Law has proved its mettle time and again as a noble profession that has never got out of fashion. From dusty piles of case files in dreary court rooms, law professionals have entered the swanky corporate world and a plethora of gainful fields. Leading law professionals share with THE WEEK about the career options this demanding field offers and its many dimensioned role in society.
Faculty of Law, SGT University grooming next gen legal professionals
In recent times, legal studies have gained tremendous attention because of the expansion of its scope and operation, both nationally and internationally. This has opened up new vistas of growth and employment for legal professionals. It is to fill this vacuum in quality legal education that the SGT University has stepped in. It has been offering some of the most competitive and sought-after courses in the legal profession. Situated in the heart of Gurugram, the University has a sprawling campus with the art of World-class infrastructure. The University established its faculty of law in 2014 with the aim of providing an academically rich environment to students and groom them for the legal profession. It offers a diverse range of legal courses, which comply with the rules of Bar Council of India and UGC as well.
The SGTU Faculty of Law offers the following courses:
Three year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) (Hons.) (UG Programme)
Five year integrated BA LL.B (Hons.) (UG Programme)
Five year integrated BBA LL.B (Hons.) (UG Programme)
LL.M( One year) (PG Programme)
Ph.D.(Full Time Programme)
The Faculty of Law also boasts of an impressive moot courtroom built similar to real courtroom found in Indian courts. It helps students in getting acquainted with real courtroom settings and offers them an opportunity to participate in intra moot court competitions which are held periodically. Further, a National Moot Court Competition is organised every year wherein prominent law schools across the country participate.
The Faculty of Law also organizes seminars, panel discussions, and conferences on contemporary legal issues that are presided over by legal luminaries from academia, judiciary, public and private sectors. Classroom lectures are supplemented with seminars, presentations, group discussions, interactive sessions, and field-based learning.
Field-based group projects organized by Faculty of Law include the following:
Voting Awareness Campaign
Legal aid to underprivileged people of Budhera, Gurugram
Nukkad Natak based on consumer rights in India
Legal awareness camp based on the theme of crimes against minors
Legal Awareness camp based on dowry deaths and domestic violence
Legal Awareness camp for preventing female foeticide
The faculty has adopted a reflective and collaborative pedagogy in teaching. Every branch of law is being taught to face professional challenges and get employment. The courses are futuristic in nature and structured to increase practical know-how. This helps in promoting experiential learning. Additionally, legal quizzes and debates are regularly held for the enhancement of knowledge of students.
The Faculty of Law follows a curriculum that is at par with National Law and Public Universities. The faculty offers interaction with eminent lawyers and law firms which helps in live case handling. Also, collaborations with foreign professors allow students in knowing the legal framework in a more comprehensive manner. The University has signed MoUs with professional institutions like Indian Bar Association, CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition (CIRC).
The Faculty of Law organizes summer and winter internships programme under which students can intern in law firms, district courts, High Courts, as well as Supreme Court. Students can also learn as they earn while working in multi-national companies, and tribunals. It gives students practical exposure and helps them in aptitude-building. Students are not only equipped with professional and academic skills but also get imbibed with the social, moral values to become good and responsible citizens. Overall, the University aims to provide holistic learning and groom legal professionals for the future.
SJCL a place of excellence
The Society of Jesus, whose members are known as Jesuits, has been in the forefront of education throughout the world with a legacy of 450 years. They are universally recognised and renowned for their quality education and manage some of the very prestigious institutions in India and abroad. St Joseph’s College and St Joseph’s Commerce College are two such the renowned institutions in the city of Bengaluru; XLRI, XIMB, Loyola College Chennai, St Xavier’s Colleges of Kolkata and Mumbai are some of the prestigious institutions in India. St Joseph's College of Law (SJCL), administered by the Bangalore Jesuit Education Society (BJES), is the first-ever Jesuit Law College in south Asia.
The College of Law was established in 2017-2018. SJCL is committed and determined to pursue several progressive and innovative ideas in its endeavor to grow and shape its identity to take its place among the premier legal institutes. The course curriculum at SJCL has been designed keeping in mind the needs of modern-day legal education. It aims at exposing students to the best practices of teaching and learning and provides them opportunities to go beyond the curriculum. The faculty members of SJCL are encouraged to innovate teaching-learning techniques. This method of learning would include case-studies, experiential learning and interactive teaching along with emphasizing critical thinking and innovation. Apart from the full-time faculty members, teaching is supplemented by a panel of distinguished and experienced visiting professors from a consortium of leading accredited universities across the world and renowned legal practitioners.
The college is confident that the students of SJCL will contribute to the qualitative demands and expectations in a world of legal opportunities. Law education at SJCL intends to create lawyers who have guts to fight for what are right.