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Bar Council of India to tighten Bar Exam yardstick; “maintain standard at entry level”- Supreme Court

Lawstreet Journal 21 Mar 2022 8:54pm

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The Supreme Court has called for a "total overhaul" of India's legal education system, recommending that the Bar Council of India implement a host of reforms ranging from Law College standards to placement of young law graduates.

Concerns about the quality of legal education were raised by a bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh, who cited a slew of difficulties plaguing the legal profession.

"Whether it's the Bar test or the accountability of the country's sprinkling of law schools, you (BCI) have issues on several fronts. During a hearing on Tuesday, the bench warned BCI's lawyer, SN Bhat, that "certain standards must be maintained at every stage."

It remained adamant that legal education standards would not improve unless BCI, India's apex regulatory body for the legal profession, tightened the examination yardstick, maintained more stringent entry-level control, and ensured constant monitoring of law colleges to ensure a certain standard of education.

"What you need is a thorough makeover," the bench remarked as it heard an appeal by BCI against a Gujarat high court judgement that, through an order in November 2020, permitted a woman to join as an attorney without quitting her work. Although the guidelines clearly say that no one can enlist as an advocate while being gainfully engaged in another position, BCI contended that the ruling would open the floodgates for such petitions.

The bench included four questions in its ruling, which BCI must consider and respond to categorically by April 12. On… Continue Reading...

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