Posted Friday 20 November 2009
The Bar Council of India has awarded recognition to Kingston University's LLB degree. The announcement makes Kingston one of 21 institutions in the United Kingdom, including Oxford and Cambridge, to hold such prestigious status.
The validation means that students who take a Kingston law degree after first completing an undergraduate degree in another subject will then be eligible to enrol as advocates with the Bar Council of India.
Senior lecturer at Kingston University's Law School, Siri Harris, whose grandfather was one of Gandhi's junior barristers, played a key role in securing Indian Bar Council recognition for the LLB. "The Indian Bar Council is very prestigious and I am very pleased we've met their stringent requirements," Ms Harris said. "Our aim now is to develop further partnerships and joint programmes with a number of institutions across the country."
Head of School Professor Matthew Humphreys described the announcement as a real milestone for Kingston University's LLB programme. "The achievement reflects the desire of the Faculty of Business and Law at Kingston University to develop close links with India," he said.
"Kingston Law School is keen to give students from India the best chance at developing their careers. Our outstanding alumni have achieved great things during the past 40 years, and we are confident this recognition will expand the School's and our students' horizons even further," Professor Humphreys added. "Students intending to practice law in India can now study for their law degree here at Kingston Law School with all the added value and interest of attending an excellent university close to the heart of London. This opportunity will ensure that students will be particularly well qualified to work for the many multi-national firms operating in or outsourcing legal work to India."
The Faculty already has strong links with India. It runs business courses in partnership with Shri Vile Parle Kelavani Mandal's (SVKM) Institute of International Studies in Mumbai.