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Friday, November 30, 2018

Legal Education Reform In India

Bloomberg Quint, How Can Law Schools In India Up The Ante?:

Indian law universities need to focus on practical and soft skills to prepare students for their career, was the sentiment echoed by a five-member panel of professors and recruiters, at an event co-hosted by the Harvard Law School Center on Legal Profession and the Law School Admission Council.

The panelists shared their insights on the future of legal education in India and the 3Cs they can work on — cost, curriculum, and career; on BloombergQuint’s weekly law and policy show – The Fineprint.

Legal education in India is more affordable than some of the other jurisdictions, given that most students are pursuing an undergraduate degree, said David Wilkins, director of the Center On Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. The real question is of value. What is the value that students are receiving and whether the education is preparing them for the jobs of the 21st century. ...

Law schools provide good grounding on concepts and philosophy behind the law; what’s lacking is practical and soft skills, added Sandip Beri, partner at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas. "If, in a wills and estate class, you’re spending 70 percent of the time debating whether there should be inheritance, estate tax etc, please spend 10 percent of the time on teaching students how to write a will. You can use the same analogy for other subjects as well."

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A good question - and I look forward to a GREAT answer, considering:

* Off the bat they've removed much of the distracting, wasteful, expensive, and for many prohibitive barrier of a bachelor's degree in whatever (preferably something decidedly un-employability-driven, for easy A's) before one is even allowed into law school.

* The Indian lawyer recognizes a need for practical training besides communal navel gazing. In my big fancy American law school that was generally sidelined in the standard courses (there goes another year and $50K...) Except in the tax program. Go tax profs!

* Valuation is a very important tax issue. The great Professor Damodaran - who went to college in India as well as America - is sought out by thousands in class and tens of thousands if not more for his excellent and FREE online resources. Plus now an affordable certificate program with live sessions and feedback...but wait, there's more...apparently a free BONUS course from Professor Shehata...what a value!

Posted by: Anand Desai | Nov 30, 2018 3:09:16 PM