Paralegals in India

It appears that the paralegal profession in India is still in the early, early stages as a profession. However, a recent article in The Hinduindicates that it is on the rise. It is notable that the report echos much of what we hear about the profession here in the States:

Paralegal education does not fall under the Bar Council of India but is closely related to the legal profession. It will be on demand as legal practice gets corporatised and legal assistants of lawyers become more professional. Many services that touts perform can be formalised and ethical norms laid down.

A fairly new concept, there is enormous potential for employment and self-employment. Many services that trained paralegals can provide would also lower costs to litigants. Paralegals can also be of great help and use in Gram Nyayalayas and in spreading legal literacy. At present the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) offers Bachelors programme in paralegal studies, and there are a few online certificate programmes as well.

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