The O. P. Jindal Global University, which is abbreviated as JGU, has launched a programme of B.A. honours in legal studies on 17th October 2019, Thursday. It is an interdisciplinary course with a duration of three years and focuses on the economic, social, and political context of law in society. This is the first time that JGU, one of the best law schools in India, has introduced such a course.
This new programme of legal studies at Jindal Global Law School has been started in an attempt to democratize the study of law so that it can be made accessible to all the students, irrespective of their academic stream of high school. The Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, C. Raj Kumar, gave a statement to the press regarding this new venture. He said that the new undergraduate programme in law is aimed at fulfilling the most prominent gap in the Indian higher education system. The course is built on the efforts of the education system of high school in India. It has been launched at a great time as the Indian high school education system has only recently introduced a course in ‘Legal Studies’ in the past few years.
Upon completion of the B.A. (honours) programme, the students who opt for this undergraduate degree in legal studies will have the option of pursuing the course of Bachelor of Law (L.L.B.). In this way, they can build a stronger background to become a lawyer. C. Raj Kumar further said that being a part of the Jindal Global Law School, the students of B.A. Legal Studies will get the opportunities to experience the short term programmes of study abroad that are held at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Fletcher School-Tufts University etc. Apart from that, the students will also benefit from the exchange programmes that JGU has established around the world with some top universities globally like the University of Arizona.
He said that this programme will enable students to develop a substantive and deep understanding of legal studies as they will be taught the subject inclusive of the introduction. The programme will be within the context of social sciences and humanities. The course is designed to familiarise the students with some major legal and political discourses while also imparting the skills that are essential for the performance of paralegal and pre-legal work. The skills taught during the course will also be delivered keeping their utility for the careers of students in judiciary, law, public services, and research in mind.
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The university said that the holistic training of the programme seeks to develop a strong social science and legal research foundation in students. After the launch of the BA (honours) programme in legal studies, a lecture was given on the topic "Changing the World Through Law" by a professor of the Harvard University, Stephen P. Marks.