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Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon : The father of modern legal education in India

Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon (NR Madhava Menon) is known as the father of modern legal education in India who introduced five years of integrated law degree course and established national law schools in country

Neelakanta Ramakrishna Madhava Menon was awarded Padma Shri in 2003 for his outstanding contribution for modern legal education system.

He died in Thiruvanathapuram when he was 84. 

Menon was enrolled as a lawyer when he was 21. He joined the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) and completed his LLM and PhD from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Menon worked as a professor at AMU campus’ law centre.

Menon introduced five years of integrated law degree course in India and established national law schools. 

He served as the founding vice chancellor for 12 years in the National Law School India University, Bangalore and Kolkata.

The Supreme Court appointed him to set up the National Judicial Academy in Bhopal where he served two terms as a member of the Law Commission of India.

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