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 Friday, 16 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 – 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
5:45 PM – 6:00 PM – Opening Remarks: Building 21st Century Law Schools
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Keynote Address
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.
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – Reception
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.
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.
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.
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM – Closing remarks
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.
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