The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to introduce legal studies in classes eleventh and twelfth from 2013, as pilot projects in two hundred schools in India and abroad.
These schools will offer legal studies as an elective subject that students can easily opt for along with three other elective subjects and a language.
The subject can be highly popular amongst students from both the Humanities and the Commerce streams who will be interested in the five year integrated law program.
This decision of offering legal studies, at the Class 11 level for the year 2013-14 came after a lot of brain storming with scholars and experts.
The board in its letter dated 5 April 2013 has written to schools interested in offering this course to their students to submit their expression of interest by 20 April 2013.
A huge two hundred number of CBSE schools are expected to start teaching legal studies starting June 2013. As these students move up to Class 12 in 2014-15, the subject would be introduced at that level too.
The subject will include teaching of theory and nature of political institutions, nature and sources of law, historical evolution of Indian legal system, civil and criminal courts and processes, family justice system, arbitration, tribunal adjudication and alternate dispute resolution, human rights in India, international context and legal profession in India.