Legal Education and Scope in India

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Legal Education and Scope in India – A perspective

“Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment” - Mahatma Gandhi

If you have ever felt that law in general is Greek, you may or may not be right. Did you know that India today breed the larges number of legal professionals in the world? According to a Harward Law School report, there are approximately, 1.3 million registered attorneys, and half a million Indian law students pass out every year from various colleges in India. Albeit that not all of them go through the regular run of the mill jobs like litigation-oriented practice or drafting. The HBS believes that partnerships in areas of legal specialization should be toast of the future.

Law Students Dissolutioned?

As a content manager of a legal website, I have felt that Law students are mostly unclear about what role they would like to enshrine in the field of law, for a simple reason that law is vast and it touches all of us in some way or the other. It is not just the glamour, the intensity, or the money or the status that a law graduate brings along once he is in the market place. It is much more than that. If you talk about the Indian legal market, I’d say, we are in a nascent stage in terms of growth even in the law courses offered by government law colleges. A law student should first of all identify his/her inherent interests, desired skill set he has, plus a yardstick to measure “legal professional opportunities” available these days.

Legal Education in India

One might ask about the outcomes resulting from the influence of the above factors and the future direction of legal education in India given the level of economic development and globalization. Never since Independence has legal education received the attention it receives today from society, government and the private corporate sector. This has resulted in better infrastructure, greater private participation and increased investment, though...
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