There is no denying the fact that law is pervasive, governing every aspect of our lives and interactions. Thus, after setting up the School of Technology in 1997, I wished to expand the KIIT ambit to offer students this challenging yet rewarding subject under the aegis of a KIIT School of Law. To give a fillip to this aspiration, I sought the guidance of Dr N.L. Mitra, a legal educationist par excellence, Vice-Chancellor of National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore (1997-2000) and Founder Vice-Chancellor of National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur (2001-2004).
I also received indescribable support from Prof. Martin Hunter, one of the most prominent arbitration lawyers in the world and Madam Linda Hunter. This, coupled with Dr Mitra’s able guidance and leadership, led to the establishment of the KIIT School of Law in 2007. In the years that followed, Prof. Mitra became the Chancellor of KIIT, and on a personal note, akin to a father figure for me. To date, he continues to serve as Professor Emeritus at our Law School. I always salute him for his outstanding contribution in making the school reach where it is today.
I am also grateful for the immense contributions of renowned academic and legal scholar – Prof Faizan Mustafa who took the reins of the School as its first Director, subsequently followed by the able decade-long leadership of Prof. Dr Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti.
With such expert leadership and innovative teaching methods, the KIIT School of Law has grown in both name and fame, as it continually seeks to make its students competent to confront emerging challenges and to respond to the growing dimensions of the legal profession. KIIT School of Law has also achieved an impressive placement performance with many students finding success in higher education institutions in India and abroad. Some venture into litigation and legal entrepreneurship, while others successfully join judicial services. The school’s successful placement record is testament to its innovative and rigorous training in the form of yearlong moot courts, seminars and workshops, that are attended by students and professors of leading law schools and law universities across the country. The school’s events are also attended by the judges of the Supreme Court of India, Chief Justices and judges of various High Courts and many other distinguished legal luminaries. As a result, KIIT Law students get to interact with distinguished personalities from around the world on a continuous basis.
I am so pleased to see that KIIT continues to meet the growing demand for legal professionals in the wake of globalization and rapid expansion of India’s economy. The alumni of Law School are well placed in the legal firms, practising in the Courts and other avenues of legal professions. The school is among the top ten law schools in the country according to the National Ranking Framework Institute (NIRF), Govt of India. My heart swells with pride to share that our Alumna Nidhi Singh, Counsel Supreme Court of India has been featured in the Forbes India Legal Power list as one of the top 100 Individual lawyers of India. Nidhi graduated as a Gold Medalist in B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the first batch of the KIIT School of Law, Odisha. Thereafter, she received an MSc Law & Finance on full scholarship as Weidenfeld-Hoffmann & Chevening Scholar at Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She is an alumna of Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she has studied Public Policy. She also holds an M.A. in Economics for Competition Law from King’s College, London, in addition to being a JSM & SPILS Fellowship recipient at Stanford Law School, USA where she specialised in Law, Science & Technology. She is currently a practising Counsel before the Supreme Court of India and an empanelled lawyer with the Delhi High Court, where she engages in both Civil and Criminal litigation and has a decade of legal experience. Nidhi’s story is testament to the expertise and skills that KIIT School of Law prepares its students with, empowering them to create impactful change in the world.
On this note, I welcome my loveable KIITians to the expert tutelage, cutting edge research-led curriculum and incomparable industry liaisons of the KIIT School of Law