Legal Education Reforms in India with respect to Globalization

Globalization has by far affected every stream of education and has led to reformation in the fields of higher education across the globe. Reformation in legal education being need of the hour as well, requires focus on making it even more flexible by giving more freedom to the legal education organizations and establishing law schools of international standards besides addressing fundamental issues related to legal education including necessary amendments and changes in the existing law education curriculum and methodologies. The academic standards need to be raised besides providing state of the art infrastructure and research facilities. It also includes providing a good governance model and better job opportunities to the passing out law students. Legal Education Reforms in India

Well, the challenges for reformation in legal education are big particularly when it comes to promotion of judicial and legal reforms. Apparently, for establishing a rule of law society, the lawyers and judges have to play a crucial role in the future, towards governance. It thus requires the law students in law schools to be imparted with quality training in the present. A re examination of each of them needs to carried out so that these future lawyers and judges sync in well with the undergoing socio-economic transformation.

The times when the focus of legal education institutions was on issues relating to India and Indian law only are long gone. Today, students are inquisitive and interested in studying international law as well as comparative law. Obviously, there is a dire need to make reformations in the existing legal education of Indian law through excellence in teaching and research but at the same time it is vital to focus on globalization challenges.

Keeping up with the need, even law schools today are shifting their focus on incorporating international law curriculum, with an objective of providing a fair mix of programs that strike the right balance on Indian and foreign laws. Even students are highly alert and informed about the latest in law on the international circuit due to the vast exposure available through international moot competitions. The information base of students on international law varies from dispute resolution topics to marine time law, humanitarian law and more.

Thus, it can be aptly said that establishment of law schools of global standards has become necessary today. Setting up law schools with world class infrastructure would also mean attracting students from across the world and the best faculty in law because even today sourcing good faculty with experience and expertise in the field isn’t easy. The law schools for long have been facing issues in acquiring or sourcing qualified faculties, not only in India but abroad as well. But, these issues can be resolved by offering better incentives and promotion of institutional initiatives and legal education reforms mentioned above.

As the possibilities of international interactions increase with time, law schools need to get all set to match-up. This includes activities like setting up a legal database for reference to the students from across the world and keeping it updated consistently, conducting knowledge exchange programs with legal education colleges worldwide and more.

Having said that, realizing all these reforms is not child play and requires mammoth funding. Hence, creating philanthropic initiatives for acquiring funds becomes one of the preliminary steps to be taken in the direction of raising the legal education bar in India.

Why KLE Law College is one of the best law schools in India

LAW COLLEGE ADMISSION 2017 – PROCESS SIMPLIFICATION PROPOSAL

Not all of us are aware about the goof ups and confusions that created a chaos amongst the law aspirants and college administration as well whilst the entrance and admission for 3 year and 5 year integrated LLB courses in 2016.

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Well, to begin 2016 was the year that marked the centralization of law admissions in India through Common Entrance Tests for both 3 year and five year LLB courses. This announcement itself created whirlwinds in the law education sector causing considerable chaos, litigation and delays and further resulted into many aspirants being denied admission inspite of seat availability. Speaking of numbers, the CET data sheet reveals that out of the 15000 seats available for 3 year LLB degree course, 5000 remained vacant and out of the 10,000 seats available for 5 year integrated LLB degree course, 6000 remained vacant.

Here is an overview of the muddle that happened in 2016 with respect to the CET of Law that resulted in the Principals of Law colleges coming together to make proposals with respect to simplification of law admission procedures.

Applications – The application form apparently needed the students to choose from a list of college division rather than list of colleges. This created a lot of confusion amongst the students and many of them ended up choosing only one division instead of all. This in turn resulted in them losing the seat.

Age Bar – This was one of the biggest issues that cropped up during admission and let to the denial of admission to many aspirants. Apparently, the age limit for the 3 Year LLB course is 30 (35 for reserved category) years and 5 year integrated LLB course is 20 years ( 22 for Reserved category). Though its challenged in the court through may petitions, the imposition of it last year cost many students their seats.

Seat Allocation & BCI Approval – Adding to the confusions already on with CET were that of the seat allocation issue, where in the BCI had to make changes in the first and the fourth list of allotments of colleges due to conflicts reports. There were problems with the ladies and minority quota fulfillment as well. Further, to add to it the apex body had already put a stay on approval of 64 colleges out of 128 in the state until the criteria put forth by BCI were accepted by the colleges.

Nationality/ Caste Certificates and CET Notification Issues – There was last minute chaos while submission of the application forms as many of the aspirants weren’t aware that they had to furnish the nationality and caste certificates. In another case, a student filed a petition in the high court for cancellation of the test on the ground that the syllabus of the test has to be announced 6 months prior to the commencement of the test. Though, the court did not entertain that petition it did direct the state to include BCI member while outlining the syllabus.

Considering these issues that ultimately resulted in significant delays in admission, Principals of law colleges have proposed the need of setting up of facilitation centres to the government of Maharashtra in order to simplify the law admission process this year. The objective behind setting up such centres is primarily assisting the law aspirants and students undertaking the Common entrance test for Law with application form filling, documents to be furnished, etc. Further, they also proposed that a standard operating procedure (SOP) be put in place, so as to avoid the unnecessary last minute hassles the students have to go through for compliance and more. The principals harped upon the simplification of the admission procedure so has to avoid confusions, misunderstandings and unnecessary delays.

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Why is KLE One of the Best Law Schools in India

 

Arun Jaitley at KLE LAW School in Bangalore

Law as a profession is gaining popularity and no longer bears the stamp of being a legacy profession. There were times this profession was also deemed as a mediocre one, but times have changed and for good. Today, there is a huge influx of students willing to make a career in law. Globalization has brought about a reformation in the field as well, with law schools focusing on designing a legal education curriculum that is a balanced blend of Indian and International Law.

For all the passionate aspirants wanting to take up Law education, the preliminary task that lies ahead is getting into a top class law school after clearing CLAT examinations with good marks. The undergraduate degree course choices offered to them range from three year bachelors degree courses to five year integrated degree courses. Though there are numerous law colleges across the country, choosing the ultimate one requires indepth research backed by a visionary approach. Besides, a lot of other secondary points have to be kept in mind like college and course fees, location and feasibility, to name a few.

When considering the various top ranked colleges, as an aspirant you are sure to come across the name KLE society’s law college. Obviously because, it is one of India’s renowned colleges for pursuing legal education. KLE Society’s law college has been instituted as a nursery and training ground of students seeking quality legal education and is ranked amongst the top 5 law colleges in South India for a while now. Established in the year 1975, KLE’s society Law School has been continuously fostering the future lawyers with indepth knowledge and professional skills in the field of jurisprudence for over 4 decades now.

KLE society’s law academy offers state of the art infrastructure which includes a wide spanning campus with spacious classrooms. The classrooms are fully equipped with interactive teaching tools like LCD’s and more. A well stocked library and e-library providing access to a mammoth research database both online and offline, moot court hall and IT resources for staff makes KLE stand out as a law academy of international standards.

The college also supplements its academic and professional training programs with guest lectures for its students by prominent judges, lawyers of the Supreme court and High Court. The law courses on offer include undergraduate, diploma and certificate programs. KLE’s commitment to excellence in law education has gained it a reputation for delivering excellence in field of academics of Law in India. No wonder, KLE society’s Law College is ranked as the 2nd best private law college in South India by ‘the Week’ and 8th best in India by Career 360. It also holds the recognition of being ranked as the best law college in India for the year 2015 by India today.

So, if you are an aspiring lawyer, KLE society’s Law college is undoubtedly an alternative you consider for a high flying career in Law.

All About Bail in India – Using Your Right to freedom

With the constitution of India, there is one basic rule with law viz bail and not Jail. So, everyone who is accused of an offense civil or criminal, has a right to apply for bail. Only exception for it is if the said or accused is a repeat offense maker or there is a dire possibility of he fleeing away from justice, intimidating the witnesses or the crime is grave enough.

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Applying for Bail

Once a First information report is file against you or a charge is filed against you, your would need to furnish your details including information and thumb prints as well. Your background or criminal records would be checked out. It the charge is a meager one, you can immediately apply for bail else if its a complex one, you might have to wait for around 24 hours before you could apply for it. Some offenses are non bailable also. So, your bail plea filing would depend apparently on the type of offense or accusation against you.

Types of Bail

Bail is a kind of security that you provide to the law for them to release you. It is a surety that you would be available in court as and when required in future. As mentioned before bail is your right, its your right to freedom and you must apply for it. There are different categories of bails applicable depending upon the type of charge against you.

Interim Bail – This bail is for certain period of time granted before hearing to the prosecution.

Permanent Bail – This bail is permanent in nature and granted only after hearing to the petitioner as well as the prosecution.

Bail before Arrest – It is granted when the court feels that the accused is falsely involved in the case and an arrest would effect his honor and dignity badly.

Bail on Arrest – Under section 497 of Cr. Pc. Bail can be granted for both bailable as well as non bailable offenses after the accused is arrested against a charge

Protective Bail – A bail granted so that the accused can approach the provincial court for getting a pre-arrest bail without touching its merit.

Directly approaching Superior Court – The superior courts can grant pre- arrest bail in some appropriate cases directly if the accused has been deprived or prevented of approaching lower courts.

Bail for the Convict – Once convicted, bail is granted to the accused even if the appeal for the same is accepted if court finds that there are considerable grounds for his/her release.

Preconditions of Pre-arrest Bail under Bailable Offenses

Gravity of the offense – The gravity of the offense does not affect the pre arrest bail. Infact it is of zero importance in pre-arrest bail cases.

Personal Motives – Pre arrest bail can be easily gotten if it is proved to the court that there is some ulterior motive or personal gain behind involving the accused into the case.

Not Guilty – Pre-arrest bail can be easily got if the initial investigation shows that the accused is falsely involved in the crime and has apparently not committed it.

Fit Case – If the case of the petitioner is a fit case, then the court can grant bail for the same.

Surrender – On surrender prior arrest by the accused, pre arrest bail is granted. If the accused absconds, he is not applicable for the same.

Bond Submission – If the accused submits the required bonds needed for bail, he/she can easily avail bail under criminal cases.

Pre conditions for Post Arrest Bail under Bailable Offenses

Excludes the Prohibitory Clause – If the accused does not fall under the prohibitory clause then bail is possible.

Likely not Guilty – If there is not reasonable ground for the accused to commit a non bailable offense then bail can be granted.

Scope for further Enquiry – If the court observes that there is sufficient ground available in the case for further enquiry, then post arrest bail is a possibility.

Security Bonds – A post arrest bail is only allowed if the accused is willing to provide the necessary bonds required by the court for bail.

Pre-conditions for Bail under Non Bailable Offenses

Child or Women – Even if it is a non bailable offense women and children can be granted bail.

Personal Enmity – If evidence of personal enmity between the complainant and the accused is proved, bail can be granted under non bailable offenses.

Lack of Evidence – If the evidence available is insufficient then bail can be obtained under non bailable offenses as well.

FIR registration Delay – If the FIR registration has been delayed, then bail is applicable under non bailable offenses too.

Doubt – If nothing substantial is proved in a criminal case about the accused being involved or there is a grave doubt in the case and also nothing is recovered from him/her, there is a possibility of getting a bail for non bailable offenses.

Sickness – On account of the person being physically or critically ill, bail is possible even under non bailable offenses.

Hopefully, the aforementioned writeup has cleared the fog on bail for you in some way or the other. It is advisable to consult a lawyer to get more indepth information on the same.

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Legal Sector in India – The Scenario Today

The legal sector has seen some drastic transformations over the last few years. There has apparently been a paradigm shift in how the legal industry works today then ever before. Earlier it was all about legacies of a family pursuing the profession, toiling long hours, sweating it out and more.

Legal Sector in India

But, with the advent of technology, advanced tools and apps on hand, the face of the legal system has suddenly got a makeover, it seems. Getting some legal information which was a pain in the neck once, is now only a few clicks away. Today for example, if you have a legal query, there are umpteen number of apps available in the marketplace to help you resolve it. Further more, you even have various online webpages and toll free numbers to help you out, on hand. Technology is apparently a boon for the law professionals also, as they no longer have to hunt for their clients. They can simply float their portfolios online on different legal networking sites for clients to find them. Clients also get numerous choice online, to select a lawyer that fits their suit and bill. The legal process has also become kind of speedier than ever for them.

What’s new, legal professionals can now outsource their work to third parties and it is known as legal process outsourcing. Further-more, the concept of virtual legal professionals is working wonders. These professionals are apparently, non law professionals assisting in getting you legal information and their services are available for low prices. Like it used to be before, Billable hours of lawyers are no longer counted. This is quite a refreshing change because it allows lawyers to take short vacations and leaves as well.

A profession deemed as mediocre earlier, is now seen in new light as corporate law is the new lucrative side of it and students are eagerly taking the plunge into this profession like never before. It is expanding and is opening up new avenues for potential lawyers and why not, Corporate law undoubtedly offers a sky rocketing career.

On the flip side, the substantial and consistent growth in the number of lawyers has resulted in Legal professionals focusing on legal entrepreneurship. Today, you do not need to go to the offices of your lawyers as most information is available at the touch of a tip online through your smart devices. Subscriptions based legal information portals offer the facility to browse any order online easily. Hence, Lawyers these days concentrate on providing efficacious service to their clients and make them feel at ease service-wise as well as money-wise.

Due to the changing economic times, there has been a constant effort by the legal professionals to find new ways to attain and retain their clients, ultimately making this sector more effective, efficient, accessible and reliable.