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Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 8 (August)

JGLS appoints International and National Legal Scholars as Distinguished Fellows and Eminent Jurists

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has appointed several National and International legal luminaries as Distinguished Fellows and Eminent Jurists. This appointment is made in recognition of their outstanding contributions, global reputation, passionate commitment, and utmost dedication to the advancement of law and justice. These eminent jurists are internationally renowned as distinguished scholars and highly accomplished legal professionals in the world and inspiring leaders in their field with an unmatched record of public service with scholarly excellence and intellectual rigour.  

This coveted group of legal luminaries has diverse representation, including senior judiciary leadership – 5 distinguished former and present judges and a Senior Advocate across 4 continents – Asia, Australia, North America, and Africa; and 8 outstanding academics from the leading universities and international organisations in the world.

In addition to the above 12 Corporate Law Firm Partners have been appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professors of Law & Professors of Corporate Legal Practice.

The Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has launched India’s first ‘Corporate Lawyering Advancement through Immersion & Mentoring’ (CLAIM) programme by appointing 12 corporate partners of leading law firms as Honorary Adjunct Professors of Law & Professors of Corporate Legal Practice to teach 11 specialised courses.

The 12 Honorary Adjunct Professors will associate with the programme that aims to connect theory to practice in response to the problem of “disconnect” that many new entrants to the legal profession face. Through the broader framework of participative pedagogy, the CLAIM Programme creates the opportunity for students to apply their knowledge real-time, thereby enhancing their ingenuity and heuristic skills that are much needed in professional legal practice. The CLAIM Programme broadens the scope of legal education from knowledge oriented-curriculum to the tools and processes of legal practice with a view to empowering the graduates of JGLS to become knowledgeable legal professionals as they enter the world of corporate legal practice.    

The vision of this initiative is to identify some of the most outstanding corporate lawyers and partners of the leading corporate law firms to teach courses on relevant areas of corporate legal practice to the students of law, with a view to educating and inspiring them. The larger purpose of this effort is to instil in the minds of law students an imagination to become part of corporate legal practice and better equip them with knowledge, skills and perspectives to take up successful careers in law firms and corporations in the future.

The CLAIM Programme will reimagine the institutional efforts and initiatives to impart world-class legal education. It will also augment the capacity building efforts that will ultimately help and support the aspirations of law students and law graduates to seek meaningful opportunities in the corporate legal sector.

Each Honorary Adjunct Professors will teach a one-credit course on an advanced area of corporate law and practice. These courses will span over a period of 8 weeks starting from 5th September 2020 (Teachers’ Day). In recognition of the special accomplishments and vast experience, including their contribution to institution building by founding two leading corporate law firms in India, Mr. Lakshmikumaran and Mr. Suhail Nathani have been appointed as Honorary Adjunct Professors & Distinguished Professors of Corporate Legal Practice. 

The CLAIM Programme of JGLS aims to provide students a perspective to look at things as they happen in a law firm environment. It also aims to further the School’s commitment to provide its students the legal imagination which has the highest constitutive and professional potential. The courses will be open to the III, IV and V year students of B.A. LL.B. (Hons) and B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons), the students of II and III year of LL.B. and the students of LL.M.