Importance of Legal Education
Legal education is a professional education. Faculty of Law prepares its students to fill a variety of societal roles like becoming Judges, Lawyers, Corporate Executives, Public Services, operating NGOs and as Politicians. It is why a Law Faculty exists.
Law Faculty is the first step in the process of preparing legal professionals, or for providing essential skills for the above careers. The basic obligation of a law faculty is to provide essential skills, legal knowledge, developing competence, and providing motivation for engaging with the moral dimensions of professional life. Law Faculty is the only place for presenting the greater dimension of law in issues such as the social function of law, the interaction of law with other forms of social control such as religion, relationship of law and ethics and awareness of their role in society. A good Law Faculty produces both the lawyer philosopher as well as the lawyer plumber. Both types of legal professionals are necessary for a healthy society.
Public legal-service organizations are competing actively and often successfully with the traditional, prestigious employers for the best law school graduates. There has been resistance, of course, within the pro-fession, but change is occurring in spite of it. What is more, lawyers them-selves are usually the most severe critics of the laggards in the bar. What-ever will be the ultimate result of the increasing concern of lawyers for the “other America,” lawyers are responding with the tools that they command. The lawyers engaged in these new battles exude an air of aggressiveness and confidence.
Their counterparts in academic research are actively engaged (although not fast enough) in developing new tools with which to combat long-unsolved problems. In the legal journals, articles on the rights of public housing tenants, welfare recipients, and victims of discrimi-nation have begun to appear, and a recent book is devoted to examining the law of the poor.’ Finally, the courts are thrusting due process (and lawyers) into the new territory. Nevertheless, there is reason for concern about the relevance of current legal education to the major questions facing urban America. In the area of poverty and social welfare, the usefulness of skills in litigation and practice is limited; the same is true of the case-law orientation of law school re-search.
There is an urgent and compelling need for good Law Schools/Faculties that have effective academic programs, necessary infrastructure, competent faculty to provide essential skills and institutional commitment to do the best and a clear mission and willingness to achieve excellence. Law Schools/Faculties in addition to the study of core areas of substantive law, should involve in development of high level professional skills and a deep appreciation of ethical standards and professional responsibility in collaboration with the bench, bar and other legal institutions. Society needs Law Schools/Faculties who can prepare its graduates for the jobs that its students are likely to encounter as new legal professionals. Changes in the legal education are essential if the legal profession is to regain its lost ideals and identity as a moral community.