LITERATURE AN EFFECTIVE PEDAGOGICAL TOOL FOR STUDY OF LAW

Dr. Harmik Vaishnav

Abstract


“Each day that we live, we’re taking in new information, ideas, concepts, experiences, and sensations. We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that whatever we’re allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched, that the experiences we pursue will add to our stockpile of possibility.”

~ Anthony Robbins

Literature and law though being separate branches of social sciences share some proximity and amalgamate in objectives. Literature tends towards abstraction, creativity, variety in description and narration and is abundant in genres. Law on the other hand tends towards clarity, logical interpretation scope, definite pattern and style of drafting and is varied in branches. Literature study is very important for a student of law in many facets. Literature has often been used as an effective tool for the administration of justice and drafting judgements and pleas. Many judges and lawyers quote from literature for driving home the point.

Literature as a branch of study and literature as a pedagogical tool for a student of law may have different dimension and require different treatment.Teachers have practised various experiments while amalgamating literature as a pedagogical tool for the study of law. The students are given projects to analyse the use of literary quotes in judgements and other legal drafts, storytelling and narrative techniques are used for enhancing a lawyer’s skill of legal narratology, poem creation to express feelings and ideas in most subtle way possible and understand the use of apt words and expression in writing, conversion of real cases into stories and detective stories into cases with legalities for honing drafting skills and imagination, comparing two or more stories to find parallels which is the work of lawyer to find parallels from various cases etc.

The research paper tries to study the use of literature as a pedagogical tool to facilitate the study of law and how it can hone various skills of a lawyer. The paper also tries to deal with the limitations of the said pedagogical tool and how to deal with them.

Keywords


‘literature’, ‘study of literature’, ‘law’, ‘law and literature’, ‘pedagogy’, ‘pedagogical tool’

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