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Continuing Legal Education and Professional Development Programmes for Lawyers and Law Teachers

IBA-CLE Chair, NLSIU, BANGALORE in association with Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training, Trivandrum under support from Ford Foundation, New Delhi

Duration: July 2012 - June 2013

What is CLE/PDT?
Given the explosion in knowledge and the demand for specialized skills for better delivery of legal services, continuing legal education (CLE) has become a felt need for advocates as well as law teachers. There is as yet no institutionalized arrangement for CLE though there is increasing demand for it.

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore has a CLE Chair Professorship instituted at the instance of the International Bar Association (IBA) which is presently held by Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Madhava Menon. The CLE/PDT programmes are conceived and conducted by the IBA-CLE Chair with financial support from the Ford Foundation, New Delhi for a three-year period, 2012'15. Technical assistance for the CLE/PDT programmes is provided by MILAT (Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training), an NGO based in Trivandrum.

The main object of CLE/PDT programmes is to help improve the standards of legal education and the legal profession through individualized training directed towards developing capacities of professionals and professional institutions. It is organized through residential training programmes of one or two weeks' duration in different cities in association with law schools and professional bodies of the region. The focus is on young professionals seeking to mould their career on strong foundations of professionalism and best practices.

Another object is to produce standardized training materials, trained trainers and infrastructure facilities so as to help law schools and bar councils to institutionalize CLE on professional lines. A network of CLE centers across the country will contribute to the advancement of professional standards and hopefully the quality of legal services available to the common people.

Programme Categories and Intended Beneficiaries:

Programmes for Law Teachers:

  • Workshop On Teaching And Research In Law And Allied Subjects (Course Code : WTRL-01)
  • Intensive Study Programme/Refresher Course For Mid-Level Teachers (Course Code : RCMT-02)

Programmes for Advocates:

  • Professional Development Training (PDT) For Young Advocates (Course Code : PDTA-01)
  • Professional Advancement Training For Specialized Legal Practice (Course Code : PATLP-02)

How to Apply?
All the courses have limited seats and are completely residential and fully paid for by the IBA-CLE Chair of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. There is no registration fee and teachers/advocates selected for participation have to meet only their travel expenses to the venue of the programme. Part of the course is by way of preparation for effective participation for which study materials and instructions will be sent in advance to the selected candidates.

Details on the content and method of the programmes will be supplied to individuals selected and will be available at the website: The Application Form for the four courses is different and they can be downloaded from the website. They can be also supplied on request through e-mail to the Programme Co-ordinator at

If the applicants exceed the number of seats available in particular courses, those who could not be selected for programmes of 2012-13 may be considered for similar courses scheduled for 2013-14.

Programme Coordinator
IBA Chair on Continuing Legal Education
National Law School of India University
Post Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi, BENGALURU - 560 242
Phone: 080-23213160

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