School of Indian Legal Thought
School of Indian Legal Thought was established In 1989 with the major objectives of producing a vibrant cadre of lawyers, equipped with professional competence and good law teachers and legal researchers, providing specialized courses in emerging and important areas of law for post graduate studies and research and providing a special focus on the contribution of Indian Thought in the field of law and jurisprudence as part of the general stream of Legal Education.
The School campus is located at Suryakalady Hills, Nattasserry S.H Mount P.O which is 5km away from Kottayam. In order to reach the School take deviation from Chavittuvari Junction on M.C Road and travel 1.5 Km. The nearest airport is at Kochi (Nedumbassery) which is about 80 km away.
Legal education in this country, even after Independence, has failed to give any place of importance in its scheme to the history and philosophy of Indian Legal Thought in the field of Law and Jurisprudence. The system has been under the influence of not merely of the ideas, concepts and institutions but also of a Legal Philosophy borrowed from the West, to the total neglect and disregard of indigenous ideas and values as if India of the past did not and could not contribute anything worthy of the recognition and acceptance towards the field of Legal Thought – an assumption for which there does not seem to be any warrant. The conceptualization and establishment of the School Of Indian Legal Thought by the University is a positive response to the long felt need to remove such an attitude of neglect and is an expression of a commitment to restore the Indian Legal Thought and values and their legitimate place in the country’s system of Legal Education.
Our Objectives and Future Plans
One of the major objectives of the School, is to undertaken systematic research and study of Legal Thought and legal materials as they existed in ancient India; To critically examine those ideas and concepts in the modern context; To integrate them rationally with the modern ideas, concepts and institutions which Indian Legal System has come to acquire through the ages and historical circumstances; And thereby to evolve and expound an Indian Legal Philosophy, having its own independent identity.
Another important objective of the School is to provide for an integrated Five Year BBA LL.B (Hons) Course in order to produce a vibrant cadre of Law Graduates with professional competence and personal integrity, social commitment with a national outlook and deep insight into Indian Legal Thought and values. The Five Year BBA.LL.B (Hons) Course offered by the School is unique in many respects. For the first time in the State, a University has come forward to undertake the responsibility of imparting legal education at the first degree level, besides post graduate and research programs. The School provides 3 Year LLB Semester Regular Course conducted between 4 Pm To 9 Pm.
The School intends to commence online Diploma/Certificate Courses on relevant practical aspects of Law. Presently we are having 2 Year LLM Course Under Credit and Semester System .It is intended to change the duration of the course to one year subject to instructions of the affiliating bodies. Considering the requests from Law Graduates, Lawyers and Law Students it has also been proposed to commence two year LLM Program in the evening as per Credit and Semester System in the near future.