A Multi-disciplinary Approach in Law and Legal Education

 By: Sarfraj Ahmed
It need not be emphasized that there is hardly any walk of life or branch of knowledge that does not impact law and legal that does not impact law and legal education and vice-versa. The era in which law was taught as an isolated discipline is long gone. So legal education, if taken seriously, is a confluence of all branches of knowledge. Teaching and learning law with economic, political, historical philosophical life science, technological and other such perspectives and reading them through legal perspective is one of the greatest challenges that universities in general and law universities and department in particular need to meet in earnest.

For example, learning how to write a patent requires law students to learn various nuances of science and technology, while a basic understanding of architecture is requisite for providing of architecture is requisite for providing legal advice to the construction industry. Beside, the current global financial crisis is a clear illustration as to how a law student need to understand not only law but also banking systems, fundamentals of financing, accounting project designing and much more.

A law student has to face the challenges of global world. And as the profession becomes more and more global, it becomes imperative to understand the historical, political and economic foundations and dimensions of the functioning of global institutions. But then, how well are our law schools equipped to shoulder this responsibility? And is the curricular or the courses adequate?

Therefore, the lack of faculty trained in multiple disciplines and without varying professional experiences on one side and the non- availability of resources and infrastructure required on the other become issues of prime importance.

FINDING COMPETENT FACULTY

The problem o finding competent faculty can be met, albeit temporarily, if senior members of the bar take sabbatical leave to be on university campuses for four to six weeks a year on a rotational basis.

Their presence on these campuses would bring new dimensions and richness to the teaching, learning and research. Further, it would also help the faculty to draw on their expertise for updating revising and introducing new courses and curriculum. Their presence would be motivating and inspiring for the aspiring lawyers. If a senior advocate or a judge takes a two-months sabbatical every three years to help the law schools, they would help further the cause of legal education in the country. Beside, they owe it to the profession and to themselves as part of the legal fraternity.
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