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Not all students who pass the CLAT have the necessary mindset to study law: CJI DY Chandrachud

The Chief Justice of India emphasised the value of providing students from various backgrounds with an inclusive, value-based legal education.

The methodology that National Law Universities (NLUs) use to choose students may be one of the issues they are dealing with, Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud stated on Saturday.

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) advocated for inclusive, value-based legal education for students from all backgrounds as he opened the first academic year of the India International University of Legal Education and Research, Goa (IIULER).

He stated that testing students’ capacity to pass the Common Law Admission Test may be one of the difficulties National Law Universities face (CLAT).

Cracking the CLAT does not necessarily result in students who have the right ethos to pursue a career in the law, of reflecting the culture of the law in our country as a representative of a just society, a value based society, an ethical society,” he explained.

In this regard, he further stated that technology and access to legal education should be combined so that IIULER resources are not restricted to those who have access to the university.

The CJI stated that “pitchforking technology can utilise those resources by expanding access to additional students who are not as privileged as the students who will be going to this university.”

CJI Chandrachud counselled the university’s first class of students to view their years of study as a pursuit of all that is worthwhile in life rather than just academics.

“The journey to self-awareness never ends. To observe yourself develop into a unique person as your life progresses, you must start the search to know yourself early. Improve your understanding of your mind and your soul.”

He also asked them to be accepting of those who are different from them and to keep an open mind.

“A university with students from around the nation is a melting pot of cultures that is difficult to match. Don’t be afraid of people who are different from you; instead, try to learn all you can from them.”

He urged the students to challenge everything and not take anything at face value, even their own opinions, as he drew to a close.

Written By: Lakshman Singh, 3rd Semester, B.B.A LL.B (Hons.), Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow


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