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Manupatra, a prominent legal-tech company in India and GNLU Gandhinagar, a leading law school in India supported by Society of Indian Law Firms, General Counsels Association of India and Law Teachers India organised first of its kind Conclave for Law Teachers starting with Western Region on November 4, 2023 organised at GNLU, Gandhinagar. Law Teachers are a cornerstone of the legal education system, shaping the future of legal minds that will influence societies and justice systems. The Law Teachers Conclave 2023-24 brought together educators from diverse backgrounds, with varying experiences and expertise, onto a shared platform to foster professional growth, facilitate knowledge sharing, and provide valuable networking opportunities. More than 130 law teachers consisting of law faculty, dean, director, principals, research scholar participated in the event.

Shri M R Shah, Former Justice, Supreme Court of India was the chief guest in the event alongwith other esteemed guests and speakers, Shri S. G. Shah (Former Judge Gujarat HC), Prof. (Dr.) Shanthakumar ( Director GNLU), Dr. Lalit Bhasin (Chairman, SILF), Prof. (Dr.) Shashikala Gurpur (Dean, SIU), Prof. (Dr.) Purvi Pokhriyal (Dean, NFSU), Industry veteran Mr. Akhil Prasad, Ms. Manjaree Chowdhary, Ms Ami Parekh, Ms. Swathi Kamath, Ms Nupur Sinha (CSJ) and many more. 

Justice M R Shah emphasised on changing methodology of legal education and tools and techniques to cope up with. He appealed for matching global competency and bring change in ourselves first.

Prof S Shanthakumar stated that we need to learn from other discipline which is not happening in our legal field.

Prof Shashikala Gurpur deliberated upon having practice ready lawyer which will be only be possible with developing various contemporary skills, usage of technology. 

Dr. Lalit Bhasin shared his concerns on present situation and legal education which requires urgent attention imparting different skills which can deal with pendency of cases. There is a need to find alternative to litigation and develop skills of negotiations among law students. He also appealed and stated “Don’t let noble profession to be a business.”

After this grand success of Western Region Conclave, Manupatra will be organising other regional conclaves in near future, discussing contemporary issues pertaining to legal education and its enhancement.

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