Natl law univs put BCI in dock over LLM test | Hyderabad | Hyderabad News


Hyderabad: The Consortium of National Law Universities has moved the Supreme Court against the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) decision to scrap one LLM programme and to be the authorised body to hold the entrance test for the programme.
On January 3, the BCI issued a notification abolishing the one year LLM programme and derecognised LLM degrees from foreign universities. It mandated that the post-graduate law course should be of two years, spread over four semesters. It also stated that admissions to the LLM programme would be through a post-graduate common entrance test in law which will be conducted by the BCI.
The consortium, which has 22 national law universities under its ambit, argued that as per the Advocates Act, BCI’s powers are limited to enrolment of advocates, for which LLM is not an entry course.
“The BCI conducts an entry level test for enrolment of advocates. We have no issue with the Bar test and its powers to regulate professional legal education. However, LLM is an academic degree required to become an assistant professor and the BCI does not have the higher education experts to conduct the test,” said Prof Faizan Mustafa, president of the consortium.
He added that the BCI is expanding its role by taking control of the PG and PhD courses and has no powers to regulate it.
The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justice A S Bopanna and Justice V Ramasubramaniam asked the consortium to file an affidavit on number of students that have applied for the consortium’s Common Law Aptitude Test for LLM. The judges have adjourned the hearing to Thursday.
“We have received close to 5,000 applications from students keen to pursue the LLM exam that is scheduled in May/June, 2021. The same shall be submitted to the bench on Thursday,” said Mustafa.



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