Antony Alex, CEO, www.mylaw.net on taking legal studies online.
Industry and academia may someday come at consensus on the curriculum and teaching methodology, but is one going to wait for that day? Considering students have an easy access to online medium of learning, it is obvious to cater to their needs through an online medium. As the programs offered address the learning and skills void, students and faculty alike are extremely receptive about taking a law course online.
Such courses are gaining popularity as they can be taken anywhere, anytime and by anybody. The online module does not provide a law degree but provides students with knowledge and skills with respect to a particular subject. Our students range from media professionals to CEOs, COOs, CFOs of large corporations and serving and retired IAS officers. They don`t have the time or inclination to go for a full time law degree and instead find the online programs a convenient and cost effective way of continuing their learning.
A large percentage of our ‘students’ are non-lawyers who simply want to acquire expertise on a particular subject. For e.g.: investment bankers are keen on taking our program on Mergers & Acquisition laws that can provide them with a strong foundation of the legal framework governing M&A transactions. Having said this, I do not believe that online learning will replace classroom learning. On the contrary, online learning will supplement and enhance the classroom learning experience.
- As told to Gauri Rane
Law colleges have curricula that are limited by resources and time, and cannot keep pace with the changing trends in law. Secondly, colleges are more focused on the theoretical aspects of law rather than the practical ones. Lastly, the biggest gap that exists is regarding language and writing skills. This is because law students do not receive formal training in these skills.