To raise bar, IIT-Kharagpur mooted annual course for lawyers
The Times of India (November 6, 2019)
NEW DELHI: A government-funded study by IIT-Kharagpur two years ago had recommended introduction of mandatory Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for lawyers every year to be eligible to practice in any court.
Funded by the law ministry to suggest ways to arrest the declining ethical standards and professionalism among advocates, the study had suggested designing CLE where newly-inducted lawyers at the bar must get at least 16 CLE credits every year comprising 15 hours of classroom studies and workshop training in ethics and professionalism.
For lawyers with more than five years of practice, the minimum CLE credit suggested was 12 every year with optional self-study of 50 hours, which may include study in subjective and procedural law, professional ethics and emerging areas of law. (Read More)