Higher Education in Law Must Be Extended to Remote Areas: CJI D Y Chandrachud

Prayagraj , Uttar Pradesh – 17/Feb/2024 – Chief Justice of India (CJI) D Y Chandrachud today emphasized the need to extend access to higher education in law to students in remote areas. Speaking at the [Event Name], he called for innovative approaches to bridge the geographical divide and ensure equal opportunities for aspiring lawyers across the country.

“The legal profession thrives on diversity of thought and experience,” the CJI stated. “Limiting access to legal education in certain regions not only creates an imbalance in representation but also deprives the profession of valuable potential contributions.”

CJI Chandrachud highlighted several challenges faced by students in remote areas, including limited availability of law colleges, infrastructure constraints, and socio-economic barriers. He urged stakeholders in the legal education system to explore solutions such as:

  • Developing robust online and blended learning programs: This could provide flexible learning options for students who cannot relocate for full-time studies.
  • Promoting collaborations between established law schools and institutions in remote areas: This could facilitate knowledge sharing, faculty exchange, and resource support.
  • Offering merit-based scholarships and financial aid: This could help alleviate the financial burden on students from underprivileged backgrounds.
  • Leveraging technology for virtual internships and courtroom simulations: This could provide practical exposure to the legal profession even in regions with limited access to courts and law firms.

The CJI’s call for action resonated with the audience, which included legal educators, policymakers, and aspiring lawyers. Many expressed their support for initiatives that could expand access to legal education and create a more inclusive legal profession.

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