Prof. (Dr.) Yogendra Kumar Srivastava, Professor and Director of the School of Law of Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal and Prof. Kamaljeet Kaur, Principal of the School of Law at CT University, Ludhiana writes about the road ahead in the legal education, CLAT and career opportunities for upcoming lawyers.
Prof. (Dr.) Yogendra Kumar Srivastava,
Professor and Director, School of Law of Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal
The legal education scene in India has made giant strides in the past in order to face many industrial challenges that keep evolving with time. Law institutes, both government and private-run, have become progressive in their outlook. However, there are many areas which require joint efforts of the stakeholders.
As a fraternity, it is our duty to foster legal education of the highest standard to our students. Our prime focus should be to catalyse high-quality research drive in the students and equipping them with ample resources to undertake the same. Law schools, in addition to conducting intensive study in the traditional (viz. Criminal laws, Human Rights, Constitutional Law, etc.) and emerging (viz. Health Laws, Sports Law, Energy Law, Space Law, etc.) sectors of law by establishing dedicated centres, should also strive to develop deep sense of justice in the students and motivate them to serve the poor through pro bono legal assistance.
When it comes to teaching pedagogy, it is very important to have a unique and efficient blend of theoretical exercise and practical training. While ensuring value-based education, the curricula at law schools should be devised so as to equip the students with such skills and attributes that enhance their industrial value and employability on an international level. As is also done at the School of law of Jagran Lakecity University Bhopal.
Another suggestion is an alteration in the induction system on national level. Like engineering and medical entrance examinations, the Common Law Admission Test should become the uniform criterion for granting admission to students in any law institute of the country and the authorities should also make sure that CLAT becomes financially accessible to the candidates from all strata.
The National Law Universities and prestigious law universities must realize their role in elevating the quality of legal education and must formulate an efficient framework, both at regional and national levels, to ensure the same. As a legal fraternity, we must also bear in mind that a true sense of comity among the law schools of the country is extremely vital in the journey of excellence in legal education.
Prof. Kamaljeet Kaur
Principal, School of Law, CT University, Ludhiana
The study of law can open up multitudes of career opportunities. Here are some of them which are also especially focussed upon at the School of Law at CT University Ludhiana.
Strong foundation for further/combined academic studies: Many courses enable students to combine their legal studies with business or accounting, and by combining law with a range of non-law degrees, the potential of becoming a powerful and well-rounded leader is beyond measure.
Multitudes of career options: Other than becoming a lawyer, law graduates are desirable candidates for various fields such as media and law, academia, commerce and industry, social work, politics and more. You will find that studying law can take you just about anywhere.
Financial stability: Obtaining a law degree may not guarantee immediate success or an exceedingly large amount of money but it’s close. This professional qualification allows you to enjoy more job security and higher salary as compared to those without. The rest is up to you.
Master critical thinking, strong reasoning and analytical skills: The knowledge and skills gained from studying law facilitate students to analyse both sides of complex situations or problems and to devise the best solution based on strong reasoning and critical thinking.
The power to make a difference through law: You may have a strong sense of justice and wish to improve the defects in the system, studying law offers you the legal education and qualification to ultimately make that significant change.
Respect and prestige: Many law graduates are successful in various industries and more became world leaders who are highly respected. The job is not easy but those who uphold justice are most deserving of respect.
Awareness of rights and responsibilities: Being unaware of rights and responsibilities prohibit you to become the best that you can be as a fellow human. Studying law allows students to understand the reasons behind the regulations.
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