#Teacher’s Day Special: The 9 most popular law school interviews

Over the past half decade or so, Bar & Bench has interviewed a number of legal academics across the country, and the world.

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, here is a compilation of nine of the most-read interviews we have published.

1. Dr. Ved Kumari, Delhi University

Dr. Ved Kumari (Delhi University)
Dr. Ved Kumari (Delhi University)

Interview published on: May 20, 2014

Post when interviewed: Professor of Law, Delhi University

Quote from the interview:

I think teachers can ignite young minds. You can’t change the world but you can change some lives, and teaching gives you that opportunity.

(Read full interview here)

2. Prof. G. Homer Pithawala (Government Law College, Mumbai)

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Prof. G. Homer Pithawala (Goverment Law College Mumbai)

Interview published on: March 4, 2014

Post when interviewed: Professor at Government Law College, Mumbai

Quote from the interview:

I came across a very nice definition of the lecture method that said that it is a method whereby some matter passes from the mouth of the teacher into the books of the student without passing through the brains of either. I think that is very true!

(Read full interview here)

3. Prof. Krishnan Mahajan (National Law University, Odisha) 

Prof. Krishnan Mahajan
Prof. Krishnan Mahajan (NLU Odisha)

Interview published on: June 6, 2012

Post when interviewed: Dean, School of Law at NLU Odisha

Quote from the interview:

I feel that a law student should not immediately think about careers. It will take the student at least 2-3 years to arrive at what he is passionate about. Law school is a process of self-discovery.

(Read full interview here)

4. Prof. Amita Dhanda (NALSAR University, Hyderabad)

Prof. Amita Dhanda (NALSAR University)
Prof. Amita Dhanda (NALSAR University)

Interview published on: January 17, 2013

Post when interviewed: Professor at NALSAR University, Hyderabad

Quote from the interview:

I suppose if you are passionate about teaching than you really have to love people, all kinds of people. Somebody else’s growth should give you a high. If those are the kinds of things that make you happy, then you will be happy teaching.

(Read the full interview here)

5. Prof. Sophie Sparrow 

Prof. Sophie Sparrow
Prof. Sophie Sparrow

Interview published on: February 7, 2012

Post when interviewed: Visiting Fullbright scholar at NLU Jodhpur

Quote from the interview:

Lawyers have a lot of influence, they have a lot of credibility and [law schools] really should be open to a diverse perspective of people. I really believe that.

(Read the full interview here)

6. Nigam Nuggehalli (Azim Premji University, Bangalore)

 

Nigam Nuggehalli (Azim Premji University)
Nigam Nuggehalli (Azim Premji University)

Interview published on: April 13. 2016

Post when interviewed: Professor at the School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University

Quote from the interview:

Law schools said that they would make lawyers social engineers, which meant that we would have lawyers coming out of law schools who are given an opportunity to engage on issues like social justice and development.

(Read the full interview here)

7. Dr. Hemalatha Devi (ICFAI’s School of Law, Hyderabad)

Dr. Hemalatha Devi
Dr. Hemalatha Devi (ICFAI School of Law)

Interview published on: October 8, 2014

Post when interviewed: Dean, Faculty of Law at the ICFAI Hyderabad

Quote from the interview:

“My experience says that law helps in developing interpretational values and understanding complex problems.”

(Read full interview here)

8. Dr. Jyoti Mozika (North Eastern Hill University)

Dr Jyoti Mozika (NEHU)
Dr Jyoti Mozika (NEHU)

Interview published on: December 29, 2015

Post when interviewed: Assoc. Professor,  the Department of Law, NEHU

Quote from the interview:

Teaching should also lay more emphasis on practical aspects of law. Giving lectures on concepts of law is only one part of it. 

9. Asst. Prof. Ajay Gudavarthy (JNU)

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Interview published on: February 7, 2014

Post when interviewed: Asst. Prof. at Centre for Political Studies in JNU

Quote from the interview:

Elites in India define themselves by social separation – how different are they from the ordinary or how distinct they are. I think something somewhere went wrong with the law school experiment.

(Lead image by Vivek Verma)