I. Please introduce yourself and your law school to our readers.
I, Dr. Alok Misra, M.Sc., LL.M., Ph.D. (Law) am a Professor of Constitutional Law from India. I graduated from Campus Law Centre of Delhi University. I have Teaching, Research, Administrative and Practicing Experience at Bar of more than three decades. I was the Founder and Chairman of Human Rights Organization and an Associate Member (Indian Section) of Amnesty International (London). I am a Life Member of Indian Society of International Law and the Indian Law Institute, New Delhi. My area of interest is Constitutional Law. I am a Consultant in the field of Constitutional Law. I am serving as Dean, NMIMS Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai & six other Schools of Law in other campuses at Navi Mumbai, Dhule, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Indore and Chandigarh of NMIMS (Deemed to be University) Mumbai, India. I have been awarded the Enviro-Care International Award – 2016 for efforts and dedication to the cause of environment along with Academic Excellence Award-2018 (For Contribution to Legal Fraternity). Recently I received Academic Leadership Award-2020 for recognition of leadership, expertise, contribution, devotion, commitment towards legal academics in India.
The Kirit P. Mehta School of Law (KPMSOL) of SVKM’s NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University) established in the year 2013 approved by the Bar Council of India aims to provide quality legal education in order to meet the challenges. We at School of Law inculcate and nourish all the professional virtues in a planned manner, without undermining the ‘societal values’. The academics and support mechanism in Kirit P. Mehta School of Law and other NMIMS Schools of Law is to facilitate all the determined students to give their best so as to be the ‘Best’ when it comes to application of theory in practice. The ‘Legal Skills’ built by SOL during the 5 years period should enrich a student to convert challenges into ‘benchmark’ in legal world.
We aim to refine students’ competency by engaging them in curricular and extra-curricular activities. Qualified faculties and support staff assist learners to easily integrate into the course and participate in events. The School of Law engages in case study model and class-debate methods as its chief teaching pedagogy.
SOL has uniquely incorporated compulsory credit based Internship and Moot Court as subjects.
Ample infrastructure, well equipped library facilities, online databases and e-learning modules help students engage in self learning. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled to aid students access resource materials and stay updated. Classrooms are fully equipped with Smart Boards and similar ICT tools for an interactive learning experience. Additional infrastructural facilities like Seminar Halls, Moot Court room, Computer Lab and English Digital Language Lab, aim to serve the versatile requirements of learners. Research Centres in Law and allied areas are set up for assisting learners to pursue research avenues and publish quality research papers in reputed peer reviewed journals. The School has a fully functional Legal Aid Clinic and Placement Support Team for taking care of learner’s interaction with the outside world.
II. Prof. Dr. Misra, you have attended over 100 summits, conferences, and seminars and have also contributed to over 20 books in the legal sphere. How would you describe your contribution to the field of law?
As an affectionate teacher, researcher and administrator I served the student community in the field of law with humility and sublimity. I helped in institution building by serving for long tenures in Institute of Gifted Children Education, New Delhi as Deputy Director, Government of Uttar Pradesh as Administrative Officer (Class 1 Gazetted), Mewar Law Institute and Mewar University as Principal and Dean, Amity Law School (Delhi) Affiliated to GGSIPU, New Delhi as Professor of Law and as Dean, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University), Mumbai. In the building up of these institutions, I played a crucial role. These are four well-known success stories in the field of Law. Respect given by students and support of management was very crucial in these efforts.
III. As a law school, which has evolved from a specialized excellence centre, how important do you think are specialization for law aspirants and is your institute offering any?
Specializations are very important for law students in present times. Our students specialize in Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law, Business Law and Criminal Law & Criminology in UG programs.
Students specialise in Constitutional Law, Intellectual Law, Corporate Law, Financial Regulations and Criminal Law in PG program. In research programs, (Ph.D.) students are doing research in Constitutional Laws, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms, Intellectual Property Laws and Cyber Laws.
IV. NMIMS as a group offers legal education through multiple campuses across India. Can you share the learning opportunities and experience across the campuses?
NMIMS as a group presently has Seven Law Schools across India in its various campuses. All the law schools are duly approved by the Bar Council of India and are doing well qualitatively as well as quantitatively. The digital marketing, centralised and integrated admission process through CLAT, LSAT and NMIMS LAT, Delivery of academic processes, recruitment of faculty, internships and placements, are done from Mumbai. All the law schools are set to specialise in a particular discipline of law and to be known as specialised law school, besides regular study of UG program, for e.g. NMIMS School of Law Mumbai campus wishes to establish its identity in Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property Law, NMIMS School of Law Navi Mumbai in Corporate Law, NMIMS School of Law Bengaluru in Law & Technology and NMIMS School of Law Hyderabad in Cyber Law etc.
V. The primary campus of NMIMS is in heart of Mumbai, which allows you to have a strong industry interaction. Can you throw some light on what opportunities does your institute offer to students wishing to explore the same?
NMIMS Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai since its inception has always been giving emphasis and importance to industry interaction for its students. We have been inviting top leaders of the legal fraternity and industry experts on board for physical guest lectures and to conduct online webinars to give hands-on real-time experience to our students. Since Mumbai being the hub of research centres, law firms and corporate companies we invite Managing Partners, Sr. Partners and Partners of Law Firms, Legal heads of Corporate companies on board for interacting with our students in various modes and activities. We also invite them to judge several of our competitions such as Moot Court Competitions, ADR Competition and Debate Competitions etc.
VI. Moots, MUNs and cultural competitive events are some experiences that students look forward to in their undergraduate and graduate journeys. Do you see this supporting a law student in their journey as a successful lawyer?
These events are very supportive in the overall growth of the law student. As members and convenors of various committees of these events and organising committees, students learn leadership requirements, importance of individual performance as well as performance of the team. It develops a feeling of amity and fraternity among the students.
VII. Your institution has signed up as a member of the LSAC Global Law Alliance, how do you see the initiative adding value to the already existing work you and your institution are doing?
LSAC Global Law Alliance is an International alliance of leaders in legal academics and administration. Very eminent international professors from highly calibrated law schools of the world are part of LSAC Global Law Alliance and they are working together in enriching the domain of law. Our institution as a member of the esteemed alliance gets international presence and acclaimed of its achievements. Many of our students also pursue PG programs in Law in various oversees law schools.