4th November, 2017, Hyderabad: ICFAI Law School a constituent of ICFAI University, Hyderabad, has organized one-day seminar on “Legal Education and Profession” - A Convergence today at ICFAI University Campus, Dontanpally. The aim of the seminar was to bring the stake holders of the legal system together and address the issues for betterment of the legal education system.
The Chief Guest of the seminar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Chelameswar, Judge Supreme Court of India said that the legal education system has witnessed a paradigm shift. The advancement of technology has proven that the need to have a photographic memory to make a good lawyer has become redundant. He highlighted that the present legal education system and its adequacy to train the students to bring out the proposition of law to the facts is to be constantly achieved by the law schools to meet the emerging challenges of the legal system. He further stated that legal education should be designed in such a way that students be trained in areas which are desirable and new like environmental law, Intellectual Property Rights etc., suiting the needs of the legal system. He also mentioned that there are discrepancies in the qualitative and teaching methods across various law schools which are required to be dealt with in a suitable manner. He congratulated the ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad for organizing this seminar to deliberate on the emerging issues to bring about changes in the legal education system.
Prof. J. Mahendar Reddy, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, emphasized the quality in education is of utmost importance and said it can be achieved by having socially relevant curriculum, by having a student-centric approach with the faculty playing the role of a facilitator, by having a continuous evaluation and feedback, by incorporating compulsory student internship and faculty focus on research.
The Guest of Honor, Prof. N L Mitra, Former Vice Chancellor, NLSIU Bangalore addressed the experiments undertaken in the legal education system since 1968. The first experiment focused on having a five-year law program against the then existing three-year law program and to study law from sociological, economic and historical perspective. The second experiment focused on fusing other disciplines of education like technology, forensic sciences, accountancy with legal education in order to make the students understand the matter of fact as well as law in a holistic manner. He expressed his wish that the third experiment should be a management and law to address various policies arising in the commercial business world and he hoped that this seminar will help in achieving the same.
Sri Venkataramani, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India, flagged certain issues in the legal education system surfacing throughout various legal systems of the world. He mentioned that understanding legal education in terms of social relevance is the need of the hour. He further stressed that legal education should not be focused only through adjudication in courts but other institutions, as well as the community, should participate actively in the administration of law and justice in the society.
Prof. A V Narsimha Rao, Dean – ILS, Prof. Y R Haragopal Reddy, High Court Judges, Justice AV Sesha Sai, Justice Durga Prasad Rao, Justice Seethapathi, Justice Yati Rajulu, C.Rajkumar, VC, Zindal Global Univesity, Keshav Rao, VC DSNLU, Senior Lawyers, Senior Executives from Grandhi Law chambers, Kochar & Co, Aditya Birla Insurance students and faculty members of ICFAI Law School were present on the occasion.
About ICFAI Law School:
The ICFAI Law School (ILS) is a significant segment of the ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Deemed-to-be University established under section 3 of UGC Act, 1956. The ILS offers five years integrated BBA LL.B (Hons) & BA LLB (Hons) courses and two year LLM course recognized by Bar Council of India. The objective of the ILS is to create new generation lawyers by providing cutting-edge inputs of specialized knowledge and skills blended with emerging technology to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
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