Rethinking & Redesigning Curriculum for Lawyers in talk with Chetan Sharma, Founder, Edumate.tv.
The idea behind learning for lawyers is that you seek joy out of it
“Is what are the things that lawyers need to learn, in addition to special laws or special policies and regulations in order to grapple with these problems to be a problem solver in this, in that sense, have a practitioner who can really understand client needs? And I think one big part of that bathtub part of that solution is understanding technology itself, right, maybe not at the level of an engineer or a coder, but understanding what a coder does, or what a technologist does at the backend.
And in all these cases, there is a, you know, a lot of thinking that help law that health regulation needs to do in order to make this actually roll out as a product or as a solution. And I’m sure as educators, all of us here, feel quite strongly about this, that the idea behind learning is that you seek joy out of it, right and unknown internships, my personal view is that more than whether it’s compulsory or not, just getting your mind exposed to people who are solving problems in any in any kind of setting, it can be a law practitioner, it can be a law firm, it can be something completely non law, it can be a start-up, for instance, which is looking at various kinds of problems and doing some problem solving, even that can help your brain expand, right. So, it’s really about how the world of work can help you expand your brain.” Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan, Dean, Daksha Fellowship, Chennai.
New avenues which are opening up. And I think that the young generation must take advantage of this one
“So all these, this pandemic is suddenly made us like smarter in that way. But the point is that he is we getting over dependent on that fun. Now we have to this, this should not even turn over whether it is the phone or our laptops or other things that should not turn out to be a Frankenstein. But the point is that this has opened up a huge opportunity in front of us, maybe the pandemic would not have been there, we would not have even met. And these kinds of this discussion would not have taken place. And some of the students who are participants here, they could not have listened to so many, so many experts sitting in their own home. So, this is it’s a great opportunity to learn, I can also understand that there has been a webinar fatigue in that way and that people are making webinars of everything that is possible under the sun, but at the same point of time, it is giving us opportunities to know more things. Now, this is an and unfortunately also this will create a divide that who can use technology in a better way and who are not smart enough to use that technology. So, this is going to be and now all of us know that even the courts have turned to technology, the law firms have turned to technology. But I’m trying to say these are new avenues which are opening up. And I think that the young generation must take advantage of this one.” Dr. Subhradipta Sarkar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Jamia Islamia, New Delhi.
I suggest mainly the required more practical knowledge and latest technology
“The current curriculum decided by the bar Council of India and various universities in India assured there is a practical training also in the curriculum. Every year the student of the law, first year, second year, in the third year, they have some technical paper, like moot court papers, the court visits paper, we having some specific credit to them, but the ratio against the theoretical paper is very less. So, I suggest against your topic that there is a redesigning is required in the current curriculum. If you want to make more practical lawyers, and as they pass out from the course, they have not enough such practical knowledge besides the academy core theoretical knowledge, so they struggle in the courts and they are not enough entered easily on the market. Mainly as I am in the law field from last 10 years, the lawyers are getting to the theoretical knowledge and carrying the bags beside from senior lawyers they’re just taking guidance and spend four to five to 10 years and be based in just learning the process of practical teaching. So, I suggest mainly the required more practical knowledge and latest technology, like in the field of cyber law, international law, and the cross-border technology laws and the fraud which are getting day by day, the people there is in need of society.” Mr. Anudeep Shah, Founder Member, Tagore Law College, Tagore Group Of College, Rajasthan
Nothing is more important, then no how to regulate the appearance during the simulation
“They are doing two things simultaneously, they are teaching also and they are working in the hospital, the same thing is not applicable in the legal profession. So, like as a full-time employee of Dennis university as a university, and I cannot practice as a full-time advocate in the courts of law. So, this is also one thing that problem solving strategies for solving problem solving client for the faculty members. The moment we realise that we are regulated by in fact, notice realise that nothing is more important, then no how to regulate the appearance during the simulation and how In fact, if we talk about the legal implications of the dancing, we are related by UGC at large. Talk about religion education has a bigger role to say undoubtedly, those there are, you know, more control of UCI, but also, we have a theory that is climate change related and very channelized.” Dr. Daksha Sharma, Assistant Professor, School Of Law, Bennet University, Greater Noida.
Should we continue with the traditionalist offline mode?
“The job of the bar Council is to regulate legal education to ensure that there are set standards or there are set ethics and set principles, etc. So, I feel it’s fine as a regulator. But when it comes to redesigning or pre thinking, the curriculum for law colleges or law universities for that matter, I think the question needs to be thought about in a very wider sense, because when you talk when you think of redefining the curriculum, or when you talk about rethinking the curriculum, set of different parameters that come in, right? Are you thinking of a short-term goal? Or are you thinking of the same long term? Like, is this supposed to be the new norm? Is technological introduction or the introduction of technology into law? Is this going to be the new norm from now on? Or is this for a very short time? Or is this just something which we defer back to when there is an emergency? Should we continue with the traditionalist offline mode? Or should we try and introduce the contemporary online methods.” Ms. Anjana Haridas, Faculty Of Law KMCT Law College, Kerala.