Globalization and the Indian Legal Profession

The Harvard Law School Program on
the Legal Profession
has been conducting an extensive study called Globalization,
Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (GLEE)
, which examines the changes
occasioned to the legal profession in various countries such as China, India
and Brazil due to the effects of globalization.
As part of this
effort, a team of researchers undertook studies on the Indian legal profession,
and the topics covered range across litigating lawyers, corporate law firms,
in-house counsel, legal education, legal process outsourcing and several other
related topics. While the end product is expected to be presented in the form
of an edited volume, some of the papers are now available on an SSRN
Research Paper Series
launched by the Program.
The following
papers are available:
3.         Pro
Bono and Corporate Legal Sector in India
by Arpita Gupta;
4.         India’s
Grand Advocates: A Legal Elite Flourishing in the Era of Globalization

by Marc Galanter & Nick Robinson. In this post
on the Law and Other Things Blog, Nick has an interesting take on the paper and
his experience working on the project; and

papers are likely to be added to this series in due course. 

About the author

Umakanth Varottil

Umakanth Varottil is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore. He specializes in corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions and cross-border investments. Prior to his foray into academia, Umakanth was a partner at a pre-eminent law firm in India.

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