About the Committee
It is a daunting task to document the myriad happenings of an institution as dynamic and illustrious as Government Law College, and for the past 86 years, the Magazine Committee has been privileged to be entrusted with this responsibility.
Being the first law institution of the country, Government Law College has been the alma mater of innumerable legal luminaries and stalwarts. The literary expertise and creativity of our celebrated alumni led to the birth of the annual college magazine, méLAWnge. The magazine archives feature articles and pieces by legends of the Indian legal fraternity such as M.C. Chagla, Nani Palkhivala, and Goolam E. Vahanvati, showcasing their literary skills as students, in the annual magazine.
From being a simple paperback booklet of 12 pages to a magazine with over 180 pages, méLAWnge has truly evolved over the years. Being entirely a student-run endeavour, we are grateful for the support of our alumni and the various reputed law firms of the country, year after year.
MéLAWnge consists of various sections, each unique and dynamic. The magazine opens with messages from the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Union Law Minister, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Bombay High Court.
Stalwarts Speak is the section of our Magazine in which legal luminaries share knowledge and insight into their particular field of expertise. After GLC is the section which features articles by ex-students of our college, who are now pursuing a career in a different field. The Past Revisited features an article taken from the magazine archives written by a distinguished member of the legal fraternity during his or her time as a student of Government Law College. These are only a few among many other sections in the magazine.
The magazine features interviews of renowned personalities, and has previously published interviews with Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Mrs. Zia Mody, Mr. Ashok Desai, Ms. Barkha Dutt, to name a few.
Launch of the Magazine
The Magazine is launched every year at an official function towards the end of February, by eminent Chief Guests. In the past, personalities such as Mr. Mukul Rohatgi, Mr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Mr. Vir Sangvi, Mrs. Indira Jaising and Mr. Cyril Shroff have launched the annual publication, méLAWnge.
With the belief that our campus extends to the whole legal fraternity, our publication is circulated amongst Hon'ble Judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts, law firms and advocates in Mumbai and Delhi, various Corporate Houses and law colleges all over India. Copies of the magazine are also presented to dignitaries such as the President of India, Prime Minister of India, Chief Justice of India and several others.
The Magazine Committee holds three annual essay writing competitions.
I. Belles-Lettres J.E. Dastur Memorial Government Law College Short Fiction Essay Writing Competition
This is a short fiction writing competition, sponsored by Senior Advocate Mr. Soli Dastur, open to students from degree colleges all across the country. The participants are given a choice of 4 topics, and the entries are judged by distinguished authors. In the past, the final round of this this Competition has been judged by literary legends such as Mr. Jeffery Archer and Ms. Anita Nair.
II. Sir Dinshah Mulla Legal Essay Writing Competition
Sponsored by Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, this competition gives Government Law College students a chance to exhibit their legal writing skills. Mr.Shardul Thacker, Senior Partner, Mulla & Mulla & Craigie Blunt & Caroe, judges this competition.
III. Vyas Government Law College National Legal Essay Writing Competition
This legal essay writing competition is open to students from law schools all across the country and is judged by various Judges of the Bombay High Court. The competition is sponsored by Senior Advocate Mr. Dinesh Vyas.
Knock-out!, the flagship event of the Magazine Committee, is an annual debate on topics of contemporary importance. It consists of a moderator and 4 panelists in teams of 2, each comprising of one ex-student (an advocate) and one current student. The debate has been previously moderated by legal stalwarts such as Mr. Iqbal Chagla, Mr. Janak Dwarkadas, Mr. Darius Khambatta and Mr. Aspi Chinoy.
The blog is our newest endeavour to encourage students to hone their literary skills. Created in 2015, the blog is an online forum for the publication of opinion pieces, scholarly articles, poetry -- written word which allows us to express ourselves freely and without judgement. Submissions are accepted all year round, and published on a monthly basis.