Legal education and pedagogy in contemporary era: Indian perspective


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Legal Education, Legal Pedagogy, Multidisciplinary


In the current scenario and with the advent of information technology, artificial intelligence and rapid globalization, economic liberalization, WIPO and WTO, the ambit of the term legal education has attained multidimensional meaning. Legal education in contemporary times has not remained concise in terms of imparting the knowledge on law; rather it connects its horizons to history, economy, polity, jurisprudence and therefore it has attained a multidisciplinary approach. Legal education has witnessed a paradigm shift from earlier times till now: ranging from the legal curriculum to teaching methodology there has been vast changes. Keeping in view the present situations of the pandemic there will be drastic changes in the pedagogy and the changes have commenced already. The world is shifting to online methods of learning and even the courts have adopted the online means to address cases. Technology is playing a pivotal role in shaping the dynamics of legal pedagogy and now no more traditional approach stands in line with the contemporary advancement in legal education, with changing educational patterns the professional roles are also mutating such as that of a policy planner, legal advisor, negotiator and arbitrator. This paper aims to trace the historical development of legal education in India and reflect on the contemporary developments, involvement of various players and stakeholders in shaping legal pedagogy. The study further delves into various post-modernist perspectives and ideologies, ruminates on the challenges posed and opportunities evolved for legal education with reference to techno-legal growth and finally attempts a formulation of suggestions to conquer the challenges ahead.