Battles Around Legal Education Reform: From Entrenched Local Legal Oligarchies to Oligopolistic Universals. India as a Case Study
UC Irvine Journal of International, Transnational, and Comparative Law, Vol. 3, 2018
28 Pages Posted: 8 May 2018 Last revised: 18 Sep 2018
Date Written: May 8, 2018
This article, which is part of a longer book project, relates issues in the reform of legal education to the global diffusion of a “legal revolution” connected to US hegemony, financialization, and neo-liberal approaches to markets and governance. There is a growing openness in entry to the legal profession as art of the process, and more emphasis on meritocracy in relation to family capital. At the same time, however, inequality is exacerbated. There is a vast difference between the very few institutions at the top and the numerous institutions at the bottom. The legal revolution that goes with the revolution in governance, involving law schools, faculties of law, and corporate law firms, can be seen more specifically as part of a contested process — with legal education as a key battleground. There are both entrenched and even embattled elites resisting the forces promoting change as well as elites using multiple positions and connections to absorb and solidify the changes. India provides a case study of these battles and the role in India especially of the entrenched group of senior judges and elite advocates resistant to reform.
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation