The New Kid on the Block: Introducing MNLU Mumbai

My name is Natasha Maheshwari and I am a 3rd-yr scholar of Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai. I’m writing this article on behalf of the entire MNLU Parivaar, and on an trouble that my tightly knit circle of relatives of 220 – ordinary college students feels very strongly about.

In the weeks leading up to the CLAT end result announcement, CLAT pundits examine the paper, are expecting the expected cut-offs and dissect the achievements and opportunities to be had at every university. And whilst some of their guesstimates become authentic, maximum of it is incorrect.

My university may be very new – it’s going to be five years antique in October. Being an upcoming and nascent University, it’s been the concern of a lot of debate and the victim of a whole lot of hypothesis. Mumbai is the monetary capital of the country and the biggest town but…and sure right here comes the huge BUT – Is the locational benefit sufficient? Why need to a regulation aspirant select MNLU Mumbai over the older and another extra set up NLUs and regulation faculties? What are the centers provided by and opportunities to be had at MNLU? All these question marks. Now, what I’ve observed is, the maximum of these questions are often replied by unreliable resources who recognize little to nothing approximately us. Hence, fuelling baseless rumors and useless hypothesis main to apprehensions in the mind of a potential scholar.

Let me, in this text, try and dispel a number of those notions about my university, banish your doubts and reaffirm your religion in us.

Campus – The first query that maximum folks at MNLU Mumbai are asked, is set our campus So for the primary years of functioning we were based out of the TISS Campus in Chembur and our hostel changed into in CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai. However, after that, our university campus and hostel shifted to 2 MTNL homes positioned in Powai. Our hostel is right opposite the university campus and both are located squarely within the center of Hiranandani Gardens. Now some of you would possibly pass on to ask – “Do you need a right campus of your own or is this MTNL association operating out?” Obviously, there’s nothing like your own campus – your very own basketball court, your very own health club, your very own mess, your own area. However, Powai isn’t always so horrific, in reality, it’s miles an awful lot more than “now not so horrific”. In Powai, we have the first-rate stores and eating places placed at taking walks distance; everything is open till past due, food and drugs are brought 24*7, the nearest railway station is 10 minutes away, in summated the entirety we need is nearby.

However, this association is the simplest transient. The MTNL homes had been taken on lease by means of our college and the hire subsists for five years. A plot of land has been allotted to MNLU Mumbai in Goregaon and the construction of our permanent campus will start shortly.

Competitions – On the eve of its 5th Foundation Day, MNLU Mumbai has done so much, each at the national and global level. Several instances overs our students have proven that they have got what it takes to pop out on pinnacle within the most aggressive competitions in India and at the International stage. Our university has won the NLS Trilegal International Moot 2019, won the NLS Mediation Competition in 2018 after which qualified to the ICC Paris Mediation Competition, received the NLS Negotiation Competition in 2018 and certified to the International Negotiation Competition Cardiff, been a semi-finalist at the NLS Client Counselling Competition 2019, won Best Speaker (Special Mention) at the Manfred Lachs Asia Pacific Moot Court Competition, come 2nd inside the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition 2018 and certified to the South Asian rounds in Iran and then the Asia Pacific rounds in Hong Kong, been one of the 6 teams to qualify to the worldwide rounds of the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot 2018-19 and became ranked 5th best within the world, been shortlisted as one of the eleven mediators from the world over for the CDRC Vienna Mediation Competition 2018 after which became a semi-finalist at the arena rounds, been one of the 22 teams to be shortlisted for the CDRC Vienna Negotiation Competition 2019, won Best Negotiation Team on the HSF – NLU Delhi Negotiation Competition 2018, received the VIPS Dispute Resolution and Client Counselling Competitions 2018.

Besides moot and ADR competitions, our college students have received Best Speaker and won/reached the finals and semi-finals of various prestigious debating competitions. Additionally, we’ve got additionally performed tremendously well at intercollegiate carrying occasions triumphing two golds, two bronzes, and one silver medal at Invicta’19 and additionally triumphing different accolades at Vaayu’19, Virudhaka’15 and ’16.

We have had additionally had coaches for moots and ADR competitions. For example, AZB & Partners was our teaching for the crew that was representing the University on the ICC Paris Mediation Competition.

Additionally, our students have published in diverse journals and additionally offered at countrywide and worldwide meetings.

Internships and Placements – Internships are one of the most important matters that our college mandates us to perform. We have an Internship Cell that helps us you obtain internships. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, J Sagar & Associates and Khaitan are among the fantastic regulation firms that reserve slots for our college students all through the internship breaks. Our college students are also furnished with clerkships underneath the judges of the Bombay High Court.

My friends have interned with some of the fine law companies like AZB & Partners, Luthra and Luthra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, ALMT Legal, Khaitan & Co., J Sagar & Associates, Trilegal S & R Associates, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan and plenty of more.

They have also worked beneath senior counsels at the Supreme Court and High Courts like Mr. Harish Salve, Indira Jaising, Prashant Bhushan, Janak Dwarkadas, Kapil Sibal, Siddharth Luthra, and Salman Khurshid to call a few.

Besides legal professionals and regulation companies, college students have pursued clerkships; labored within residence counsels, government departments, NGOs, think tanks and journals.

Our first batch might be sitting for placements this yr. Our Placement Cell has been formed and is within the procedure of securing placements for our college students.