If change is the law of nature, then law is the regulator of social change. However, in this era of globalization, which has already posed manifold challenges to the future of legal education across the world, there are many aspects of the profession that have already been transformed in some way and a significant wave of change still to come. In fact, the experts in this field opine that the legal profession will potentially change more drastically over the next two decades than it has over the last two centuries. It is true that the changes may not happen overnight, however, it will come in the form of numerous, significant changes that will result in a drastically different profession.
In India, the profession of law is rooted in traditionalism and legacy. We have been a country with court-based litigation structure, where familial legacy holding the fort and first-generation entrants needed to fight out to get a foothold. In the past decade, the Indian legal market has seen dynamic changes. Notable among them is the advent of full service law firms that have been creating various new opportunities for legal professionals. Propelled by the increasing legal compliance requirements, many reputed commercial institutions have enlarged their legal departments manifold and in-house counsels are now becoming a critical cog in the business enterprise. Fascinated by the lucrative opportunities offered by these big-ticket firms and legal departments, many more budding professionals have taken an interest in the vocation from non-legal backgrounds. However, are our law schools ready to accommodate and work with these changes to maintain the strength of the legal profession?
In this issue, we have identified "Top 10 Promising Law Colleges in India 2018" that have been maintaining a balance between traditional and modern law practices, in order to change the entire fabric of legal education system in India. These colleges, by keeping in mind the necessity of globalization and other technological transformations, provide excellent groundwork for a number of careers and help the aspiring law graduates to find highly skilled employment. On the cover, we feature ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad, which has made a remarkable impression in the legal education of the country in a short span of time since its inception.