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1 Legal Education in India Past Present & FutureM.R.K. PrasadV.M. Salgaocar College of Law,Goa India
2 Overview 500 law colleges 40,000 law students passing every year 10,00,000 lawyers registeredIndia has the second largest number of lawyers in the world, second only to the United States. (2001 statistics)
3 Legal Education in India Legal education in India offered throughUniversitiesGovernment Law CollegesPrivate aided Law CollegesPrivate Law CollegesNational Law SchoolsCorporate Law Schools
4 Clinical Legal Education in India has its roots in both the legal aid and legal education reform movements, as part of an effort to improve the quality of law practice and to increase awareness of lawyers’ professional and public responsibility.
5 Pre Independencethe modern Indian legal profession dates from British rule with the establishment of law courts in Madras, Bombay, and Calcutta in the First time the qualifications to practice law was declared by The Bengal regulation XXVII of and the Legal Practitioners Act, 1846. Formal legal education started in 1855, when the first professorship of law was introduced in Government Ephistone College.
6 Efforts to Reform Legal Education Earliest effort to reform legal education was in1885, Justice Muthuswami Iyer stressed the need for a formal college setup to impart legal education on a scientific basis. The First Indian University Commission recommended in 1902 that a Bachelors degree either in science or art be required as a qualification to join the LL.B degree course. It also recommended the use of tutorial and case methods to teach law.
7 Efforts to Reform Legal Education In 1910, the Chagla Committee concluded that law student should spend at least 6 years in legal education to become a lawyer. It also advocated for pre legal education, with the idea that only those who passed a pre-law exam would be admitted to the LL.B. course.
8 Post independecethe Bombay Legal Education Committee “studying law as a science of law creates better lawyers and better judges.”“an overemphasis on practical training—as opposed to scholarly and analytical legal training—would cause more harm to society. Practical courses should be made compulsory only for students who choose to enter the profession of law.
9 Post independe t erathe 14th Report of the Law Commission of India 1958 recognize the importance of professional training and for a balance of both academic and vocational training.University training be followed by a professional course concentrating on practicalThe professional course be made compulsory only for those who chose to practice law in thecourts.
10 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Three Committee ReportsExpert Committee on Legal Aid of the Ministry of Law and Justice under the chairmanship of Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer 1973.modifying the law school curriculum to focus on the needs of citizens,introducing clinical legal education in law schools with a focus on socio-economic poverty,requiring law student to engage in public service while in law school.
11 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Committee on National Juridicare: Equal Justice– Social Justice.1977Need to establish legal aid clinics in the law colleges, and they would offer the opportunity for both skills training and sensitizing students to the broader social obligations of the legal profession.Need to develop a cadre of clinical law teachers, to introduce legal-aid related subjects such as law and poverty and law and society, and to give academic support to law school clinics.Amending the Advocates Act to enable both law teachers and students to represent the clients under a legal aid program.
12 Link between legal aid and legal education reform 3.Committee for Implementing Legal Aid Schemes (CILAS), in 1981 Under Chief Justice P.N. Bhagwati.Court- or litigation oriented legal aid programs could not alone provide social justice in India.Therefore, it promoted legal literacy projects, the organization of legal aid camps to carry legal services to the doorsteps of the people,Training of para-legals to support legal aid programsbringing class actions by way of public interest litigation.
13 Establishing National Law Schools To improve the standard of legal profession First National Law School was established in Bangalore under the directorship of Prof. Madhava MenonNational Law School followed integrated approach in teaching law and introduce f years LL.B.Several non law subject were introducedInterdisciplinary approach was followedClinical legal education was the forefront of the national law school
14 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Justice A.M. Ahmadi Reportthe general standard of law colleges in the country was deteriorating and that the syllabus should be revised to include practical subjects so that the students could get professional training.Make Professional Ethics a compulsory subject, with a minimum of 50% marks.“Every University shall endeavor to supplement the lecture method with the case method, tutorials and other modern techniques of imparting legal education” must be made compulsory for all courses.
15 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Make participation in moot courts, mock trials, and debates compulsory, with marks.develop practical training in drafting pleadings and contracts in the last year of the study.make student visits at various levels to the courts compulsory.Require every law graduate to be trained in an apprenticeship of at least 12 to 18 months with a senior lawyer with at least 10 to 15 years standing at a district court or high court.
16 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Introduce Bar Exam.Students attend 3 months in lower civil court and 3 months in a Magistrates Court, and at least 6 months in a District court or High Court.Marks on the qualifying exam must be at least 50% in order to receive a license from the State bar Councils.Establish more national law schools (at present 10 National Law Schools are established)
17 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Bar Council of IndiaAs a response to Ahmadi Report BCI Introduced one year apprenticeship.Supreme Court of India stuck down the rule on technical groundsIn 1997 Bar Council of India by a circular made compulsory for all the law colleges to impart clinical legal education through four practical papersThese Papers are designed on the line of National Law School Bangalore
18 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Moot court and pretrial preparationsDrafting, pleading and conveyancingProfessional ethics and Bar Bench relationsLegal aid and public interest lawyering
19 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Law Commission of India 184th Report (2002)law schools supplement the lecture and case method with the problem method, moot courts, mock trials and other modern teaching methods.direct law schools to include practical training, including 4 mandatory practical papers including Legal Aid.need to train new lawyers in the skills of analysis, language, drafting, and argument and suggested that various studies on training lawyers, including the MacCrate Report of the American Bar Association, could be consulted.
20 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Curriculum Development Committee REPORT:To make legal education socially relevant it must draw commitment from the Preamble and Fundamental Duties enshrined in Part – IV A of the Indian Constitution.CDC emphasized on role of legal education in developing law as a hermeneutical profession.Explaining the role of a lawyer “A lawyer is not just an advocate for a client, a member of the class of ‘hired knife-thrower’. A lawyer also plays diverse roles of a legislator (in drafting contracts, wills, memoranda of resolution out of court) and even as a de facto judge when she advises: ‘This is not a fit case to file or appeal’
21 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Curriculum Development Committee REPORT:HRD through legal education should encompass development of all these role skills and sensibilities.But it warns that developing legal education does not mean producing efficient professionals. Though it is important to produce efficient professionals, the underlying model of professionalism is liked with struggles for social justice, the maintenance of the rule of law and of democratic development.
22 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Curriculum Development Committee REPORT:HRD through legal education should encompass development of all these role skills and sensibilities.But it warns that developing legal education does not mean producing efficient professionals. Though it is important to produce efficient professionals, the underlying model of professionalism is liked with struggles for social justice, the maintenance of the rule of law and of democratic development.
23 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Majority of the time CDC focused on modernizing the syllabi and multidisciplinary approach to curriculum.Subjects like Law and poverty, Law and Rural development, and Urbanization and Law were introduced.
24 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Curriculum Development Committee 2000A notable change proposed was introducing practical examination.Practical examination will be conducted at the end of second semester on research Methodology, Law teaching and Clinical work.25 marks out of 100 were allotted for clinical work.
25 Link between legal aid and legal education reform Knowledge Commission – 2007Recommended to remove Bar council of India from controlling legal educationEstablish a Professional body to revamp the legal education in the lines of Medicine and Engineering
26 Future of Legal Education in India Imparting effective value-based and skill- based education is a matter of great concern.The effort to provide lawyers these skills heavily lies on law schools, particularly in India.Students graduate from law school in India can straightaway enter the legal profession.No requirement for apprenticeships or to take bar exams.
27 Future of Legal Education in India Establishing National Law schools with view to produce competent and socially sensible lawyers had a partial successes.They are successful in producing more competent lawyers for the corporate sector but failed completely in producing socially relevant lawyersEven traditionally good law schools producing lawyers more for the corporate and LPO’s
28 Future of Legal Education in India Make legal education socially relevant and professionally significant.Redesign the curricula, teaching methods and materialsIdentify new tools to shape future lawyers and judges.Experimentations of social context education.
29 Future of Legal Education in India Challenges for law teachers:How to meet unmet legal needs particularly in rural areasPreparing the law students to meet those unmet legal needsDeveloping equality jurisprudence in all branches of substantive law
30 Future of Legal Education in India Transforming Legal Education in to Justice Education:1. Integrative transformation:Traditional subjects need to be integrated(need make it more contextual)Integrated methodology of teaching theory into practice.What is right to food (theory)How to implement (practice mode) (ex. Where are the finances how to use the finance, what kind of mechanism required to implement)How to reconcile normative law with implementation.
31 Future of Legal Education in India Transforming Legal Education in to Justice Education:2. Justice Transformation:Concentration on end point justice education will transform the beginning stage of policy making.
32 Efforts to Transform Legal Education in to Justice Education 5 Training of Trainers workshops conducted in five regions of India By Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy and Training, South Asian Forum of Clinical Law Teachers In Association with Active participation of GAJE members Frank Bloch, Clark Cunningham, Martine Gere.
33 Efforts to Transform Legal Education in to Justice Education 5 TOTs workshops in five regions of India 1. May 2007 Bangalore for Southern region 2. September 2007 Bhopal for Central Zone 3. September 2007 Pune for Western Zone 4. December 2007 New Delhi for Northern Zone 5. December 2007 Kolkata for Eastern Zone
34 Efforts to Transform Legal Education in to Justice Education Diploma in Para legal services through Distance education -IGNOU