Through focused learning opportunities, our students dwell in the realm of impactful ideas, both inside and outside classroom. We are committed to our practical approach and therefore, provide hands-on learning experience to our students. The pedagogy at Unitedworld School of Law seeks to create leaders in the Indian legal system and society. Here, the student of B.B.A LL.B programme is exposed to a variety of learning methods, be it research and case studies method, or debate and moot court or through internship at law firm. As students, they can decide their own academic gradient, based on their interest and appetite for a challenge. In addition to classroom teaching, we involve our students in various research and extension programmes, including Internships at the end of each semester, for better understanding of the subject matter. Throughout the span of five years, our students get exposure to various National and International Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Moot Court Competitions, Mock Trials, Trial Advocacy, Parliamentary Debate Competitions, Empirical Research Studies, Internships at prominent offices of advocates and corporate sectors.
In an educational institution, students are nurtured and prepared to stand and face the real world once they qualify the tests of mentor and grant leave. Such Plan, Preparation, Perpetration and Produce require coaching and mentoring.
Imparting knowledge (coaching) isn’t enough. For better produce students need mentoring. Unlike coaching, mentoring works at the personal front.
Our esteemed faculty members (mentors) teach students (mentoree) about a specific issue, coach them on a particular skill, facilitate their growth by sharing resources and networks, challenge them to move beyond their comfort zone, create safe learning environment for taking risks and focus on their total development.
In Sanskrit there’s a beautiful shloka on five important values of a student’s life:
“Kak chesta, bako dhyanum, swan nindra tathaiva che,
Alpahari, sada chaari, vidyarthi panch lakshanam”
• Perseverance of a crow
• Concentration of a swan
• Light sleeper like a dog
• Light eater
• Obedient and mannered
We believe in mentoring and mentoring is not only to make a student competent but also a good person.
Unitedworld School of Law invites important people from the field who can give the leverage of valuable experience, important thoughts, and moral stories. Students get the chance to interact with and question them to broaden their learning.
Significance: It is important to keep up with a dynamic governance scenario, apart from classroom study. We know the importance of bringing to light vital social and political issues for students to understand changing practices and legal rights. For the same, we introduce a Guest Lecture Series Programme and invite eminent lawyers, attorneys, professors and academicians to give insights and add value to the learning process.
In addition to the classroom teaching we, at UWSL, also believe in nurturing our students with the eminent trainers through various certification programmes in specialized areas. Certification Programmes are organized to provide out of classroom training. The acumen of the eminent professionals of the field can indeed cater to the need of exposure of practical experiences.
Such practical exposure and training can build the competency, commitment towards the profession and expertise which in turn can help the students while finding jobs, as the candidates having more expertise in a particular subject/area of field would always been given a preference by the well know corporate law firms.
UWSL organizes various national and international certificate programmes and workshops on law as well as interdisciplinary subjects. The Programmes are conducted by prominent resource persons/ agencies / Institutes / Corporate Sectors with the objective of dissemination of knowledge. Resultantly our students get more exposure and training of the specialized areas through the eminent resource persons of the concerned field.
In legal education, imparting of the knowledge cannot be and should not be limited to classroom teaching method only. Students should be exposed to the real life situations like the real life court rooms, legal awareness camps, legal aid clinics etc. where the students can see the litigants, the victims and the justice seekers, can get firsthand experience about their needs and how they are approaching the lawyers. They may also see how lawyers are defending these client’s cases in the court rooms and how they are counseling the clients in their private chambers.
At UWSL such applied legal training sessions are regularly conducted by taking students to legal awareness camps arranged by the UWSL as well as by the District or State Legal services authorities. The students are also sent as interns to different courts, government legal departments, law chambers of lawyers to learn about client counseling, practical dealing with the cases and art of cross examination, examination in chief and arguments. UWSL also arranges for guest lectures on specific topics including IPPO, corporate rights, criminology and criminal justice etc for students so that they can learn about the issues and perspectives from different angles. Here students are also encouraged to observe specific social and environmental phenomena like violation of child rights, human –animal conflicts in forest areas, environmental pollutions and effects of the same on the flora and fauna as well as the human society as a whole; they are also encouraged to develop their own ideas and concepts on these issues to write articles, present papers and also to take positive legal actions like reporting the matters to the concerned authorities, helping the victims to get justice from the proper forum etc.
One of the essential skills that a lawyer requires is to cultivate skills for legal research. While research in various provisions of law, social sciences and social behavior is needed to defend his/her client, we must understand that judges may also necessarily need to know about legal research. In UWSL, we nurture law students to be analytical to cultivate interest in research. Students are exposed to national and international conferences to learn about the present trends of legal research and art of presentation of papers. They are taught about ethical legal writing where plagiarism should be avoided. They are also guided to write scholarly articles for blind peers, review academic journals, edit book volumes etc.
Students are also encouraged to do critical research on judicial orders as well as social issues, government policy guidelines and its effects on the society. At UWSL, we believe that law students should also be encouraged to develop their own research ideas from various social phenomenons. Students are therefore encouraged to express their thoughts on various issues in simple languages which are published in the forms of blogs. UWSL has its own Research Committee where students are encouraged to discuss about new research topics and frame their research ideas through brain storming sessions with the peers as well as the faculties.
Here at UWSL each student is made to participate in Moot Court and Mock Trials for the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. The Moot Court Committee here engages the students in learning and analyzing legal issues, with its larger purpose being to teach their students the practical side of practicing law. The students are made to analyze a detailed hypothetical fact scenario which raises legal issues. It is the deliberation and contention of such legal issues supported by real time case laws that help in honing their argumentative and logical reasoning capacity.
Another important part of the moot court process is to teach students to overcome legal authority viz., statutes, regulations, and cases that cuts against their position. Drafting of legal documents is another important aspect that is catered to by the Moot Court Committee. Regular court visits and case law analysis in classroom environment are key elements that go hand in hand with regular mock trials and court room exercises. The Moot Court Committee seeks to build top-quality mooters and researchers at the under-graduation level and encourages a hundred percent participation of each student at competitions across the globe. This further stimulates critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures prevalent across the globe.
Debates and Mock Parliaments are an important co-curricular activity that has been designed with the intent to incorporate within the students an interactive learning that forms a basic attribute underlying the law making procedure and the Law. Such Mock Parliament and debating skills shall stimulate among the students a better understanding of the legislative system and simultaneously prepare them to become key players in decision making and legislative procedures at the state and national level.
Inculcating these debating skills, especially among the students who aspire to pursue their career in Law helps the student get hooked on reasoned arguments and research based data. Debate is a useful activity for students to develop oral presentation skills and to practice critical thinking, listening and argumentative skills. In fact, a good debate depends on the extent of research and investigation. During the Mock Legislature activity students explore and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a fictional Bill on its way to becoming legislation. In the process they learn research skills and consensus building in developing their positions on the issue. At UWSL, we endeavor to ensure that each student is made to learn and develop good oratory skills and the art of persuasion that would not only appeal our rational side, but emotional side too.
Legal Aid Clinic has organized many events to spread awareness on legal services among village people. On November 9, 2017, students and faculty of UWSL celebrated Legal Services Day. We are proud to announce that as part of the noble campaign titled “Connecting to Serve” envisioned by National Legal Services Authorities (NALSA), 23 students of UWSL’s first year batch along with five faculty members of UWSL and administration staff participated in a rally at Uvarsad village to observe Legal Services Day. This rally, led by Dr.Debarati Halder and Mr. Markand Trivedi, included door to door campaigning about free legal services offered by UWSL.
Similarly, on November 11, 2017, another team from UWSL went to B. S. Patel High School in Uvarsad village for sensitizing school children about free legal aid. On November 16, 2017, one more team from UWSL visited different areas of Uvarsad village to spread awareness on the free legal aid campaign. This team reached out to nearly 150 families and various beneficiaries including small-scale fruit vendors, shopkeepers, among others.
UWSL has setup a dedicated Internship and Placement Department to look after the affairs of internship and placement. The department takes care of the need and preferences of students and assists them in procuring internship on their behalf within the regulatory framework. Right from clustering of interest to the communication of internship confirmation, everything is taken care of by the department. We also take care of any special request such as preference of place, forum etc.
Our department has proudly placed its students in topmost law firms, companies, PSUs, Maharatna companies and etc. for internship. To name a few of them our students have interned at Reliance, HPCL, Ambuja Exports, GEMI, IFCI, AIR, GFCL, GMB, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Juris Corp, Kanga & Co., India Law Firm, Singhi & Co., Nanavati Associates, Jani & Jani, Samvitti Legal, Legalwiz, GNLU Center for Sports & Entertainment Law etc.
Recognising that internship is a mandatory requirement for the successful completion of five year BBA.LL.B course, pedagogy at UWSL has been developed to give utmost importance to it. We firmly believe that a proper blend of internship and classroom teaching is a sina qua non for the holistic development of a law student.
Therefore, keeping this in mind we have designed our internship schedule in sync with curriculum to ensure that students get practical experience in subjects taught during lectures.
Internship programme is in full compliance with the regulatory requirements of Bar Council of India, mandating students to intern at Trial Court / Sessions Court / Appellate Court / tribunals / High Court / Law firm / companies / the Supreme Court etc. Therefore, considering the statutory mandate, we assist our students in procuring internship at various forums. In the very first semester we send our student to intern at NGO or Consumer forum followed by trial court, sessions court, legal department, legislative department, labour court, VAT tribunal, law firms, PSUs, companies, High Court and Supreme Court in successive semesters so that they can effectively correlate class room teachings with practical working of Law.
Selection of forum for internship depends upon the domain knowledge of students and subjects already taught by the end of respective semesters.
In addition of procuring internship we do encourage our students to secure PPO (Pre placement offer) for job.
Legal fraternity often refers the present era as the era of corporate lawyering. Corporate law has become the most vibrant and dominating factor in the commercial world, gaining significance for its multidimensional approach. The horizon of the Legislative Framework on Corporate Laws keeps on expanding on account of interpretations by the Supreme Court. Since the Companies Act, 2013 has brought drastic changes in various provisions relating to the company administration and management, the field has been boasted up and the demand for young minds in the form of lawyers, researchers, academicians etc. has been raised. The present legal system is full of pros and cons. On one hand, we have positive concepts like CSR and on the other corporate frauds are rampant in India.
In the light of the same, UWSL takes this phase as an opportunity to act as a platform to expand the scope and horizon of the corporate law by exposing its students and faculty members to interact with the best luminaries of both from national as well as international background in the field of corporate laws. The methodology adopted for doing so will be by way of organizing Certificate Courses, Seminars, Conferences, Conclave, Symposiums and other research works. In this way, UWSL will develop its students as well trained and learned professionals for filling the demands of the time. Further, research works of UWSL faculty members and students and outcomes of various programmes will be sent for its implementation to various stakeholders such as the government agencies, law firms, companies, etc. Thus, UWSL will contribute a great deal towards policy making in the field of corporate law and nation building in long run.