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Global Legal Education and India


Legal Education has traditionally been a neglected area, in India. It is one area where there has not been any fundamental change during the last 150 years. Except for the duration of the courses, and addition of some fundamental subjects, there has not been innovation in legal education scenario during all these years. An examination of the history of Indian Legal Education would reveal the following:

Legal Education in India has remained mostly concentrated on developing legal professionals in a national context.

Changes in Legal Education scenario cannot be fully understood from various committee reports, which do not exactly follow the actual changes in the legal education scenario.

Legal Education has more or less remained a theoretical study, with only minimal content of practical exposure. Experiential learning was given a back bench in actual practice, and many practical courses remain in paper rather than in content.

National law school experiment in India which has to an extent revived the interest in legal education has remained elitist and out of reach for children from middle and lower income group.

Since the past few years the roles of lawyers have drastically changed in the society. In the changed scenario, the additional roles envisaged are that of policy planner, business advisor, negotiator among interest groups, expert in articulation and communication of ideas, mediator, lobbyist, law reformer, etc. These roles demand specialised knowledge and skills not ordinarily available in the existing profession [2] . These roles have moved away from being localised and started moving beyond national boundaries. As a result a new genre of glocalised legal professionals [3] has evolved who while having a firm understanding of local legal scenario, was able to extend its principles to a global context. The growth of multi-national corporations and the growing importance of international trade relationships, and evolving interdependence among states in international relations have generated requirement of legal professionals who can think globally while acting in a local context. This has necessitated evolution of law schools from factories that chunk out academic lawyers to training schools that equip the students with the essential skills required for the new generation law graduate. If the law schools across the world are feeling that they can longer train graduates according to their whims, but will have to face the market [4] , and will have to provide output in accordance with the demands of the market, Indian law schools cannot remain as an exception. With all its constraints Indian Law schools will have to evolve from its shell and deliver the expected output or perish.

Current State of Indian Legal Education:

While a lot is currently being discussed about the state of legal education in India, with reports from National Knowledge Commission, Law Commission of India, Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India, University Grants Committee Special Committee on Legal Education, Expert Committee Appointed by Supreme Court and some state governments [5] it is necessary to draw a sketch of the existing legal education frame work in India.

In India, Legal education is coming under twin bodies- Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission. After the enactment of the Advocate's Act, 1961, Bar Council of India (BCI) became the apex body for the entire legal profession. S 7(1) of Advocate's Act, 1961, provides that one of the functions of BCI is to recognise universities whose degree in law shall be a qualification for enrollment as an advocate [6] . However the legal education remained within the purview of University Grants Commission, which was an expert body constituted by the Government of India under University Grants Commission Act, 1956 with a view to coordinate and determine standards in institutions for higher education or research and scientific and technical institutions." The Advocates Act, 1961 however has a provision [7] which permitted BCI to lay down standards of legal education. However the 184th Report of the Law Commission had examined these provisions and suggested the following harmonious interpretation of these apparently conflicting provisions:

“…as law courses in Universities which offer certain law degrees or diplomas (and where such students are notified that those degrees or diplomas will not entitle them to practice are concerned) which do not enable a person to practice, the Bar Council of India cannot impose mandatory conditions. The UGC has the prerogative in such cases. However, in the laying down of standards by the Universities even in regard to such courses, though the prerogative is with the UGC and the Universities, they would benefit much by consulting the Bar Council of India. In other words, in regard to courses in law which do not lead to a professional career, the UGC and the Universities could, at their option, consult the Bar Council of India, though it is not mandatory [8] ."

As a result of this dichotomy in regulation, there has been a serious gap in prescribing the standards of education as well as in understanding the proper direction of legal education. In fact the First National Consultative Conference of Heads of Legal Institutions(2002) has observed that the regulatory structure of legal education is currently seriously flawed and needs careful reconsideration. A typical law college has four masters minimum: the university to which it is affiliated, the State Government, the University Grants Commission and Bar Council of India. The conflict of interest between these masters often affects the standard of education imparted in these colleges. The differing priorities of the regulators often makes it difficult to specify a proper curriculum and management control suitable to bring these colleges to any efficient academic or organisational level.

Many commentators have lamented the lack of standards of legal education [9] in India and have made some useful suggestions for professionalization and giving direction to legal education. Some of these suggestions are:

Increasing work load of law students [10] 

Coordination in administration

Lack of interest of government in maintaining high standard of education in government law colleges

Absence of proper law colleges in many states such as Madhya Pradesh

Law teaching carried out by part-time non serious teachers in many private law colleges.

Faulty process of appointment of teachers

Faulty admission eligibility norms

Faulty attendance management in most law colleges

Over politicization of law colleges

Faulty method of setting question papers and evaluation.

The existing practice rules of Bar Council of India do not allow full time law teachers to take up litigation roles even in legal aid matters, and still they expect the teachers to impart all the requisite skills in law colleges.

While these often discussed problems have been existing in the country, another problem ie stratification of legal education also crept in the country with the establishment of National Law Schools and Global Law Schools. Currently there are three sets of legal education institutions in the Country:

Global law schools for the Uber-rich, which collect high fees and professes to provide legal education at global standards, in collaboration with leading law schools in US and UK.

National Law Schools for the rich, where fees are comparatively high and is rising, and where the elite students from upper strata of the society.

Other law schools, for middle class and poor students, with minimal facilities and low quality intake.

These three class of law schools produce three distinct class of law school graduates with distinct qualities of students- students fit for global, semi global and local levels.

India, which is fast becoming a major global player, cannot afford to have three distinct classes of incumbents in the legal profession. Since the liberalisation of trade in services and the entry of foreign players into the legal field is just a corner away, it is imperative that Indian legal professionals should start catering to the needs of the global market. After the advent of internet, national borders are fast fizzling out, and in a few years, cross border legal issues may start pouring in, which requires to be addressed in with a broader outlook. Much like the same way as standards of medical treatment cannot be distinguished in a country as rural or urban, legal profession also cannot be distinguished as local, national or global. The need of the hour is to create uniform standards of education and at the same to enable qualitative competition among students. This would require revisiting the current models of legal education and equipping the third category of law schools to come up to the high standards maintained by national and global law schools.

Changing Contours of Legal Practice:

To properly relate the expectations from a law school, we need to appreciate the changes that have happened in the legal environment across the world in the last few decades. Julie Macfarlane [11] , has identified the following changes that have affected the legal environment in the last few decades:

Economic, Political and Social landscape has changed affecting the legal service scenario.

Courts have started moving away from litigation into judicial management of disputes

Clients have started giving more prominence to conflict resolution rather than litigation management.

Focus moved from winning litigation to managing litigation for faster, better results.

Litigation moved to background in the wake of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Corporate clients started relying on lawyers for problem identification and early solutions rather than for fighting law suits.

In India too these changes have been more or less the same. The economic liberalisation prevalent in the country since 1991 has changed the economic scenario, which took a traditional view of legal issues. The advent of new millennium coincided with the change in outlook of traditional Indian businesses, which started moving outside India and to become truly global. These changes had an impact in the Indian legal profession with the proportion of lawyers becoming in-house counsel for corporate houses to those remaining in the legal profession have inversed. Law schools started seeing the change from factories to churn out advocates to multi dimensional education centers focused on developing professionals capable of taking up multiple roles with legal content. The development of compliance departments in big business houses further moved the role of in-house counsels from litigation managers to full service providers, who identify legal issues early and provide solution. Many corporate houses now involve in litigation not for winning them, but to get the best advantage out of it. Individual clients too have been expecting a lawyer to be a solution provider rather than a litigation manager. With the changes brought into procedural laws of the country in 2005 and 2009, the courts have also moved to litigation management mode. ADR has come to the forefront, and the courts are now mandating that before the trial starts the opposite parties should explore possibilities of amicable resolution through various ADR methods. The law schools also have changed in their roles as has been mentioned in the 184th Report of the Indian Law Commission as below:

“The very nature of law, legal institutions and law practice are in the midst of paradigm shifts. Legal education must seek to serve distinct interdisciplinary knowledge domains – law and society, law, science and technology; law, economics, commerce and management. To that extent, certain new law subjects should be introduced in the five year course of LLB in the first and second years." [12] 

While the law commission has advocated the need for a shift in the objective and methodology in legal education, in tune with the changing requirements of law, legal institutions and law practice, the actual suggestions put forth in its report was again going back to the class room teaching, and suggestions to include addition of some taught courses and we need to check whether class room teaching would be sufficient to implant any of the core skills that are required from a law school.

Expectations from Law School-Basic Assumptions:

When we talk about equipping law schools to meet the challenges posed by the changing legal enviroment, we would need a firm understanding of what is the expected output from a law school. The discussion cannot proceed, but on an assumption that the core skills required for lawyers, whether they are practicing in the global, national or local context are all the same. This assumption is taken, not disregarding the fact that the Curriculum Development Committee of the Bar Council of India in its draft report [13] has advocated need for setting up institutions of differential capacity to cater to the needs for rural, big city, and national level. On the contrary, the assumption is taken based on the identification process followed in the succeeding paragraphs, which sets to identify whether there are any common skills required for a person joining the legal profession, whether such person joins the local, big city or national bar association or enters into any area of legal practice with even trans national implications. The assumption is also taken keeping in mind the fact though there is much difference between actual lower court practice and higher court practice in India, in the increasingly globalised legal practice, litigation is only one of the areas where lawyers will have to make their mark, and the modern lawyer will have to look beyond litigation and work in all areas involving legal issues, if they have to succeed in building up a good practice.

Another assumption that forms the basis of the discussion is that the law schools are not merely factories to churn out advocates, but institutions whose primary role is to equip the students to do justice to any legal role which they may take up in life. Thus the law schools will have to equip the students in certain core skills and values, which make them suitable to any legal role, whether it is as an advocate, judge, legal manager or any role where legal issues are involved.

A third assumption is that the core skills required for legal roles are country/location independent and these skills are required irrespective of the legal system in which they are working or the national laws, which they are being taught to apply. So a law student in USA should acquire the same skills as that of a law student in India, China, Netherlands, UK, France, Japan, or South Africa, when he passes out of the law school/college, to be able to mark a legal profession.

Further assumptions that form the basis of the hypothesis are as follows:

Law is a practical subject, and not an academic course. It is more about identification, analysis and providing solution to legal problems and other activities are ancillary or supplementary to this main object.

Currently, law is being looked upon as a national subject. The content of law courses prescribed by the regulators is focused on the national laws rather than on the essential principles. As a result the vision of law students get often confined to national boundaries. On the other hand, the globalisation has made the distinction between various systems of law meaningless, and new avenues in international law, like international criminal law and International Space Law, has cut across national borders.

It is widely acknowledged that there is a wide gap between the law as practices, either in courts or in the outside world and from that is taught in academic courses. Unless this gap is bridged there cannot be a proper synchrony between the needs of the world and the output from the law schools.

A comparable stream of professional education is medical education, which also deals with the human problems. The only difference is that medical education deals with diseases of the body, while legal education deals with social diseases. While medical education has moved primarily to an experiential mode, legal educators increasingly resist the move of legal education to an experiential mode. There is a huge lot of similarity between these two streams of study and hence, law schools should change in a way similar to medical schools if law schools will have to deliver according to the needs of the market.

Essential Legal Skills required for a law student:

Based on these assumptions, let us now try to identify the skills that are required to be acquired by a law student passing out of the law school/college. Only a few studies have tried to identify the basic skills required by a lawyer, and the American Bar Association’s “Report of The Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap" dated July 1992 , popularly known as The Mac Crate Report is one such work. The Mac Crate report [14] identifies the following as the essential legal skills that should be acquired by a law student upon his passing out of the law school:

Legal research,

Factual investigation,




Skills required to employ or to advise a client about the options of litigation and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms,

The skill to identify the administrative skills necessary to organize and manage legal work effectively and

The skill of analyzing the skills involved in recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. [15] 

In addition, the Mac Crate report focuses on some core professional skills, which a law student should acquire during his legal education, which can be summarized as follows:

Problem diagnosis

Identifying and formulating legal issues

Knowledge of nature of legal rules and institutions

Factual investigation skills.



Advisory skills

Litigation skills

Efficient management skills

Ethical skills.

The skills identified by Law [16] , a prominent website on law schools and education as essential for a lawyer can be summarized as follows:

Analytical Skills


Research Skills

Interpersonal Skills

Logical Thinking Ability

Patience & Perseverance

Public Speaking Skills

Pursues Continuing Education

Reading Comprehension Skills

Writing Skills

Julie Macfarlane [17] (2008) who wrote about the changing contours of legal profession in the past few decades have identified the following qualities which the society demands from a law graduate.





Contributing to Collective welfare

Service Oriented

An analysis of all these reports would make it clear that the all these reports are pointing towards more or less the same skill sets that are required to succeed in the legal profession. These skills can be safely summarised into 3 categories as:

Interpersonal skills: Includes all the qualities identified by Julie Macfarlane as well as some skills identified by Mac Crate Report as communication skill and the skills like patience and perseverance identified by law

Research and Analytical skills: includes all the qualities identified as problem identification, logical thinking, reading comprehension, writing skills, knowledge of legal rules and institutions, research skills, factual investigation etc.

Solution skills: includes skills like counseling, negotiation, litigation, advisory skills etc.

Client Management skills: includes qualities like client management skill, ethical skill etc.

The acquisition of these four core skills would enable the lawyer to analyse the facts and advice the proper solution that is appropriate for the client in the relevant situation. These core skills would be required in all legal jobs, whether it is that of a lawyer, a legal manager, an academician or a judge. These core skills are required to any legal role, irrespective of whether the role has local, national or global implications.

Learning Methodology:

A look at these skills gives an idea of how these skills can be acquired and how it cannot be- most of these skills or qualities cannot be acquired by simple class room learning, which follows any of the known methods. To acquire these skills the law students must be put through a structured learning process, whose major component should be learning through experience. The learning process should start with class room learning, move towards simulation learning and move further towards experiential learning. The current methodology followed in most of the third category law schools/colleges in the country can more or less accurately be depicted in a pictorial form as given below:

Here class room teaching occupies 80% of the curriculum with 20 % space given to simulation techniques like moot courts, drafting classes etc. However experience shows that simulation techniques required highly skilled teachers, who have active interest in the topic and who can provide direction to the learning through this methodology. In the absence of such teachers, these simulation techniques tend to remain rituals, which give only very less practical knowledge to the students, as is happening in many law colleges/schools falling in the third category in India.

However in some of the national law schools, importance is being given to internships also, where the learning process can be picturized as given below, with greatest importance given to class room learning, then to simulation techniques and thereafter for programs like internships:

Such programmes have been increasingly produced better results, confirming the hypothesis that internship programmes have the capacity to inculcate the essential skills much better than other methods of study. The law school experiments have been lauded by experts [18] as successful, though it has also invited criticism about “corporatization of law schools".

Issues in the learning model currently followed:

The biggest problem for the learning methodology followed by majority of law schools/colleges coming in the third category is that it tends to over simplify the legal issues, and creates an impression that complex legal issues can be understood by studying case laws and judgments. What class room teaching cannot provide is an insight into the human mind, and the variety of ways in which it can react to a given situation. A lecture or even the Langdellean methodology cannot teach a law student that legal situations cannot be perfectly matched, and there will be a lot of human factors that influence the solution for a given legal problem, though it is possible to form basic generalizations on the basis of prior experiences. Many a times the traditional bifurcation of subjects tend to give a two dimensional picture of the legal issues to the students, though the actual legal issues would often be multi dimensional. For example, while we study Balfour v. Balfour [19] in contract, we often tend to over look that this was not simply a contractual issue, but a matter affecting family, and the original suit was not for enforcement of a contract, but for restitution of her conjugal rights and for alimony equal to the amount her husband had agreed to send. Had it been a simple contractual issue, the result might have been different, and the decision of the court is also firmly rested in the exigencies of the colonial era, as well as the familial relationship, which a student studying the contract law would not know. Straightjacketing this principle to other similar situations is what is being taught to a law student in traditional class room method. Even simulation would be enable the student to understand these extra judicial factors that affected the decision, since the success of simulation depends on the stimulants, which will be controlled. To draw an analogy, it would be like a medical student learning to do surgery. No amount of class room or cadaver surgery would enable the student to understand the problems of a living human being, and this would require live surgical training. Similarly, neither class rooms nor simulation techniques help the student to understand legal issues faced by a human being in real life. Though a moot court on the same issue would give the students a better view about the topics involved, even the simulation techniques would not be able to give the student a firsthand feeling of the human factors accurately. However, just as it would be dangerous to let a student do the surgery directly without any theoretical back ground, it would be dangerous to let a lawyer start handling human legal issues without any theoretical back ground. Hence there is a need to revisit the curriculum and to provide a methodology with a fine mix of class room, simulation and experiential learning. The class rooms would then provide the theoretical base, the simulation, the technical knowhow and experiential learning the final practical touch to the learning of a law student.

Blue Print for new methodology:

The Mac Crate Report and the other major reports regarding raising standards in legal education are equivocal on the importance of skills training and experiential learning. However, given the Indian scenario, the experiential learning and skills training would require a co-ordination of all regulators in the legal education scenario. In addition the law schools should focus on training to equip law students for the various opportunities that exist in the legal job market, which would require a skills training rather than mere implantation of theoretical base.

It is proposed that the following suggestions may be implemented which will help to change the course of legal education in the country so as to enable all the law schools in the country to enable the students to come out of law schools/colleges as professionals who are enabled to think globally while acting locally:

There should be a Co-ordination committee constituted by the Central Government, with one representative each from Bar Council of India, State Bar Councils, Central Government, State Governments and University Grants Commission and a judicial member nominated by the Chief Justice of India, which would be the apex body so far as legal education is concerned. This apex body should control all the aspects of legal education and the powers currently vested in Bar Council of India and University Grants Commission, should be statutorily be transferred to this body. The members of the committee should be either lawyers, or legal academics, who have active interest in the state of legal education in the country. The Apex Body will have the power of affiliation of legal education institutions

All the institutions which impart legal education in the country, should be severed from their current universities and be permitted to function as academically autonomous institutions, with a governing council of its own, constituted by the teaching staff of the institutions and such other members as the respective State Governments decide. The financial control can vest either in the respective state government of in autonomous bodies, as appropriate, but there should be a representative of State Government as well as state Bar Council in the governing body of each legal education institution.

As in the case of Legal Services Board Act of UK, where law teachers are falling within the exempted category, in India also there is a need for allowing law teachers to take up legal practice, either in the form of full time practice or consultancy as appropriate, at least for legal aid purposes. The government can claim a certain percentage of fees earned by the teacher as part of consultancy approval arrangement. Students should also be allowed to take up limited legal practice, either by way of assisting their teachers or mentors, and the Advocates Act should be amended suitably to permit such appearance. This will help both the law teachers and law students to teach and learn respectively on the four basic skills that are required for a lawyer as identified earlier in this work. There is no other better way to acquire experiential learning objective, since it would not be always practical to call practicing professionals to take classes in law colleges, for logistical as well as attitudinal problems. Conversly Law teachers should be encouraged to take up legal practice or consultancy and the law students should be allowed to join them in their professional assignments.

Law teaching should ideally follow the methodology given in the following diagram:

The entire LLB course should be remodeled in credit trimester system, with initial 8 trimesters of law study(at least 2 ½ years) should be devoted class room study. During this period, the students should be introduced to Jurisprudence, basic subjects like Civil and Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Legal Philosophy, Interpretation of Statutes, Law of Crimes, Law of Contract, International Law, ADR etc. Current pre law subjects such as sociology,Legal History, Indian History, Political Science etc. should be offered in a remodeled form as social science for law, science for law, and psychology for law, structured to suit the needs of legal profession, rather than as a general study as being currently taught. The students should also get an option to take additional credit courses, with a detailed study of these subjects if they choose to dwell more into these subjects. Legal writing courses such as Legislative and other legal drafting, Conveyancing, and Professional Ethics courses should also be given to the students during this period. The curriculum of such courses should cover both traditional as well as new methods like drafting email notices, legal due diligence reports legal strategy notes etc, which would help the students to understand the development of the legal world. Ninth and tenth trimesters should be spend to familiarize students with various simulation techniques like moot courts, mock trials, client counseling, Mediation etc., and the problems should be set in such a way that the student would be able to have an in-depth understanding of various subjects required to be familarised by the students. There should be teachers in charge of such simulation clinics and the students should be familarised with each of these techniques, and not just on moot courts. During the first three years, there should be a trimester break every year, which can also be spread across, so as to enable the students to take up an internship course. Completion of at least 4 internships of at least 15 days duration each with a local lawyer/law firm, an appellate court lawyer/law firm, a national level law firm and the legal department of a company shall be made mandatory. After the third year(11th trimester onwards) the law student should work in rotation with the various clinics, which will help them to understand the practical aspects of law. Their work in the clinics would also be evaluated with each clinic marked as a subject, and only on completion of 17 trimesters, having worked with a minimum of 6 clinics during the 7 remaining trimesters, a student can graduate as a lawyer. During the period of working with the clinics the students should be allowed to appear in the courts under active supervision for matters connected with the clinics, but would not be entitled to appear on his own name or to collect fees for the services rendered by him otherwise than through the clinics. After the 11th trimester, the students should also be allowed to take up other forms of legal practice under active supervision of a qualified lawyer or a law teacher.

One course in Problem solving should be given to student during any of these trimesters, with the law students being given training in identification of legal problems and providing solutions for the same. In fact, this should be the focus of law schools rather than theoretical expositions.

The ideal way of inculcating the essential skills that are required for a lawyer in a law student is to set up paid/un paid clinics in law schools, where the students are encouraged to take up briefs and other assignments that would give them a brush of what the world expects from them. Free legal aid is a cliché, and many a times free legal aid creates an impression on the mind of both the parties that legal service does not have any real value [20] . If the purpose of clinics are to equip the students with professional values, concept of paid legal aid clinics should be introduced, which will provide high quality professional legal services. Paid legal clinics would help to inculcate professionalism in the minds of budding lawyers, and embed a service culture in their mind-this would help them to understand the value of service satisfaction levels, much better than free clinics. The amount earned through fees can be used for giving an honorarium for the students and teachers, as well as for the developmental activities of the institution. Clinics should be set up in all areas of active practice, like family law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, IPR, Banking Law, Financial Law. Instead of practice a clinic can also take up academic projects, which would enable the students to have an understanding of academic career also. In such a case clinics like Space Law, International Law etc, which may not have practice potential can also be set up. The work of the students can be evaluated on the basis of academic output they produce.

The paid and free clinics should run side by side and must be run under the supervision of experienced law teachers who have both an aptitude and skill for handling legal issues. Both the students and teachers should work together to ensure an optimum work load for the clinics, and per student, so that the students and teachers are neither overworked or underworked. A system of recording the effective working hours or billable working hours would help to achieve this objective.

The Apex Body, as well as the stake holders should have the power to demand audit of the accounts of each clinic, in which case such audit shall be carried out by such authorities or persons authorised by the Government for that purpose. The activities of each clinics should be carried out in a transparent manner, under proper control of the institution and by giving intimation of all its activities to every stake holders.

Currently there is no formal training programme for law teachers in India other than LLM programme(for that matter, there appears to be no formal training programme for law teachers anywhere in the world). Either the LLM programme should be re organised by incorporating more teaching methodology courses or successful completion of supervised teaching for at least one trimester should be made compulsory requirement for acquiring LLM degree. A Law Teaching Aptitude test, instead of UGC NET at national level and Law teaching certification process can also be thought about.

There has been a thought process in India, which says that Law should be taught as a supplementary subject along with some other basic degree courses. Even the Bar Council of India by its Legal Education Rules, 2008 have subscribed to this philosophy and has mandated that all Indian law schools should re structure its 5 year LLB degree programmes as dual degree programmes. These suggestions were made apparently without appropriate consultations and many law schools have decided to implement such suggestions only if there is no other go. Such a stream of thought is dangerous both to the study of law as an independent subject as well to the legal profession. Legal Profession would be degenerated into a supplementary degree course, which is neither conducive to a proper understanding about law or for sustaining the dignity and independence of legal profession in the country. Hence the focus of regulators should be on developing law as an independent subject. Law should not be taught along with other disciplines, but should be taught independently, and should have a broader base in other disciplines. Law teachers should be trained as strategists, who plan classes according to needs of society.

The entire orientation of legal studies should be on putting a firm foundation of basic principles of law in the minds of incumbent legal professionals, and to give them an understanding of the functioning of various systems of law. The students should be actively encouraged to engage in self-study of individual legislations with only broad contours set by class room study. Such an approach will enable the students to understand the social context of law, and identify the common streams of law across legal systems, so that the students are equipped to interpret and apply law in a global context rather than limiting their vision to local contexts.


Law is more a passion than a subject and law teaching should be done with passion, and dedication. This would require a change in strategy in class room education as well as practical training. A good law school should equip students for various opportunities that exist in the legal job market, and this can be done only if a student is trained to acquire all the essential skills required for a lawyer. It is beyond doubt that theoretical classes and for that simulation exercises would not be fully able to inculcate such skills in the minds of law students. These skills can be inculcated only if the students, who have been giving basic training about legal theory, are involved in practical issues and actively encouraged to derive solutions on their own. With all its merits the existing methods of teaching cannot help the law students to get an in depth knowledge about the practical aspects of law. Though the simulation techniques like Moot Courts, mock trials, client counseling sessions, drafting lessons etc would to an extent inculcate these skills, they are no match to the practical issues learned from actual practice of law. Hence Law schools should give preference to experiential learning than to class room teaching. Clinics set up in various subjects should be used as a method to teach law students about the areas of practice. This should be uniformly put to practice in all law schools of the country. India being a country which has constitutionally adopted socialistic principles, cannot afford to create three distinct class of law graduates. In an increasingly growing knowledge economy, the strength of India is in its professionals, and legal professionals with global vision acting locally is a must if the country has to evolve to reform its legal system from “the creaky and corrupt judiciary" [21] to an efficient and robust system. The glocalised law graduates are therefore a must for further evolution of the country to a space it craves for in the global space. It is therefore time that the regulators put their head together, and discuss the modalities of achieving this objective.

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