Multidisciplinary approach to learn law

Law is one of the professional careers essential for sustainability in the world. It is the foundation on which modern society is built and rebuilt. The study of Law creates professionals with extraordinary stature. Judges, academicians, counselors, law specialists, Law is one of the profound even respected citizens who know laws and abide by them are the result of the study of law. It is the protector of Fundamental rights, guardian of the constitution, and the reason behind the harmony in modern life. Men or women who understand the importance of Law in the grand perspective are essential for such harmony and it is possible with proper education of Law. In law, it is essential for students to be ready with the knowledge of well-practiced lawyers by the time of their graduation. For this, an education institute must approach a sophisticated method to teach the students. allusion 

A disciplinary approach is working towards a goal by using already established methods and staying within boundaries. It is the normal way of problem-solving. There are types of disciplinary defined in the process of education and research. The three commonly used and important disciplines are, Interdisciplinary:  Integrating the knowledge of different disciplines with sophisticated methods. Trans disciplinary: Unifying knowledge beyond the perspective of the discipline. Multidisciplinary: Approaching the subject from different angles and formulating different perspectives. 

A multidisciplinary approach is a key method to combine knowledge from different platforms and achieve a goal with the knowledge of other disciplines. It is a scholarly method often used to obtain a clear conclusion to a hypothesis by the knowledge of several disciplines. By using this method, law students are given a head start resulting in a promising future. Institutes are training the students to become lawyers who can approach a client’s problem through different methods. Encouraging students to have their curriculum where they could research a subject in their methods and formulating it and integrating it with the training they get from the teachers This would help them gain a broad knowledge of the subject and an investigative attitude. These attributes play a vital role when they are being interviewed at law firms.  

Having global exposure helps students become more skilled and to gain the ability to deal with differing legal systems. For that institutes must make sure that the students possess the common knowledge by the common courses assigned. With this approach, students simultaneously possess a strong knowledge of their national legal system along with knowledge of different legal systems around the globe. 

Students must be well equipped to become leaders who have the strength to challenge the methods of the world that are harmful and that hold the world back from moving into the future. For that students must be given special training like learning new technological developments from time to time, improving personal characteristics, gaining proficiency in languages, approaching for the knowledge from other social sciences, and most importantly encouraging clinical training. With these methods, students gain the ability to think out of the box, combining different sources of knowledge, and come up with solutions without delay.  

Many successful law firms tend to work across different disciplines to provide better services to their clients. Legal solutions provided by the knowledge beyond the law are becoming essential. The concept ‘non-law related’ must be buried and replaced with the attitude of welcoming new sources of information and solutions across different disciplines. The multidisciplinary approach helps the student to stay objective and implement a comparative study. It brings the intelligence of different fields together. 

Modern society is moving very fast and the problems arising in one discipline arise with the relation with other disciplines. This requires a multi-discipline approach which is a comprehensive approach. We can observe the inter-dependency of disciplines in day to day social life. Along with Social, economics, and politics, the sciences in general, physics, chemistry, and mathematics are related to each other and are important for humans. With that thought in mind, it is easy to understand the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. The objectivity served by a Multidisciplinary approach gives the scope of observing different points of view on a particular subject. 

For example, if a person is facing a legal issue, his life attributes like social life, health conditions, economic status, and in a few cases his political stand is even considered. Without these attributes, there is no assertion of solving the person’s issue. This exclusively proves that the disciplines are dependent on each other. To solve a problem, considering one discipline alone never works as one discipline is dependent on another. In any research, finding the truth is the final goal to get to that an isolated discipline wouldn’t help but a multidisciplinary approach does. 

Modern society made life very complex with changes in science, politics, and economy. The law profession plays a vital role for humans to run their lives in harmony. Law controls and regulates life as it is. It also deals with specific situations when required. As it became such an important aspect of life, problems related to the law must be dealt with with a multidisciplinary approach. To deal with a criminal, a man, it is important to study who he is before he became a criminal. His social life, the environment in which he lived or living, the state of mind before and after becoming a criminal. All these require the knowledge of using disciplines like Psychology, Medical, and environment. In another example, when there are changes to be made in the constitution or to make changes in the Indian Penal Code resulting in adding or abolition of a particular punishment involves consideration of different disciplines of society. Disciplines such as human rights, ethics, sociology, criminology, psychology, and the acceptance of society to such changes. 

When the day to day life activities overlap with each other, it proves that it is crucial to train students to adapt to the multidisciplinary approach. This trains the students to become better lawyers, a better class of humans that would change and regulate the society as we know it into a beautiful haven.  

References:

  1. “Disciplinary: Intro, Cross, Multi, Inter, Trans”, Alexander Refsum Jenseniu, 2012.
  2. “Disciplinary, Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary - Concepts and Indicators -”,  Peter van den Besselaar & Gaston Heimeriks, 2001.
  3. “Multidisciplinary Approach and Entrepreneurship in Legal Education”, Prof. (Dr.) Balvinder Shukla, 2019.
  4. “Problems and Prospects of Multidisciplinary approach in Legal research”, Dr. P.K. Pandey, 2011.

“A Multidisciplinary Future to Solve Legal Problems”, Ron Friedmann, 2018.

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Pavan Turaga
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