Law Schools Are Facing An Acute Faculty Crunch

There is dysfunctional in the legal education system. Bright students want to go to law school but there are no good teachers to teach them. It is important to attract talent in faculty. We can do that by improving existing conditions by allowing limited practice and consultancy, inviting visiting adjunct faculty and using information technology for classroom lectures like video conferencing. It is crucial for a teacher to practice, how else would he/she know about new developments?

The existing law schools can be empowered and accredited by the BCI to offer continuing legal education. They can be ask to run certain number of courses for certain number of lawyers. But, that is only a temporary solution. There is a need for a national legal education. Without continuing education no one can function. It is time we organize and institutionalize it.

Is the quality of research also suffering at the PhD level?

For doing the best of legal work one doesn’t need a PhD. However, one does need strong research skills, which is the capacity to integrate knowledge and make a persuasive solution to a problem. This is perhaps the strongest element in the American legal education system. Yes research is the weakest link in our country.

You have also been associated with judicial education. What is its status?

Judicial education has picked up in a very promising way. The greatest thing about it is that judge themselves have started acknowledging the importance of continuing education.

There are 18 state judicial academies and one National Judicial Academy (NJA) in Bhopal. State academies are for judges below the rank of district judge and NJA is for district judges and above. It is heartening to know that even Supreme Court judges are going for an educational retreat once a year at the NJA. The academy has better physical infrastructure facilities than any judicial academy in the world. But once again we lose out on account of the intellectual infrastructure.

What is the thrust of the programme offered at NJA?

The academy offers programmes ranging from three days to one week in duration. The programmes deal with the questions on appreciation of evidence, questions on criminal cases, adjudication or land acquisition disputes.

The thrust of the course is not just on knowledge acquisition but on management as well. How do you manage a court, a docket full of people legal documents and lawyers? How can you administer court, be sensitive towards minorities? So, knowing or unknowingly, during the course of the programme you are leaving your prejudices and working towards improving the quality of justice delivered.

For doing the best of legal work one doesn’t need a PhD. However, one does need strong research skills, which is the capacity to integrate knowledge and make a persuasive solution to a problem. This is perhaps the strongest element in the American legal education system. Yes research is the weakest link in our country.

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