I am studying in Government Law College, Mumbai. Government Law College (GLC), Mumbai is one the reputed college in Maharashtra. It is established in 1855, has the distinction of being the oldest Law College in Asia, dating even prior to the University of Mumbai. GLC is located at Churchgate one of the prime location of Mumbai. The motto of college is “Ne Vile Fano” which means ‘let no evil enter’. GLC continues to hold a preeminent position in the field of legal education in India and is recognised as such too by the Bar Council of India. The College remains strong and resolute in these trying times of a competitive and commercialised nature of legal education by holding on to its institutional ethos and due to the strength of its rich heritage and professional character, thus fulfilling its objectives of training not just the finest of the legal practitioners but also by nurturing professionals and thinkers in every sphere of society.
GLC provides many committees so that students get good platform to perform their skills and also work for College and students. There are Student’s Council, Alumni Association, Cultural Committee, Legal Aid Committee, Debating Society, Dramatic Committee, Law Review, Magazine Committee, Model United Nations Society, Moot Court Association, Placement Committee, Sports Committee, Social Service League, Students for the Promotion of International Law (SPIL) all these committees work their best for which they are formed.
GLC provides good opportunities for students for Moot Court in all over India and there is D.M. Harish Memorial GLC International Moot Court Competition, M.C. Chagla Memorial GLC State Moot Court Competition, Nani Palkhivala Memorial National Moot Court Competition, Sir Jamshedji Kanga Memorial GLC Moot Court Competition, these are popular Moot Court competitions of GLC.
The main feature of college is that it has outstanding and notable alumni and this legacy will continue. Which includes many Chief Justice India, Supreme Court Judges, High Court Judges, Senior counsel of High Court and Supreme Court, Attorney General of India, Solicitor General of India, Politician.
Notable Alumni of GLC
CHIEF JUSTICES OF INDIA
Justice Harilal Kania, Former CJI
Justice P.N. Bhagwati, Former CJI
Justice M.H. Kania, Former CJI
Justice S.P. Bharucha, Former CJI
Justice S.H. Kapadia
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar
Fali S. Nariman
Justice M.C. Chagla
Sir. Jamshedji Kanga
FAMOUS JUDGES OF THE SUPREME COURT AND HIGH COURTS
Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Former Judge, SC
Justice S.N. Variava, Former Judge, SC
Justice A.P. Shah, Former Chief Justice, Delhi High Court
Justice F.I. Rebello, Chief Justice, Allahabad High Court
Justice H.N. Gokhale, Former Judge, SC
Justice N.H. Patil, Former Chief Justice, Bombay High Court
ADVISORS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND STATE GOVERNMENTS
Mr. Goolam Vahanvati, Attorney General of India & Senior Counsel, SC
Mr. M.C. Setalvad, Former Attorney General of India
Mr. T.R. Andhyarujina, Former Solicitor General of India & Senior Counsel, SC
Mr. Ashok Desai, Former Solicitor General of India & Senior Counsel, SC
Mr. Darius Khambatta, Additional Solicitor General & Senior Counsel, Bombay HC
Mr. Ravindra Kadam, Advocate General of Maharashtra & Senior Counsel, Bombay HC
Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Former Attorney General of India
ELITE GOVERNMENT OFFICES, POLITICIANS, REFORMERS AND INDUSTRIALIST
Bal Gangadhar Tilak, freedom fighter
M.G. Ranade, social reformer and economist
L.K. Advani, Former Leader of Opposition, Lok Sabha & Former President, BJP
Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto
NEW LEGAL REFORMERS
Cyril Shroff, Founder of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Shardul Shroff, Founder of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Ajit Shah, Former Chairman of Law Commission, Former Chief Justice of Delhi H
Homer Pithawalla, Advocate and Solicitor of Bombay HC, Professor at GLC
Smt. Pratibha Patil, Former President of India
Vijaya Tahilramani, Former Chief Justice of Madras HC
Deena Mehta, First female member of Bombay Stock Exchange
Kanak Rele, Indian Dancer
Karina Kapoor, Indian Actress
Thus, College has many big Alumni so I did not write all the names because writing of all names of notable alumni fill a lot of pages. But One of the prestigious thing is that Father of Constitution of India- Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar was principal of my college for some year.
GLC is not only popular for Law college but for their extra curricular activities like Model United Nations (MUN). The GLC MUN Society aims to educate students about the advantages of MUNning (an internationally recognized form of debate, discussion and deliberation.)The Society assists the students and facilitates greater participation of the students of GLC at various City, National and International MUN Conferences, and officially selects and sends contingents from college to these Conferences. Every year Students Council conduct M.C. Chagla memorial lecture series in which many Judges of HC and SC, Senior Counsels, Legal educator, Jurists and they give motivation for young lawyers and students of college.
The Alumni Association every year organise Delhi Study (DST) in which twenty student get opportunity to visit Supreme Court, to take interview of Attorney General of India, Politicians such great personalities. The one of important aspect of DST is that among twenty students two students are selected who is backward class and due to this students from rural areas get opportunity to visit SC.
Social Service League’s (SSL) strategies are oriented towards making lives better. ‘Shikhar’, ‘Rural Literacy Campaign’ such activities are conduct by SSL. It has undertaken several projects such as tree plantation drives, clean up drives, projects with NGOs working for the destitute, orphaned children, HIV patients, etc. It organizes an annual exhibition Shikhar which provides a platform to various NGOs to showcase their handmade products and offer them for sale.
Students For Promotion of International Law (SPIL). SPIL organizes Workshops and informative Paper Presentations on the basics of International Law, interpretation of judgements and issues pertaining to emerging trends in International. It is associated with the Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) and is a chapter of the International Law Students’ Association (ILSA). They organise Weekly Workshops, Debates and Paper Presentations on International Law.
So GLC is place where we get not only degree of Law but every student who study in GLC become versatile in all activities. It is institution which not only teach law like other colleges but also give best lesson for life by providing various platforms for students. I am proud to be studying in Government Law College, Mumbai.