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AMITY LAW SCHOOL, DELHI (IP University)
Amity Law School, Delhi is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IP University). The college has consistently been ranked in the top 12 law colleges of India. It has its own advantages and disadvantages. I’d like to highlight certain features of the college.
IP University conducts a Common Entrance Test every year in the month of May for all 6 law colleges affiliated to it. Similar to the CLAT pattern the exam comprises of General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, etc. There is negative marking in the paper. Earlier students who had acquired ranks up to 500 would get admission into the college. However, with the doubling up of seat intake last year onwards, students who have acquired a rank up to 1200 can surely get admission. Since IP University is the university of Delhi government, the seats are divided into the ratio of 85% for candidates from Delhi and only 15% for the outside Delhi candidates.
The college is rigorous with its academics. Students have 7 subjects per semester. Each semester comprises of two internal exams and an external examination. There are also projects and viva for each subject. The internal examinations get tougher every year but it helps students eventually as one is better prepared or the externals. Attendance requirements are strict with a requirement of minimum 75% per subject. A number of students always end up getting debarred from appearing for the examinations because they fail to take the attendance requirement seriously.
Amity Law School, Delhi (ALSD) comes under IP University while Amity University has their own law school referred to as Amity Law School, Noida (ALSN). The reason behind the confusion is that both the colleges are located in the Amity University campus in Noida. I’d like to clarify that ALSD and ALSN do not share anything. Faculty, staff, curriculum, examinations, etc. everything occurs separately for both the colleges. Each college has its own building and functions without any interference from the other.
The college has good infrastructure facilities. There is an auditorium and a separate, relatively smaller, moot court hall. Amongst other things there is a computer lab. The entire college has access to free Wi-Fi. The library is comparatively smaller than what other renowned law colleges have to offer but it is able to meet most requirements and the college is willing to purchase and provide other relevant books which the students demand.
ALSD does not have a hostel of its own. But there is a tie-up with Amity University so depending on the circumstances some students can get accommodation in their hostel. It must be noted that the number of students who are able to avail this hostel facility is limited and it is granted only to students who from outside Delhi.
However, students who are unable to get accommodation in the hostel can take up PGs or flats in the nearby sectors, as is done by a number of other students.
MOOT COURT SOCIETY (MCS) - ALSD has an active MCS. From the first day itself students are informed about the MCS and sessions are held for helping out the freshmen. The intra-level moot is taken extremely seriously with only the best going ahead to get selected in the MCS. The college even hosts an annual inter-level moot which witnesses heavy participation. Besides this, the college is helpful enough to extend necessary resources to its students for preparation of moots with other colleges.
OTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES- ALSD even has a Debating society, Legal Services Cell, etc. Unfortunately, these societies aren’t as active in comparison to the MCS. But the college is trying to give due attention to these societies as well. The participation in outstation events has started to increase gradually. With extra-curricular activities the onus lies on the students to put in as much effort as they can to bring up the societies and make them more active.
One has to come to ALSD with an acceptance that the responsibility to arrange internships will fall on the student himself. Students can receive recommendation letters from the college but they have to apply independently. Aspirants coming from non-legal backgrounds mustn’t let this factor scare them. You can always apply independently and if your work is good it isn’t hard to land an internship. The college does step in when a student absolutely fails to get an internship opportunity for himself, but this is a rare scenario.
The disadvantage is that under IP University students only get one break a year, about 6-7 weeks in June and July. So, unlike students from other law schools they get to intern only once in a year.
The college may not be top-notch but it is certainly a good law school. If law is your focus and the legal field is the career you’re absolutely set on, then it is a good fit for you.