Who is the father of modern legal education in India?

By Ritesh|Updated : September 3rd, 2022

The father of modern legal education in India is Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon. The main function of legal education is to produce lawyers with a social vision and create law-abiding citizens with human values and rights.

Father of Modern Legal Education in India

  • Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon is the founder of the National Law Universities system.
  • Menon was born on May 4, 1935, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  • In 1955, he started his career as a lawyer. He appeared for the Civil Services Examination and got appointed to the Central Secretariat Service in New Delhi.
  • Menon secured a postgraduate degree MA in political science in 1960, passed the master's degree in law (LLM), and continued his research on white Collar Crime to obtain a Ph.D. in 1965
  • He has also served as the secretary of the Bar Council of India Trust and Law Commission of India.
  • The Supreme Court of India appointed him as the first director of the National Judicial Academy, a training center for judges, where he worked till his retirement.
  • In 2003, Menon was awarded the Padma Shri, and in 2020 Padma Bushan by the Government of India.


Who is the father of modern legal education in India?

Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon is India's father of modern legal education. He founded Menon Institute of Legal Advocacy Training, a non-governmental organization in Thiruvananthapuram that imparts skill training and undertakes research for law reform and development of the legal profession. Menon died on 8 May 2019 due to liver cancer.


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