1st Law Teachers Training Institute in Odisha

At a time when the legal profession is attracting nearly two and half lakh students to pursue LLB degree every year in over 1,000 law colleges, there is a dire need for trained law teachers. The Bar Council of India (BCI) took the initiative to set up India’s first law teachers’ training institute Indian Institute of Law (IIL) in collaboration with Kalinga institute of Industrial Training (KIIT) at Bhubaneswar, a move that drew praises from three Supreme Court judges – Justices UU Lalit, BR Gaval and V Ramasubramanian. Justices Lalit and Gaval are in line to be CJI over the next few years.


IIL, being set up by the BCI through its trust (BCIT) and with support of KIIt, will be a model institute for law teacher’s for promoting continuous legal education and research along with skill development of practicing lawyers. The first –of –its kind institute will facilitate young law school teachers and advocates, to enhance their expertise, professional skills and acumen.

Law Teachers Training Institute

Justice Lalit said, “change is the only constant in life. Continuing education is important in every profession ; its is part of everybody’s life, Perhaps, this is the first step … we will be having more and more such institutes, and more and more the idea of continuing education taking root in everybody’s mind”. KIIT founder Achyuta Samanta, who was instrumental in providing land abd infrastructure for IIL said it is a proud moment for Odisha.

Justice Gaval said the National Law University in Bengaluru set up by BCI in 1988 has brought a sea change in legal education and Quality of law year. “Similarly, establishment of IIL is also a milestone in the history of BCI.” He said. He expressed confidence that the IIL with the support of BCI and KIIT which is a deemed university will produce teachers who would provide quality law education to the students throughout the country. It will also produce law academicians who will instill constitutional values among the students, he said.


Justice Ramasubramanian said there are currently more than 1000 law colleges in the country producing about 2.5 lakh law graduates every year. “The IIL will address the disconnect between academics and professionals, “he added. 

Source: The Times of India

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