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The law is supreme and even above the king, India’s first Lokpal, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, told law students of Xavier Law School at St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata on Saturday, August 3, 2019. In the Vedas and the Upanishads, law is treated as the “king of kings”, he said.
The Law School, part of St Xavier’s University, Kolkata started functioning from Monday, August 5, 2019. It offers five-year integrated BA LLB (honours) and BCom LLB (honours) courses. The school’s curriculum has been framed in such a way that graduates can practice in courts or work as consultants, Xavier’s university vice-chancellor Father Felix Raj said.
The Xavier Law School not only aims to produce legal experts but also students coached in “the important values of life”, Father Felix Raj said. “This will be our contribution to the entire legal system of India.”
Ghose shared his three ‘Ds’ to success — discipline, devotion and dependence — with the audience. “Disciplining oneself enough to be able to face convoluted decisions; devotion to the subject and the field; and dependence on parents, teachers, professors and all other resources,” Ghose said.
He also assured students that although they might have to invest more than they get in return for the first few years, eventually they will receive the fruits of their efforts.
Several justices and judges, senior advocates and members of the Bar were also present at the event. Fr. Felix Raj thanked the members of the Advisory Board including Hon’ble Justices of Calcutta High Court and eminent advocates for their wholehearted support and encouragement in the process of making the Law School. The university has a law library, a moot court and a legal aid clinic.