Indian Academy of Law & Management (IALM) recently had a great pleasure of inviting Honorable Justice KG Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India at it’s New Delhi office.
He emphasized that law is reflection of the society, and as society changes, so must law and its implementation.
Lawyers and Judges cannot isolate themselves from the ever changing needs of society, and that no economic development can take place without there being social and political justice in the country.
He exhorted students, faculty, lawyers and judges to rise on the occasion and work for poor & needy of this country by providing them with justice, liberty and equality.
Justice Balakrishnan’s key messages for law students were:
Law is an ocean. Each lawyer has to work very hard and there is no alternative to the same. Each area of legal specialization will take decades to learn.
Read lot of court judgments and understand them. As many of the headnotes of reported judgments are incorrect, therefore students should read the full judgments and then write them in their own language. Copy and pasting Judgments will not be helpful.
Keep abreast with latest happenings in law and changes taking place. Law keeps on changing as it is reflection of public opinion. As public opinion changes, so must law and it’s implementation.
Learn the newer kind of laws. With advent of technology, newer regulations will be required for the society and therefore law students should have full grasp on the newer statutes and legal provisions.
He feels that every lawyer should have litigation experience. Whether a student takes up corporate law, Banking Sector or Intellectual Property. Litigation experience gives a broad perspective to students in learning how court functions, and also how the legal system of the country works.
Justice Balakrishnan also emphasized that Government should come out with a policy of allowing video recording of important constitutional cases, when senior counsels argue the matter in the court.
He also provided an example of Brazil, where Courts video-records all important legal cases and they also have a dedicated TV channel for the same.
The Honorable Judge was also pleased with IALM Online Education Platform that provides law courses across the country, including students of tier-II cities and rural areas.
The students across nation are benefited by taking IALM courses, and equip themselves with knowledge and skills. He was further pleased to learn about “Affirmative Action Program”, wherein IALM provides scholarships for OBC, SC, ST and Weaker section students.
Video excerpts of Justice Balakrishnan interactions are reproduced as under:
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