The Rajiv Gandhi Advocates’ Training Programme was recently launched by the Ministry of Law & Justice, at National Law University, New Delhi, with the view to encourage and motivate young, talented and meritorious law graduates to continue and adhere to legal profession at the grassroot level.
Under this programme, every year ten advocates practicing at the District/ Taluk level will be selected and trained for two months in two phases. They will be provided professional training for one month at the National Law University (NLU), which has been appointed as Nodal Agency under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ministry of Law & Justice and NLU.
After this they will be placed for another month with a Senior Advocate in order to learn practical skills. After the culmination of their training, these lawyers will be required to lend their services for legal aid programmes. In this way, training will create a consistent pool of professionally trained lawyers which can cater to the unmet legal needs of the society.
Speaking on the occasion, the then Union Law Minister, M. Veerappa Moily was reminiscent of the time when he himself was a first generation lawyer and faced many difficulties during his practice. Based on his vast experience, he emphasised that success requires constant hard work, motivation, perseverance and personality development.
Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of High Court of Delhi & Chancellor, National Law University, Delhi, highlighted the importance of RGAT Scheme, by pointing out some of its features. “Lawyers of today apart from being theoretically well versed with the basics of the subject, also need to have powerful analytical skills, clarity of perspective and syllogistic approach,” said the Chief Justice.