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NLSIU alumni to conduct e-symposium on "Future of Legal Education" tomorrow, 11 speakers on board

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Alumni Association of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) will conduct an e-symposium on June 27 featuring a panel of academicians, lawyers and entrepreneurs to discuss the future of legal education.

This e-symposium is aimed at looking into various issues, while identifying actions to help enhance the institution’s role, thereby, providing the highest quality of legal education to its students.

The e-symposium will see a total of three sessions engaging diverse, eminent panelists. The first session will discuss issues of infrastructure and investment and will moderated by Murali Neelakantan, a dual-qualified lawyer.

The speakers for this session will include Advocate General for Karnataka Prabhuling Navadgi; Registrar of NLSIU Prof (Dr) Sarasu E Thomas; and Associate Professor at Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Prof (Dr) Umakanth Varottil.

The second panel will deal with issues of inclusion and diversity in law classrooms. This session will see panelists such as lawyer Amba Salelkar, who has worked in capacity building in inclusion, particularly around disability, mental health and gender; Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence at OP Jindal Global University Prof (Dr) Sumit Baudh; Director (Operations) at IDIA Charitable Trust Swati Agrawal; and Advocate Vivek Divan. The session will be moderated by Agami founder Sachin Malhan.

The last session will focus on issues related to the impact of technology on the future of legal education and will be moderated by Professor of Intellectual Property at University of Oxford, Prof Dev Gangjee.

The set of speakers for this session include Managing Trustee and Chairman of the Akshara Foundation Ashok Kamath; Associate General Counsel of The New York Presbyterian Hospital Poojitha Rao; Group General Counsel of ICICI Bank Mr Pramod Rao, and Trilegal Founding Partner Rahul Matthan.

Highlighting certain issues that are being faced by the NLSIU currently, a press release reads,

"In the present scenario, the NLSIU of today will now provide 25% of its seats for the Residents of Karnataka. This brings to fore the national character of the institute and whether the same will be maintained along with the mantras of diversity and inclusion within the student body. Another growing concern is the ability of the institution to maintain, build infrastructure and meet the challenges of delivering top-quality legal education in a post-covid online networked world, when it has already faced criticism for increased fees but have had its annual budgetary allocation from the Karnataka Government reduced by 75%."

[Read the press release here]

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