Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2013

Publication Citation

20 Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 221 (2013)


Legal education plays an important role in developing lawyers who act as social engineers and work towards the cause of nation building. In a globalized world, law schools face the challenges of increased foreign competition and reduction of the role of the state. At the same time, globalization affords space for re-examining higher education systems by affording opportunity for establishing global universities with international collaborations and programs. This article examines the role of law schools in India and proposes reforms in Indian legal education system in the light of globalization. It examines how the private sector in India can contribute to imparting legal education in public service. Keeping in tune with the developments brought about by globalization, the article proposes setting up global universities with global curricula, faculty, and programs. This article also examines the challenges before the Indian legal education system, including the need to develop good infrastructure, the difficulties in hiring good quality faculty and attracting young lawyers to a career in academia, the lack of research initiatives within Indian law schools, and the lack of academic freedom available to faculty members. The article addresses how a global university can overcome these challenges, creating an environment that promotes teaching, learning, and researching in a manner that inspires future lawyers to work toward establishing a rule of law society in India.

Globalization and the Law: The Next Twenty Years, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, April 5-6, 2012.