Manmohan Singh for national uniform code module for legal education

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New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that there is an urgent need for national uniform code module for legal education in the country.

Inaugurating the two-day national consultation for second generation reforms in legal education here, Dr. Singh said that the Indian law system has to be at par with global pattern.

"If we are to have in our country the turbulence in effect of the Rule of Law, if we are to have an economic environment where contracts are easily enforceable, then we must ensure that our law teachers, practicing advocates, corporate legal luminaries, legal advisors, judicial officers and legal facilitators are indeed men and women of very high intellectual caliber. And this is possible only if there is dramatic reform and improvement in the scope and quality of our legal education system.

Emphasising the need for legal education to be inclusive, Dr Singh said that the legal professionals must be sensitive to the vulnerable sections of the society.

"Our legal education system should be particularly sensitive to the needs of the marginalized sections of our society like women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the poor. Not only should these sections of society be adequately represented among law students, the legal education we impart should inculcate sensitivity towards the special needs of the under-privileged sections of our community," he added.

He also said that one of the most challenging tasks in legal education in India is to strike a proper balance to ensure that our students are taught a fair mix of courses that give them knowledge and training in Indian law, but at the same time prepare them for facing the challenges of globalization, where domestic legal mechanisms interact with both international and foreign legal systems.

"This interaction is going to deepen in the years to come and our law schools must prepare themselves to face this challenge," he added.

Dr Singh further hoped that the conference would result in actionable agenda and recommendations to improve the legal education system in our country. (ANI)

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