The author surveys the status of legal education post-independence. He argues that unlike the legal system, the study of law as a discipline and its interpretation has not registered much of a change after the departure of the colonial rulers. The author further argues that the failure to impart training to their students in the practical skills which are the elementary tools of a lawyer is overshadowed by an even greater failure to educate the student about how the law's empire extends into and impinges on the private lives of all. The author ends with reflecting on the various failings of law and its practice in its impact on social causes and the availability of legal aid and also provides some non-conventional lawyering methods as a solution. (Editor’s abstract.)



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