BITS Pilani, one of the first universities to be awarded the status of ‘Institution of Eminence’ by the Central government, today announced a foray into legal education with the launch of BITS Law School in Greater Mumbai..The law school will offer five-year integrated B.A. LL.B. (Hons) and B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons) degree programmes..The first academic year will commence from August 1, 2023 with admissions starting in March 2023. Prof Ashish Bharadwaj has joined as the Founding Dean..According to a press release, BITS Law School will consist esteemed members on the Advisory Council including former Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, retired judge of the Supreme Court Justice BN Srikrishna, Managing Partner of Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas Pallavi Shroff and Managing Partner of Khaitan & Co Haigreve Khaitan..Speaking on the launch of the law school, Chancellor of BITS Pilani Kumar Mangalam Birla said in a press release,"With a bold new vision and mission, BITS Law School seeks to reimagine legal education to address contemporary and emerging problems of local and global significance. Taking inspiration from the National Education Policy (NEP) and the soaring aspirations of young Indians, BITS Law School will be a melting pot of ideas. Our globally benchmarked pedagogy, innovative curriculum, and stellar faculty will create an unparalleled experience for aspiring legal professionals.”.Prof Bharadwaj added,“BITS Law School will embrace learners and faculty who have a penchant for learning the law, who want to push the boundaries of academic research, and who share our belief in bending the arc of the moral universe towards timely justice. Our progressive, interdisciplinary, and technology-led approach will help students know the law, practice law, live with law, and empower through law. We aspire to become an inspirational benchmark by firmly basing ourselves on the core values of those who built India and the core beliefs of those who will lead India.”.A state-of-the-art, fully residential campus is being developed by architect Hafeez Contractor on a 63 acre plot in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. While the permanent and zero-carbon footprint campus will be operational in 2024, BITS Law School will begin its first academic year out of a state-of-the-art interim campus in the Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, Mumbai.Generous scholarships will be offered for meritorious students to enable access and preserve diversity. Among the specialisations offered are Technology & Media Law; Entertainment & Sports Law; Corporate & Financial Law; and Alternate Dispute Resolution & Mediation. .The release stated that a dedicated office will facilitate students’ preparedness, exposure, and access to leading law firms, business corporations, banks, NGOs, and research organizations.