Careers360 interviewed Dr Rose Varghese, Vice Chancellor of NUALS Kochi. Dr Varghese in the interview talks about changing the legal education system. She also discusses the increasing importance of legal education as it finds itself connected with other domains.
Read this interview to know what NUALS Kochi VC shares on the future prospects of the NLU.
Careers360: How is legal study getting connected with other domains? Dr Rose Varghese: The legal profession is connected with every other profession, be it medicine, engineering, management, banks or the IT sector, everything comes under the umbrella of litigation. Even defence wings have a judicial branch where LLB graduates are required. People have realized how these domains are interdependent. There is some or the other legal dispute which keeps on taking place in other domains and there is always a need for a lawyer. This way law is connected to every other domain.
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Careers360: Students of 5-year integrated law programme usually prefer to join corporate houses and not courts. Is it not impacting the Indian legal system in an adverse manner? Dr Rose Varghese: Most of our students go for litigation. I personally encourage them to go for the litigation and not for the corporate sector. I am not against corporate law firms, but I believe that our country needs more litigators and good lawyers. There are so many cases pending in courts, and there are only a handful of lawyers, and judges to take care of them. Therefore, there is a need to make the students understand the need to join courts. We can teach them in such a way that the students are motivated and encouraged to head for courts and this can be done only in our law schools. The students need to question themselves. If all rush to the corporate sector, what will happen to the Indian courts?
Careers360: Is there a need for change in the structure of legal courses? Dr Rose Varghese: Our law course should be completed within four years and the last year should be a mandatory litigation internship. The five-year integrated law syllabus could easily be finished in just four years. Law schools have expert teachers who can get students through with the textbooks by thread-bear discussions and make them understand the basics of law. The remaining year should be spent by the student in litigation, if not fighting a case, then at least learning to handle a case, under a senior advocate.
Careers360: What are the qualities that go into the making of a good teacher? Are our teachers up to the mark? Dr Rose Varghese: I believe teaching should be a passion. It should be carried on selflessly, unbiased and actively. Either you teach properly otherwise leave it and do something else. A good teacher needs to have integrity and be impartial. While correcting the paper, a teacher should actually see what the student has written, rather than going by the face value. Evaluation of students needs to be done on the basis of answers and not favouritism. This is something which teachers need to keep in mind.
Careers360: How do the regulators evaluate the performance of NUALS Kochi? What are the infrastructure changes planned for NUALS Kochi? Dr Rose Varghese: A five-member team from the UGC visited NUALS Kochi and unanimously recommended for 12-B after which we’ll be getting a fund of two crores rupees. Once funds have been allocated to us, we will start our work on upgrading our library. We will expand it and make it solar powered. We will also make our library air-conditioned. We also have plans to build hostels with the help of this fund. Additionally, with the help of this funding, we will have one more state-of-the-art classroom in our academic block which will have a video conferencing facility.
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