VMLS is mentored by OP Jindal Global University (an Institution of Eminence) and Jindal Global Law School under an institutional mentorship agreement.

VMLS is mentored by OP Jindal Global University (an Institution of Eminence) and Jindal Global Law School under an institutional mentorship agreement.

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Dean’s Message

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Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan


Academic Qualifications

  • MSx Sloan Fellow, Business Administration, and Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Management, USA
  • SJD and LL.M, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, USA
  • B.A., LL.B (Hons.), National Law School of India University

A professional law degree has become increasingly appealing to students since India’s liberalization in the early 90s, driven by the opening of domestic markets, the rise in global trade, and the complexities of the new economic order. This spurred demand for smart, articulate, and competent professionals to lead in areas like mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital investments, offshore tax structures, and complex commercial transactions. Consequently, national law schools and five-year programs gained prominence as law firms and companies sought to hire new graduates with attractive pay packages.

However, subsequent economic and socio-political changes have necessitated a reevaluation of legal education. The increasing presence of technology and automation, the need for reimagining dispute resolution, the expansion of a regulatory state, and the weakening of strict separation between disciplines require new models of legal education. While earlier, new graduates were hired for due diligence in law firms, today, AI-powered assistants handle such tasks. Yet, there remains a growing need for talent and leadership at the middle and top levels due to the increasing complexity of the legal and regulatory architecture.

Litigation in courts remains a major career option, but dispute management through alternative dispute resolution methods like commercial arbitration and mediation is increasingly being sought after. To fully leverage this demand, legal education must incorporate new skills, including data literacy and a basic understanding of business and governance processes. The job market is also undergoing structural changes with the rise of the gig economy, offering exciting work and rewards for those who manage time and network effectively.

VMLS’ law degree is designed to meet these new challenges by molding young minds through a pedagogical process that considers these changes and equips them with new skills and professional capabilities. At VMLS, we value innovation in legal education, placing considerable emphasis on course design that addresses the identified skill gaps and experiential learning models that provide students with hands-on exposure to the professional world.

Our faculty comprises a mix of legal scholars and practitioners who excel in research and training. We envision the teacher as a facilitator guiding students through the learning process. Our well-funded teaching support unit is committed to integrating cutting-edge teaching methods into our daily classroom experience. We also aim to create tie-ups with foreign universities for exchange programs and joint research initiatives.

Effective communication is crucial for a successful legal career. VMLS’ Communications and English Language Lab (CELL) provides foundational communication skills, including grammar, reading, writing, and public speaking. We offer a unique curriculum and teaching methods to support learners who may have limited exposure to English as a working language.

Central Themes Shaping Legal Education at VMLS

  1. Technology Integration

    The dominant presence of technology and its impact on legal systems and frameworks necessitate a focus on technology and technology policy as part of the legal curriculum. From basics to advanced concepts, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks governing technology. Courses integrate technology into core subjects like constitutional law, criminal law, and contracts, with electives covering areas like data protection and regulation of the digital economy. Our clinical courses equip students with technology licensing skills and an understanding of policy-making.

  2. Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

    ADR methods are increasingly central to dispute resolution strategies. The growth of institutions conducting professional ADR has made these methods primary in commercial settings. Courts have also adopted innovative ADR strategies, such as commercial courts deploying informal strategies before trial. Our curriculum captures these skills, preparing students for diverse settings, from labor mediation to international commercial arbitration. The Global Tamil Law Centre (GTLC) also supports this vision by addressing challenges pertaining to access to justice within the State of Tamil Nadu.

  3. Regulatory State

    The rise of the regulatory state impacts the role of lawyers, requiring a reevaluation of core courses like constitutional and administrative law. Lawyers now engage extensively with regulatory bodies, guiding regulated entities on the applicable laws and regulations. A sound understanding of jurisprudence, economic and political thought, and behavioral aspects of governance is essential to perform this role. VMLS’ curriculum is structured to meet these demands.

  4. Internationalization and Comparative Law

    Internationalization and comparative law have become integral to legal education. Policies are shaped by international pressures, and legal principles from across the globe inform domestic law. Our curriculum exposes students to fundamental themes and global debates, preparing them to navigate both Indian and international legal landscapes. The Centre for the Promotion of International Law exemplifies our commitment, with initiatives like an e-journal focusing on present-day international conflict and guest lectures on sustainable growth standing out in this regard.

VMLS is committed to excellence through inclusivity and shaping a pioneering model in Indian legal education. Our faculty and support systems nurture the best in each student, promoting collaboration and problem-solving. We prepare students to generate maximal impact in their careers, fulfilling the promise of a comprehensive and forward-thinking legal education. We look forward to support from all leaders of the bench and the bar in fulfilling this vision.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan
Dean, VMLS

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
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Board of Advisors

VMLS is advised by a Board of Advisors comprising of eminent legal luminaries.

Indu Malhotra

Retired Judge; Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of India

Mr. Justice P. Kalaiyarasan

Former Judge, Madras High Court, Chairman, Tamil Nadu State Official Language Commission.

Padma Sri Dr. T.K.Viswanathan

Former Secretary - General of Lok Sabha; Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India

Prof. Dr. Chockalingam

Chairperson, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, (RGNIYD); Vice President, World Society of Victimology; Former Vice Chancellor, M.S.University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

Mr. Promod Nair

Senior Advocate, High Court of Karnataka; Solicitor-Advocate, England and Wales

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Campus Life

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.

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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.

VMLS Library

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.

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