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Teaching and Evaluation Methodology

Teaching and Evaluation Methodology

The Faculty of Law (FoL) encourages the students to acclimatize to the independent thinking and directs them towards creative, holistic and strong domain knowledge with excellent contemporary skill-sets and positive attitudes. FoL has evolved a comprehensive learning approach consisting of several components designed to add significant value to the learner?s understanding in an integrated manner.

The performance of students in each course is assessed by the teaching faculty by means of continuous evaluation throughout the semester in class work, periodical quizzes, tests, tutorials, laboratory work, homework, project work and a comprehensive examination at the end of the semester. Students are thereby given a number of opportunities to exhibit themselves and be evaluated. FoL encourages and rewards continuous and systematic study. It provides a constant feedback to the students during the semester as to where they stand relative to their class, thus enabling them to cultivate regular habits of studying / learning and preparing for the future. Methods of evaluation have also been evolved in the Internship courses to take account of certain traits which do not surface in classroom education, like professional judgment, decision making ability, interdisciplinary approach, initiative, leadership, sense of responsibility, etc. FoL do not follow the conventional mode of a single final examination and numerical marks as the only absolute indication of the quality of students? performance.

FoL allows several academic flexibilities in its education process, some of which includes the elective courses and honors courses. The decisions regarding flexibilities are generally guided by the principle of merit and preference of the student and the facilities available. Students are permitted to repeat a course, at their own option, with a view to improve their grades any time before the completion of the program, provided the course is offered during the semester. Teaching at FoL is an integrated learning and consists of the following components.

  • Classroom Instruction,
  • Assignments
  • Moot Courts
  • Mentoring Process
  • Clinical Courses
  • Internet and Computer lab support
  • Immersion Workshops
  • Seminars / Workshops
  • Internships
  • Extra-Curricular Activities

Moot Courts

The Faculty of Law believes that the moot courts and mock trials play vital role in the learning curve of a law student by building a bridge between the theoretical learning and application of law. Moot Courts, part of clinical legal training, equip the students to gain practical experiences, improve analytical reasoning, legal aptitude, and presentation and communication skills. They are the path-setters for augmenting professional excellence and sharpened advocacy skills. The moot courts help in understanding bar and bench relationship. They instill the court-hall techniques, gesticulations, processes and disciplines among the students.

The Faculty of Law internalizes the moot court process into the curriculum throughout the program as it strongly feels that moot courts helps the students in understanding the requirements of clients and courts in the real life situations. A student is made to learn the legal issues associated with the case and prepare the briefs and arguments. The mock trials help in understanding the requirements of the clients and prepare a direction.

The Faculty of Law recognizes that the legal education with the help of moot court participation stimulates the learning zeal of students. It also consider that the moot courts are significant tools in the hands of law students, it strives the students put them into optimum use with commitment under the supervision and guidance of the faculty. The students are made into groups and the responsibility to train them is given to faculties so that one to one interaction and opportunity for correction is provided. Student level courts and arbitration centers are formed to resolve the disputes arising among the students themselves. Training in moot courts, mock trails are considered as continuous process and students are nominated to national and international moot court competitions.

Mentoring Process

Faculty of Law plans to implement mentoring process to help the students joining law program who are tender in age and new to the program and place. Students joining law program will be divided into groups and each group will be mentored by one of the faculty member of the department. All the faculty members will be involved in the process based upon the requirements and for a minimum period of one year. The process is aimed to help the students to come out of their problems (academic and non-academic) in the absence of their parental guidance, and to streamline the inherent skills and strengthen the students for building up best career and best future. It also helps to fine tune performance of students. It enables the mentor to address performance deficiencies of the students.

Mentoring process is a unique program initiated by the department. It helps the students to get confidence, plan the future and understand the expectations of the University. The process helps the student to identify their skills and deficiencies, learn new skills and abilities, prepare the ground for professional expertise and gain mastery over the work. It involves the students in team building and social interactions. It helps to assess the psychological profile of students and help them achieve attitudinal changes required for today?s dynamic professional life. The faculty in-charge of group conducts relevant psychometric tests and gives feedback on their strengths, weaknesses, aptitude, and behavioral traits and identifies opportunities for improvement of the students.

Clinical Program and Legal Aid Projects

Clinical courses are the compulsory courses for the students. These courses help the students to learn the skills of drafting, writing pleadings and other related. These courses also prepare the students to learn advocacy skills, trains in professional ethics.

The Faculty of Law is committed to social cause and contributes to the society by way of spreading legal awareness, legal literacy and by providing legal services. It plans to coordinate with the District and State Legal Services Authorities in solving the disputes of the local people. As part of Legal Aid Program, the students will undertake some of the programs under the supervision of the faculty and Legal Service Authorities. These programs help the poor and needy who cannot afford the services of a lawyer for the conduct of a case or a legal proceeding in any court, tribunal or before an authority. Student will be learning skills in handling the clients who are illiterate and poor. They will be also helping the citizens to understanding the rights they have under the constitution and other enactments.

Faculty of Law also plans to take active role in the Lok Adalats in solving huge accumulated pending cases. These initiatives aim at making the students independent before they plunge into the competitive professional environment. It enables the students to:

Improve communication skills, refine interpersonal skills Develop the right kind of attitude, enhance leadership qualities and abilities Help emerge as a team player, result-oriented professional Inculcate discipline, improve creativity Makes students realize and take a part in social service activities that lead to community development

Seminars and Workshops

Faculty of Law considers the research as bedrock for legal education and profession. Every student, during the program, has to undertake the research by using the web and library resources and make presentations in seminars and also take active part in the workshops. As part of project work or assignment, every student will be given some important topics on current events drawing conflicting legal arguments. Important components of research work of student includes writing of articles, preparing power point presentations, participation in seminars, conferences and workshops, legal aid programs and moot courts. This process enriches the analytical and writing skills of the students and enhances the zeal to learn more in a comprehensive manner. It believes that such seminar interactions widen the vision of students. As part of legal aid programs, the student is required to find out the problems of the people in selected pockets and prepare drafts to represent their cases by undertaking field study and research.

Faculty of Law plans to conduct immersion workshops, conferences and also arranges the guest lectures on the contemporary legal issues by the professionals such as the honorable judges, advocates and legal luminaries. It plans to host seminars in specialized areas of law like cyber law, intellectual property rights, insurance environment and other legal arenas. The faculty is dedicated to class work, training, research, and expansion of knowledge. With primary emphasis on creative activities encompassing every area of academic inquiry and the delivery of high quality instruction, faculty are encouraged and motivated to continually improve and enrich teaching, including intellectual development, industry-interface, and institution building activities. To enable its faculty to reach their full potential, various centers of excellence and research support schemes are under designs to bring in more focus to research initiatives.

Legal Internships

The internship forms an important component of education at Faculty of Law. It is an attempt to bridge the gap between the professional world and academic institutions. Internship is a vehicle for introducing students to real-life situation. FoL has a very clearly defined and structured institutionalized process of internship to link up the real life situations with that of the academic learning. During the internships the students are encouraged to take up assignments, which are multi-disciplinary, goal-oriented, time bound and involves teamwork. It helps the students to apply the concepts learnt in the classroom to real life situations.

Students of five year Integrated BBA-LLB (Hons.) Program undertake the internship program at the end of each year during the summer holidays. The students are sent to the law firms, corporates and advocates dealing in various fields of law for practical knowledge. During this period, students will attend the concerned advocate?s office and also attend the courts sessions along with him. Every student will be under continuous evaluation by the faculty guide and also professional guide or the project guide. At the end of the internship all the students would submit a detailed report on all the cases studied, attended by him/her, duly evaluated by the advocate/faculty concerned.