Vision and Mission
Vinayaka Mission’s Law School (VMLS) formerly known as Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Law (AVIL) has been established by VMRF to impart legal education and legal skills relevant to the evolving needs of the local, national and global community.
VMLS intends to achieve this vision through its highly qualified and experienced faculty. Our faculty aims to create a progressive learning environment where they teach law courses prescribed by the Bar Council of India, as well as Elective Courses to address legal issues of a dynamic society and an ever-changing world.
At VMLS , there are four Centres of Excellence.
- The Centre for Global Tamil Law: This pioneering Centre aims to foster innovative programs and cultivate specialised advocacy and research skills in Tamil language, with the goal of providing practical experience and training for legal practice in all Courts including the District Courts and below in Tamil Nadu. The Centre also seeks to promote access to justice at the grassroots level. To achieve these objectives, the Centre will offer learning aids and materials in Tamil to supplement classroom instruction (which is in English). This initiative will benefit students who wish to enhance their legal education in English with additional learning resources in Tamil. The Centre will establish a Tamil Law library with a collection of books and judgements in Tamil. The Centre for Global Tamil Law will enter into a tie-up with Tamil Associations and diaspora across the world.
- The Centre for Justice Through Technology strives to be an incubator and ideator of Social Justice Innovation. The Centre focuses on developing more effective tools, products, processes, services, technologies, and ideas for delivering justice, empowering common citizens to achieve their full potential.
- The Centre for Promotion of International Law is dedicated to promoting excellence in research and teaching of International Law, a field that has gained unprecedented significance in today’s world. Additionally, the Centre operates an E-Journal, which features original work focusing on contemporary issues in International Law.
- The Centre for Maritime Law is dedicated to promoting the study, debate, discussion, and research in admiralty and maritime law. The Centre recognizes that matters pertaining to the jurisdiction of courts and procedural and substantive law of admiralty and maritime matters in India are yet to develop in line with international trends. Therefore, the Centre’s research efforts focus on bridging this gap and contributing to the development of this field in India. The Centre assumes tremendous significance considering that in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai there are many major ports and the Madras High Court is vested with Admiralty Jurisdiction.
At VMLS we see each of our students as success stories.
Dr. Vincent Comraj
Vice Chancellor's Message
Legal education, across the globe has a unique place in academics. Today a Law graduate shall be equipped with adequate knowledge, skills and confidence to make a choice to embrace the field beyond traditional litigation sector. Globalization and Information Technology have opened the floodgates of opportunities in all sectors including legal service. Today, Law Schools are compelled to change their approach in content, delivery and mindset to meet the demands of the students and the profession. Premeir law schools are endeavoring very hard to meet these demands.
Warm Welcome, let’s grow together!
Joint Implementation Committee
To achieve its Vision and Mission and implement the Institutional Mentorship Agreement with JGU and JGLS, VMLS is steered by a Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) set up by VMRF and O.P. Jindal Global University (OPJGU), which consists of legal experts, well-experienced practitioners and academicians with an interest, background, and commitment to the cause of quality legal education and legal skill development. The Members of the JIC bring practical insights and provide advice towards the development of VMLS Administration. The distinguished members of the Committee are:
- Dr. Antony Francis Julian, Chairperson
- Prof. (Dr.) C. Rajkumar, Permanent invitee
- Prof. (Dr.) Ananth Padmanabhan, Ex officio-member
- Mr. Senthil Kumar , Member Secretary
- Mr. J. Suresh Samuel, Member
- Mr. Vivek Dhokalia, Member
- Prof. Anand Prakash Mishra, Member
- Prof. (Dr.) Sreejith S. G, Member
- Mr. Antony R. Julian, Member
Board of Advisors
VMLS is advised by a Board of Advisors comprising of eminent legal luminaries.
Walking and cycling are the most popular ways to get around the campus. And with state-of-the-art security and 24 hour emergency services, it’s the safest place to be. There’s never a dull moment on campus, as the activities on offer are as diverse and varied too – from entertainment to extra-curricular or even religious pursuits.
It’s a ‘mini world’ out there – with students from all over India and even from other parts of the world choosing to study at AVIL. The campus too reflects this cosmopolitan aspect of the student community, with celebrations of regional festivals. Living and learning together infuse self-confidence and a spirit of comradeship amongthe students and contributes to a professional fraternity.
The Faculty of Law is a well-structured building with a well-equipped Moot Court and library. The Moot Court is the place where students gain practical experience and training. The faculty often conducts Court competitions to improve their analytical, research, oratory skills which would enable them to be successful in their careers. The entire school is Wi-Fi connected. Our campus provides a pleasant and ragging free environment.
Functioning out of a scenic campus just off the East Coast Road in the outskirts of Chennai, the cultural capital of India, the school has air-conditioned classrooms for a comfortable study time at the school. The faculty strives to unite the speculation and observation of Law within the field through regular judicature choice to participate in numerous inter-college activities.
The VMLS Library contains a vast collection of Law books, and the Library’s collection is regularly updated.
The library contains back volumes and latest issues of all premium Law Reports and Journals, including All India Reporter, Supreme Court Cases, Criminal Law Journal, Company Cases and Indian Bar Review.
The digital library is equipped with e-databases of AIR and CLJ cases, which are also available for remote access to students. We are also in the process of obtaining more e-resources and e-databases like Manupatra, SCC Online, Westworld, etc. The library Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) has remote access facilities where students can browse the library collection and request books, renew their subscriptions and suggest new books for the library. The OPAC also provides links to open access e- resources, e-books, e-newspapers and all Government of India e-resources.