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CBSE introduces Legal Studies for Classes 11 & 12

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CBSE introduces Legal Studies subject
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce Legal Studies as one of the elective subject in classes 11 and 12 from the coming academic year 2014-15, as a pilot project in 200 schools in India and abroad.

CBSE affiliated schools will offer this legal studies subject. The students can opt legal studies as one the elective subject along with three other elective subjects and a language. The subject is expected to be popular among students from both humanities and commerce streams who aim to compete for admissions to the five-year integrated law programme.

"It will accredit students of 21st century and open new career avenues for them in law. After a lot of brainstorming with scholars and experts, the board has decided to offer legal studies at class 11 level from the academic year 2013-14,"

"The course in the first year will be a pilot run on first-come, first-served basis. Based on the response, we will offer it to the rest of our affiliated schools," said CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi.

The board in its letter dated April 5, 2013 has written to schools interested in offering this course to their students to submit their expression of interest by April 20.

The subject will teaches the theory and nature of political institutions, nature and sources of law, historical evolution of Indian legal system, civil and criminal courts and processes, family justice system, arbitration, tribunal adjudication and alternate dispute resolution, human rights in India, international context and legal profession in India.

"Through this course the board also wants to give a competitive edge to students who wish to prepare for a career in law. Prior to opting for law in higher studies, school students will get an idea about the subject and those with aptitude," said Joshi.

Schools are expected to start teaching the subject in class 11 from June 2013 and, as these students move up to class 12 in the academic year 2014-15, the subject will be introduced at that level as well.

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