Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai is established by the Maharashtra Act No. VI of 2014. The University commenced its academic journey on 1st August 2015 at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai Campus with the kind and active support of Professor S Parasuraman, Director, TISS. The university availed the advantage of being within the premises of an established and acclaimed institute of the nation. The 2017-18 academic session of the University is slated to commence at its new found facilities viz., from 2nd and 6th Floor of the CETTM, MTNL Powai campus. The Maharashtra Government has been kind enough to allow MNLU Mumbai to relocate at the state of the art facility of CETTM (Centre for Excellence in Telecom Training and Management) of MTNL campus at Powai.
Mumbai is the Financial Capital of India. It provides an enchanting opportunity for legal education in the fast changing conglomeration coupled with the dynamic economic environment. The city provides a platform for thrilling experience of social intermix of elite and working class, development and richness in corporate business. The Indian legal system had certain vital genesis evolved from the soil of Mumbai. Annals in the province of law, legal knowledge, advocacy, judicial precedents, and legal luminaries are also equally rich.
The University aims to garner a center of excellence in legal education, skills and research at Mumbai, and work for the development of legal education with noble and innovative methods of pedagogy. The object is to make legal education more relevant to all the strata of people and stake-holders of the society. Our predominant endeavour is to espouse a cadre of committed and learned young law scholars to accept the challenges to the tests of law, justice delivery system and instil the confidence in the ‘rule of law’ society, and constitutional values of the nation; among other propositions of human resources to cater to the legal needs of the nation including corporate, urban and rural posit.
Our enterprise is to serve the society by participation in legal reforms and services by preparing professionally competent lawyers, inquisitive researchers, able administrators, conscientious judicial officers and above all, socially responsible citizens, who shall be whole-heartedly and continuously engaged in the process of nation building. MNLU is customising a course to facilitate 'Rural Litigation Practitioners'. MNLU Mumbai has been inventing curricular methods so as to expose the students to Mumbai specialities of legal skills.
MNLU Mumbai is marching ahead with the active support from our Hon’ble Chancellor Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Judge, Supreme Court of India. The General Council, the Executive Council and the Academic Council of the university is adored by the Hon’ble Judges of the Supreme Court of India and the Chief Justice and Judges of Bombay High Court; representatives from the Maharashtra Government and leading legal luminaries from across the country.
I am glad that our students have recorded their presence at various academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular programmes by active participation and learning to compete with the best of their likes from other law schools in the country. It is enchanting to see the students return with shared experiences and a zeal for enriching their scholarship and skills. We still have a long way to go.
I congratulate the students, the members of the faculty, the staff and the Board of Management for all the progress and success achieved in the direction of the envisioned academic goals notwithstanding the constraints of infrastructure and such other facilities.
Bhavani Prasad Panda