From the Desk of Principal
"Justice is the greatest concern of man on earth" - Daniel Webster
Legal Education in India has remained mostly concentrated on developing legal professionals in a national context. Legal Education has more or less remained a theoretical study, with only minimal content of practical exposure. In the changed scenario, the additional roles of an advocate envisaged are that of policy planner, business advisor, negotiator among interest groups, expert in articulation and communication of ideas, mediator, lobbyist, law reformer, etc. These roles demand specialized knowledge and skills not ordinarily available in the existing profession.
To properly relate the expectations from a center of Legal Studies, we need to appreciate the following changes that have happened in the legal environment across the world in the last few decades:
- Economic, Political and Social landscape has changed affecting the legal service scenario.
- Courts have started moving away from litigation into judicial management of disputes through pre litigation camps.
- Clients have started giving more prominence to conflict resolution rather than litigation management.
- Focus moved from winning litigation to managing litigation for faster, better results.
- Litigation moved to background in the wake of Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.
- Corporate clients started relying on lawyers for problem identification and early solutions rather than for fighting law suits.
- To acquire these skills the law students must be put through a structured learning process, whose major component should be learning through experience. The learning process should start with class room learning, move towards simulation learning and move further towards experimental learning.
With the clear vision on the above challenges before the society the College Of Law And Legal Studies (CLLS) was established by the Hon’ble Chancellor of TEERTHANKER MAHAVEER UNIVERSITY in 2010 to prepare the young lawyers who can face and work for the society as per new challenges of our progressive society. CLLS follows the teaching methodology through Moot Courts, mock trials, client counseling sessions, drafting lessons and other various legal activities like regular court visits for practical knowledge. CLLS ensures to bridge the gap between the theory and practical application of concepts through a learning process which is simulative, participative and multi-disciplinary. The academic curriculum, pedagogy and teaching methods are designed to enable the young lawyers of future to think creatively, critically, well conversant with legal principles and practice. To ensure that our law graduates acquire the best possible knowledge of law, skills of advocacy and drafting of pleadings, the unique internship programs are designed with NGOs, Judiciary, law firms and organizations.
Prof. Vipin Jain