CLAT may not select law students with right ethos, says CJI Chandrachud

CJI Justice D Y Chandrachud inaugurated the first academic session of India International University of Legal Education and Research (IIULER) in Goa.


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: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice D Y Chandrachud. (Picture: Wikipedia): Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice D Y Chandrachud. (Picture: Wikipedia)

Press Trust of India | December 3, 2022 | 08:56 PM IST

PANAJI: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday said the current model of selection of students for National Law Universities, which involves cracking the CLAT, may not result in the selection of those with the "right ethos".

He was speaking after inaugurating the first academic session of the India International University of Legal Education and Research (IIULER) in Goa, an initiative of the Bar Council of India Trust-PEARL FIRST (BCIT-PF). The varsity should be a center for "cutting- edge research," Justice Chandrachud said, adding that IIULER should have a system which makes its students' body more inclusive.

Entrance tests like the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) do not necessarily allow entry to all the deserving candidates, he added. "One of the problems that the National Law Universities have faced is perhaps that the model which we use to select students does not always promote value-based education because we have common law entrance examination and we test the students' ability to crack the CLAT," the CJI said.

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"Cracking the CLAT does not necessarily result in students who have the right ethos to perceive career in law....I appeal the vice chancellor and faculty to place importance on value-based legal education for the students from diverse background," Chandrachud added.

Quality education requires resources, but it should not be so designed as to shut out students who can not pay for it, he said. He also urged the first-batch students to be always inquisitive. Apart from the CJI who is ex-officio visitor of the institute, Supreme Court judge Justice P S Narasimha who is the Chancellor of the university, SC judge Justice B R Gavai, Attorney General R Venkataramani and Bombay High Court's Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta were also present.

Srivdhya Ragvan, the vice-chancellor of the university, said India has the potential to disrupt the global legal sector the same way it did in Information Technology (IT). Chancellor Justice Narasimha said the county lacks high-standard legal writing and qualitative standard law books. He stressed the need to establish institutions of excellence with focus on research to provide data-based opinions on various legal subjects.

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