‘The golden period of legal education is yet to come’ says MNLU VC
Apratim Chatterjee, 26 Feb 2016
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There has been a special zeal from among the brighter generation of the youth to study law and pursue law as a mainstream career option. The current time can be described as the ‘golden period of legal education’. Replicating the idea of quality legal education, an array of NLUs followed the first one, championed by Prof. N. R. Madhava Menon. Reputed business houses are coming forward to take part in the quality agenda of legal education with NLU model.

Globalization and India’s increasing role play in transnational interactions helped the forum of ‘quality legal education’ to take the newer challenges seriously into the discipline of law so as to take frontal position in the making of the nation and governance. 

 

Bar Council of India also increased its regulating responsibility and prowess seriously to get the state of legal education more organised, structured and effective and has helped legal education gain significance in the common society.

 

It has been noted by all intellectual communities from time immemorial that key to resolution of conflicts is in the abilities of effective ‘mediation and negotiation’. The mediation and negotiation shall have to get engaged on and on to reach a ‘win-win’ situation.

Prof. Bhavani Prasad Panda,
Vice  Chancellor
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

 

The biggest handicap at NLUs is trained law teachers in a rigorous system of education. Teachers have to unlearn many of the things from yesteryears and relearn for the customised needs of subject requirement.

The ‘skills of mediation and negotiation’ are acquired with the clearer understanding of law and nuances of law. The qualities of lawyer as a social worker, a statesman, adjudicator, maker of the nation are all getting focused in one go within the discipline of law.

The corporate are fast expanding in the economic strides and some of them assume larger stature than some smaller nations. The role of a counsel, mediator, negotiator and adjudicator who give a ‘win-win’ resolution becomes the saviours of the brave new world. This is an unenviable position of legal scholarship in terms of accomplishment, responsibility, and other attainments of life. 

 

If the young students are provided quality legal education coupled with the traditional art of advocacy and special newer skills of negotiation, mediation and counsel, adjudication enabling to take positions in the peace-making and dispute resolution, the legal community can effectively serve the society, be it international or national, urban or rural, corporate or family environment.

 

The biggest handicap at NLUs is trained law teachers in a rigorous system of education. The law school teachers have to unlearn many of the things from yesteryears and relearn for the customised needs of law teaching in the nuances of subject requirement.

 

A special training course in legal pedagogy and research need be imparted both within India and with essential scholarship be sent to international jurisdictions to return and create necessary learning environment. Art and skills of law and thinking like a learned lawyer are to be mustered, before getting into classroom teaching.

 

Specialised course material, reading appendix and special methods of continuing evaluation need be put in place. The festival of examination should be done away by the online system to take examination after a specified period of learning; and the students should be encouraged to take on more credits in different courses of choice.

 

Teacher training in legal pedagogy and research is a must. Effective stimulations of refresher courses and faculty development programmes with appropriate grading and evaluation need be addressed. The courses thence can be internationalised both in quality and desired quantity.

 

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