Monday, March 29, 2010

Need for change in law education

Education in any field, needs to be reformed with the changing times and demands of the respective industry. I hope you would agree with me on the fact that, change in the work environment has lead to change in the course curriculum of the related fields. Same has been put by the Chief Justice of India, K.G. Balakrishnan, who says there is a strong need for promoting Inter- disciplinary agenda in the curriculum for law education. According to him, there is a need to focus on the subjects like sociology, political science, economics, psychology, history, languages and literature, which would help students in gaining knowledge about these subjects. Implementation of such subjects in the curriculum for law students can help them understand the deeper prospects of a particular case.

As a part of his speech in the first annual convocation of the Gujarat National Law University, he shared the difficulties he faced while solving cases, due to the unavailability of the knowledge about these subjects, during his course days. Also, he mentioned that law statements and judgements sometimes can not only be given on the basis of proves and witnesses, there are cases, where you need to perceive things on the grounds of social and economic backgrounds of the person. In such cases, one must also possess a great understanding about the human psychology and his actions and reaction at different stages of life. He stated that law colleges, should also focus on producing honest and reliable lawyers, who in future helps in the growth of the country’s economy in the right direction.

Changes like this, and many more revolutionary benchmarks in the studies for law, can surely help in reforming our society and its law structure. Everything starts from the ground level, so change in the teaching methodologies and course structure for the law students will definitely lead to a breakthrough in the ways, the criminal and other legal cases are solved.

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