KSL believes in the idea that a best learning method is that which lets people to experience objects, phenomena or problems directly. One of the aims of education is to help students to adjust with the world. So the field school will let students to see and observe the patterns or dynamics of the society directly and gain knowledge through them. Kathmandu School of Law is a leading centre of excellence in research where such field schools are always encouraged. Every year students of fourth year are assigned to undertake an “applied research” in advanced jurisprudence course. The fundamental objective of this research is to help students “directly observe the problems of society and cognize them with the background of some pre-existing principles”. In such research, the students closely observe the social problems and their reflections in view of the principles of justice.
This year also students of fourth year conducted such research in Phulbari VDC, Bhakundebesi in advanced jurisprudence course. The key issues that were dealt in the research were the situation of cultural tolerance or intolerance in the society, situation of disparity in behaviors among villagers, protection of environment, and understanding of corruption issue. The issue of poverty and human right violation was also dealt closely with thorough discussion on the types and levels of deprivations the villagers are facing.
Basically the research was based on observation. The behaviors of the people in relation to above issues were observed closely and were analyzed from the perspective of being either instinctive or habitual in nature. The students tried to understand the problems independently and wrote essays on reflecting those problems making a hypothesis of their own. The every hypothesis developed as such was intensely discussed in comparisons with the existing theories and principles of jurisprudence.
It was one of the most innovative way of learning as the students were themselves engaged in cooking, cleaning utensils and dishes along with the research works.