The vision of National Law University Odisha is to develop as a Centre of Excellence in Legal Education and emerge not only as a place of professional learning but also to nurture the idea of public service and to carry forward the perambulatory promises of the Indian Constitution. Our motto is excellence, equity, integrity and social justice.The faculty plays an important role of mentor, facilitator in the rigorous student-centric academic delivery. It is our constant endeavour to make learning a provocative engagement and a joyful exercise through innovative and creative methods of teaching. To achieve this goal, University has adopted clinical learning as its priority/teaching –learning method. Theoretical knowledge gained in class room instructions will be combined with internship training, field placement, project work and clinical observations and empirical research. Thus, clinical legal education as a progressive educational ideology and pedagogy is implemented through university programs.
University is committed to produce competent legal and socially relevant professionals. To promote experiential learning, University hasestablishthree legal Aid Clinics at three places in the districts of Cuttack (Dompada), Khordha (Jankia village), and Puri (Brahmagiri) in addition to primary legal aid clinic at NLUO Campus. Through these clinics we aim not only to train our students but also to strengthen access to justice for the marginalized through legal awareness, promoting alternative methods of dispute resolution and demonstrating innovations and best practices for clinical legal education. Accordingly the following activities are performed through these clinics:
1. University’s Legal Aid Clinics, empowermembers of women self-help groups on law and policy on women and children, social security measures, free legal aid etc. which facilitate them to refer cases of underprivileged and marginalized women and children to access to justice through the services of legal aid clinics.
2.University’s Legal Aid Clinicsempower the elected representatives of local self-governments(Panchayat Raj Institutions) in order to help them to disseminate the services of Legal Aid clinics and refer cases for intervention. The Legal Aid Clinics perform the task of facilitation, coordination, legal advice and legal counselling, and legal assistance.
3. University’s Legal Aid Clinicsorient teachers on child rights and child protection strategies and formulating children’s clubs within the schools ensure access to justice to children through referral. Therefore, through empowering teachers on laws and policies on children, and their accountabilities and responsibilities of educating children on their personal safety, legal aid clinics sensitize and orient the school teachers and involve them in the formation of children’s clubs to disseminate children’s rights and act as ambassadors for their own protection and development. Students from NLUOdisha through the legal aid clinics facilitate the children’s clubs to involve in legal awareness and personal safety education with the coordination of school teachers. This will not only prevent child marriage and peer education shall reduce the incidents of child abuse.