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REVAMPING THE LAW SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN INDIA

By: Sharmeen Shaikh


Introduction:

Legal education in India aims at providing comprehensive legal skills. Not only does it endeavour to help acquaint students with the Indian legal background but it also acclimatizes the students with legal jargon and procedures. However, one often wonders if this is enough of an acquaintance with the legal arena.

The Study:

Recently, a study titled ‘Legal Curriculum Redesign for the Digital World,’ was conducted by the BML Munjal University School of Law in collaboration with Vahura, a legal search and consulting firm and was unveiled at the annual conclave hosted virtually by the university. After due deliberation and obtaining expert opinions of professionals, the study concluded that law school curriculum should be redesigned so as to align itself with a world that has been altered significantly. With the world increasingly depending upon technology, the study suggested, among its various other recommendations, the introduction of foundational courses in technology as a part of the legal curriculum, thereby harmonising law and technology.

The Necessity:

The world has witnessed a pandemic and the normal state of affairs has been clearly disrupted, thereby paving a way for a new form of ‘normalcy’ to reign in. The field of education, among several other sectors, has undergone drastic changes. The legal education in India is not an exception. In such dire circumstances, a new way of governance ought to be adopted. In the past, relevant authorities have tried to change and strengthen the legal education system in India. A genuine attempt has been made so as produce quality of lawyers and legal personnel that can actively contribute to the society and the legal profession as a whole. However, the pandemic of Corona Virus hit everyone unawares. The reduction of litigation, the increasing unemployment and the inability of lawyers to manoeuvre online court proceedings has indicated the need to put things into perspective.

The Dawn of a Digital Era:

It seems that the digital age in India has finally set in. With most of the educational institutions operating online, education too, needs to be tailored to suit this new trend. Although schools and colleges may reopen in a matter of time, one cannot ignore that education and curriculum now needs to be more dynamic and has to attain standards that go beyond scoring marks. This digital age has taught Indian education system to focus on skill-based learning.

The legal education in India absolutely has to revamp its stance. Law is not just about memorising laws and statutes; it is about application of the same. Law school mooting merely provides a glimpse of your legal skills, but in this age and era, where lawyers are caught fumbling with technology, digital etiquette needs to become an eminent part of the legal curriculum.

Conclusion:

Legal education has to be intertwined with sound technological knowledge. This will not only promote a skill-based learning but will also help the judiciary to function smoothly, especially in the situations such as the pandemic or natural disasters.


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