N. R. Madhava Menon

N. R. Madhava Menon

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N. R. Madhava Menon (born May 4, 1935 in Trivandrum, India) is a legal educator from India. He was instrumental in setting up the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, and was its founder-director. He was the founder and vice-chancellor of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Calcutta, run on the NLSIU model. He was the founder Director of the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, an institute for training judges. Madhava Menon has worked for nearly five decades to improve Indian legal education.

As a member of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India and later as the first Secretary of the Bar Council Trust, Dr. Menon influenced the shaping of legal education policies.


When the Bar Council of India proposed building a new law school in early 1980s, Dr. Menon volunteered for the job and set up the Bangalore-based National Law School of India University with a USD $150,000 government grant. The school was the first in India to use the Harvard Law School's case study method, which later became the mainstream form of legal education in India. After a 10-year tenure at the university, he relinquished the job.

Dr. Menon was invited by the West Bengal Government to set up the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) on the lines of the Bangalore initiative. As the first vice-chancellor, he developed its infrastructure, educational curriculum and its reputation within the academic/student community. In...
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