Careers360 interviews Dr. Ajay Nathani, Principal of Government Law College, Mumbai. The GLC Mumbai Principal speaks on the importance of practical exposure for law students in shaping their career.
Read the interview of Dr Nathani to know his views on Legal Education in India.
Careers360: How has the Indian legal education brought a change in the Indian socio-economy in last decade? Dr Ajay Nathani: About 10-15 years ago when students used to graduate out of law schools they used to start practising in courts. Only now a number of other avenues have opened up for them. The culture of law firms is growing and India is catering to the needs of the world by providing quality legal services at affordable costs. This change has helped the students economically as they get better-paying jobs.
Careers360: What all changes are needed in the pedagogy in law schools? Dr Ajay Nathani:Practical aspects are being brought into pedagogy. For example there is a huge emphasis on mooting. Still, I feel when students come out after their final year they are not prepared to face the trials. There are subjects like Evidence Act in which you look at the appreciation of the evidence. Appreciation of evidence is very important for a trial judge to know and equally important for the advocate appearing on behalf of the appellate side. These aspects are not taught as they cannot be taught. So, it is important that students visit the courts or should be taken to courts to understand these aspects.
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Careers360: There is a feeling that law schools are only producing employees for the corporate sector. Is it so? Dr Ajay Nathani: I don’t think it is true because it depends on institution to institution. Good institutions get the best students where they are groomed for various roles, which include corporate sector as well as litigation. However, I feel this is not happening in the majority of institutions.
Careers360: How can an institution help students in choosing the interest area? Dr Ajay Nathani: I would suggest that during the first year the institution should identify by discussing with the student what his/her area of interest is. If the student wants to make a career as a law officer in the corporate sector he should be groomed that way, while those willing to get into litigation, judiciary or academics should get the required training.
Careers360: Is there a role for online courses in legal education? Dr Ajay Nathani: Law is a professional course so I think online education can be an aid but cannot substitute the brick and mortar mode of education. Online education can aid in the regular education but legal field requires a lot of practical knowledge and fieldwork.
Careers360: Could you share your views on Right to Privacy? How does it affect the day-to-day life of an individual? Dr Ajay Nathani: Right to Privacy was always there in the constitution and now the Supreme Court has recognized it. We cannot deny the fact that in this age of electronic and social media the level of privacy has reduced to a larger extent. But the recognition of this right will bring more awareness about it among the citizens.
Careers360: What all new initiatives are being taken at GLC Mumbai? Anything to improve quality of students? Dr Ajay Nathani: Some of our students are not good in the English language, and their vocabulary is not very good. For such students, we have started a programme to groom them. A good number of our students go abroad for further education so it important for them to have good knowledge of English.
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Hi! Hope you are doing great! Well, the cut off for LLB course in government colleges are different! It depends on which government college you choose ! if you please mention which colleges you are looking for i can help you with the marks!
mostly you if score more than 125 there are decent chances of getting government law college!
Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Laws[ B.A.L.L.B.] is a dual degree course in administrative law. BA LLB is a five year course. Having passed a 10+ 2 or equivalent exam from a recognized board with a recommended minimum of 50% of the total, an applicant may apply for this course. Admission to most law schools / universities is achieved through a regional or university level entrance test.
Applicants will usually seek admission to this course via entrance exams. There are also direct admissions to some institutes. Admission exams are performed at all levels of India as well as at the state or university level. This technical course covers topics such as history, economics, sociology, etc., as well as broad areas of law such as tax law, criminal law and corporate law, etc.
The eligibility requirements for the BA LLB course shall be the score of minimum aggregate marks as required by the institute for a senior secondary examination or equivalent examination by the recognized board. The general route of entry to this program is through the entrance exam.
Since the entrance exam is the preferred method, the candidates with the results expected in the senior secondary examination are allowed to apply for the course. In some institutes, direct admission is another route of entry offered to this course.
The common entrance to BA LLB goes through the entrance exam. Entrance exams for this function are CLAT, LSAT and AILET.
Several institutes also conduct personal interviews for final selection after the entry. There are a couple of institutes like C. Bhimasen Rao National College of Law, Karnataka, which offer direct admission to this course on the basis of a merit list.
Hope this helps. All the best!
The law fees of Government Law College, Mumbai for 1 year will be around Rs.7000 and further you can multiply it for 3 years.
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