In the competitive world we live in, a lawyer ought to posses a broad range of skills and knowledge to effectively serve the clients. These skills include cross-cultural competence, legal knowledge, technical proficiency, business acumen, teamwork, ethical awareness, and many others, in addition to professional excellence and a strong commitment to serve the clients. Comprehending the importance of these skills in a lawyer, Unitedworld School of Law (UWSL), Karnavati University, ensures to design a curriculum that provides its students with a broad understanding of the global legal landscape, including courses on international law, comparative law, and legal systems of different regions.
Besides, students of UWSL have great exposure to several events, conferences, seminars, workshops, student committees, clubs, research centres, and others to build their professional network as well their life skills. Further to stay abreast of the current trends and advancements in the world of law, students at UWSL are bestowed with various practical learning opportunities through moot court competitions and other experiential programs that allow them to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world legal scenarios.
A range of elective courses that focus on emerging legal issues, including those related to technology and intellectual property law are also a part of the institute’s curriculum. This way, the students stay well-prepared to meet the challenges of a constantly evolving legal landscape. Dr. P. Lakshmi, Dean, UWSL, adds, “Overall, our institute is committed to staying at the forefront of legal education, and we believe that a combination of classroom learning and practical experience is the key to achieving this goal”.
The university’s prime motive is not only to develop lawyers but professionals with human values who make noteworthy contributions to the society. UWSL supports its students to succeed at every level to become well-rounded individuals and skilled professionals. Since academics goes hand in hand with entrepreneurship in the legal profession, entrepreneurship is promoted at the university through courses and programs that teach students about ways of applying their legal knowledge to entrepreneurial endeavours. This includes topics such as legal innovation, legal technology, and intellectual property law, among others.
Along with this, Karnavati University (KU) has also formed KIIF (Karnavati Innovation and Incubation Foundation) to help start-up companies and entrepreneurs in their journey toward becoming successful businesses. Through its hallmark business assistance services, it renders much-needed support to companies sprouting their way into the business world. It has even established an “Institution Innovation Cell (IIC)” as per the norms of the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell (MIC), Govt. of India.
The KU’s IIC, with its highly talented pool of faculty and students, showcases its capabilities through Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Innovation and Incubation Cell, Intellectual Property Cell (IPR), and participation in FDP & SDP Programs, Innovation Ambassador Training Program, Mentoring Sessions, Leadership Talks and IIC Online Sessions, National Innovation Contest, Impact Lecture Scheme, and others.
Personalized Teaching Methods
Personalized attention is crucial when moulding students as capable lawyers. Every student is unique and has different learning needs, styles, and preferences. By identifying and addressing individual needs, fostering a supportive learning environment, tailoring teaching methods, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and enhancing student confidence, educators at UWSL help students achieve their full potential and become successful legal professionals.
In addition to the other strategies, the institute also offers mentor-mentee sessions to provide personalized attention to the students. Through this program, students are paired with experienced legal professionals who serve as mentors, offering guidance, advice, and support as students navigate their academic and professional journeys. These sessions are designed to help students build relationships, develop networks, and gain insights into the legal profession from those who have already established themselves in the field.
UWSL strongly believes that the mentors of tomorrow’s lawyers should be fully prepared and equipped to provide effective guidance and support. Hence, the institute regularly organizes faculty development programs that focus on enhancing mentors’ technological proficiency, emotional intelligence, leadership skills, and ability to create a positive and supportive learning environment.
Dr. P. Lakshmi, asserts, “At Unitedworld School of Law, our core vision is to be a preferred centre of excellence in legal education, which is committed to developing legal professionals who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and view the practice of law as a calling to serve others and to create a more just society”. To achieve this vision, the institute aims to continue developing innovative and experiential learning opportunities that prepare its students for successful legal careers.
UWSL also strives to attract and retain top-quality faculty and students who share their values and goals. Additionally, it aims to strengthen the linkages with industry partners and legal aid organizations to provide practical exposure and internship opportunities to the students. Moreover, the institute has plans to expand its research initiatives and academic collaborations to enhance knowledge and understanding of the law and its impact on society.
Key Person & Designation:
Dr. P. Lakshmi, Dean, UWSL
An experienced academician and administrator, Dr. P. Lakshmi is known for her passion for teaching and commitment to her students. She has sharpened her law teaching and research skills by actively participating in various training programs conducted by renowned experts from Cardiff Law School, University of New Hampshire School of Law, National University of Singapore, and Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development.