Dr. Naseem Ahmed, Head and Dean of Faculty of Law, Integral University, looks at the reforms needed in legal education to make it robust and in sync with upcoming challenges…

Study of law is referred as legal education and law is considered as a multidisciplinary subject which involves basic knowledge of science, philosophy, business modes, arts, general knowledge, history etc. and include everything which concerns the welfare and intercourse of men in society i.e. a lawyer need to have understanding of all these to regulate the relation between individuals in society and although to produce lawyers of such qualities is certainly not possible for our law schools but all efforts need to be made to achieve this goal of legal education in our country.

Needed: Effective and justice-oriented reforms

Today India produces the largest number of law graduates and around more than 1,200 institutions produce more than 50,000 graduates per year. The number has increased over the years and there is wide range of professional opportunities available for students creating the future direction of legal education in India. 

The legal world has changed with change in legal education system and now it is completely different from what was it 20 years ago. Now the opportunities or career options are vast for trained lawyers and the method of teaching is also significantly improved from the past years making it a promising career option then earlier when it was used to be the last resort.

Legal education has changed drastically from past 10 years but still reforms are needed to make it effective and justice oriented. There are some issues which need to be looked into for repairing holes in our current legal system such as emphasis should be laid on research and publication activities, need to reform curriculum at the earnest, trained faculty, imparting training based education, introduction of law subjects at school level as to ensure basic knowledge of law to students of all stream etc. 

This will help in growth and development of legal education with increase in reputation of the profession to meet the challenges of the field and to grow and contribute by providing fullest opportunity to law aspirants for the progress of the country.

In this challenging job market it is important for law students to gain marketable experience while they are in school. This will not only give them skills and experience but it will start to provide them with professional contacts and references which will be crucial for future job searches. 

Although paying jobs are desired, often legal internships and volunteer experiences offer a better quality experience and hands on training for law students. Volunteering for a judge or a court, working in a legal clinic, or working in a federal or local government office will allow the student to gain valuable experience which will make their resume more marketable.

Legal Study is about making contacts. Students should use LinkedIn.com etc. to generate contacts and will be surprised once they start keeping track that they know more people than they thought. Internships and other activities are fine, but when legal employers have to decide who to interview, grades play a big role in determining who makes that cut and who doesn’t. 

If you already have excellent grades, extracurricular activities can give you an edge in landing a job, but most employers simply assume they will have to train new lawyers from square one. To land a job, you have to convince the other lawyers that you will do a better job of making their lives easier than anyone else they are interviewing.  

Your words and actions have to demonstrate extreme attention to detail and unfailing dependability. Even the slightest error in your resume is likely to tank your job prospects in this economy. Senior lawyers want to know that you will be pleasant to work with and be nice to their clients.   

Your words and actions have to demonstrate attention to detail and unfailing dependability. Even the slightest error in your résumé is likely to tank your job prospects 

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