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Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) an organisation started by Prof. Shamnad Basheer.

About The Book

An Idea of a Law School: Ideas from The Law School was conceived when a seminar was conducted to celebrate the silver jubilee of the establishment of the first National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

Collection of thoughts

This book is a collection of the thoughts of some of the alumni of the NLSIU.

Imagine the future

The collection of essays offers a chance to imagine the future of law schools.

Prof. Menon's Vision

Book highlights the thoughts, experiences of NLSIU alumni and their contribution in diverse areas to showcase Prof. Menon's vision of NLSIU alumni as "social engineers".

Impact it has

It should give readers a sense of the institution and the impact it has had over the last 30 years.

About The Authors

Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon (1935-2019) was a legendary architect of the modern legal education system in India. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore as we see it today is a creation of his vision.

He was the Founder Director of the NLSIU, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal and the Founder Vice-Chancellor of the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS).

He was one of the few Indian lawyers to become an equity partner in a leading international law firm in London. Murali Neelakantan returned to Mumbai in August 2008 as a Senior Partner at Khaitan & Co.

In 2013 he became Cipla's first Global General Counsel and a member of the senior leadership team.

Sumeet Malik graduated from NLSIU in 1999. Thereafter he worked briefly for nine months in Mr. K K Venugopal’s chamber and then decided to pursue an LL.M in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce.

With his legal training and specialisation in Intellectual Property Law, he joined his family-run Eastern Book Company. Currently he is the Director at EBC and manages overall Content and Editing for EBC.

Table Of Contents

  • Towards a Draft National Policy on Legal Education
  • Legal Education Should Bridge the Gap Between Law and Justice
  • Globalisation and Legal Education: Challenges Ahead
  • Case for a Transnational Approach in Legal Education
  • Commercial Law Teaching: Perspectives from a Practitioner
  • Legal Education in India: The Role of the National Law Schools and Their Outcomes
  • Innovative Clinical Curriculum for Enabling Law Graduates to Become Practice-Ready
  • Transformation of Indian Legal Education
  • Legal Services — 2020: A Snapshot
  • “Pro Bono” Legal Services in India: An Opportunity to Bridge the Access to Justice Gap
  • Defining or Redefining “The Profession of Law” in India
  • State of the Indian Legal Profession: Where can We Go from Here?
  • Legal Profession in India: Need for Radical Reforms
  • Foreign Lawyers in India and Indian Lawyers Abroad: Prospects for Trade in Legal Services
  • State of the Legal Profession Today and Outlook for Tomorrow
  • Role of Our Bar Councils in a Time of Diminishing Brand Equity of the Legal System
  • The New-Age Lawyer — Entrepreneur: Enabled by Technology; Inspired by Law
  • Survivors or Escapists? A Case for Lawyers Against Corruption and “Pro Bono” Legal Clinic for Early-Stage Startups
  • Continuing Legal Education and the Role of Bar Councils and Bar Associations
  • Law as the Gatekeeper to Justice: Reflections on the Role of the Judiciary and Access to Justice
  • Access to Justice: Role of the Judiciary and the Role of Law Reports
  • Mediation: A Way to Deal with the Docket Crisis in India
  • Ensuring Meaningful Access to Justice for Workers and Their Organisations
  • Thoughts on Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms: How can We Make It More Inclusive?
  • Role of Judiciary, Judicial Delays and Access to Justice
  • Ideas for Reducing Pendency in Courts
  • Importance of Legal Environment to India’s Development
  • Role of Judiciary and Access to Justice
  • Centre for Social Justice
  • In Search of the Self: Less is More

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access (IDIA) an organisation started by Prof. Shamnad Basheer.