallmark of NUJS and its graduating students over the years. This could not have been possible without the immense support and trust that members of the CRC 2020 got from the Batch of 2020 as also, from the CRCs and RPCs of the previous and current batches. Equally, we remain grateful to our faculty advisor Prof. Mr. Anirban Mazumdar who has been a pillar of support. The entire process of recruitment would never have the success it remains without the guidance and support of the Vice Chancellor, the faculty and all administrative and non-administrative staff at NUJS. Our gratitude also goes out to the alumni in continuing to support the University through all these years.

Full NUJS 2020 recruitment figures

Law firm recruiters Students Recruited
Trilegal 15
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 11
L & L Partners 9
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas 8
AZB and Partners 8
Khaitan and Co. 6
Talwar Thakore & Associates 3
Indus Law 3
Singh & Associates 3
Desai and Diwanji 2
Argus Partners 1
Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan 1
J Sagar Associates 1
S&R Partners 1
Fox & Mandal 1
Rashmikant & Partners 1
Total 74
Foreign law firm Vacation Schemes Training Contracts
Allen & Overy 1 1
In-house recruiter Students Recruited
ICICI Bank 2
Litigation recruitments Number of Students
Chamber of Adv. Major RP Singh 1
Litigation in High Court/Trial Court 16
Total 17
Further education Number of Students
L.L.M, University of Cambridge 1
M.S. Commerce (Finance), University of Virginia 1
Total 2
Alternative career options Number of Students
Appearing for Civil Services Examination 8
Appearing for Judicial Services Examination 9
Policy and Research 4
Startup 2
Total 23
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