Dr Kanu Priya, Head, School of Law attended Legal Education Conclave organized by Careers360 at Hotel Pride Plaza, New Delhi
The Indian Legal Education Conclave (ILEC), organized by Careers360 in New Delhi on March 31, 2017 witnessed eminent thought leaders of legal education including top educators from the NLUs, directors of renowned law firms and leading law practitioners and experts take the stage to share their insights on value creation highlighting different aspects of Legal Education. The theme of ILEC 2017 was “From Volume to Value creation – Challenges and Opportunities in Indian Legal Education”.
NLSIU Bangalore Vice Chancellor Prof. R Venkata Rao delivered the keynote address at this national level B-to-B conference. He stressed upon the fact as to the key challenges and opportunities for Educators in the Legal Education domain. He also raised the need for emerging best practices in pedagogy and curriculum reviews in Legal Education and the support of the regulatory authority, Bar Council of India to initiate steps in this regard.
An academic panel of leading legal scholars discussed the ways law colleges should cope with the changing industry expectations. The erudite speakers in the academic panel included Prof. Srikrishnadeva Rao, VC, NLU Odisha as the Chair; Dr. Poonam Saxena, VC, NLU Jodhpur; Dr. Purvi Pokhariyal, Director, Institute of Law, Nirma University and Dr. M Gandhi, Dean, VIT Law School.
Industry Experts from leading law firms such as Trilegal, Kaden Boriss and Anand and Anand shared their insights on output quality challenges and ways to enhance Industry-Academia collaborations. Mr Rajiv Maheshwari, CEO, Anand & Anand highlighted the importance of incorporating practical knowledge in legal education focusing on the vision which is difficult to ascertain in the present scenario through an activity. Mr Amiya Ranjan Nayak, Partner, Kaden Boriss Partners focused on the role played by the Bar Council of India in standardizing the domain and ambit of legal education and making it more globalized.
The ripple effects of this shift in focus in the present system is evident from the fact that many private institutions have started competing with the NLUs by inculcating a broad qualitative approach in their offerings. But is the pace satisfactory? What needs to be done on part of the different stakeholders to ensure that the domain becomes more robust? Where can policymakers intervene to accelerate this shift towards quality? These were some of the questions posed by the audience.
Sharing insights on ILEC 2017, Mahesh Sarma, Editor, Careers360 says, “This national level event has brought together educators, practitioners and industry players to discuss and debate on how Legal Education can better cater to the changing practices in the domain.” He adds that the insights from the thought leaders and educators will surely help in guiding and counselling law aspirants.