Law students will soon be able to connect with some of the best minds in the legal field.
The University of Mumbai is bringing together lawyers, retired judges, Supreme Court and high court judges and other known professionals in the legal field and creating an online tutorial for students.
The tutorial will be an open education resource and will include interactive sessions with prominent people in the field. University officials held the first meeting with technical experts on Wednesday.
“Across the country, there is a dearth of faculty for law. The experience and knowledge of these experts would help students,” said Rajpal Hande, director, Board of College and University Development. “The tutorial will look at two aspects: the historical and cultural context of law and the curriculum.”
The tutorial is expected to be ready for launch in the next five months and will be available free to students.
To tackle the faculty shortage, the university had earlier announced that from this year they would offer a unique degree of Master of Law (LLM), which is a necessary qualification for a law professor.
Professor NR Menon, the founder director of National Law School, Bangalore, was to help design the course.
The university is also allowing colleges to offer a postgraduate degree in law (LLM). Previously, students could only do LLM from the university.
The law department of the university has an intake 600 students for the LLM course, among the highest in the world, but the demand is increasing.
“Most law students are working and the tutorial will be a useful supplement to the course. While we do arrange seminars and competitions where we give students a chance to interact with people from the profession, the tutorial will allow them flexibility,” said Kavita Lalchandani, principal, GJ Advani Law College.