The Indian legal education system requires rigorous and rapid reform if lawyers are to acquire the relevant skills needed to respond to growing international demands

VG Kulkarni explains

Every summer a great Indian educational rat race is held as hundreds of thousands of students, their brains stuffed with information absorbed at cramming classes, attend an assortment of university entrance tests for a few thousand prized places. These youths are not entering rural community colleges in their districts; they are competing to join the hallowed halls of higher learning that would make them the elite among the chosen professions of technologists, engineers, scientists, business executives, doctors and so on.

This month, students aspiring to be the next generation of top lawyers have caught the exam fever. Seven national law universities have come together to hold a countrywide admissions test in 19 Indian cities. Called the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT), it should put the prospects of the legal profession on par with other sought after careers in terms of prestige and lucre.

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