India

Extent of Environmental Law Teaching

(Preliminary Findings)

 
1,200
Law schools teach environmental law courses
1,500
Estimated number of scholars actively teaching environmental law
Compulsory
Compulsory by order of the Bar Council of India under its Legal Education Regulations of 2008 and the University Grants Commission of India.
LLM
LLM and Qualified National Eligibility Test for Lectureship conducted by University Grants Commission.
 

Given that there is a large number of law schools in India (over 1,200) and that environmental law is a mandatory subject for undergraduate programs, there is a huge gap to have specialized law teachers to teach environmental law in India. This is due to the fact that the requirements for being a law teacher in India are that one requires an LLM and must have passed the Qualified National Eligibility Test for Lectureship conducted by the University Grants Commission of India. Without taking the subject of environmental law, students are not eligible to obtain licence to practice law in India.

The subject of Environmental Law as per Bar Council requirements is prescribed as a compulsory course at LLB 3 year and BA/LLB 5 Year programs. The subject is therefore taught by all the law schools in the country, but there are very few scholars who write research papers on environmental Law as is evident from various legal journals published in India. Therefore the subject is taught traditionally by law teachers rather than scholars in the field of Environmental Law.