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Vice-Chancellor’s Desk

Legal education has evolved to meet changing needs and visions and has changed significantly over time. Its objectives have been multiple, or even ambiguous has been the extent to which it should focus on the skills necessary for actual law practical (The MacCrate Report). Global Law Deans’ Forum 2013 organized by the International Association of Law Schools, Washington at National University of Singapore during September 25th – 27th, 2013 developed principles of outcomes of Legal Education in the form of Singapore Declaration. (Singapore Declaration on Global Standards and Outcomes of Legal Education.) It says that there will be three main outcomes of a legal education. These are broadly- Knowledge, Skills and Values.

Knowledge in legal education means to understand the nature of Legal Rules and Institutions, knowledge of and ability to use the most fundamental tools of legal research, understanding of the process of devising and implementing a coherent and effective research design. It includes identifying and formulating legal issues, formulating relevant legal theory, elaborating legal theory, evaluating legal theory and criticising and synthesizing legal argumentation.

Skills learning includes diagnosing a problem, generating alternative solutions and strategies, developing a plan of action, implementing the plan and keeping the planning process open to new information and new ideas. It includes fact gathering, factual investigation, organizing information, using effective methods of communication (orally and in writing), and how to comply with legal requirements.

Values a law graduate should know and understand the need to act in accordance with the professional ethics prescribed by the BCI and fundamental principles of justice and the rule of law.

Legal education is now passing through the intellectually liberating path of inter-disciplinary as well as multidisciplinary method of study to accept challenges of globalization and the new world order which is said to be as revival of Kantian ‘law of peoples”. ‘Justice’ , the core value of our Constitution must become central to law curriculum of Law Schools. Accordingly curriculum of WBNUJS has been designed with a move away from doctrinalism and giving much emphasis on practical approaches in legal education. Accordingly we have a wide range of optional courses and credit courses challenging the legitimacy of dominant juridical ideology.
Above are not all aspects of teaching learning process and research at WBNUJS but focus on only some particular interests of the University. These principles may be said as the base for our continuing discourse of exploring and identifying essentials of legal education and scholarship which will properly prepare our students to meet the challenges of the world they will inherit. We are always welcoming innovative ideas and suggestions.
Prof. Dr. Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti