Future of Legal Education
In the current time, expansion and upholstering of legal education are required. The legal profession is highly demanding and if the students are not rigorously trained to meet the challenges of the profession in the 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 the 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 for 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 a 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 students 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 the artificial intelligence era, a new challenge has been posted in front of 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 finesse. 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 the 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.