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Could a new Mumbai Uni system erode GLC students’ internship advantages?

GLC Mumbai and other law schools affiliated to Mumbai University will now have internal assessment added to their grading patterns, reported the Times of India.

The Mumbai University academic council has approved a resolution to have a continuous assessment system for its law students where 40 out of the 100 marks for a paper in a semester will be accorded for classroom participation, projects, judgement analysis and unit tests. The end of semester exam will be worth the remaining 60 marks.

Former dean of law Narayan Rajadhyaksha told TOI: “It will involve more of practical training and students will be pushed to think analytically. They will be asked to analyse landmark judgements or given case studies, projects depending on what their college would assign.

“Classroom participation will not just be based on attendance but will involve debates and arguments over cases.”

GLC Mumbai and many other Mumbai University law students have long had the advantage of being able to do near full-time internships or articled clerkships with Mumbai-based law firms while still studying for their undergraduate degrees.

This can give GLC students more practical experience during their studies than graduates from full-time residential law schools, resulting in a corresponding advantage in eventual graduate recruitments (despite many Mumbai Universities law courses’ arguably inferior classroom tuition, with a few exceptions).

Are you a Mumbai University law students? Do you think this will affect the competitiveness of these law degrees, without a corresponding improvement in faculty and teaching quality?

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