Legal Education in India

The Future of Legal Education in India
November 16 & 17, 2018
Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession will host a series of thought-provoking events on Friday16 November and Saturday, 17 November at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi on The Future of Indian Legal Education.  Drawing on research published in the Center’s seminal book, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and LSAC’s deep experience in and knowledge of legal education, including in India, as the creator of the LSAT®, the events will bring together key opinion leaders from academia, government, and the private sector to discuss the critical challenges–and the important opportunities–facing Indian legal education.

Showcase Agenda (16 November)

Showcase – Friday, 16 November 2018, 5:00PM – 8:30PM

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Registration

5:30 PM – 5:45PM – Welcome and Lighting of the Lamp

  • N.R. Madhava Menon, Founder, National Law School of India University
  • Kellye Y. Testy, President and CEO, Law School Admission Council
  • David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Opening Remarks: Building 21st Century Law Schools

  • David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Keynote Address

  • The Honorable Rohinton Fali Nariman, Judge, Supreme Court of India

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM – The Critical Role of Legal Education in India: Building a Profession of the Future

The legal profession must be responsive to the economic, political, and social challenges of the future. These challenges, which have sources both globally and in India, must be met in part by the legal education system. This panel will discuss and explore ways that rising to these challenges can transform Indian legal education. 

  • C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Rajiv Luthra, Founder and Managing Partner, L&L Law Partners
  • Kapil Sibal, Member of Parliament, Senior Advocate, and former Minister of Law and Justice
  • Dipali Talwar, Group General Counsel Tata Steel.
  • Kellye Y. Testy, President and CEO, Law School Admission Council
  • Chair: Vikramadtiya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Reception

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Symposium Agenda (17 November)

Saturday, 17 November, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Registration

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Welcome and Outline of the Day

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM – The Recruitment, Assessment, and Admission of Students

Law is a profession that demands critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders committed to justice and democratic institutions. This panel will focus on how law colleges can attract the best students, assess applicants’ critical reasoning and analytic skills, and admit a diverse class of applicants likely to succeed in legal education.

  • Chair: Kellye Y. Testy, President and CEO, Law School Admission Council
  • Jayanth Krishnan, Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law; Director, Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Alok Misra, Dean, Kirit P.Mehta School of Law, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NNIMS)
  • Anup Surendranath, Professor, National Law University, Delhi
  • Shamnad Basheer Founder and Managing Trustee, Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA)

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM – Break

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM – Building a 21st Century Law School

Legal practice is changing around the world, with lawyers requiring new, global legal skills. Law schools are at the forefront of providing the training necessary to operate in this new environment. This panel focuses on building law schools for the 21st century, including issues around curriculum, faculty development, and how best to develop the skills that employers are look for in new hires.  

  • Chair: David B. Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law; Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Director, Center on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School
  • C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, O.P Jindal Global University
  • Purvi Pokhariyal, Director and Dean, Institute of Law, Nirma University
  • R. Venkata Rao, Vice Chancellor, National Law School of India University-Bangalore
  • Shivpriya Nanda, Joint Managing Partner, JSA Law

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:45PM – Regulation and Change in Indian Legal Education

Indian legal educational is not only critical to India’s development, but also subsists in a complex regulatory environment. This panel will discuss and explore the social, economic, political, and regulatory forces at play, as well as how changes in regulation and regulatory bodies may affect legal education in India in the near future.

  • Chair: Vikramadtiya S. Khanna, William W. Cook Professor of Law, University of Michigan School of Law
  • Shashikala Gurpur, Director, Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • N.R. Madhava Menon, Founder, National Law School of India University
  • Gopal Subramanium, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Former Chairman, Bar Council of India; Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn London

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing remarks

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Read The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society

David B. Wilkins, Vikramaditya S. Khanna and David M. Trubek, Editors

Cambridge University Press, 2017

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of globalization on the Indian legal profession. Employing a range of original data from twenty empirical studies, the book details the emergence of a new corporate legal sector in India including large and sophisticated law firms and in-house legal departments, as well as legal process outsourcing companies. As the book’s authors document, this new corporate legal sector is reshaping other parts of the Indian legal profession, including legal education, the development of pro bono and corporate social responsibility, the regulation of legal services, and gender, communal, and professional hierarchies with the bar. Taken as a whole, the book will be of interest to academics, lawyers, and policymakers interested in the critical role that a rapidly globalizing legal profession is playing in the legal, political, and economic development of important emerging economies like India, and how these countries are integrating into the institutions of global governance and the overall global market for legal services.

To learn more about our Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (GLEE) project, click here.

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