Why study Law at Institute for Professional Legal Studies?
Over the years, Institute for Professional Legal Studies has grown into one of the most prestigious International Law Schools in Kolkata. Since its inception in 2020, IPLS has remained committed to excellence in the education of future law practitioner globally. Our exceptional and diverse student base has been one of our greatest assets for success, helping us to promote a culture of world class learning and prepare leaders for tomorrow.
IPLS is ranked as the No. 1 Private Institution in Kolkata. Our Diploma program is one of the most coveted and in-demand program for students aspiring to make a career in law field. We are committed to bring out the best in our students and provide a collaborative environment to nurture talent in the field of legal studies.At IPLS, we follow a curriculum that is with the best global law schools. Over the years, IPLS has been able to attract the best academic and scholastic minds from across the world, making us the preferred choice, students desiring to study law in the Caribbean.
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IPLS is a sprawling, environment friendly campus with state-of-art infrastructure, and the capacity to hold over 1500 students at one time.
Over the years, the institution has invested in its growth and expansion, resulting in a vast Eco space of academic learning and development.
Additionally, to ensure student engagement and a lively environment, the campus also has a student lounge and dedicated spaces for indoor and outdoor sports.
Moreover, in our efforts towards going green, we are working at getting 80% of power from solar energy.Our Courses are designed for:
- 1. Law Students
- 2. Lawyers
- 3. Entrepreneurs
- 4. School Students
- 5. CA/CS
We have pioneered the online learning movement in India
Institute for Professional Legal Studies (IPLS), as an online education portal in the field of law. IPLS is run by the Banshi Foundation registered under Indian Trusts Act, 1882 Government of India and technologies partner Banshi Global Technologies Private Limited incorporated under Indian Companies Act, 2013, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India. Mr. Banshidhar Pramanik is the Founder of Kolkata Law Firm are in the field of legal, technical, management and school education for last 5 years with a strength of more than 1200 students and 25 faculty and staff.
We, at “IPLS”, aim to:
- 1. Improve your skills with practical Knowledge
- 2. Increase probabilities of your employability
- 3. Help you in career progression in law field
- 4. Improve practical legal Knowledge for better option
- 5. Improve Legal Awareness
IPLS-Institute of legal studies is focused on holistic development of the student’s mind and body. Located in the fascinating city of Kolkata, IPLS’s campus makes a student-life enriching, by ensuring students can enjoy Kolkata’s lively culture and maintain a busy schedule of academic and non-academic events.
The campus has provisions for outdoor as well as indoor games ensuring that a sound mind is complemented by a sound body.
The student base at IPLS is diverse and of multi-cultural ethnicity. To promote diversity, we celebrate festivals of different cultures. It is with great pomp and grandeur that we celebrate our annual cultural event and graduation ceremony every year, along with other festivals and events.
At IPLS, we encourage students to keep their spirits high by providing equal opportunities for academics and entertainment.
Future of Legal Education
In the current time, expansion and upholstering of legal education is required. The legal profession is highly demanding and if the students are not rigorously trained to meet the challenges of the profession in 21st century, they would lack way behind. Law schools around the world are engaged in training students from diverse cultural and ethnic groups which is a major challenge. A curriculum that caters to the need for a diversified body of students is extremely essential. The students studying law today are torch-bearers and represent the future generation of lawyers who would contribute to the strengthening of legal systems around the world. Their role in shaping and improving society is crucial, thus, comprehensive training is required. A lawyer is not only looked up to by the members of the society as a bridge between them and justice delivery mechanism but also as an idol who leads the society towards prosperity and peace.
Legal education fostered in the law institutes of India especially the National Law Universities is very organized and systematic. But the need is to tune the curriculum to meet the international standards. Legal education systems are transcending boundaries. It is for the policy-makers to introduce pragmatic changes in the curriculum in order to make it more dynamic, functional and up-to-date. The future of law around the globe is changing, the landscape of the legal profession is expanding exponentially and the demand of lawyers in all the domains of society is increasing. For ensuring a successful career in law, a law student must train himself not only in law but in the art of communication and persuasion as well. Enthusiastic and active participation in activities such as the Moot Court, Legal Aid, Client Counselling Consultation and Mediation Sessions provides an edge to a law student.
In India, the youth is filled with passion for learning, energy and zeal to take an active part in social development. A robust legal education system may play a crucial role in fuelling that zeal and fully realizing their immense potential. It is evident that all governmental agencies are working tirelessly to improve the current legal education system with carefully drafted policies. It is up to the Universities of the country to adhere to these policies.
In order to enable our law students to tap all the avenues and opportunities offered by the law field, we have to make collective efforts. As a provider of legal education, it is a moral and ethical duty of every law institute to provide a healthy learning environment to the students for catalyzing their growth. Providing them with efficient intellectual resources, world-class infrastructure and recreational curriculum should be the fundamental aim of every law institute of the country.
A module should be specifically designed to instill certain professional traits in the student’s such as good oratory skills, analytical and critical thinking, good writing and drafting skills, leadership qualities and teamwork. The importance of research can never be emphasized enough. A dedicated module on legal research training is a must in every law school. It is systematically conducted research that helps students find and synthesize new knowledge.
Legal education is not something to be taken lightly or casually. The future of the students depends on it. Since our students would become lawyers, future of the society is inextricably connected to them. It is our duty to deliver responsible and dynamic legal professionals to society as it would ultimately help us build a better legal system.
Career opportunities in law are immense. Lawyer, Legal Consultant, Independent Mediator, the Legal Manager in various organizations and judicial services are some of the most prominent avenues. To excel in any of these areas, a law student requires efficient training. With rapid development in technology and the advent of artificial intelligence era, a new challenge has been posed in front of the legal professionals. Thus, it is extremely important for a law student to continuously keep himself equipped with modern tools and techniques. In this Endeavour, a functional learning curriculum can play an important role. Those engaged in providing legal education must update their course module to incorporate the recent development in the law field.
It is reported that India produces the highest number of legal professionals in the world. As a community, it is not only our job but an obligation to deliver lawyers of refined quality and finese. We have to adopt the concept of internationalization of legal education. It is the need of the hour.
To conclude, the burden of improving the quality of legal education and legal system in the country is also on the shoulders of education providers. We have to discharge this duty with utmost dedication, intelligence and professionalism.
The Future of the Indian Legal Profession
“The Honorable Judge Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud, Supreme Court of India”
Adapted from Judge Chandrachud’s keynote address at the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession’s Delhi book launch of The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society (Cambridge University Press, 2017) held on December 11, 2017. Transcript edited for style and length.
Let me begin by telling you that one of the most significant impacts of the last 20 years or so has been on legal education in India due to the increasing number of law graduates—particularly from the elite law schools—who chose to work in law firms. The prospect of high-paying corporate jobs at the end of the law course has changed who applies to law schools, the choice of law schools, the educational experience at law schools, and how much students are willing to pay for legal education.
I must tell you a story about Delhi University, when I was a law student. A very enterprising friend asked me, “What are you going to do after you graduate law school?” I said, “I am going to be a lawyer.” He said, “How are you going to earn your income?” I said, “From the practice of the law.” He said, “You belong to a legal family. Why don’t you, through your contacts, get a gas agency or a petroleum outlet?” I said, “What does that have to do with all our learning as lawyers?” He said, “That’s how you are going to make your income as a lawyer.” The demand of corporate law firms for law graduates, and the exceedingly high supply of law graduates, has significantly altered the landscape of legal education.
But that was true of India in the 1980s. Prior to the emergence of the corporate legal sector, jobs available to graduating lawyers like me were mostly assisting as junior advocates that paid little or nothing. Law was, thus, not always a viable profession for students who did not have families that would support them for a long period of time. The late 1980s and 1990s saw the setting up of the National Law Schools with the objective of supplying well-trained lawyers to the bar and the bench so that access to justice is enlarged and the quality of the justice to the common man is improved and strengthened.
Yet, what we have really produced is something in the reverse. The 1990s were also a milestone in the Indian economy, and the landscape of a liberalized Indian economy created a demand for lawyers who could provide legal advice in a completely new terrain. This led to the growth of the corporate legal sector. The high-pay packages that are offered at law firms, even at the entry level, have now made law a more lucrative and alluring profession, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of students pursuing law as a career option.
The demand of corporate law firms for law graduates, and the exceedingly high supply of law graduates, has significantly altered the landscape of legal education. The most influential law firms that offer high-paying jobs at the entry level are known to recruit from only a handful of the top law schools. Students interested in securing these jobs scramble to gain admission into one of these select law schools in India. Prospective law students and lawyers are willing to pay much more and even take loans to attend law schools that offer highly remunerative jobs. In 1982, we had to pay a princely sum of Rs200 in fees every quarter at Delhi University. The financial return from working in a law firm comes much sooner than it does in litigation, making the investment in legal education a less risky investment for the young.
The quest for a high-paying job at a law firm does not end with gaining admission into a law school. Students interested in gaining employment in the corporate legal sector fashion their choice of courses, their extracurricular activities, as well as the internships they pursue, in a manner that would make them attractive candidates for recruitment—a corporatization of education.
At this point, it is important to mention that these elite law schools in India, roughly a dozen in number, represent only a small fraction of the nearly 1,390 law colleges recognized by the Bar Council of India. The corporate legal sector is known to recruit only from the top-most law schools, which are really a single-digit number. Unfortunately, some of our law firms are also known to discriminate between graduates at the same position or level by offering lower salaries to graduates of what are considered to be tier 2 and tier 3 law schools. This elitism and the discriminatory practice itself must be condemned, because it is antithetical to the principles of fairness and equality upon which the practice of law is founded. Not only do these practices deprive meritorious students of opportunities, but they also deprive the corporate legal structure of the talented legal minds that are found in the majority of Indian law schools and colleges.
A top Indian law firm discriminates in salaries on the basis of your grades in law school. If you were in the top 10 ranks of your batch, your salary is roughly Rs100,000 more per month. While this may be some way to reward academic excellence, it is time we moved away from recognizing merit only through grades and university rankings given that the Indian legal education system is far from perfect.
An overwhelming majority of the top students in India’s best legal institutions now work in the corporate sector.
The fact that legal education is now being viewed as a means to secure a job in a high-paying law firm is evident in the manner in which law schools are ranked. Recruitment by the corporate sector is the most important factor in determining law school rankings. This approach of viewing legal education as only a means to an end and not an end in itself is problematic and is leading to our young lawyers missing out on the true value of education in their lives.
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