It all began in Nagarbhavi, once a sleepy little suburb tucked away among some hillocks just outside Bangalore, now the hotbed of Indian legal education, and home to the National Law School of India University.
LST was conceived in the autumn of 1999 by a group of NLSIU students and alumni. Having gone through the rigorous and often confusing examination and admission process ourselves, we perceived the need for an organisation that could provide a clear and comprehensive guide to the bewildering territory of law school examinations and admissions. This goal has evidently been reached, with hundreds of students admitted in the best law schools in India, including NLSIU, NALSAR and NUJS, despite the very limited number of seats available.
The founding members of LST Team have each achieved professional success and worked with leading industry organisations. Sachin Malhan graduated from NLSIU in 2002, as did two other founding members, Badri Natarajan and Sameer Singh. Mamta Sundara, who graduated from the NLSIU in 1999, joined LST in its infancy to play a key role in its early years. Sachin worked on high profile corporate transactions and litigation with Amarchand Mangaldas, arguably India's finest corporate law firm, before leaving to direct all his energies at LST, which he established into one of the leading preparatory training organisations in the country and continues to be associated with intimately. Sameer, Badri and Mamta, while no longer involved in its management, still advise and guide LST. Badri completed an LL.M at the London School of Economics and works with leading international law firm Clifford Chance in London. Sameer played a vital role in the foundation and setting up of LST before leaving LST to avail of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University. Sameer currently works at the leading consulting firm Boston Consulting Group. Mamta Sundara presently works with British Telecom in Singapore after several years at leading Indian law firms.
Aside from the original founder group there are others whose contributions have shaped LST into the pioneering force that it is today. Padmini Menon, who anchored LST operations for the longest time, endearing herself to our first few batches. Bhavin Patel, NLSIU batch of 2002, shaped LSTs legal reasoning delivery into an unparalleled learning experience; Maj Gen. Ram Naidu (retd.) and Sheila Sudheendra led the development of the second version of LSTs training material - content that received phenomenal feedback from students across the country and led to record-breaking results in the 2007 exams; Robin Louis, who was largely responsible for lawentrance.com becoming the force that it is today and Senthil Kumar, who has done more legal education awareness building than is humanly possible.