Student Committee and Societies
National Law University, Orissa is committed to providing an atmosphere in which academic excellence is the foremost priority for students. But the university also believes that what is learned from participation in extra-curricular activities is a necessary complement of academic training. In line with this view NLUO promotes extra-curricular participation and has constituted the following student committees. These committees enable students to pursue individual interests and take part in various literary, cultural and recreational activities throughout the academic year.
The Moot Society (TMS) of NLUO is managed by the University’s students under the guidance of a faculty advisor. It enjoys the mandate to coordinate all aspects of the University’s involvement with mooting, which includes organising the annual Intra-University Moot Court Competition (IUMCC) for selecting students to represent NLUO in National and International moot court competitions; co-ordinating lectures, workshops etc. by experts; and conducting on a regular basis informal discussions, workshops, practice moots, and special classes. NLUO boasts a policy of extending financial assistance to students for participating in national and international level moot court competitions. NLUO is remarkable for achieving in its very first year of existence consistently high levels of competitiveness in moot court competitions. This eventually paid off in the form of several outright wins and podium finishes in top- tier competitions. In the academic year 2013-14 the University stood seventh overall in the Mooting Premier League (MPL) organised by the website Legally India.
CULTURAL COMMITTEE (CULT CREW)
Cult Crew is the official cultural committee of NLUO. The Committee organises all the cultural programs in the university including religious and ethnic events. Further, the NLUO Cult Crew also prepares and sends the official NLUO contingent to cultural events organised by other colleges throughout the nation.
Since its inception, NLUO Cult Crew has put in enormous efforts to build a full of live and happening culture within NLUO. Some of the marquee events organised by the Cult Crew is the Independence Day celebrations wherein the first years hop on stage for the first time in college and present their talent and skills before the entire university with great patriotism. Further, the NLUO Cult Crew also organises the celebration of Saraswati Pooja and Ganesh Pooja so that students can feel at home and close to loved ones.
FRIENDS BEYOND SPECIES – SOCIETY FOR ADVANCEMENT OF ANIMAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WELFARE (SAAEW)
Friends Beyond Species – Society for the Advancement of Animal and Environmental Welfare (SAAEW) was conceived in 2017.It was created to promote affirmative discourse on issues related to animal and environmental welfare. The goal of this Society is to promote greater discussions and create a dialogue on the marginalized rights of animals and the environment. The Society has conducted several events in the last few years to increase awareness amongst the masses and promote animal and environmental welfare, including a 2-day National Conference on Animal and Environmental Welfare in 2018, selected papers of which have been successfully published into an edited book. It has further conducted an Online Certificate Course on Animal Welfare Laws, nukkad nataksas part of awareness drive, poster-making competitions and National Essay-writing competition.
SAAEW is a strong advocate for creating a harmonious and comfortable environment for humans and animals alike, and works with complete dedication to promote peaceful coexistence.
The Sports Committee of NLUO is a student-run committee constituted ever year under the guidance of the respective faculty advisers. The primary objective of the committee is to promote inclusivity and inculcate a culture in the campus with the strong affirming belief that sports knows no bounds.
The committee embraces the values which extend the idea of sportsmanship, while building the foundation for excellence, teamwork and leadership thereby fulfilling the mission of the committee. The Sports Committee endeavours to value the importance of integrity, collegiality and hard work in a bid to carry forward the legacy as the baton passes on from one batch to another.
The committee supports sports enthusiasts who have the passion to hone their skills in every possible way by providing a platform and a healthy environment for them to grow into better athletes. The intra-university events hosted by the sports committee include Cricket Premier League, Basketball Premier League, Volleyball Premier League, Football Premier League, Gully Cricket, Chess Tournaments among others. In addition to this, the Sports Committee also takes pride in hosting and organising the flagship inter-university sports fest named ‘VIRAJ’ every year attracting participation of numerous colleges and university across the country.
The committee aims to work to the best of its abilities and intend to make the most out of an academic year by setting the bar extremely high every year. With these, the committee strives to ensure the holistic development of all students while leaning into the idea that sports play a pivotal role in shaping our professional and personal lives going forward.
LEGAL AID COMMITTEE
The Legal Aid Society aims to serve all those who do not have the means to hire a lawyer for consideration of their problem as well as for advice and action for appropriate relief. Details of the work and achievements of the legal aid committee is given under the title legal services clinic.
LITERARY AND DEBATING SOCIETY
The role of Literary and Debating Committee is not just limited to organising debates and preparing students for them. It also organises writing workshops and conducts essay competitions. In addition, the Committee holds informal seminars where students and faculty members discuss topical issues, both legal and otherwise.
Colloquium Opus is the Seminar Committee of NLUO. It organises seminars and talks by eminent persons, as well as presentations by students and faculty members of NLUO, on significant and emerging issues. It is also responsible for organising national- and international-level seminars and conferences conducted by or on behalf of the University. Students of NLUO have interned at prestigious law firms and corporate houses like Amarch and Mangaldas, Kochar & Co, Khaitan& Co, Lex Counsel, and so on.
INTERNSHIP AND PLACEMENT COMMITTEE
The Internship and Placement Committee helps students reach international organisations like WHO, CRY, UNICEF and Greenpeace among many more. Students have also interned at many national institutions such as RLEK, Muktidhara, and Janjeevan. The Committee strives to secure better internships, and eventually better placements, for the students of National Law University Odisha so that they, and also the University, benefit at the end of the day.
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The Student Development Committee is intended as an interface between the student community and the faculty. It acts as a liaising body, and represents to higher authorities problems and grievances of students. It also undertakes programmes to improve the quality of life for students.
The Tech Committee is given responsibility over IT-related issues. Presently it is working on a revamp of the University’s website. It also hears student grievances on IT issues, such as internet access, and reports them to appropriate authorities. Future events planned include gaming fests, and national-level coding competitions.
SOCIETY OF LAW AND LITERATURE
Society of Law and Literature, as the name suggests, not only revolves around various legal literary works but also certain extra-curricular activities, for instance, street play, theatre etc. It is a known fact that judges while deciding various cases, tend to talk more about literature because, to look into the depths of a particular matter, one may have a different path. Literature brings interpretation skills and opens the gateway of perspectives. Legal jurists have, since the creation of law, resorted to literature’s flexibility and fluidity to annex definition to legal norms, to fill the loopholes of legal mistakes, or simply to convert complex legalese to the layman’s tongue.