Legal Studies: A New Optional for CBSE’s Senior Secondary Students
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce legal studies in classes XI and XII from the coming academic year, as a pilot project in 200 schools in India and abroad, said a Times of India news report.
The report further stated that the CBSE in its letter dated April 5, 2013 has written to schools interested in offering the legal studies course to their students to submit their expression of interest by April 20.
ToI quoted CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi: “[The Legal Studies course] will empower students of 21st century and open new career avenues for them in law. After a lot of brainstorming with scholars and experts, the board has decided to offer legal studies at class XI level from 2013-14. The course in the first year will be a pilot run on first-come, first-served basis. Based on the response, we will offer it to the rest of our affiliated schools.“
According to the ToI report the legal studies subject will include teaching of theory and nature of political institutions, nature and sources of law, historical evolution of Indian legal system, civil and criminal courts and processes, family justice system, arbitration, tribunal adjudication and alternate dispute resolution, human rights in India, international context and legal profession in India.
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For the full ToI report, please see here.