Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies (CPGLS)
Director : Dr. VR Jayadevan, Professor, NUALS.
Post graduate education frames the future of academics in every discipline. Apart from imparting knowledge in the subject, it enables students to have free thinking and also to equip them to developing their communication skills. Hence, concomitant to the changes in the focus of the study of any discipline, post graduate education would undergo change. All these are true of legal education also which has undergone tremendous change over the last half- a -century. Unfortunately, post graduate education in law was a neglected area. Inspite of the exponential reformation of legal education at the undergraduate level, which the Bar Council of India has brought out, there has been no serious attempt to improve post graduate legal education in India at national level till 1990’s.
It is after 1990’s that the University Grants Commission came forward with suggestions for revamping post graduate education in the forensic subjects. The University Grants Commission has suggestively revamped the structure, curriculum and content of LLM courses to keep abreast of the changes it has undergone at the international level. This was followed by further improved by the Curriculum Development Committee in 2000. Now, on the basis of the recommendation of the National Knowledge Commission and also in line with the international standards of legal education, the UGC has proposed the one year LLM course in 2010 with the stipulation that the institutes offering the one year course shall have better infrastructural and academic facilities. It however, allows more freedom for the legal institutes for improving the course. The UGC has also stipulates that universities offering one year LLM Course shall have a Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies.
In Kerala, the one year LLM course has been introduced for the first time in the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in 2015. The Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies (CPGLS) is the centre formed in line with the UGC guidelines. At present, the University is offering one year LLM Course in two streams viz., Constitutional and Administrative Law and International Trade Law and intends to offer LLM in other subjects also. The course is offered with a view to equipping students to take up teaching, research or any other professional career in the area of their specialization. The one year LLM course is envisaged to be an intensive one in which, instead of the traditional lecture classes, the students are to learn primarily through class-room seminars and discussions. The objective is to encourage students explore and discuss the various aspects of the subject discussed. The Centre conducts weekly seminars for the post-graduate students in which they are to speak on topics of contemporary relevance. As part of the curriculum, the Centre arranges extension and adjunct lectures by eminent persons enabling the students to interact with them. Students who have successfully completed the course from the University are well placed. Faculty members handling classes for post-graduate classes have long teaching and research experience at internationally reputed institutes with doctoral degrees in their areas of expertise. At present there are 40 seats available in two streams together.
Address for Communications:
Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies (CPGLS),
National University of Advanced Legal Studies,
HMT Colony P.O.,
Kalamassery, Cochin. PIN 683503. KERALA