Northumbria Law School (NLS) has been awarded the power to provide degrees to students wishing to qualify in India.
The approval from the Bar Council of India comes just as a new memorandum is signed between the National Law School, Delhi and Northumbria Law School, which commit the universities to work in partnership in the future.
In a statement, Dean of NLS Kevin Kerrigan said: “It fits perfectly with our international development strategy to attract high quality Indian students to the University and to develop sustainable partnerships in India.
“The agreement with the National Law School, Delhi, is a mark of our ambition to collaborate with the most prestigious institutions in India.”
The new relationship will lead to collaboration in relation to staff and student exchange, while allowing for Indian students to complete study at Northumbria that will then be credited toward the requirements for law study to practise in India.
“In a statement, a spokesperson added: “Northumbria has not attracted a high number of students from India in the past because, in common with many other English universities, the LLB from Northumbria was not recognised by the Bar Council of India. Now that the degree is recognised we expect a higher number of applicants.”
The news follows Bangor University launching the first ever degree in law and Mandarin (27 April 2012).
The Welsh University joined with China University of political science & law to open a Confucius Institute.