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Motto in English  Let No Evil Enter
Location  Mumbai, India
Phone  022 2204 1707
Established  1855
Founded  1855
Government Law College, Mumbai
Affiliations  University of Mumbai, Bar Council of India
Address  'A' Road, Opposite Churchgate Railway Station, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Motto  Ne Vile Fano (Latin, Let No Evil Enter)
Undergraduate tuition and fees  1,500 INR (2010), International tuition: 7,500 INR (2010)
Notable alumni  Nanabhoy Palkhivala, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Pratibha Patil, L K Advani, H J Kania
Similar  ILS Law College, University of Mumbai, Symbiosis Law School, National Law School of, G J Advani Law College

The Government Law College, Mumbai (Marathi: शासकीय विधी महाविद्यालय, मुंबई, abbreviated as GLC), founded in 1855, is the oldest law school in Asia and the most distinguished law school in India. The college, affiliated to the University of Mumbai, is run by the Government of Maharashtra. GLC has been referred to as the "unarguable giant in Indian legal education" by the Bar Council of India. GLC has been ranked as one of the top law colleges in India by various surveys and organizations. The college celebrated its sesquicentennial in 2006.


Origins and founding

Until the 1850s there was no formal legal education for legal officers and lawyers in India. Sir Thomas Erskine Perry, the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Bombay, would deliver lectures on law after court hours. These classes were held on a very informal basis and were attended only by a select group.

However, it was not till Sir Perry left for England in 1852, that a conscious effort was made to collect funds in order to institute a chair in Jurisprudence at the Elphinstone Institution, the Perry Professorship of Jurisprudence. In 1855, Dr. R. T. Reid (first Judge of the Small Causes Court, Bombay) was appointed as the first Perry Professor of Jurisprudence and the Government Law School, as it was then called, was established at the Elphinstone Institution. The Government Law School has been affiliated with the University of Bombay since 1860. Government Law College, Mumbai is one of the premier law institutes of India.

Full time institution

The name Government Law School was changed to Government Law College in 1925. It was only in 1938 that the college was converted into a full-time institution. After this change of status, the Government of Bombay decided to allocate a plot, west of Churchgate railway station for the Government Law College building. The college today stands at this location.


The college does have an admissions test for matriculation. It takes up admissions through MH CET LAW introduced in 2016. The entrance exam is compulsory for admissions for law colleges in Maharashtra.

Five Year Law Course

The B.L.S. LL.B. program is a 10-semester full-time course. The first 2 years (4 semesters) constitute a 'pre-law' course where the student is taught social-science subjects like Economics, Political Science, History, English and Legal Language etc. In the next three years the actual law subjects, like Contracts, Family law, Labour Laws etc. are dealt with. In their 8th and 10th semester, the students have the option of choosing some particular subjects along with some compulsory subjects. A total of 4 practical training papers are compulsory for all the students. The BLS or the Bachelor of Legal Sciences degree is awarded to the students by the University of Mumbai after successful completion of the 3rd year and the LLB degree is awarded after completion of 5 years.

Three Year Law Course

Graduates have the option of enrolling for the LL.B. degree. The LL.B. degree is a three-year program with classes devoted solely to the study of law. A student who has successfully completed three years study is entitled to the LL.B. degree and is eligible to practice as an advocate, as per the Rules of the Bar Council of India. A student who desires to learn the law but does not wish to practice as an advocate is eligible for the LL.B. (General) Degree at the end of two years.

Other courses

GLC further features specialized diploma courses which include Postgraduate Diploma Course in Securities Law, Post Graduate Diploma In Intellectual Property Rights and Diploma in Cyber-Laws offered in joint-collaboration with the Asian School of Cyber Laws. Recently the College has started the Post Graduate Certificate Course in Human Rights. All courses are taught by leading practitioners and experts.

Prominent current and former faculty

Throughout its history, the college has had the honour of guidance from eminent legal luminaries who have adorned benches of the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court. The long list of legends include:

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian freedom fighter, famous as Father of Indian Discontent and one of the First Generation of Indians to have graduated.
  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, former Principal, first Law Minister of India and Chairman, Drafting Committee of the Constitution of India
  • Sir Dinshah Fardunji Mulla, former Principal, Privy Councilor, founding partner of Mulla and Mulla
  • Nani Palkhiwala, former Professor, noted Constitutional Lawyer
  • M. C. Chagla, former Professor, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
  • Ram Jethmalani, former Professor, noted Criminal Lawyer,
  • Prof. H. D. Pithawalla, Professor, Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of India, England and Hong Kong
  • The Library

    From its humble origins in 1856, GLC's library has grown into one of the foremost law libraries in the country, housing more than 42,000 books. In addition to its extensive collection of books and law reports drawn from all over the world, the library has maintained and preserved rare books that are out of print, some of which cannot be found in any other library in India. The Library additionally features a dedicated Electronic Research Room (ERR) for student use.

    In 1856-57 a collection of law books was purchased for the use of the students of the college at the suggestion of Mr. E.I. Howard, Bar-at-Law and the then Director of Public Instruction. But this could only be housed at the Native General Library at Dhobi Talao for the lack of space. Eventually, in 1891, Government Law School and its Library were accommodated in Elphinstone College Building at Kalaghoda and on 13 July 1891, the Government sanctioned a grant of Rs.2,000/- for the purchase of furniture and other equipment for the Law Library. Every Principal in its own way tried to enrich the library in order to make it useful to the students as well as to the practitioners. During his tenure Dr. B. R. Ambedkar prevailed upon the Government to make an additional grant of Rs. 1000/- which was sanctioned in 1936. The Harilal J. Kania Memorial Library and Reading Room on the third floor of the college has been a part of this college since 1952. This Reading Room was created from the Harilal J. Kania Memorial Fund, which was instituted to honour the memory of Sir Harilal J. Kania, the first Chief Justice of India and an ex-student of GLC. This Reading Room can accommodate as many as 200 students at a time. The other two floors, i.e. the first and the second floors of the annex building, house various books on case law, many of which are more than a hundred years old.

    The library enjoys the distinction of being the archival repository of the Civil Procedure Code of the East India Company’s Courts in the presidency of Fort St. George, and the original copy of the Indian Penal Code as drafted by Lord Macaulay in the year 1886.

    Scholarships and Awards

    The college provides scholarships to meritorious students. Special awards such as the Ranganathrao Trophy, the Yashwant Dalal Cup for Overall Excellence, the Diwan Jotimal Chuganee Trophy and the B.M. Vardhan’s Trophy for best Debater/Elocutionist are instituted for the overall development of students.


    The college has been publishing the college magazine since 1930 and the Law Review for the last few years.

    Student Life

    The college is known for an active student life and college teams have a consistently exemplary record in many sports. The GLC campus is located at Churchgate, to the west of the railway station, with close proximity to the Bombay High Court. The college has 17 classrooms, a Mooting Room, an Auditorium, an audio-visual room and a canteen for the benefit of students. The campus has a basketball court and a mini gymkhana at the back of the auditorium (for table tennis, carom, etc.). The students also use the nearby Oval Maidan or Mumbai University ground for sports such as cricket and football. The college has no hostel of its own. However, 62 seats for male students of the College in the Government Colleges Hostel, "C" Road, Churchgate and 20 Seats for male students at the Ismail Yusuf College at Jogeshwari, Mumbai has been provided.

    GLC has been encouraging activities like Moot Courts, debates, essay competitions and other activities which help improving the legal knowledge and the oratory and literary skills of the aspiring candidates. Moot court competitions have been a regular feature since 1936. The student committees also encourage sports, music, dance and drama.

    List of Student Committees

  • Moot Court Association
  • Magazine Committee
  • Smt. Vinatadevi Tope Social Service League
  • Placement Committee
  • SPIL Mumbai
  • Model United Nations
  • Alumni Association
  • Sports Committee
  • Rotaract Club
  • Leo Club
  • Legal Aid Committee
  • National Service Scheme (Unit)
  • Dramatics Committee
  • Music Circle
  • Hindi Parishad
  • Marathi Mandal
  • Gujurati Mandal
  • Bazm-E-Urdu
  • Debating and Literary Society (Facebook Page)
  • Placements

    The college welcomes a large number of top legal firms, corporates, advocates and counsels who recruit the students of GLC. Many students have been placed with the top legal firms of India. In 2011-12, 120 students of a 240 batch size were selected during the Placement Week, despite the fact that several students do not appear for placements as they have their family practices to get back to or articleship to attend. Companies that recruited from GLC include AZB & Partners, Amarchand Mangaldas, Khaitan & Co, Desai & Diwanji, Tata Group of Companies, Colgate Palmolive and LIC Housing, etc. A total of 65 companies came for placements and offered annual salaries of anywhere between Rs 500,000 and Rs 14,50,000. In 2010-11, the range was between Rs 5,00,000 and Rs 12,00,000.

    In the Annual On-Campus Recruitment Program of 2012-2013, the Placement Committee of Government Law College succeeded in having more than 60 top law firms, counsel and corporate houses to recruit the students. Since then, the Placement Committee has been implementing the recruitment process throughout the year, thus functioning all year through. The Committee organizes two "Placement Weeks", one conducted in September/October and the second scheduled in January/February, thus benefiting both the students and the potential employers.

    Running Internships

    Due to flexible college timings, students start pursuing internships with the Judges of the High Court, various law firms or with members of the Bar, during college itself. By the time most of these students graduate, their work experience in the legal sector surpasses students from all other institutions across the country. GLC is the only law college in the country which exposes its students to a plethora of work opportunities in the legal field.


    Government Law College is one of the few legal institutions that gives its students an opportunity to enroll for the Solicitors' Exam while undergoing their graduation studies. Taking full advantage of being situated in the financial capital of India, the students of GLC work as article clerks simultaneously, thereby fulfilling one of the requirements of a full-fledged solicitor.


    Many students also choose the option of practising law, both in India and abroad. Many top practising advocates and judges of Mumbai and India are GLC alumni. Generally students of GLC are known to do extremely well in litigation.

    Professional Courses

    Students get an opportunity to undergo add-on professional courses like C.S., C.A., and C.F.A. These courses enable students to expand their knowledge and awareness even as fresh graduates.

    Higher Education

    A good number of GLCites opt to pursue higher studies. GLC alumni can be found at Oxford, Harvard, etc., while others choose to do their LLM from India.

    Chief Justices of India

  • Justice H. J. Kania, first Chief Justice of India (1950-1951)
  • Justice P. N. Bhagwati (1985-1986)
  • Justice M. H. Kania (1991-1992)
  • Justice S. P. Bharucha (2001-2002)
  • Justice S. H. Kapadia (2010-2012)
  • Supreme Court and High Court judges

  • Justice M. C. Chagla, first Indian Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
  • Justice Roshan Dalvi, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice Ranjana P Desai, Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Justice H. N. Gokhale, former Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Justice Kathawala, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice A.B. Naik, Former Judge & Chairman, Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal Mumbai
  • Justice S. C. Gupte, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice G. S. Patel, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice F. I. Rebello, former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court
  • Justice A. P. Shah, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
  • Justice K. R. Shriram, Judge, Bombay High Court
  • Justice B. N. Srikrishna, former Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Justice S. N. Variava, former Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • Senior Advocates

  • Amit Desai, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Anil Divan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Aspi Chinoy, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Dinesh Vyas, Supreme Court & President, ITAT Bar Association, Mumbai
  • Fredun De Vitre, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Fali S. Nariman, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India and President of the Bar Association of India
  • H. M. Seervai, Advocate General of Maharashtra and Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India
  • Haresh Jagtiani, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • J.J. Bhatt, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • J.P. Cama, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Mahabaleshwar Morje, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Mahesh Jethmalani, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Nani Palkhivala, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India and constitutional law expert
  • Navroz H. Seervai, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Percy Pardiwalla, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Pradeep Sancheti, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Ram Jethmalani, criminal lawyer, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India
  • Rafique Dada, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court & Former President, Bombay Bar Association
  • Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan, architect of the constitution of Pakistan and personal secretary to Muhammad Ali Jinnah
  • Soli Sorabjee, Senior Advocate of Supreme Court and former Attorney General of India
  • Shyam Divan, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Soli Dastur, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Sriram Panchu, Senior Advocate, Madras High Court
  • Rajni Iyer, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • T.N. Subramanium, Senior Advocate, Bombay High Court
  • Government officials, politicians, reformers and industrialists

  • Bal Gangadhar Tilak, freedom fighter, Noted Educationist, Journalist & Prominent Social Reformer
  • L. K. Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister of India
  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, first Law Minister of India, Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee
  • T. R. Andhyarujina, former Solicitor General of India
  • Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Auto
  • Ajay Dhumal, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), K. P. Group
  • Smt. Pratibha Patil, former President of India
  • Ashok Desai, former Solicitor General of India
  • Asaf Ali Asghar Fyzee, Islamologist and academician
  • M. G. Ranade, social reformer and economist
  • M. C. Setalvad, former Attorney General of India
  • Goolam Vahanvati, former Attorney General of India
  • Mukul Rohatgi, Attorney General of India
  • Chandrashekhar Agashe, founder of Brihan Maharashtra Sugar Syndicate Ltd.
  • Notable Legal Professionals

  • Abhay Ahuja, Partner, Abhay Ahuja & Associates
  • Ameet Hariani, Partner, Hariani & Co.
  • Farzana & Zubin Behramkamdin, Partners, FZB & Associates
  • Ameet Naik, Founding Partner, Naik & Naik
  • Bahram Vakil, Founding & Managing Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Bharat Vasani, Group General Counsel, Tata & Sons
  • Bijal Ajinkya, Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
  • Bindi Dave, Partner, Wadia Ghandy & Co.
  • C. Rashmikant, Senior Partner, Federal & Rashmikant
  • Dara Mehta, Partner, Little & Co.
  • Djena Sunawalla, Partner, Wadia Ghandy & Co.
  • Cyril Shroff, Managing Partner, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Shardul S. Shroff, Managing Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangalada
  • Anil Harish & Shobha Jagtiani, Managing Partners, D.M. Harish & Co.
  • Hamid Mochhala, Managing Partner, Wadia Ghandy & Co.
  • Shardul Thacker, Partner, Mulla & Mulla Craigie Brunt & Caroe
  • Aliff Fazelbhoy, Partner, ALMT Legal
  • Gautam Bhat, Partner, Platinum Partners, Mumbai
  • Himanshu Kane, Partner, W.S. Kane & Co.
  • M.P. Bharucha, Senior Partner, Bharucha & Partners
  • Muzaffaral Federal, Senior Partner, Federal & Rashmikant
  • Nihar Mody, Partner, Platinum Partners, Mumbai
  • P. H. Parekh, Founding Partner, P. H. Parekh & Co.
  • R.A. Shah, Senior Partner, Crawford Bayley & Co.
  • Raian Karanjawala, Managing Partner, Karanjawala & Co.
  • Sanjay Ashar, Senior Partner, Crawford Bayley & Co.
  • Nishith Desai, Founding Partner, Nishith Desai Associates
  • Homer Pithawalla, Solicitor & Advocate, Supreme Courts of India, Hong Kong & England & Professor, Government Law College, Mumbai
  • References

    Government Law College, Mumbai Wikipedia

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