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Symbiosis Law School – SLS
Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLS, Pune), India was established in 1977 under the banner of Symbiosis Society. under the patronage of Dr. S. B. Mujumdar, President & Founder Director, it is registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and the Bombay Public Trust, Act,1950. Symbiosis Law School is a constituent college of the Symbiosis International University.
Admission for Undergraduate Programmes is through Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) which is a common written test for the admission processes of Undergraduate Institutes of Symbiosis International University (SIU). The Entrance Test is followed by Group Exercise and Personal Interview which makes SLS the first law school to adopt admission through these steps.
The school has 25 full-time faculty members which include two Professors, three Associate Professors, 19 Assistant Professors and one Teaching Associate and one Adjunct Faculty. The faculty members are involved in research projects. Some of them have visited Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, under Erasmus Mundus and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) exchange programs. A faculty member has received the ICCR Rotating Chair Research Fellowship from the government of India in association with Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany.
Symbiosis Law School is a core partner in the global network of legal institutes, the Erasmus Mundus, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – a grant for bilateral exchange with Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, membership of International Association of Law Schools (IALS), USA, Asian Law Institute, Singapore and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
Symbiosis Law School has a Legal Care and Literacy Centre for providing legal aid to the community. The following are some of the highlights of the Community Services of SLS, Pune:
- Community Lawyering and Legal Aid – in Collaboration with CLRN, CUNY School of Law, USA
- Legal Aid Centre has been set up in Pirangut Village to provide legal aid to the villagers
- Created Rs. 20 Lacs Corpus Fund with kind assistance from Symbiosis Foundation and Adv. Ram Jethmalani for Community Legal Service
- Lecture Series in Pirangut by experts on alternate Saturdays.
- Socio-Legal Survey in progress
- Service Learning as part of curricular activities to groom the students.
- Outreach program: inter-institute expertise sharing
- Proposal to train Police sent, approval awaited from Government of India
- Legal Aid Camps and Legal literacy activities
- Created Legal Resource Network
- Collaboration with SOFOSH (Society of Friends of the Sassoon Hospitals) to provide legal aid
- Make a Difference’ – Human Rights Cell
- Collaboration with other NGOs like Alert, Saheli, PCGT.
Centres of Specialization
SLS has set up six Centres of Specialization in Public Law & Governance, Private Laws, Transnational & Global Legal Studies, Corporate Laws, Justice Education and Technology & Innovation Laws, to promote research activities. Under these Centres of Specialization, research projects are being carried out, such as Community Legal Care, Legal aid activities, Microsoft IPR Chair, Prisoner’s Rights, Law Reform Projects on Common Property with NLSIU, Bangalore & Compensation for rape victims with National Commission for Women alongside supportive research for Law Commission of India. IPC handbook, book research on Feminist Jurisprudence, Legal Regulation of Biotechnology and Educational Laws are other initiatives.
The Student Council is the apex student body of the institution and is primarily responsible for all student activities in the college. It also oversees and supervises all other student bodies in the college. It is headed by a President and 2-3 Vice Presidents with various cabinet members. It is governed by the “Symbiosis Law School, Pune Student Council Constitution”.
Clubs and societies of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, include the Human Rights Cell (HRC), The Environment Protection and Consumer Rights Organization (Ecocon), Legal Aid and Literacy Cell, Tech Legal Cell, Alumni Cell, Corporate Cell, Law Hawks Forum, International Cell – ILSA, Sports Committee, Law and Economics cell(LAWECON) and the Student Bar Association (SBA). The institution has been a partner institute for Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot Court Competition from 2008 onwards.
- Symbiosis Contemporary Law Journal
It is a revamped journal of SLS which has replaced the erstwhile journals of the Law School – Symbiosis Law Times, Journal of Symbiosis Law School & IPR Chronicle and consolidated into one journal. It brings the issues which are contemporary to legal education in the country in the fields of Constitutional Law, Corporate Laws, Comparative and International legal studies, Intellectual Property Rights, Innovations in Technology and the recent regulations. It is an annual publication.
- Symbiosis Student Law Review
Its provides a platform for the students of the law schools of the country to share their views and expertise in law. This annual journal aims at encouraging students research and to publish their research articles, essays and conference papers.
- Lex-Et Symbiosis – Newsletter
This is the bi-annual newsletter of the school which provides updates on campus activities and other events that takes place in the Law School. It also provides awareness of happenings in the legal field.
- Justice Y. V. Chandrachud Memorial Public Lecture Series Handbook
The handbook of memorial public lecture series covers public lectures organized by SLS, commemorating the life and work of Indian educational thinkers and practitioners as well as contemporary legal issues. It aims at sharing the knowledge, to reach out to policy makers, the media and the general public, to celebrate the memory and contribution of Late Justice Y. V. Chandrachud, a son of Maharashtra, one of the eminent Judges of Supreme Court of India and the Advisor and Professor Emeritus of SLS.
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