Guv slams legal education system

Addressing students at a lecture on legal education at the Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian Law College, he said: “The difficulty in our legal training is we take years to learn how to question.” He also said that the country needed more women lawyers practicing at the High Courts, particularly since women had been responsible for the enactment of some of the most important bills.

Also present at the lecture were Peter H Schuck, Associate Professor from Yale Law School and C Rajkumar, Vice-Chancellor of Jindal Global Law School in Haryana and an alumnus of the Harvard Law School. The two seconded the Governor’s opinion that women had a critical role to play in shaping the future of law and the profession would benefit from the sensitivities that women would bring in.

He added that law was becoming increasingly important from the international point of view. “With more and more interaction between countries, the study of globalised aspects of law are critical,” Schuck said. Rajkumar lamented the lack of top lawyers in academia. “If you look at more evolved democracies, academics rise to important positions of leadership. We do not have top lawyers teaching and involved in academia,” he said.

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