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Legal Snapshot

  1. 1. Legal Education Introduction Current Scenario L egal Education as an aspect of professional Institutions: As in 2006, there were roughly 750 education has assumed considerable significance, institutions in India imparting legal education. not only in terms of the historical utility of law in Of these, 153 were government institutions society but also in the current context of globalisation. and 586 were private institutions. There were a Legal education is a vital link in the creation of total number of 11 National Law School Universities knowledge concepts as well as in the application of such (NLSUs). concepts in society. The need for trained law personnel in academia, litigation, corporate practice, government Enrolment: In 2005-06, there were 3.36 lakh students and civil society has increased significantly over the enrolled in legal education in India, accounting for 3.05 per last few years and it is estimated that the demands for cent of the total enrolment in higher education. Further, such trained personnel will rise far more exponentially a total of 936 students were admitted to the NLSUs in in the years to come. There is therefore a need to 2006. articulate a clear long term vision on legal education in India. Figure 25: Number of institutions teaching law (2006) 800 749 700 586 600 500 400 300 200 153 100 11 0 Total Government Private NLSU Source: Bar Council of India 192 National Knowledge Commission
  2. 2. Figure 26: Total enrolment in law Percentage of total enrolment in higher education Total enrolment in law 4.5 272000 4 270000 3.5 268000 3 266000 2.5 264000 2 262000 1.5 260000 1 0.5 258000 0 256000 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 Source: University Development in India, 1995-96 to 2000-01, UGC Figure 27: Total number of law graduates admitted to the Bar 50,000 46,438 45,000 40,000 33,657 35,000 30,000 28,268 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0 2002 2003 2004 Source: Bar Council of India Report to the Nation 193

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