Emergence of SRIRAM

SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY, launched in Jan 2002, was the first in the country to set up classroom training for law aspirants keenly looking at entering the portals of National Law Schools. Today SRIRAM has become a popular name across the country for its innovative coaching methodology in classroom and online coaching programs for Law Entrance Examination leading to National Law Universities across the country.

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2003 reports on SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY

The legal route
AT A time when admissions to engineering courses were blocked by AICTE norms, when private Arts and Science colleges wondered whether it was G.O. or not and medical undergrads were treated to new rules, a small but significant number of Chennai students got themselves admitted to the nation's prestigious law schools.

Senior Advocate Shri. Arvind Datar speaks at the SRIRAM Toppers Summit, 2003 held at Vani Mahal, Chennai.

Many of them are grateful to SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY, a city coaching centre for their introductory step into the legal world. In a remarkable inaugural attempt, the academy, run by lawyer Hema and chartered accountant Raman, counts 25 of the 30 it coached as successful — two will be graduates of National Law School, Bangalore, nine got into NALSAR (National Academy for Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad), four were accepted by NUJS (National University of Juridical Sciences), two into Jodhpur National Law University, four at Symbiosis and one into the Indraprastha School.

Students Trained 30
Students Selected 25

Once they cross a stiff entrance test, an integrated five-year course will see them step out with a graduate degree and a post graduate qualification (BA-LLB) to practice law. At top schools, placement is assured. But it is an all-India contest. The IIT of Law, NLS/IU examines thousands of slogging adolescents to fill a mere 80 plus seats.The test syllabus is a bit of a nightmare. One has to show flair for English, GK, mathematics, logical reasoning and legal reasoning. And legal reasoning is not a subject offered at the Plus Two level. For most, the only time they pick up something about law is by watching "The Practice" on television.Hema devised her own curriculum. She started classes in August 2002. In February and March of 2003, students stayed away for the Board exams. In April, they attended classes almost every day and took the test in May."I always participated in school elocution," says Megha Ramani. "I have a good memory." She charts her career as a law assistant and a legal advisor. Exceptionally articulate, Malavika Raghavan did a lot of research before she chose NALSAR to carve a career. "It fits into a lot of other logistics. Eventually I'll be working with an NGO as an environment lawyer."Dipayan Das who wrote his TNPCEE along with law tests (parents insisted), will take a crack at the Civil Services exam after the law course. "I never did well as a science student," he admits. "As a lawyer, I don't have to work under anyone. May be I'll practise in Chennai."As a IXth Standard student, Anjanakshi knew she would go for law. "I won a lot of debates in school. But law is not just about talking. It is also about studying," she says realistically. She is thrilled to be at NALSAR. "Great infrastructure, 55 acres to explore!"Mahesh Kumar will be the first lawyer in his family. "I'll be joining a law firm after specialising in cyber law. It is a stable profession, not subject to market fluctuations. It is the law that rules. And the man who knows the law rules."
Most parents confess to being astonished at their kids clearing the test with just a month of serious preparation. Malavika's mother wanted her to go for engineering.

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