Founded on the vision of Padmashri Dr Karsanbhai K. Patel, the Institute of Law, Nirma University focuses on offering a basal shift in the delivery of legal education in the country. It aims to add newer dimensions in legal education that would incorporate international standards and provide an environment for innovation and a dynamic pursuit of thought. Embodying the principles of justice education, excellence, and professionalism, it imparts quality legal education and has produced new generation lawyers, leaders, and policymakers over the years.
“Legal Education is a quest to invent a vista for the budding personalities of the youth which has to grow ahead in life with a cudgel to steer clear in a professional world.”
Meaning in English -“From ignorance, lead us to truth”
The Motto of the University has been taken from Brhadaranyaka Upanishad – I.III.28. The second line of the Pavamana Mantra explains how to lead the life towards knowledge from ignorance which obscures our mind in understanding the reality. As the only remedy from darkness is light, the only remedy from ignorance is knowledge.
Contribution to the Society
Quest for Academic Excellence
To develop high quality professionals who reflect and demonstrate values that the University stands for, through innovation and continuous improvement in facilitation of learning, research and extension activities
या कुन्देन्दुतुषारहारधवला या शुभ्रवस्त्रावृता
या वीणावरदण्डमण्डितकरा या श्वेतपद्मासना।
या ब्रह्माच्युत शंकरप्रभृतिभिर्देवैः सदा वन्दिता
सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेषजाड्यापहा
Meaning – Salutations to Devi Saraswati, Who is pure white like Jasmine, with the coolness of Moon, brightness of Snow and shine like the garland of Pearls; and Who is covered with pure white garments, Whose hands are adorned with Veena (a stringed musical instrument) and the boon-giving staff; and Who is seated on pure white Lotus, Who is always adored by Lord Brahma, Lord Acyuta (Lord Vishnu), Lord Shankara and other Devas, O Goddess Saraswati, please protect me and remove my ignorance completely.
श्लोक अर्थ – जो विद्या की देवी भगवती सरस्वती कुन्द के फूल, चन्द्रमा, हिमराशि और मोती के हार की तरह धवल वर्ण की हैं और जो श्वेत वस्त्र धारण करती हैं, जिनके हाथ में वीणा-दण्ड शोभायमान है, जिन्होंने श्वेत कमलों पर आसन ग्रहण किया है तथा ब्रह्मा, विष्णु एवं शंकर शङ्कर आदि देवताओं द्वारा जो सदा पूजित हैं, वही सम्पूर्ण जड़ता और अज्ञान को दूर कर देने वाली माँ सरस्वती हमारी रक्षा करें।
Institute of Law, Nirma University has adopted the Outcome Based Education Model for the holistic development of its students. The teaching-learning process has been edifice to ensure that students learn by constructing knowledge rather than by receiving knowledge from others. This constructivist approach requires new techniques for assessing students’ learning that includes assessment as an integral part of teaching in order to better understand what students have learnt during the process. The curriculum at the Institute of Law is novel, innovative and meticulously designed to keep students equipped and updated with the skills needed in the profession. A separate enrichment program and professional training module run parallel with the regular course curriculum right from the first year. This enables the students to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to law.
Our Faculty members not only keep abreast of the recent developments and research in their respective fields but also regularly involve students in research-based learning. This is reflected in the various publications and conferences that our Faculties contribute too.
Further, there is an emphasis on teaching students to apply their conceptual knowledge to legal issues and problems. In order to enable the students to gain a better insight into the working of the legal profession, the practical work component such as Problem Solving, Mock Trial, Moot Court, Research Writing, Project Work, Case Study, Active Learning, Experiential Learning, Field Visits and innovative mechanisms are used in the teaching-learning process. Along with this, students also go through a rigorous internship for four weeks every semester in NGO’s, Trial Court, High Court, Supreme Court, Law firms etc. Internship experience not only strengthens job placement but also provides an opportunity for the students to apply the legal concepts and practices in real professional front.
For all courses, the experiential learning mechanism is followed by all faculty which facilitates active learning. Advanced and slow learners are identified for all courses and faculty members use a combination of various delivery mechanisms for mentoring different categories of students. Learning groups are created for each course and it encourages peer learning and evaluation. Through the formative and summative assessment, we are ensuring that the required knowledge and skill for the profession are learnt by the students following the Outcome Base Education principles. So with this OBE approach, clarity is given regarding the subject-matter that students are required to learn, the curriculum is organized and finally, instructions and assessment is designed to ensure that learning ultimately happens. Assessment rubrics, matrices and feedback help to map the outcomes of the teaching-learning process.
Thus Institute of Law strives to inculcate in every student a sense of responsibility towards society and respect for human life, besides developing in them the highest standards of professional behaviour and personal integrity.