Common Law Admission Test May Not Select Students with Right Ethos: CJI Chandrachud

chief justice of India DY Chandrachud has said that the current model of selecting students for National Law Universities, which involves cracking the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), may not result in the selection of those with the “right ethos”.

He was speaking after inaugurating the first academic session of India International University of Legal on Saturday education and Research (IIULER) in Goa, is an initiative of the Bar Council of India Trust-Pearl First (BCIT-PF).

Justice Chandrachud said the university should be a center of “cutting-edge research”, adding that IIULER should have a system that makes its student body more inclusive.

He said that in entrance exams like CLAT, not all qualified candidates are allowed admission.

“Perhaps one of the problems that National Law Universities have faced is the model we use to select students does not always promote value-based education because we have a common law entrance exam and We test the ability of students to crack CLAT,” the CJI said.

He said, “The result of clearing CLAT is not necessary for students who have the right ethos to pursue a career in law. I would like to urge the Vice-Chancellor and the faculty to give importance to value-based legal education for students from diverse backgrounds. I appeal.” ,

The CJI said that quality education requires resources, but it should not be so designed that students who cannot pay for it are excluded. He also urged the students of the first batch to always be inquisitive.

Apart from the CJI, who is the ex-officio visitor to the institute, Supreme Court judge Justice PS Narasimha, who is the chancellor of the university, SC judge Justice BR Gavai, Attorney General R Venkataramani and Bombay High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Datta were there. also present.

The University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Srividya Raghavan said that India has the potential to disrupt the global legal arena in the same way that it did in information technology.

Justice Narasimha noted that the county lacked high quality legal writings and qualitative standard law books. He stressed the need to set up institutions of excellence with a focus on research to provide data-based opinion on various legal subjects.

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