A Review of Journal of Indian Law Institute in Legal Education

Date01 January 2017
Published date01 January 2017
Subject MatterEssays
A Review of Journal of Indian Law
Institute in Legal Education
Prakash Sharma1
The aim of this review is to document a range of articles which were published by the esteemed
institution established solely for the purpose of legal education (LE) and research—Indian Law Institute
(ILI). So far, the experts and scholars have remained pessimistic about the direction of LE in India. The
work acknowledges that though there were multiple understandings of various aspects pertaining to
LE in India and abroad, the same were not found to be of any relevance. This review addresses how an
ideal system of law must draw its postulates and legal justification from science. A particular focus was
given on the prestige and the quality of institutions imparting LE. In addition to describing problems,
efforts have been made to suggest some initiatives towards making an effective use of various available
opportunities. The context of the review only adds to the relevance of this exercise. Apart from the
dynamic character of our legal environment and the ambition to benefit from the developments in the
technological world, which has contributed to social growth, we have discovered that this environment
is more vulnerable than what most people had assumed.
A signicant phenomenon of the modern legal education (LE) has been to draw some attention to the
experience gathered over the years. As a result, this new understanding, which may appropriately be
termed as the ‘functional approach’ to the problems of law and legal order, in itself becomes the goal of
LE. Over these years, a question that has been coming in everyone’s mind is—Has LE propelled society
towards greater political participation or is it appropriated merely by the dominant groups? LE has been
witnessing a familiar concern for its ‘aim and object’, which persists even till today.2 Is it the aim of
LE to serve as a component of liberal education and satisfy itself with imparting to the students of law
Research Scholar, Delhi University, India.
2 See National Knowledge Commission, Report of the Working Group on Legal Education: A Report to the Nation (Government
of India, New Delhi 2009). This commission was formed in the year 2005 as an advisory body to the Indian prime minister with
the objective of transforming India into a knowledge society. It submits recommendations to guide policy on direct reforms on
various areas, including education (hereinafter, Knowledge Commission Report). See also C.B. Agarwala, Report of the Committee
on Legal Education, 1 JILI 454 (1959).
Asian Journal of Legal Education
4(1) 61–70
© 2017 The West Bengal National
University of Juridical Sciences
SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/2322005816662382
Corresponding author:
Prakash Sharma, Research Scholar, Delhi University, India.
E-mail: prrakash89@gmail.com
Acknowledgments: The author acknowledges the research assistance provided by Harshit Srivastava, LLB, Teach
for India fellow. Any amount of queries and suggestions would be appreciated.

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