|Government Law College, Mumbai|
|Motto||Ne Vile Fano (Latin)|
Motto in English
|Let No Evil Enter|
|Affiliations||University of Mumbai, Bar Council of India|
The Government Law College, Mumbai, (GLC Mumbai), founded in 1855, is the oldest law school in Asia. The college, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, is run by the Government of Maharashtra. The college celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2006.
Until the 1850s there was no formal legal education for legal officers and lawyers in India. Sir Thomas Erskine Perry, the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Bombay, would deliver lectures on law after court hours. These classes were held on a very informal basis and were attended only by a select group.
However, it was not till Sir Perry left for England in 1852, that a conscious effort was made to collect funds in order to institute a chair in Jurisprudence at the Elphinstone Institution, the Perry Professorship of Jurisprudence. In 1855, Dr. R. T. Reid (first Judge of the Small Causes Court, Bombay) was appointed as the first Perry Professor of Jurisprudence and the Government Law School, as it was then called, was established at the Elphinstone Institution. The Government Law School has been affiliated with the University of Bombay since 1860. Government Law College, Mumbai is one of the premier law institutes of India.
The name Government Law School was changed to Government Law College in 1925. It was only in 1938 that the college was converted into a full-time institution. After this change of status, the Government of Bombay decided to allocate a plot, west of Churchgate railway station for the Government Law College building. The college today stands at this location.
Affiliated to the Mumbai University, the Government Law College follows the semester system, and provides the 5-year integrated BLS-LLB as well as the 3-year LLB course. The 5-year course consists of a 2-year foundation in the liberal arts/sociology, followed by the 3-year curriculum of core legal subjects, which are common to the 3-year law course. Most of the 3-year law subjects are taught by practicing lawyers, rather than academics, most of them teaching part-time. The teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum for the three-year programme is thus geared more towards practical professional law, rather than theoretical, academic law. Current faculty include respected academics such as Prof Homer Pithawala and Prof Daswani, partners from India's top law firms (often with international legal experience), as well as advocates practicing in the higher judiciary. Many of the more prominent faculty are alumni of the college.
Admission to the college is through the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test - the MH LAW CET, which was introduced in 2016. The entrance exam is compulsory for admissions for law colleges in Maharashtra, and tests legal aptitude, general knowledge, language, and reasoning skills. 85% of the seats are reserved for candidates from Maharashtra, and an overall reservation for various college seats is as high as 50%. In 2018, over 23000 students appeared from Maharashtra, and 16000 students appeared for the entrance test from the rest of the country for the 3-year course. The total number of seats are 240, and typical cut off ranks for students from the "Maharashtra General Category" is an all-India Rank of 200, while those of students from outside Maharashtra is about 120. 
The 5-year course is less competitive, for many students consider alternate law schools, such as the National Law Universities, which do not offer 3-year degrees, and admit students on the basis of another test - CLAT. In 2018, over 15000 students appeared for the 5-year MH LAW CET admissions test. Typical cut offs for 240 BLS LLB seats are at All India Rank 500 for Maharashtra students belonging to the "General Category".
The B.L.S. LL.B. program is a 10-semester full-time course open to students right out of High School (Class XII in the Indian system). The first 2 years (4 semesters) constitute a 'pre-law' course where the student is taught social-science subjects like Economics, Political Science, History, English and Legal Language etc. In the next three years core law subjects, like Contracts, Family law, Labour Laws etc. are dealt with. In their 8th and 10th semester, the students have the option of choosing some particular subjects along with some compulsory subjects. A total of 4 practical training papers are compulsory for all the students. The BLS or the Bachelor of Legal Sciences degree is awarded to the students by the University of Mumbai after successful completion of the 3rd year and the LLB degree is awarded after completion of 5 years. Students are eligible to exit with a Bachelor's degree in Legal Studies (BLS) at the end of 6 semesters, but cannot practice law unless they complete the course in its entirety.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree is required for enrolling into the LL.B. degree. The LL.B. degree is a three-year program with classes devoted solely to the study of law, and graduates are eligible to practice as an advocate, as per the Rules of the Bar Council of India. A student who desires to learn the law but does not wish to practice as an advocate is eligible for the LL.B. (General) Degree at the end of two years.
GLC further features specialised diploma courses which include Postgraduate Diploma Course in Securities Law, Post Graduate Diploma In Intellectual Property Rights and Diploma in Cyber-Laws offered in joint-collaboration with the Asian School of Cyber Laws. Recently the College has started the Post Graduate Certificate Course in Human Rights. All courses are taught by leading practitioners and experts.
Throughout its history, the college has had the honour of guidance from eminent legal luminaries who have adorned benches of the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court. The long list of legends include:
From its humble origins in 1856, GLC's library has grown into one of the foremost law libraries in the country, housing more than 42,000 books. In addition to its extensive collection of books and law reports drawn from all over the world, the library has maintained and preserved rare books that are out of print, some of which cannot be found in any other library in India. The Library additionally features a dedicated Electronic Research Room (ERR) for student use.
In 1856-57 a collection of law books was purchased for the use of the students of the college at the suggestion of Mr. E.I. Howard, Bar-at-Law and the then Director of Public Instruction. But this could only be housed at the Native General Library at Dhobi Talao for the lack of space. Eventually, in 1891, Government Law School and its Library were accommodated in Elphinstone College Building at Kalaghoda and on 13 July 1891, the Government sanctioned a grant of Rs.2,000/- for the purchase of furniture and other equipment for the Law Library. Every Principal in its own way tried to enrich the library in order to make it useful to the students as well as to the practitioners. During his tenure Dr. B. R. Ambedkar prevailed upon the Government to make an additional grant of Rs. 1000/- which was sanctioned in 1936. The Harilal J. Kania Memorial Library and Reading Room on the third floor of the college has been a part of this college since 1952. This Reading Room was created from the Harilal J. Kania Memorial Fund, which was instituted to honour the memory of Sir Harilal J. Kania, the first Chief Justice of India and an ex-student of GLC. This Reading Room can accommodate as many as 200 students at a time. The other two floors, i.e. the first and the second floors of the annex building, house various books on case law, many of which are more than a hundred years old.
The library enjoys the distinction of being the archival repository of the Civil Procedure Code of the East India Company’s Courts in the presidency of Fort St. George, and the original copy of the Indian Penal Code as drafted by Lord Macaulay in the year 1886.
The college provides scholarships to meritorious students. Special awards such as the Ranganathrao Trophy, the Yashwant Dalal Cup for Overall Excellence, the Diwan Jotimal Chuganee Trophy and the B.M. Vardhan’s Trophy for best Debater/Elocutionist are instituted for the overall development of students.
The college has been publishing the college magazine since 1930 and the Law Review for the last few years.
The college is known for an active student life and college teams have a consistently exemplary record in many sports. The GLC campus is located at Churchgate, to the west of the railway station, with close proximity to the Bombay High Court. The college has 17 classrooms, a Mooting Room, an Auditorium, an audio-visual room and a canteen for the benefit of students. The campus has a basketball court and a mini gymkhana at the back of the auditorium (for table tennis, carom, etc.). The students also use the nearby Oval Maidan or Mumbai University ground for sports such as cricket and football. The college has no hostel of its own. However, 62 seats for male students of the College in the Government Colleges Hostel, "C" Road, Churchgate and 20 Seats for male students at the Ismail Yusuf College at Jogeshwari, Mumbai has been provided.
GLC has been encouraging activities like Moot Courts, debates, essay competitions and other activities which help improving the legal knowledge and the oratory and literary skills of the aspiring candidates. Moot court competitions have been a regular feature since 1936. The student committees also encourage sports, music, dance and drama.
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Consistently ranked amongst the top law institutions of the country alongside top National Law Universities, GLC is amongst India's top five institutions for the three year law degree. Overall, the Government Law College, Mumbai was ranked 15 in India by Outlook India's "Top 25 Law Colleges In 2017" and 12 in India by The Week's "Top Law Colleges 2017"., though student-based rankings, which often hold magazine law school rankings in disdain, generally rank it higher.
Graduate outcomes include prestigious scholarships including the Rhodes, placements in top law firms including AZB, Trilegal, Khaitan, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas etc. Students have also been placed in banks, regulatory institutions, in-house positions for corporations, Big-4 auditing companies, public service undertakings, the higher civil services, NGOs etc. Many alumni have been admitted to renowned post graduate law programmes world-wide, including those at Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, King's College London, Sciences Po etc. Many graduates also choose a litigation career at the bar, often working in the chambers of Senior Advocates like Janak Dwarkadas.
Recent alumni include managing partners/principals of top Indian firms, founders of well known start-up law firms, partners at top law firms, both in India and abroad, as well as judges.
Abdul Ghafoor Abdul Majeed Noorani, known popularly as A. G. Noorani, (born 16 September 1930) is an Indian lawyer, constitutional expert and political commentator. He has practised as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India and in the Bombay High Court.Ajit Prakash Shah
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Justice Shah was appointed Additional Judge of Bombay High Court on 18 December 1992 and became a permanent Judge of Bombay High Court on 8 April 1994. He assumed charge as the Chief Justice of Madras High Court on 12 November 2005 and was transferred as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 7 May 2008.Since June 2011, Justice Shah has been the Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the self-regulatory body for non-news general entertainment channels (GECs) set up by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF).Asaf Ali Asghar Fyzee
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Government Law College, MumbaiTamil Nadu
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Government Law College, Coimbatore
Government Law College, Madurai
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Gurudas Kamat (5 October 1954 – 22 August 2018) was an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress (INC).
An advocate by profession, Kamat was a commerce graduate from R.A. Podar College, Mumbai and has a law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai.He was a Member of the Parliament for the Mumbai North West constituency of Maharashtra in 2009 and Mumbai North East constituency of Maharashtra in 1984, 1991, 1998 and 2004. He served as the Minister of State for Home Affairs with additional charge of Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India during 2009 to 2011. In July 2011, he resigned as minister. In 2013,july Kamat was appointed General Secretary All India Congress Committee and given charge of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and was also appointed as a member of the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision making body of the Indian National Congress. In 2014, he lost the Lok Sabha Election. In 2017, Kamat resigned from all positions that he held at the Indian National Congress. Despite his insistence on resignation the Party continues to acknowledge him as the General Secretary of AICC.H. J. Kania
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R. B. Naik was born in Hiregutti village and completed his B.A. from the Wilson College, Mumbai and then his L.L.B. from the Government Law College, Mumbai. He was a lawyer by profession, a social worker and a politician by necessity.
Naik was an active member of the Congress Party. As a Member of the Legislative Assembly, he was in Y B Chavan's government of the Bombay State.
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In a recent interview for the Creating Emerging Markets project at the Harvard Business School, Bajaj provides a devastating critique of Indian industrial policies before the liberalization in the 1990s.Raju Narayana Swamy
Raju Narayana Swamy (born 24 May 1968) is an officer in the Indian Administrative Service. He was District Collector and District Magistrate of five districts in Kerala. He also served as Agriculture Production Commissioner and Principal Secretary of Kerala state government. Now he serves as Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Govt of India.
He was born in a middle class family. His father, who was a Professor of Mathematics, played a key role in shaping him up. His mother was a college professor. Raju Narayana Swamy obtained his Computer Science Graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He stood first rank - in the State of Kerala in Class 10 Examination SSLC (1983), Pre-degree Examination (MGU-1985) and Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (1990 – in terms of percentile) conducted for admission to postgraduate engineering courses in India. He attained 10th rank in IIT Joint entrance examination for admissions into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technologies. In 1991, he obtained the first rank in Civil Services Examination and entered the Indian Administrative Service. In August 2011, he was awarded a doctorate degree by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He is currently in the process of securing his second Phd from the prestigious Gujarat National Law University. He is the first Bureaucrat to complete all the 10 courses conducted by the National Institute of Disaster Management New Delhi in association with the World Bank Institute in First Rank. Also he had completed almost 16 Post graduation courses in First Rank. However, he is more known for his strict stand against corrupt politicians and officials.In fact, he is known as the Ashok Khemka of Kerala.
He has held several posts including District Collector of five districts, Director of Fisheries and of Collegiate Education, Managing Director, Marketfed and Commissioner in Civil Supplies Department of Kerala before being removed allegedly for trying to expose corruption. His Anti-Corruption Campaign started from the very first day of his Service, which earned him flaks from Political Bosses and led to 20 transfers in last 22 years. He had to pay huge price for his War against Corruption. He was made to go on forced leave as managing director of the state Marketing Federation (MARKETFED) after refusing to play ball with the chairman, a senior politician. He was shunted to sinecure assignments, even posted to work under junior officers.
As District Collector, Trichur, he single handedly widened the Pattalom Road and the Inner Ring Road.
Once he refused permission to a real-estate businessman to fill up a large paddy farm — it would have deluged some 50 poor village homes nearby with waste from the adjacent government hospital.
In his district it was a practice to collect crores of rupees for earthen bunds meant for poor farmers, but which were never constructed. A bill for rupees 8 crores came up before Narayanaswamy. He inspected the bund. He found it very weak and said that he will pass the bill after the rainy season to ensure that the bund served the purpose. As expected the earthen bund was too weak to stand the rain and it disappeared in the rain. But he created a lot of enemies for saving 8 crores public money.
After the V. S. Achuthanandan led LDF government came into power in Kerala, Narayana Swamy was appointed as the collector of Idukki district  When Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan wanted encroachers in Munnar driven out, Narayanaswamy was one of the CM’s three handpicked men. Even senior CPM leaders objected to his choice, but VS stood his ground. During his investigations, he inquired into an alleged illegal land deal by the son and daughter of the then public works minister T. U. Kuruvilla who had to resign over the issue. It was the first time in the history of the country that a Minister had to resign on the report of an IAS officer.He also proceeded against the former minister P. J. Joseph and his relatives regarding their alleged illegal landholdings.
In 2007, Kerala Public Works Minister T U Kuruvilla was forced to resign following an Investigation by Raju Narayana Swamy. Kuruvilla’s children had taken Rs 6.5 crore from an NRI businessman promising to sell him some prime land, soon suspected to be encroached. The sale did not happen, the NRI went public while Kuruvila maintained everything was above board. Narayanaswamy, the then Idukki District Collector, probed the land the Minister’s children were to sell: he reported that a good part of the land they purveyed was government land, some suspectedly benami. Kuruvila could only agree to quit. He also proceeded against a former minister P. J. Joseph and his relatives regarding their alleged illegal landholdings. “In my service life I have always fought corruption. We could be sidelined but officers should not get demoralized. The public applause we get for taking strong stand on issues is what keeps us going’’ says Raju. Since 2007 he has been shunted to various insignificant posts and has thereafter been consistently been picked up by the Election Commission of India for 31 election duties in 16 States across the country. During the 2012 Uttar Pradesh election, he was roll observer for all the six districts in Kanpur division.
Author And Awards
Swamy has 26 books to his credit, the latest being one on popular science – Nano Muthal Nakshatram Vare. He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for a travelogue, Santhimantram Muzhangunna Thazvarayil. He has also won the Bhima Gold Medal and Kunhunni Award (both for children’s literature) and the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship (in Cyber Law). His other works include Niram Mangiya Vazhithara, which is a translation of The Road of Lost Innocence, the English version of the French memoirs by Somaly Mam.He has been chosen by IIT Kanpur for 2018 Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award for his professional integrity to uphold human value.
At present, he handles two columns for children - one in Balarama(popular science) and the other in Digest (Indian Constitution for Children).
He was one of the recipients of the fourth IRDS awards for public service, awarded by the Lucknow-based Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS). In August 2011, he was awarded a doctorate degree by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. He has undergone trainings at prestigious institutions both in India (IIMs etc.) and abroad (ENA, Paris, Canada etc. ). Swamy also holds a diploma in Cyber Law (from Government Law College, Mumbai) as well as a PG in Cyber law, a PG Diploma in Environmental Law and two PG Diplomas each from the National Law University, Delhi and the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. He has also published more than 150 research papers in national and international journals of repute in areas as diverse as e-governance to intellectual property rights and is a recognized Ph. D. guide of many universities.Smt. Vinatadevi Tope Social Service League
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