Flunk method of Pakistani law exams

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Muhammad Azam Nagra
According to Steven Keeva, “Law is one of the great healing professions .while medicines heal the body, and clergy heals the soul, the law heals the societal rifts “. Around the world, the Profession of advocacy has been conquered in solidifying the status of one of the most respectable professions. But on the contrary in Pakistan, this profession has been succeeded in acquiring a nasty reputation in society. The stain of bullying is firmly attached to the profession of advocacy. The Standard of advocacy has plummeted badly in Pakistan. But the burning question is that why the standard of advocacy has plummeted? why the stain of bullying has been attached to the profession of advocacy?. Reasons for plummeting the standard of advocacy and attaching the stain of bullying are not confined withing few things rather they are spread out within many things. Firstly in Pakistan, the system of law exams is inoperable. Paper setting to paper checking, all to all do not come on the standard of the global community. Papers are set in this way, students who can write speedily can achieve distinguished marks by giving the answers to each question in 9 to 10 pages. Although these pages, which they have written, according to the questions or not. On the other hand, students who burn the midnight oil and have a very strong grip on the entire syllabus but due to not have the proficiency to write speedily, fail to yield anticipated results. Due to this, quality lawyers are not producing in Pakistan. The paper pattern should be rectified for the encounter of this thing. Instead of 100 marks law paper consist of only five long questions rather it should be consist of three portions. The first portion consists of MCQs, the second portion consists of short questions and the third portion consists of long questions .20,40,40 should be the marks division among these portions bit by bit. By adopting this method, all diligent students could finish off their papers, who are incapable to complete their papers due to slow writing speed. Secondly in Pakistan, paper setters are also one of the reasons for declining the standard of advocacy in Pakistan. In law exams, few questions are repeated by paper setters every year. New questions become the part of the law’s papers once in a blue moon. Repetition of questions is making the law very easy to the law’s students .7 to 10 questions are sufficient for the law’s students for passing the law’s paper. This system of repetition should be altered. A new system should be adopted by the paper setters, in which paper should be set according to the varying trends and the necessity of the country. Updated questions should be encompassed in law papers every year. Thirdly in Pakistan, the standard of law’s paper checking is not up to the mark of international standard. Paper checkers count the pages of the answers instead of checking the quality of the answers. Around the world, quality has more significance as compared to quantity. Steve job has also said “Quality is important than quantity “but in Pakistan, the quantity of the answers has more value in the eyes of the law’s paper checkers as compare to quality. Besides this, sometimes checkers do not check the  paper cautiously. In this way, they are playing to the future of many industrious students. Therefore, paper checkers should check the law’s paper gingerly. Fourthly in Pakistan, the law’s syllabus is not altered for many years. Changing of law’s syllabus is a utopian scheme because, in Pakistan, most contemporary laws have been made in the time of the British. These laws still prevail in our country. The trust act 1882, the specific relief act 1887, Punjab tenancy act 1887, and many other laws are examples of Britain era’s laws. Law should be amended according to the need of time. when laws will be amended, then the syllabus of the law will also be changed. Over and above, we must eradicate odds and ends in the law’s syllabus and new things and terminologies should be introduced in the law’s syllabus. In the end , Fifthly in Pakistan, methods of teachings law subjects are behind the time. Still, Old methods for teaching law subjects are not repealed in many law colleges of Pakistan. Restraining of old methods of teachings is so crucial for lifting the standard of advocacy in Pakistan. Over and above, we will have to break the grounds for teaching the law’s subjects. Technology and other advanced methods can play an instrumental role in enhancing the standard of advocacy in Pakistan.