Professor (Dr.) P. Ishwara Bhat
The Legal education infuses capability, skill and confidence
amidst its seekers to effectively handle the instrument of
law in various spheres of legal profession. It builds
scholarship, trains for good citizenship, expands access to
justice and facilitates national development. Legal
education has become one of the most preferred avenues in
The National Law University system has brought a sea change in Indian legal education in the recent past.Many reputed institutions of this genre have emerged in this process inspiring conventional law schools, departments and private law schools to emulate. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, (NUJS) Kolkata, established in 1999 by the Government of West Bengal, is one of the top-ranking National Law Universities that has attained national and international reputation in imparting legal education. The University has the valuable guidance of Honourable Chief Justice of India as the Chancellor. The involvement of learned judges, eminent advocates and top administrative officers has added to its strength. All these and academic commitment of teachers and students have shaped its destiny.
The atmosphere of learning in NUJS is quite high. The emphasis is on student learning outcome in the form of good understanding of the subjects, skill of problem solution, independent thinking and good legal writing. Training in legal writing - whether client related, norm creating or research based critical legal articulation - in-depth researches and communicative skill are the key factors for success of students in moots, essays, publications and access to profession.
The University has excelled at all levels of legal education (undergraduate, post graduate, and research degrees), and students have performed extremely well in national and international moots and debates. Its eminent and highly knowledgeable teachers inspire for great learning. The add-on credit courses augment the capacity of winning internships, placements and professional opportunities. NUJS provides to the young aspirants of legal education, an exciting forum
of learning law, honing the skills of profession and shaping the career to the best of his/her satisfaction and society's expectations.
Various student based societies and groups train themin the art of collective efforts. Law society activities through legal clinic, awareness programmes, and civil society collaboration for helping the aggrieved and marginalized make the students understand the social role of law. The University extends scholarships and fee concessions, and encourages students in helping orphan and street children and the marginalized to have access to education.
The University has excellent library with perfect collection of print and e-resources of books, journals and reports. Well-furnished and fascinating moot court hall, computer lab, and auditoriums support the skill-learning process and intellectual activities of the budding lawyers. NUJS not only organizes prestigious moot court competitions, but reasonably supports international moot teams so that students get exposure to the international moot experience. The annual debate competition, cultural and sports events and participation in national level competitions provide immense opportunity of blossoming of individual talents and leadership qualities. The internships in law firms, advocate chambers, departments and institutions infuse in them professional skills and practical experience.
The flagship journals of the University viz., NUJS Law Review, Journal of Indian Law and Society and Journal of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Law, which are edited by students, have been widely received by the legal fraternity.
In order to promote writing skill and critical thinking, annual essay competitions are also organized. The students and faculty publish high quality articles in national and international journals. The prestigious endowment lectures in the memory of Justice DD Basu, Prof K C Basu, Sri M K Nambyar and Justice Ashutosh Mookerjee expand the horizons of knowledge. With attractive buildings and modest campus located in prime part of Kolkata, NUJS has good residential and mess facilities for students, making campus life home away from home. There is also serious effort of expanding the infrastructural facilities.
For young minds intending to prepare themselves for life's journey in a most confident and comfortable way, NUJS provides opportunities to realize their dream. The message of Bengal intellectual tradition asks for mixing of humanism with knowledge, and reason in thought and action. I heartily welcome you to this ambient atmosphere.