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‘Legal education has to produce leaders driven by moral values’

The aim of legal education is not just to prepare practising lawyers but to produce leaders driven by moral values who contribute to society, jurist and former Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University V.B. Coutinho said here on Friday.

He was delivering the first decennial lecture of the Karnataka State Law University at Raja Lakhamagouda Law College.

He quoted President Ram Nath Kovind who termed advocacy a calling.

“We should realise that the ultimate aim of law is to ensure justice for every person. We get a fair idea of justice when we think of society as a whole,” Dr. Coutinho said. “If anyone has to change India, it is the legal education institutions and their students. The country’s most successful lawyers and jurists led our independence movement. Lawyers have been at the forefront of several change movements in the country,” he said.

However, he said there is something missing in legal education that could create such leaders. “We need programmes where students are increasingly involved in activities like client clinics, legal aid camps and other opportunities to solve real-life problems,” he said.

Source: thehindu.com

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