The theoretical knowledge of law cannot be divorced from practical application thereof. In fact, to know the alternative dispute resolution procedures it is imperative to be informed of Adjudication method. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), though still in its nascent stage, is the future of Adjudication. The Dispute Resolution and Client Counselling Community has been set up at VSLLS with an aim of helping the students, as future lawyers to imbibe this crucial skill. To that purpose, the Community aims to:
- Increase awareness as to the significance of ADR;
- Promote settlements of dispute through ADR;
- Make budding lawyers, who are generally trained with the art of fighting in court; understand that court driven
- Adjudication is not the only mode of settlement of disputes.
To acquaint students with practical aspects of law, the Committee undertakes the activities under the following three wings:
- Client Counselling – Students are imparted the art of counselling the client. Students are trained in the process of extraction of facts from the clients, thus making them capable of advising the clients holistically. Each Participating Team here comprises of two students acting as Counsels who address to the problem of an in-house trained Client.
- Negotiation – to make students understand ways to bring conflicting parties at a comfortable level on a negotiation table and to protect their mutual interests. Each participating team here comprises of two students out of which one student acts as the Counsel and one team member acting as the Client (referred to as the “Negotiating Team”).
- Mediation – whereby the students are trained in the complicated task of mediating between conflicting parties and their disputing interests. Each participating team comprises of three students consisting of one Mediator and two team members acting as the client-counsel pair (referred to as the “Mediating pair”).