Indo-U.S. Ties and the Next Generation of Law Teachers | Jane E. SCHUKOSKE
Abstract: India faces a shortage of qualified law teachers. According to the proposed legal education reform agenda, national law schools are due to open in each state and the standards at the existing 900+ law schools will undergo review. Indian law teachers will seek training on participatory learning and on skills teaching. They will seek guidance on research strategies.They will develop new courses of study. The new Indian law pedagogy and research culture will evolve in the Indian context with values shared by U.S. legal educators. India Committee members with knowledge and interest in both Indian and U.S. legal cultures can play a supportive role in developing law teacher training resources as India undertakes legal education reform. Among us are attorneys who negotiate Indo-U.S. business deals and represent families with Indo-U.S. ties. There are faculty who teach international and comparative law and who focus on India as they design student projects and conduct research. Attorneys who supervise legal process outsourcing to India have a vested interest in knowing what Indian law students learn about professional ethics, legal writing and research. This article recaps key features of Bachelor of Laws education in India, identifies certain reforms being planned, and suggests several types of resource development to support the work of the next generation of Indian law teachers.
Keywords: United States, U.S., India, legal education, law teachers, legal writing, Bachelor of Laws, legal research, internships, Bar Council of India, professional ethics, All-India Bar Examination, law curriculum, external examiners, University Grants Commission, lawyering skills, clinical legal education.
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