Young lawyers training programme kicks off at NLU Delhi

June 27, 2011 The Union Law Ministry has launched the Rajiv Gandhi Advocates Training Programme to train young advocates practicing in Magistrate and Munsif courts.

Announcing the programme, Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily said: “The main objective of the scheme is to motivate and encourage young, first-generation, talented and meritorious lawyers, who don’t have anybody in the family to guide them in the profession, by imparting professional training to them”.

Speaking to Bar & Bench about the scheme, Additional Solicitor General of India A.S. Chandhiok said: “A lawyer continues to learn throughout his life. This is the first time that the State has thought it must add to lawyers’ knowledge by launching this scheme”.

Advocates below the age of 30, are eligible to apply to the Selection Committee. Ten advocates would be selected from every state per year for the programme, which would include one month training at one of the National Law Universities (NLUs) and another month-long training under a senior advocate of the place where the candidate has been practising. They will be trained in alternative dispute resolution, plea bargaining, how to use information technology and communication in court proceedings and the art of cross-examination, among other things.

The selected candidates will have to make their services available for the legal aid programme.

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