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BITS Pilani Launches New Law School


Mumbai: BITS Pilani, one of India’s first universities to be awarded Institution of Eminence status, ventured into legal education with the establishment of BITS Law School in Greater Mumbai.

The institute will offer a curriculum that emphasizes empathy and creativity, legal writing and research, with a strong digital underpinning.

The Institute, which will give generous scholarships to deserving students, will offer two five-year integrated degrees, BA LLB (Hons) and BBA LLB (Hons). The first academic year starts on 1 August.

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor of BITS Pilani, said: “With a bold new vision and mission, BITS Law School seeks to reshape legal education to address contemporary and emerging issues of local and global concern.”

Some of the members of the advisory board of the institute include former Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, retired Supreme Court Justice BN Srikrishna, Pallavi Shroff, managing partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co., and Haigreve Khaitan, managing partner, Khaitan & Co. Professor Ashish Bharadwaj will join as the founding dean of BITS Law School.

Bharadwaj said, “BITS Law School will embrace students and faculty who have a passion for learning the law, who want to push the boundaries of academic inquiry and who share our belief in bending the arc of the moral universe toward timely justice.”

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