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HOW TO MAKE YOUR LAW COLLEGE THE BEST

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Law Colleges in India, and elsewhere, have to formulate a clean plan to emerge as dispensers of professional legal education. This presentation is an effort in that direction.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR LAW COLLEGE THE BEST

  1. 1. HOW TO MAKE YOUR LAW COLLEGE THE BEST!
  2. 2. LECTURE BY MAJ GEN NILENDRA KUMAR DIRECTOR LEX CONSILIUM FOUNDATION
  3. 3. REFRESHER COURSE FOR LAW TEACHERS AT SCHOOL OF LAW JAGRAN LAKECITY UNIVERSITY, BHOPAL 6TH JULY 2019
  4. 4. THE ORGANISERS OF THIS COURSE HAVE MOST APPROPRIATELY KEPT THE HOMAGE TO PROF MADHAVA MENON AS ONE OF THE PRIMARY ITEMS
  5. 5. HOMAGE TO PROF. MADHAVA MENON DIVERSE ROLES 1. TEACHER 2. FOUNDER OF INSTITUTIONS 3. AUTHOR 4. BOOK REVIEWER 5. CONRIBUTION TO THE BAR COUNCIL OF INDIA 6. COMMITTEE/CONSTITUTIONS SET UP BY THE COURTS/GOVT. 7. FORD FOUNDATION
  6. 6. AIM OF THIS LECTURE IS TO PERPETUATE THE LEGACY OF PROF. MENON BY STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE
  7. 7. OUTSTANDING TRAITS OF PROF. MENON AS NOTED BY ME 1. AGREED TO BE ON BOARD OF AIL ACADEMIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2. SOUGHT PROPER PERSON FOR THE POST OF ADM OFFER OF NJA 3. PARTICIPATED IN CLE AT BHU, AMITY AND LLOYD LAW COLLEGE a) PUNCTUALITY b) GOOD MIX OF ACADEMIC AND PRACTITIONERS c) DAILY START WITH PREVIOUS DAY CONFIRMATION d) ENCOURAGED LOCAL EXPERTISE
  8. 8. CHALLENGES
  9. 9. PRESENTATION COVERS CHALLENGES DIFFICULTIES TEACHING PEDAGOGY CLINICAL MODE CAREER ASPIRATIONS
  10. 10. BIGGER PICTURE  MEET ALL THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS NOT ONLY OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION BUT OF LAW DOMAIN
  11. 11. CHALLENGES FOR LAW TEACHERS HOW TO EXCEL AS A LAW FACULTY
  12. 12. 1. SIR GORRODAS BANERJEE 1844-1918 2. SIR RASHBEHARY GHOSE 1845-1921 3. SIR ASUTOSH MOOKERJEE 1864-1924 4. SIR MAURICE GWYER 1878-1952 5. DR. BIJAN KUMAR MUKHERJEE 1891-1956 ROLE MODELS
  13. 13. 6. MR. MADAN MOHAN MALVIYA 7. MR. TEJ BAHADUR SAPRU 8. MR. N A PALLKHIVALA 9. PROF. UPENDRA BAXI
  14. 14. NOTABLE COMMENTS ON THE STATE OF LEGAL EDUCATION
  15. 15. SIR ASUTOSH MOOKERJEE  FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY THE IDEA OF ESTABLISHING THE STUDY OF LAW ON SCIENTIFIC BASIS WAS ONLY A DREAM  THE BRANCH OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM WHICH STANDS IN NEED OF THE MOST URGENT ; AND RADICAL REFORMS IS THAT CONCERNED WITH THE TEACHING OF LAW FOR OUR DEGREE EXAMINATIONS.
  16. 16. MK GANDHI’S DEBUT IN SMALL CAUSES COURT I APPEARED FOR THE DEFENDANT AND HAD THUS TO CROSS EXAMINE THE PLAINTIFF’S WITNESS . I STOOD UP, BUT MY HEART SANK INTO MY BOOTS . MY HEAD WAS REELING AND I FELT AS THOUGH THE WHOLE COURT WAS DOING LIKEWISE, I COULD THINK OF NO QUESTION TO ASK . THE JUDGE MUST HAVE LAUGHED AND VAKILS NO DOUBT ENJOYED THE SPECTACLE . BUT I WAS PAST SEEING ANYTHING. I SAT DOWN AND TOLD THE AGENT THAT I COULD NOT CONDUCT THE CASE….. AND HAVE THE FEE BACK FROM ME.
  17. 17. MAJOR DIFFICULTIES PVT. LAW COLLEGES SET UP AS FACTORIES BAR COUNCIL IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE REGULATOR PAUCITY OF TEACHERS , BOTH IN NUMBERS AND QUALITY
  18. 18. SUGGESTIONS EMPLOY :- GUEST FACULTY ADJUNCT FACULTY VISITING FACULTY
  19. 19. EMPLOY FORMER OFFICIALS POLICE INCOME TAX OFFICERS REVENUE REGISTRARS JUDGES REGISTRAR DOCUMENTS
  20. 20. INVOLVE LOCAL BAR HOLD CLASSES ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS CAUTION: CLOSELY MONITOR WHEN GUEST FACULTY IS TEACHING.
  21. 21. TEXT BOOKS ABSENCE OF STANDARD BOOKS PURELY THEORITICAL APPROACH POOR REVISION
  22. 22. QUESTION PAPERS REPETITIVE LACK IMAGINATION LITTLE EMPHASIS ON CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT
  23. 23. ABSENCE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ‘NET’ DOES NOT ASSESS TEACHING APTITUDE MEDIOCRI- TY TAKES ROOT
  24. 24. WHAT STANDS OUT NO CHAIRS OF EXCELLENCE FREQUENT CHANGE OF COURSES ASSIGNED TO TEACH DISCONNECT BETWEEN LAW AND NON LAW FACULTY
  25. 25. LAW TEACHING MUST BE CLINICAL IN MODE PEDAGOGY TEACHING
  26. 26. DEFINE LEARNING OUTCOME FOR EACH 1. COURSE 2. MODULE 3. TOPIC
  27. 27. COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME THIS SHOULD BE WORKED OUT FOR EACH COURSE AND THE MODULES THEREUNDER THESE SHOULD BE KNOWN TO THE FACULTY AND STUDENTS .
  28. 28. APPROACH TO DEAL WITH FRESHERS GREATER RESPONSIBILITY DUE TO THEIR UNFAMILIARITY WITH LEGAL DOMAIN TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO UNIVERSITY TECHNICAL / COMPLEX TERMS
  29. 29. TRY TO BECOME SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS LINKAGES a)FAVOURITE SUBJECTS b)THESIS TOPICS c) COURSES TAUGHT
  30. 30. SUGGESTIONS INTRODUCE OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTION PAPERS NEGATIVE MARKS FOR WRONG ANSWERS GIVE ONLY ONE ANSWER SHEET INTRODUCE ONE CREDIT COURSES OF ONE WEEK
  31. 31. TIE UP AND COORDINATE  SET UP LAW COLLEGES, SET UP CHAIRS AND CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE  DEVELOP EXPERTISE  ENCOURAGE QUALITY RESEARCH
  32. 32. INNOVATION AT AMITY  INTERNATIONAL MOOT  QUIZ ON CONSTIUTIONAL LAW  COMPETITION ON LEGAL DRAFTING  MOCK TRIAL  ROLE PLAY ON LEGAL ETHICS  LEGAL HUMOUR
  33. 33. 1. INTERNSHIPS 2. MOOTS 3. MOCK TRIALS 4. LEGAL AID CLINICS 5. LEGAL AID CAMPS
  34. 34. CONFIRMATION IN CLASS ASK QUESTIONS NOT FROM SAME STUDENT OR FROM SAME SIDE ASK QUESTION FIRST AND THEN NAME THE STUDENT
  35. 35. INTERNSHIP POLICY  SHOULD BE CAREFULLY DESIGNED  SHOULD BE STREAM SPECIFIC , EG. DIFFERENT FOR THOSE WANTING TO GET INTO LITIGATION ( CIVIL, CRIMINAL, WRIT COURT, TAXATION) OR JUDICIARY OR ACADEMICS  IT SHOULD BE PROGRESSIVE  IT SHOULD ALLIGN WITH CURRICULUM
  36. 36. COURT VISITS  TAKE STUDENTS TO COURTS  PRIOR COORDINATION ABOUT TYPE OF COURTS & NATURE OF CASES  DEBRIEFING AFTER THE VISIT
  37. 37. EXPLAIN ADMISSION SECTION FILING COUNTER ORDERS COUNTER LIBRARY NOTARY PUBLIC COURT ROOM BAR ASSOCIATION
  38. 38. INTRODUCE/ ENCOURAGE NEW CAREER OPTIONS LEGAL REPORTERS FOR MEDIA MILITARY AND SECURITY LAWS LEGAL PUBLISHING LEGAL TRANSLATION COUNSELLORS MATRIMONIAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONSUMER PROTECTION TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS MEDICAL CLAIMS SERVICE LAWS ________________________________________KNOWL
  39. 39. CRITICAL ABSENCE OF EXPERTISE CONCERNING  SYSTEM OF PARALEGAL TRAINING  SPORTS LAW  MARITIME LAW  LAWYER FOR FAMILY COURTS  LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING (ONLY AN ILLUSTRATIVE LIST)
  40. 40. AWAKE LET LAW TEACHERS AND STUDENTS COME UP DEMANDING LEGAL REFORMS AND PILOT PIL’S TO CLEANSE AND IMPROVE SYSTEM
  41. 41. ESTABLISH  FB AND WHATSAPP GROUPS OF TEACHERS OF CRIMINAL LAW , FAMILY LAW, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, AND SO ON.  ORGANIC SUBJECT SPECIFIC CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS  PRACTICE OF NATIONAL PROFESSOR OF LABOUR LAW, FAMILY LAW AND SO ON.
  42. 42. START A CAMPAIGN LET EACH ADVOCATE ASPIRING TO BE DESIGNATED A SENIOR, PLEDGE TO DONATE 1% OF HIS TAXABLE INCOME TO ANY LAW COLLEGE IN INDIA
  43. 43. DESIGN ELECTIVE COURSES ON UNCOMMON AREAS RELATING TO LAW & INTER DISCIPLINARY NATURE. THESE MAY BE ONE CREDIT OR A WEEK LONG SCHEDULES.
  44. 44. EXAMPLES OF ONE WEEK COURSES THAT THE SPEAKER IS WILLING TO TAKE:-  CHILD PROTECTION LAWS  MILITARY LAWS  ETHICAL LAWYERING  ATTORNEY GANDHI  COURT MANAGERS  ARMED FORCES (SPECIAL POWERS) ACT & HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS
  45. 45. SOME OTHERS  GST  TO MAKE USE OF RTI  CONSUMER COMPLAINTS  DRAFTING OF A WILL
  46. 46. FRAMING OF A QUESTION PAPER THE OBJECT OF A QUESTION PAPER SHOULD NOT BE TO ASSESS THE CAPACITY TO CRAM AND REPRODUCE. IT OUGHT TO BE TO FIND ASCERTAIN IF THE BASICS OF THE COURSE HAVE BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY THE EXAMINEE
  47. 47. STANDARD OF QUESTIONS 1.MUST KNOW 2.SHOULD KNOW 3.COULD KNOW
  48. 48. FEED BACK AND COMMENTS INSTITUTE A SYSTEM FOR REGULAR AND PERIODIC OBJECTIVE FEEDBACK 1. STUDENTS 2. PARENTS 3. EMPLOYEES 4. ALUMNI
  49. 49. USE THE FEEDBACK TO CALIBRATE THE CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY
  50. 50. NON LAW SUBJECTS MOTIVATE THE FACULTY TO ACQUIRE LAW DEGREE THESE COURSES SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN A MANNER TO LINK THEIR RELEVANCE TO THE STUDY OF LAW
  51. 51. REMEMBERYOU ARE THERE FOR THE STUDENTS. NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND
  52. 52. LOOK FOR LAW TEACHING AS A FABULOUS CAREER. NOT AS A STOP GAP TIME SERVER
  53. 53. CAREER APPROACH BE POSITIVE BE OPTIMISTIC BE A HARD WORKER HAVE SELF RESPECT
  54. 54. KEEP DOINNG WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING AND YOU WILL KEEP GETTING WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING
  55. 55. AVOID FRUSTRATION NEVER BE NEGATIVE LEARN MISTAKES
  56. 56. INTERVIEW FOR SELECTION OBSERVATIONS POOR SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE COMMUNICATION UNSATISFACTORY LACK OF EXPERIENCE
  57. 57. LAW TEACHERS CAN ALSO GAIN RESPECT BY ACQUIRING EXPERTISE
  58. 58. EXAMPLES AUTHOR ACTIVISTS REVIEWER OF BOOKS CONTRIBUTOR/REVIEWERS FOR LAW REPORTS TRANSLATOR COMMUNITY LAWYERING
  59. 59. PROOF READING / EDITING PANELITS FOR MEDIA SUPPORTER OF POLITICAL CAUSES OR PARTIES SOCIAL CAUSES EG. CHILD/ WOMEN RIGHTS , TRIBALS , FLOOD, DRAUGHT VICTIMS, DOMESTIC WORKERS, HALF WIDOWS AND ABANDONED PARENTS.
  60. 60. SEMINAR AND CONFERENCES  PAPER PRESENTER  PANELIST  ORGANIZER  RAPPOTEUR  EDITOR OF PUBLISHED PROCEEDINGS REPORT
  61. 61. COACHING CENTRES FOR JUDICIARY AND LAW ADMISSION ETC CAREER GUIDANCE QUIZ MASTERS  SUPPORT PROVIDERS FOR MATTERS LIKE (A) CONSUMER PROTECTION (B) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (C) CHILD PROTECTION (D)DOWRY PROHIBITION (E) CASE OF MARGINALISED SEGMENTS ETC.
  62. 62. EXAMINERSHIP AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES, INTERVIEW PANELS FOR SELECTION TO BANKS , PSUs etc.
  63. 63. ALL SUCH INVOLVMENT WILL BRING FAME AND MONETARY BENEFITS TOO AND CAREER ADVANCEMENT AS WELL
  64. 64. LEGAL AUTHORSHIP SECTION WISE COMMENTARY REVISION OF OLD TEXT BOOKS LAW TEXTBOOKS
  65. 65. SELF IMPROVEMENT GAIN KNOWLEDGE OF PROCEDURE/TRANSACTIONAL LAW EVERY FACULTY MUST BE ASSOCIATED WITH ONE TRIAL ADVOCATE
  66. 66. ILLUSTRATIONS OF SPECIALIZATION
  67. 67.  FRANCIS SNYDER FOOD POLICY AND LAW , FOOD QUALITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH  MARK FELDMAN RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS  DANNY FRIEDMANN TRADEMARKS AND SOCIAL MEDIA  LINDSAY KURTZ ANALOGICAL REASONING  THOMAS Y MAN CROSS BORDER BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS  PHILIP MCCONNAUGHAY ROLE IN ARBITRATION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  STEPHEN YANDLE DISCRIMINATION AND THE LAW  SIMON CHESTERMAN ROLE OF INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION FACULTY SPECIALIZATION
  68. 68. Nani Palkhivala (16 January 1920 – 11 December 2002) was an eminent advocate, economist, impressionable orator, erudite scholar and writer, champion of civil rights and an activist. He was also India’s Ambassador to the United States from 1977-79. NANABHOY PALKHIVALA
  69. 69.  The period 16th January 2019 to 15th jan 2020 is being celebrated as his birth centenary year. The aim of the project is to present him as a role model to the youth and young professionals  Following events have been/ are being organized during the above period .  So far following lectures have been held at the ISIL Auditorium, New Delhi on the dates and topics below by the undermentioned speakers: - 13.02.2019, Mr. Justice Madan Lokur, Former Judge Supreme Court of India, on ‘Rule of Law and Role of Free Citizens’. Mr Ashok Desai, former Attorney General presided, Advocate Prashant Bhushan was the distinguished guest. - 29.03.2019, Mr. Justice Dr. DY Chandrachud, Judge Supreme Court of India, on ‘Is Borrowed Constitution: a fact or a myth?'. Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi presided and Mr TN Chaturvedi was the other speaker. - 01.04.2019, Ms. Justice Indu Malhotra, Judge Supreme Court of India, on ‘An overview of the Arbitration Landscape in India’. The lecture was presided by former Addl Solicitor General Gourab Banerji and Mr. PH Parekh was the distinguished guest. - 08.05.2019, Mr. Arun Shourie, Former Union Minister on ‘What should lawyers and other professionals be doing today?’ The lecture was presided by Hon’ble Justice Kurian Joseph and senior Journalist Ashutosh was the distinguished guest.  Eight more lectures are to be held in Delhi from July, 2019 to January, 2020
  70. 70. TOPIC FOR THE 5TH LECTURE  PROF UPENDRA BAXI – ‘A Slavish Regard for Authority? - Rule of Law , Education and Multinational Liability in Nani Palkhivala's Worldview'.  MR SUDHISH PAI - 'Basic Structure Doctrine, Genesis, Nuances & Perils'
  71. 71. OTHER INITIATIVES UNDERTAKEN BY LEX CONSILIUM FOUNDATION AS PART OF THE CENTENARY YEAR ARE AS UNDER: (A) CONSTITUTION LAW QUIZ, 2019 IN THE MONTH OF JANUARY, 2019 WHEREIN 54 TEAMS REPRESENTED BY 108 STUDENTS TOOK PART IN WRITTEN TEST OF 90 MINUTES DURATION FOLLOWED BY AN ORAL QUIZ. FORMER CJI MR. JUSTICE DIPAK MISRA WAS THE CHIEF GUEST. THE VENUE FOR THE EVENT WAS HOTEL TAJ VIVANTA, KHAN MARKET, NEW DELHI. (B) A BOOK TITLED AS ‘BEMISAL PALKHIVALA’ AUTHORED BY THE UNDERSIGNED HAS BEEN PUBLISHED BY THOMSON REUTERS IN HINDI LANGUAGE. (C) RELEASE OF COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP (PROPOSED).
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