International firms home in on Indian law graduates

International firms home in on Indian law graduatesA record 40 per cent of graduates at a leading Indian law school are now taking up training contracts with international law firms.

Around 32 out of 80 students are set to start training contracts with international firms after graduating from the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, in June 2009.

This compares with the figure for the previous academic year of 20 students.

NLSIU professor of ­corporate law Padmanabha Pillai said: “Including postgraduate studies, about 40 per cent of our students are now getting offers from international firms.”

Clifford Chance India head Chris Wyman said the percentage is surprising, adding: “When we first started recruiting in India there was really just ­Linklaters, us and several others. Now it’s not only the larger firms, but also some of the smaller firms with an Indian interest, who are looking to recruit.”