Cartographing new-age legal education in India - Dr VC Vivekananadan, the Dean Founder of School of Law, Bennett University, writes on how the western legal education curriculum is gearing towards being more holistic and how the Indian legal education can revamp itself to match up to the western curriculum. In this featured article on New Age-Legal Education in India, the Bennett University Law School Dean points out the areas which Indian legal educationists should account while formulating a new-age legal curriculum. Read Dr Vivenkanandan’s thoughts on formulating a new legal education curriculum for India.
India must take remedial measures to invigorate and invent its legal education to bring it at par with the western countries. It was in the early 1920s when the lawyers had to be graduates from a law school to practice in courts. This was a marked departure from the dominant model of the UK where learning law is by way of practice in the court and not in a legal institution. The American model gained dominance in most new ‘nation-states’.
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In tune with the slogan of ‘Think Global and Act local’ – legal educationists started serious efforts to study other jurisdictions which initially was an intellectual curiosity. Soon the consolidation of world trade, global business expansion of private and state-led corporations made it as a necessity for lawyers involved in business law practice to study other jurisdictions. The non-business segment of lawyering also gained traction in mapping issues of human rights, refugee issues, gender, privacy, LGBT rights, transparency in governance, global health and environment, etc.
The American and European jurisdictions have made their strides in the last few decades to map and integrate these divisions with specialised studies, scholastic chairs, research and think tanks. They also had and still have the advantage of attracting the front-line academic aspirants from the third world to contribute to such efforts. This is manifested in the educational diplomacy of their dominant views in terms of academic collaborations, publications, legal databases, international negotiations, and governance prescriptions.
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The challenge for developing nations like India is to analyse, invigorate and invent their legal education to bring themselves at par with the western counterparts through a prioritised agenda. In the exhaustive list of priorities, there are five imperatives for India: Firstly, to realise that imparting qualitative legal education is fundamental. The last decade witnessed mushrooming of Law programmes, but a preliminary audit reveals that there was a question mark over the quality. This is a collective onus of the legal fraternity of academics, lawyers and policy wonks.
Secondly, the term globalisation needs to be understood in a coalition of the political-social-economic milieu of expanding the values of transparency, probity in public and business transactions. This is not new for the Indian legal fraternity, but it has to re-discover the ‘legal prowess’ displayed in the national-international arena during the independence movement.
Thirdly, developing a national consortium of research in legal education — this requires human and economic resources. There needs to be collaboration and cooperation in research by institutes in the national and international arena.
Lastly, the recent advances of Science and technology have proven and given a new meaning to globalisation in terms of interdependence by biodiversity and food web, trade and commerce, sustainable development and futility of arms race. The concept of ‘globalised legal education’ needs to be the GPS of such a road map and Indian legal traditions and aspirations has the capacity to stake its legitimate claims based on its glimpses of contribution in the recent past.
*Disclaimer - This is a guest article and the ideas are personal.
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Well, Bennett University is one of the best choices for a career in mass communication and journalism. The exposure given to the students is truly amazing. They help you to develop the skills required in the various mediums. The teaching pattern is quite different from other colleges; the ratio of practical and theoretical is 70% - 30% respectively. Total fees is 9.6 lakh for 3 years.
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After third year there is mandatory scholarship of 8 weeks then in last semester there is a mandatory project semester of one semester that means of 16 weeks so apart from that many students even do internship after first year & second year but that is optional. Many students are excited that they don't want to loose their time & energy.
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