Christ Academy Institute of Law


Pathways to Legal Brilliance

Since the time India got its independence from the British, the domain of legal education has seen a drastic change. And now with the dawn of the digital age, the legal field has expanded, requiring capable legal advisors across industries, Chit Funds, finance companies, Press, and so on. In this pursuit, Christ Academy Institute of Law (CAIL) stands out as a premier institution for legal education, addressing this vital need.

CAIL’s comprehensive curriculum not only imparts rigorous academic knowledge but also emphasizes practical experiences through moot courts and internships, ensuring that students are well-equipped to navigate the legal landscape. With a commitment to producing socially responsible and ethically grounded legal professionals, Christ Academy Institute of Law is the go-to institute for those seeking to excel in the legal field and contribute meaningfully to society.

CAIL in a Nutshell

Established in 2017, CAIL was inspired by the educational vision of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, a nineteenth-century educationist and social reformer in South India. The Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first Catholic indigenous congregation founded by St. Chavara in 1831, administers the institution. Also, CAIL is affiliated to Karnataka State Law University and approved by the Bar Council of India.

In a short period of time, students of CAIL have won National Blog and Essay Writing Competitions, International Mediation Competitions, National Moot Court Competitions, and Model Parliament Competitions. Furthermore, Bar & Bench has chosen one student to serve as the Campus Ambassador, representing the institute.

CAIL stays loyal to its name and reputation in its B.A LL.B, B.B.A LL.B, and B.COM LL.B. “We conduct top-notch research, use cutting-edge teaching, experiential learning, field research, and an interdisciplinary approach”, shared Prof. (Dr.) Fr. Davis Panadan, the principal of the law college. Adding to his above point, Fr. Dr. Davis added – “Dialectic sessions at CAIL are regularly held and closely aligned with the concepts of prominent philosophers and thinkers, where our main goal is to shape our students into exceptional professionals by instilling in them a strong sense of the “Cause of Justice”.

A Hotspot of State-of-the-Art Facilities

Christ Academy Institute of Law (CAIL) offers a range of unique facilities and programs designed to support students’ mental health and overall development. The innovative ‘Happiness Lab’ at CAIL provides programs to help students navigate difficult situations, promoting mental well-being. The Mentorship Programme encourages students to seek expert guidance for both academic and personal growth.

CAIL boasts a well-stocked library with over 10,000 law books, journals, and periodicals, and provides free access to a vast array of online journals such as Manupatra, Jstor, West Law, Bar and Bench, and the British Library, offering students a technologically advanced and globally informed perspective. Additionally, CAIL features a well-equipped computer lab and offers soft skills training to enhance students’ personal and professional competencies.

The campus also includes comprehensive amenities such as common rooms for girls and boys, a health room, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a swimming pool, a turf court, and basketball, tennis, and badminton courts, ensuring a well-rounded and supportive environment for all students.

Promoting Equal Opportunity and Diversity

To support worthy students from SC/ST, Karnataka villages, and even the general category, CAIL offers a variety of performance-based scholarship categories. This is consistent with the institute’s mission, which emphasizes how it supports the development of a legal and judicial system that successfully serves the needs of all Indian citizens, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

CAIL’s primary mission has always been to provide socially conscious legal education that satisfies the highest professional and academic standards in the world. In light of this, the onboard teachers and students from 26 states are welcomed with open arms, which clearly reflects variety and the character of the country in the classrooms, which also includes one foreign faculty member in the lineup. When we asked the principal how they ensure good mental health among the students during this time of uncertainty, he exclaimed – “For the sake of our students, we have a counsellor and nurse on staff. More than half of our teachers and students are women, and they come from a variety of social, economic, religious, and racial backgrounds”.

Giving back to Society – Tomorrow-ready Legal Professionals

CAIL emphasizes practical experience and career preparedness through its structured Internship and Placement Committee. This committee grooms students with internships, expert talks, and interactions with prospective employers, helping them understand the role of law in society and guiding them towards intellectually stimulating and satisfying careers.

At CAIL, a mandatory internship program is integrated into the curriculum, requiring students to intern at different types of law offices during their first five semesters, ensuring broad exposure to various legal fields. From the sixth semester onwards, students can select internships aligned with their career interests.

CAIL also offers a Moot Court in the style of Harvard University, recognized as the best in India with international standards, and a Legal Aid Clinic that enhances learning through a hands-on approach. Despite being a relatively new institution with only two graduating batches, many CAIL alumni pursue LL.M degrees both nationally and internationally, with aspirations to hold positions in public, private, corporate, and judicial sectors.

In order to help students achieve these objectives, CAIL houses a Placement Officer and Placement Committee that are devoted to finding internships with prestigious law firms, holding mock interviews for final-year students, and providing soft skills classes to help students get ready for legal careers.

Prof. (Dr.) Fr. Davis Panadan, CMI – Principal

Prof. (Dr.) Fr. Davis Panadan, CMI – Principal

At the helm of Christ Academy Institute of Law’s success is its founding Principal, Prof. (Dr.) Fr. Davis Panadan, CMI, who has been a central cornerstone of the institution since its inception. A seasoned disciplinarian, Prof. Davis Panadan has held numerous prestigious academic positions, including serving as an Academic Council Member of Karnataka State Law University (2021-22).

In recognition of his significant contributions to society, Prof. Davis Panadan was awarded the prestigious Kempegowda Award for social work by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike in 2011. More recently, he received the Most Dynamic Principal’s Award from the Golden Aim Conference in Bengaluru in 2023, acknowledging his professional efforts in legal education. Additionally, Prof. Davis Panadan is a prolific author with an extensive list of published works, further cementing his status as a distinguished leader and a true jewel in the crown of CAIL.