I. Please introduce yourself and your law school to our readers.
Hello readers, I am a humble student of law with the present responsibility of Professor and Dean at the School of Law. UPES School of Law is one of the established law schools in the country which features in Top 25 law schools in India ranked by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021. Located at the foothills of Himalayas, law school offers integrated LLB 5 year and LLB 3 year degree program, LLM, Ph.D. and BA Legal Studies program. With a vibrant and young faculty team, UPES School of Law has emerged as one of the choicest destination for legal education recognised by the Forbes Power List and India today rankings as well.
II. Sir, you are a certified dispute resolution professional and a skills trainer. According to you, what are the key skills a law aspirant should learn whilst choosing a career in law?
I am fortunate to have witnessed different facets of legal world in my experience of working with one of the national law schools in the CLAT Consortium, with Hon’ble Justice in the High Court, with the chambers of senior advocate, with competition regulator CCI and also with the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), a policy think tank of Govt. of India. I have also been a certified trainer in dispute resolution as well. Through all of these experiences, I can say that a law professional requires more than knowledge, the skills and attitude towards the profession. Career in law demands perseverance, presence of mind, good communication skills and ability to understand and articulate data to information to knowledge. ‘Disputes’ are by their very nature unsettling and it requires the skills of negotiation, counselling and persuasiveness from the legal professional. These are all life skills which not only are required by law professionals but everyone who aspires to become a leader one day. I always say ‘legal profession’ brings out the best leadership qualities in you.
III. UPES School of Law offers unique programs and a curriculum and pedagogy which is not commonly offered by most universities. Can you throw light on the eligibility and the overall experience a student can expect from these courses?
UPES School of Law is indeed uniquely placed and has been working toward the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary model of education. Our students of law school have an advantage to have mentoring from faculty and interaction with peers not only from the law school, but also from the schools of engineering, computer science, design, health sciences, business and modern media. We are introducing school of liberal studies as well. This provides our students a multifaceted approach to learning. We have introduced the ABLE (Academic Blueprint for Learning Experience) Framework of learning. Other than the Core BCI papers, the life skill courses have been introduced to add width and depth to the professional development of a student in areas such as creativity, critical thinking, design thinking, persuasive presence, conversations, the art of learning, working with data and personal branding. Some of the signature courses students can pick from are 'Ethical leadership in the 21st century', 'Environment and sustainability', 'Start your start-up', 'Technologies of the future' and 'Finding your purpose in life'. We have our own UPES entrance exam for admissions and we also take students who have entrance results from CLAT and LSAT—India.
IV. The UPES School of Law has collaborated with University of Law (UK). How does a student benefit from such partnership and does it offer enhanced learning tracks for students at your campus?
UPES School of Law focusses upon internationality and towards this end we have many collaborations which help our students and faculty to build capacity. We have an exclusive MOU with the University of Law UK which offers us an opportunity to get tutors from London in our classrooms, our students have an opportunity to study abroad and through customised progression agreements, student can avail discounts for their PG studies. Being part of UPES, the School of Law also enjoys the benefit of University collaboration with the Global University Systems which is connected with a large number of universities around the globe. We have a dedicated Department of International Affairs (DIA) which helps students to curate their path and experience the enhanced learning tracks globally.
V. Could you share the opportunities offered by the placement department at the School of Law?
We at UPES have a dedicated career services department which not only works on the placement opportunities but also creates a platform for our students to develop their soft skills and domain expertise in penultimate years through our EDGE program (Enhanced Development Growth and Enrichment). We have a robust internship plan for our students which begins in the very first year with the social internship, followed by Government/Industry internship in second year, and domain internship in subsequent years with employability boot camp towards the end. All round opportunities are available to the students and they not only venture out for the law firms, but also explore legal entrepreneurship, appear for judiciary, and go for higher studies.
VI. Your institution has signed up as a member of the LSAC Global Law Alliance, how do you see the initiative adding value to the already existing work you and your institution are doing?
Our institution believes in good partnerships and we are elated to be part of the LSAC Global Law Alliance which not only provides us a platform to connect with our peers nationally but also with the law schools in USA and other places. I have been part of many discussion forums and find these opportunities exciting for our students and faculty. This perfectly blends with our focus to be amongst the top ranked institutions of the world. We are looking forward to more collaborations through LSAC Global Law Alliance in teaching, learning and research for the overall mutual benefit of our students and faculty.