In continuation of the pioneering initiative JGU has taken in September 2020 of appointing Senior Counsels and Corporate Partners of leading law firms in India as Honorary Adjunct Professors to teach practice-oriented courses under the Lawyering Excellence through Advocacy and Development (LEAD) and Corporate Lawyering Advancement through Immersion and Mentoring (CLAIM) programmes, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has launched the third edition of the programmes in September 2021 with 35 Honorary Adjunct Professors teaching 47 courses on various branches of law and practice areas.
Through the broader framework of participative pedagogy, the LEAD and CLAIM programmes create the opportunity for JGLS students to apply their knowledge in real-time, thereby enhancing their ingenuity and heuristic skills, much needed in professional legal practice. The programmes broaden the scope of legal education from knowledge oriented-curriculum to the tools and processes of legal practice.
Each of the Honorary Adjunct Professors teaches a 1-credit course on an advanced area of law and practice. These courses, which span over a period of 8 weeks, range from lawyering before the Supreme Court of India to prison reforms and from electricity laws to aviation and defence. The courses are 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.
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University and Dean, Jindal Global Law School, said, “We started this initiative by identifying some of the most outstanding senior advocates and partners of the leading corporate law firms to teach courses on relevant areas of 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 the legal profession by obtaining the knowledge, skills and perspectives to take up legal practice. We started with 23 extraordinary legal professionals, which in a year’s time has increased to 35. Today, JGLS has honorary adjunct professors from senior counsels, corporate law firms, legal industry, and civil services. I am grateful to these 35 outstanding professionals, which include inspiring leaders of the profession like Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Mr. Lakshmikumaran and Mr. Suhail Nathani.”
According to Professor (Dr.) Sreejith S.G., Professor of Law and Executive Dean, JGLS, “The LEAD and CLAIM Programmes of JGLS aim to provide students a perspective to look at things as they happen in a professional 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. We have been identifying potential domains of legal practice and inviting professionals therein to teach at JGLS”.
Prof. (Dr.) Manveen Singh, Associate Dean and Coordinator of CLAIM and LEAD programmes said, “The LEAD and CLAIM programmes, in offering a unique blend of the theoretical and practical learning of law, have broadened the horizon for students and provided them with a bird’s eye view of some of the most intricate yet important facets of legal practice. The opportunity to learn under the tutelage of some of the stalwarts of the legal profession has not only generated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm amongst the students, but has also sown the seeds for fostering a strong academia-industry partnership.”