Top 3 Reasons – Why we need a New Approach towards Legal Education
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Legal Profession is extremely competitive and getting in top law firms or prestigious corporate houses of India is even tougher.
Even the most liberal estimate predict such vacancies to be in the range of 800 to 1000 per annum.
With more than 1000 Law Schools in India and around 1 Lakh law students completing their education to join the profession every year, you don’t have to be a genius to appreciate the level of competition you will be facing after passing from Law School. To secure these jobs you have to be in top 1% of all the law students passing that year.
So, it is quite clear that just getting good grades in law school is not enough, you have to have some competitive edge over your peers to secure such jobs. That’s when Fusion Law School comes in to the picture.
Our structured training programs on various subjects of law will enhance your practical knowledge, skills and proficiency in the actual day-to-day practice of law and gives you a distinct professional edge in a competitive environment.
How We Started
The idea of Fusion Law School actually originated, when I was working with one of the top IP Boutique Firms of India and for some reasons, which I still wonder our Firm’s Managing Partner made me in- charge of giving an orientation about the Litigation Department to Freshers that joined the Firm that year.
Simply put, my job was to inform the Freshers about how IP Litigation works in India and train them on the tasks required to be done by lawyers at various stages involved in the litigation, so that they can work with at least some level of independence.
At that juncture, I realized that even though most of law students who join the profession every year are quite intelligent and hard-working but have very little clue about the actual working of the profession. Moreover, this problem can’t be attributed to a single set of schools as my experience will show I faced the same issue even with the law students passing from some of the most prestigious law schools of India.
Just when I was just about to make a Cliché statement, I remembered that even I was just like them when I joined the profession. For heaven sake, everyone I know in the profession was probably like them when they were a newbie.
One thing was clear to me that it was the not the fault of Students, but the system because the same students in few short months of training were working much above the expectation.
I wondered why so many of us are unemployable when we start. After much research and interaction with a lot of fresh law graduates, I came to the conclusion that this problem can be attributed to three major causes:
1. Old and Obsolete Syllabus
I believe, this is the foremost reason behind our education system not producing employable lawyers.
Why are we still following the same old syllabus that was made decades ago? Why curriculum of the colleges has not be amended to suit the requirements of today? Why subjects like Foreign Direct Investment, Securities law, Competition Law etc. find no mention in Syllabus of most of the law colleges?
If these questions can’t be answered, it would be unrealistic to expect our lawyers to have knowledge about new and emerging fields of law.
2. Lack of Faculty with Practical Experience
If we want our Law Students to have at least some basic understanding practical working of legal profession, we must provide them with Faculty Members who themselves has considerable working experience in the subjects they are teaching. A detailed analysis of Faculty Members across law colleges (barring few exceptions), would reveal that this dream is far from reality.
3. Faulty Evaluation System
It occurred to me that the law students are mainly being tested for their memory power rather than their understanding of law. In order to score good marks in their examinations, they just need to memorize notes and case laws and simply copy it down on to the answer sheets.
This would been a very good evaluation strategy, if the objective of legal education is to produce photo copying machines. But we can’t expect to produce independent thinking, problem solving lawyers, when our evaluation system incentives rotary learning.
Now when the job market is filled with such candidates, it becomes a problem for both the Employers and the students. The Employers are frustrated because they have to utilise their recourses in training the students, which could have been used to generate some profit for them.
Few Employers try to overcome this problem by only hiring experienced candidates rather than the freshers.
The other easy way out for employers is by selecting the students from top law colleges of India.
Because, Employers feel that if we have to train people for the work we want them to do, let’s pick up candidates who are easiest to train. However, in reality it is not always the case, I know a lot of people who are not from prestigious law colleges but are surely more talented and productive then students from one.
The inherent shortcoming of this approach is that it judges you on the basis of your talent at the time of entering the law school rather than when you graduate from it.
The worst part is that the problem doesn’t end here, because in legal profession the real learning you receive is outside the law schools. Thus, your first job will surely define your career for next 30-40 years.
If a students is not able to secure his first job in his / her field of interest, few years down the line it is almost impossible for him to switch until he is willing to start from ground zero. That’s why your first job in legal profession surely play the most important role in your career.
This I believe is the worst problem faced by law students, who are not able to secure a job in desired field and forced to join litigation.
Ultimately, it affects the students most, as they are not able to get the job for which they have dreamed and worked hard.
So, What is the Solution?
The solution for this problem is that the students need to be given practically relevant knowledge while they are still in their college. In short run, it is next impossible for the students to break the aforesaid trinity, and here when Fusion Law School comes into picture.
Fusion Law School has been founded with an objective to bridge the gap between requirements of the legal profession and the education being provided at law Schools. We have only one aim in mind at everything we do, that education needs to be practically relevant and useful.
Unlike other programmes, we do not provide the courses prescribed by the colleges or the courses made by the lecturers of those colleges.
We provide the courses that is prescribed and required by the leading Employers of law students in India.
In order to ensure this, we went to a number of leading law firms and corporate houses in India and asked their partners / in-house counsels to help us in designing the course that would be up to their expectations.
As this problems effects the Employers as well, a lot of them agreed to do so. The Courses were then drafted with a pragmatic approach.
Practical topics, required in day to day practice were given much more importance then theoretical one.
We are now proud to say that some of the most prominent names in the legal profession are now helping us preparing some of the best courses available to law students in India.
To know more about the people who helped us in drafting our Courses, click HERE.
We did not stop there, in our opinion to ensure the practical relevance of our Courses this was not enough.
We believed that our Courses must be taught by practicing professionals who have a considerable experience in the relevant field. We are glad with the fact that we are the only Institute in India whose courses are solely taught by Practicing Professionals.
Want to know more about our hardworking Faculty Members, click HERE.
Why FLS is an Online Institute?
The main reason for us to deliver our courses online was that, all the Faculty Members associated with us are practicing professionals and it is impossible for all of them to be at a particular place at any given time.
The second reason is that by going online we can ensure that every student across India can access the course according to their convenience. It is not mandatory for the students to be available for the course at a particular time.
Even our final assessment exams are not held on a particular date, students are given a time period of one and a half to four months depending on the course they enrolled in.
During this period the students can take the assessment whenever they like, they only need a personal computer and a working internet connection. By taking this step we ensured that none of our student faces any inconvenience in taking the exam due to any other commitment.
Taking the Extra Mile
We don’t stop after teaching our Students how to excel in the legal profession but also help them in doing so.
We have a fully functional Internship and Placement Cell, which helps the Participants in career planning, building functional resume, learning the art of networking, preparing for an interview etc.
We support our Participants in every possible way to hatch an internship or a job!
Learning from Experience of Other Countries
During my research I discovered that in many countries the same problem has been appreciated much earlier and solid steps has been taken to address them.
For instance, in UK (England and Wales) in order to become a Solicitor it mandatory for you to complete a Course called Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, which designed to provide a bridge between academic study and training in a law firm.
It is a one-year, full-time or two-year part-time course.
The countries like Australia and South Africa has also made similar provisions for such courses, which can even be taken online.
Courses Offered by Us
Currently we are offering four courses:
1. Advanced Certificate Course in Intellectual Property Rights – To know more click HERE.
2. Advanced Professional Certificate Course in Foreign Investment (including FDI) – To know more click HERE.
3. Certificate Course in Copyright Law – To know more Click HERE.
4. Free – Basic Certificate Course in Foreign Direct Investment – To know more Click HERE.
Want to Know, what our Students are saying about us
The Course structure is very well framed and up to date, faculty is way better than other courses on offer.
The Courses are very well designed and make your basic understanding of the subject strong.
The Course is not only rich in theory but also provides practical knowledge.
Excellent Course! Enhanced my theoretical knowledge as well as my practical exposure in the subject.
Best Place for job oriented legal courses. Go for It!
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