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16th February 2024 (9 Topics)

An intervention that will help strengthen legal education

Context:

Legal education in India has historically been overshadowed by fields like medicine and engineering. However, the establishment of national law universities (NLUs) in the 1990s marked a turning point, offering new opportunities for aspiring lawyers amidst economic liberalization and globalization.

1. Revisiting Regulatory Framework:

   - Bar Council of India (BCI): The committee recommends limiting BCI's regulatory powers to basic eligibility for litigation practice.

   - National Council for Legal Education and Research (NCLER): Proposal to establish an independent body to regulate post-graduate legal education and research.

   - Expert Oversight: NCLER to comprise eminent legal scholars ensuring qualitative benchmarks in legal education.

2. Promoting Research Culture:

   - Research Focus: Emphasis on prioritizing and fostering research within law schools to enhance teaching quality and critical thinking skills among students.

   - Global Faculty Recruitment: Advocacy for hiring top researchers globally to elevate research standards and foster a research-oriented environment.

   - State Funding: Acknowledgment of the need for increased state funding to bolster research endeavors and reduce reliance on foreign legal knowledge.

3. Institutional Leadership and Autonomy:

   - Academic Leadership: Urgent need for visionary leaders in law faculties and universities to inspire faculty and foster an environment conducive to excellence.

   - Academic Freedom: Advocacy for complete academic freedom and autonomy to encourage diverse perspectives and robust scholarly debate within legal academia.

   - Collaborative Efforts: Call for collective action among stakeholders to prioritize legal education and implement necessary reforms for sustainable improvement.

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