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Toward A Socially Relevant Legal Education To Inculcate Pro Bono Culture For Better Access To Justice




Isha Mittal, Chotanagpur Law College, Ranchi


ABSTRACT


Access to justice is a basic fundamental human right. The proverb "Justice delayed is Justice Denied" proves that it is denied to the poorest of the poor. One of the biggest challenges in providing justice is the high cost of legal Services. Barriers such as poor Knowledge of rights and the law, and absence of legal representation are some of the obstacles to effective access to justice that people face today. Four main issues are considered. First, the School should Pro Bono Services as a guardian requirement to meet the needs of justice. Second, law school Schools should engage law students to make legal services available to the indigent, as a means for law students to acquire field experience as a part of their legal education. Third, a mandatory Pro Bono plan would instill the students regarding this legal profession and provide sensitivity to the legal needs of the needy. Fourth, the participation of students in Pro Bono activities will give students the ability to apply the law to real-world scenarios. To end this, it is proposed that Law Schools should not confine themselves only to promoting academic knowledge to students instead help students understand the importance of Pro Bono services, law schools should mandate law students to do internships with State Legal Service and National Legal Service so that they get practical experience in providing free legal aid and justice to the needy. Law schools Should also conduct webinars and conferences on the Pro Bono services. The responsibility can be effectively discharged by engaging faculty and students in Pro Bono programs which will have the effect of sensitizing law students to social justice issues. The Legal curriculum should be improved upon to advance professional responsibilities and a Pro Bono culture. Law Schools should organize camps with the Legal Service aid of the respective State and also the legal aid organizations in the slum areas to aware poor people regarding the Pro Bono culture. This paper considers the different ways and cultures law Schools could adopt for better access to justice. The gap between the law schools and the students can be bridged by educating the students on Pro Bono culture which will transition them from students to professionals.

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Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

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