A complete overhaul of the Indian Legal Service is in the offing. The Law Ministry is preparing a cabinet note for this purpose so as to bring the ILS on par with the civil services so that the best students out of law schools join the government.
It has started consultations with the department of personnel and training in this regard. A senior ministry official said recruitment will begin early through an entrance examination followed by an interview. Once selected, the officers will be sent for training to National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
Officers will be placed at various levels, from district courts to the State and Central Governments.
There will also be provision for officers to go to Ivy League universities for further studies at government expense. The salary would be on par with other Group A services. At present, officers are recruited into the Indian Legal Service as and when needed. Most of them are law teachers or lawyers.