Kerala Law Academy
Kerala Law Academy (KLA), also referred to as Kerala Law Academy Law College (KLALC), is a private law college in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Founded in 1967, it is the first, and was for many years the only, private law institution in the state. It is accredited by the Bar Council of India. and affiliated to the University of Kerala.
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KLA has both the three year and the five-year LL.B programs (under the graduate stream of study) and the LL.M and M.B.L programs (under the post-graduate stream of study). The college has an active Moot Court Society and students of the society has also participated in various competitions held outside India. KLA also conducts a legal aid clinic to provide legal assistance to members of the underprivileged sections of the society.
Kerala Law Academy was registered as a society on 17 October 1966 and inaugurated on 21 October 1967. In 1968 land was assigned to the Kerala Law Academy Law College and the college started functioning under the University of Kerala in the same year.
In January 2017 students of the institute protested and launched a strike against what was described as "anomalies in the allocation of internal marks and inhuman treatment to students and even caste discrimination". Matters escalated as students claimed they were denied permission to organize a solidarity protest against Nehru College of Engineering and Research Centre, where a student committed suicide following alleged harassment by the college management. Protests turned violent and 15 cops were injured during a protest march. The students accused principal Lekshmi Nair, who is also a celebrity cook and television anchor, of not devoting enough time to the academic affairs of the college and later demanded her resignation. Nair denied all allegations in a press conference. The Syndicate of Kerala University has decided to send a committee to check the situation and as the committee submitted their report, the Syndicate decided to debar Nair from conduct of exam work for the next five years. Following the committee report, both big parties in the congress decided to support the students in their struggle. Soon after this, a criminal case was registered against Nair under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, for harnessing a student by calling him by his cast name. As protests entered their fourth week, the government of Kerala ordered a probe into land utilisation issues by the college. To appease the students, the management of the college has decided to remove Nair from her post, but agitation continues as students demanded Nair's resignation. Demands were made to cancel the Kerala University affiliation but these were denied by the university. Protests continued until the state government guaranteed the students they would not let the management reinstate Nair. The criminal case against Nair was withdrawn four months later.
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