Today, career opportunities for graduating lawyers are not limited to assisting as junior advocates. The emergence of the corporate legal sector has been a game-changer. There are plenty of high-paying corporate jobs available at the end of the law course for fresh graduates. This abundance of opportunities has changed the perspective of who applies to law schools, the choice of law schools, the educational experience at law schools, and how much students are willing to pay for legal education. One of the prominent institutes at the forefront of changing the dynamics of legal education in India is Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College.
Founded in the year 2002 offering courses such as B.B.A.,LL.B, a 5 year Integrated Law Course and LL.B, which is a 3-year course, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College is a pioneer in introducing legal education exclusively for women to instill values for meeting the needs of justice in the society. A proud successor of the prestigious Bishop Cotton School, the Law College is recognized by the Government of Karnataka, affiliated to the Karnataka State Law University, Hubballi and approved by the Bar Council of India, New Delhi. The College is managed by the Board of Management of Karnataka Central Diocese of Church of South India.
Situated ideally near the famous Lalbagh area and is situated behind the Town hall in Bengaluru, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College has its calm and serene campus built inside the C. S. I. Compound. “The compound houses an impressive infrastructure where the students are facilitated with a well-equipped library with over 10,000 books, 10-15 journals and e- journals, newspapers, International Humanitarian Law books from the ICRC, along with a classically designed Moot Court Hall, a posh Auditorium, a self-contained staff room, spacious class rooms and a computer lab”, shared Prof (Dr) Indirani, the Principal Incharge of the law college. Helping our readers and future legal education aspirants get a better gist of what Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College really stands for, the Principal Incharge took us on a verbal/virtual tour of the law college.
Towards holistic betterment of all
Carrying forward a vision to strive for excellence in teaching, research, and advocacy towards justice for all, by shaping thought leaders in public policy of national and international dimensions, at the Law College. The COVID- 19 pandemic felt more like a mere inconvenience than a big hurdle. Having been able to help the teachers immediately with all the said requirements regarding upskilling or upgrading, at Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College everything was carried out in a smooth manner, be it hosting all the programs effortlessly or even hosting their famous 2-day “Integreto” – A Cultural, Law and Management Fest via digital mediums. The law college even went a step further by collaborating themselves with the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bengaluru, conducted a 5 Day National Virtual Workshop, “ Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation”, which resulted in a tremendous output.
All the subjects taught at the Bishop Cotton Law College are geared towards making students adept in all the important laws. “Therefore, a student at our law college acquires skills to join the professions of their choice”, exclaims Prof (Dr) Indirani. Through the conversation with the Principal we also learnt that all the students are completely allowed to take calculated risks and actively partake in developing their individual business management skills and helping them understand the whole field of law in a better sense. Also, not only do students at the Law College hone their legal skills, enough soft skill training, and activities like NSS, Legal Services, human rights, environment and social service clubs contribute to the overall development and motivate students to become expert problem solvers.
The Law College also undertakes extensive Research activities under the able leadership of their onboard faculty members who have years of teaching, research and practice experience. They have earned degrees from prestigious law colleges and universities from India and abroad. The faculty members are also given equal importance at Bishop Cotton’s, where Faculty Development Programs, orientation programs and such training are encouraged. Strong mentor-mentee bonds exist on the campus. And teachers’ taking up mentorship sessions after the class hours is a welcome example of their hard work and dedication.
Future-ready is the keyword
Always having its prime focus on providing qualitative and fruitful education to the students by offering modernized teaching and training, at Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College graduates have the benefit of special placement guidance. Ensuring that potential students are placed to their choice, the college is also keen in providing a tailor made programme for each student according to individual talents and intelligence. The Placement Cell also provides the scope to the student to do internship with Law Firms and Advocates, while also actively engaging in getting students placed in various litigation, non-litigation and I.T. firms.
Lastly, with Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College aiming to expand its research and publication records and develop unique research opportunities in the coming years, according to the Principal Incharge, the law college aims towards being called the best hub of legal education, ensuring that girls are given equal opportunities in this field dominated by male talent. Also, with almost 10 ex-students already serving as judges be it laugh or cough, achievements are the center of attention at the law college, and everyone is equally welcome in this journey of elaborate knowledge building.
Prof (Dr) Indirani – Principal Incharge
Currently holding the prime responsibility of heading the operations as the Principal Incharge at Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College – Prof (Dr) Indirani started her teaching career in 1998 at KLE Law College Bengaluru. Subsequently she joined Al-Ameen Law College, Bengaluru and then joined Bishop Cotton in 2009. Dr Indirani has a B.A.L., LL.B, from Sir C R Reddy Law College Eluru, Andhra University, a LLM from Bangalore University in Labor laws, a MHRM in Human Resource Management from Pondicherry University, and a Ph.D in “Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations in International Law in the Age of Globalization- A Critical Analysis”, from Andhra University. Apart from being an expert law trainer cum teacher she has also practiced law in Vijayawada Court, Andhra Pradesh and High Court of Bengaluru, from 1994-96, and also has presented and published articles in both National and International journals.