The legal profession has transformed over the last few decades and is poised to not only grow, but also continuously change, over the next few as well. In this scenario, modernizing the legal profession in a new economic and social reality will not only require focus on improving legal education but also making it accessible. Further, with increasing competition and need for professionalization of talent and skills, any one seeking to build a career at any rung in any part of India will need to continuously learn and pick up skills through out their career. The generation that is currently in law school will only be more severely affected by this change but those currently past the middle of their careers will not be spared either.
Add to this a (largely) broken higher education system and one realizes that the challenge is immense, but it is imperative that we do so. As the number of students in law school (and the number of law schools) and legal professionals continue to grow there is a crying need to shift the focus from institution building to equipping the student for a career ahead. The aim here cannot be to merely build new “islands of excellence” on the basis of further self-selection but to provide access and competency building through skills and knowledge to every single law student and practicing lawyer. The knock on effect on the bar, the justice system and society as a whole are plain to see. Nothing less will do in the Indian context, where a large demographic dividend is impatiently waiting for better opportunities.
We, at myLaw, have this as our goal - democratize legal learning and deliver value to any student or professional who needs to learn, or skill themselves in, any area of law, irrespective of their area of expertise
Good luck (to us!),
The myLaw Team