At the inception of NLSIU, its founders proudly touted the phrase –“social engineers”-to define the new breed of lawyers that were to be produced from within its fold.

Strangely, this ambiguous expression did not lend itself to a happy understanding as to exactly how such an individual was to be created.

After having observed the institution for many years, and having been within it for five, one can only presume that a social engineer is to be created from hours in libraries poring over dusty tomes, in competing mindlessly for moot courts and high CGPA’s, in building glowing CVs on the back of mediocre publications, and in displaying painstaking diligence to conformist thought.

Barring the teachers of social studies at the institution, many of whom have been challenging and thought provoking, the discipline of law is largely taught in isolation – without any reference to other disciplines or the world around us.

By Gopal Sankaranarayanan, a Supreme Court lawyer.

Article first published on  The Indian Advocate, Volume 38.

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