KIIT, BCI Join Hands to Set Up ‘Indian Institute of Law’ in Bhubaneswar

In what could be a landmark decision to re-shape the legal education sector in India, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has made a decision to establish an ‘Indian Institute of Law’- a model institute of Law Teachers Academy in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. This institute, a first of its kind, would primarily train and equip teachers of law and practicing advocates with necessary skill development.

This effort comes on the back of the realisation that at present no standardised Training Academy for teachers of law exists in India. Thus, the commencement of IIL would help the young teachers of law and advocates to hone their expertise, professional skills, and acumen. It would try to replicate the hugely successful National Law School of India University – also set up by the BCI in 1986, but only to serve its intended demographic.

The IIL will work in collaboration with Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), a premier Deemed to be University based in Bhubaneswar, to facilitate its operations. While the idea to establish a dedicated institution for professors of law was mooted by the BCI for long, it could not be realised so far. The BCI and its Trust approached Dr. Achyuta Samanta, Founder KIIT-KISS, to discuss the prospectives of opening an institution on its campus. After visiting both KIIT and KISS, members of the Bar Council of India were resolved to establish the Indian Institute of Law (IIL) at Bhubaneswar, Odisha in collaboration with and support of KIIT University.

The Indian Institute of Law will administer and run various programmes for continuing legal education, professional skill development programmes, refresher courses, and learning courses for alternative dispute resolution methods viz. mediation and conciliation. Under various centres of learning, it shall undertake research in all aspects of law, justice and social development.

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