This book contains a scholarly analysis of the status of legal education in fourteen Asian countries namely Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. What these countries have in common is the increasing acceptance of the rule of law as the organizing principle of governance and pluralism as a fact of life. Law is an integrating element reflecting cultural pluralism amidst social and economic inequalities and political power struggles.
The challenge before legal educators in the region is to re-structure legal education in such a way that while retaining the confidence of the people in the judicial apparatus, those who operate the system are trained to make justice accessible and affordable to every person irrespective of their status and income. The present volume provides valuable insights into how the mission is being pursued by legal educators in different countries of the region many of which have legal traditions dating back to ancient times.