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Persons, Not Having Even Gone To Regular School/College, To Get Into Law College For First Time In Life : Madras HC Urges BCI To Amend Rules [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesPersons, Not Having Even Gone To Regular School/College, To Get Into Law College For First Time In Life : Madras HC Urges BCI To Amend Rules [Read Order] Mehal Jain3 Sep 2020 9:11 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has urged the Bar Council of India to take a cue from its judgment and make necessary changes in Rule 5 of its Legal Education Rules to ensure that the candidates who complete their Higher Secondary and UG through regular course alone are made eligible to participate for selection in the 5 year or 3 year LLB courses.”In the absence of the same, persons who have not even…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has urged the Bar Council of India to take a cue from its judgment and make necessary changes in Rule 5 of its Legal Education Rules to ensure that the candidates who complete their Higher Secondary and UG through regular course alone are made eligible to participate for selection in the 5 year or 3 year LLB courses.”In the absence of the same, persons who have not even gone to the regular school or college will get into a law college for the first time in their life and that may not be a healthy trend to maintain the quality of education in Law”, cautioned Justice N. Anand Venkatesh, stating that the Bar Council of India should seriously take this suggestion into consideration and make necessary changes to the Rule.The case of the petitioner before the Single Judge was that he had completed SSLC (10th) in the year 2010 and thereafter, he completed the Higher Secondary Course (+2) in the year 2014. The petitioner thereafter completed three years BCA Degree Course in the year 2017 through Distance Education mode from Tamil University, Thanjavur. The petitioner applied for the three year L.L.B. Degree Course under the MBC category and the petitioner has also obtained necessarycut off marks. At the time of counselling, the petitioner was informed that he was not eligible to be considered for selection for the 3 year L.L.B Course on the ground that the petitioner did not satisfy the requirements under Rule 5 of the Bar Council of India Rules. Aggrieved by the same, the present writ petition had been filed before the Court. Reliance was placed on the Full Bench Judgment of the Madras High Court, in the case of Mohammed Mustafa v. the Chairman, Tamil Nadu Dr.Ambedkar Law university and two others dated 13.03.2018, making it very clear that a person who has obtained the qualification even through distance/correspondence education is eligible to be considered for admission to the 3 year course.Rule 5 reads as follows:Eligibility for admission.- (a) Three Year Law Degree Course: An applicant who has graduated in any discipline of knowledge from a University established by an Act of Parliament or by a State Legislature or an equivalent national institution recognised as a Deemed to be University or foreign University recognised as equivalent to the status of an Indian University by an authority competent to declare equivalence, may apply for a three years’ degree programe in law leading to conferment of LL.B. Degree on successful completion of the regular program conducted by a University whose degree in law is recognised by the Bar Council of India for the purpose of enrolment. (b)Integrated Degree Programe: An applicant who has successfully completed Senior Secondary School course (+2) or equivalent (such as 11 + 1, ‘A’ level in Senior School Leaving certificate course) from a recognised University of India or outside or from a Senior Secondary Board or equivalent, constituted or recognised by the Union or by a State Government or from any equivalent institution from a foreign country recognised by the Government of that country for the purpose of issue of qualifying certificate on successful completion of the course, may apply for and be admitted into the program of the Centres of Legal Education to obtain the integrated degree in law with a degree in any other subject as the first degree from the University whose such a degree in law is recognised by the Bar Council of India for the purpose of enrolment. Provided that applicants who have obtained +2 Higher Secondary Pass Certificate or First Degree Certificate after prosecuting studies in distance or correspondence method shall also be considered as eligible for admission in the Integrated Five Years course or three years’ LL.B. Course, as the case may be.Explanation.- The applicants who have obtained 10 +2 or graduation / post graduation through open Universities system directly without having any basic qualification for prosecuting such studies are not eligible for admission in the law courses.On a careful reading of Rule 5 of the Bar council of India Rules, it became clear to the Single bench that an applicant must graduate through a regular programme conducted by a University for the purpose of being considered for admission in the 3 year Law Course. “If the Rule had stopped there, obviously the petitioner will not be eligible since he has not completed the minimum education through regular course. However the proviso, which should be considered as an exception to the main Rule, expands the eligibility. The proviso makes it clear that even the applicants who have obtained Higher Secondary or Under Graduation through Distance Education will also be eligible for admission for the 5 year course or the 3 year course, as the case may be”, noted the bench.The bench opined that the explanation clearly states that the applicant should not have obtained 10+2 or UG or PG through the Open University system directly without having any basic qualification. The bench explained it to mean that a person who has not completed 10th cannot qualify for 10+2, a person who has not completed 10+2 cannot qualify for UG and a person who has not completed UG cannot qualify for PG. “This is the literal meaning for the explanation appended to Rule 5 of Bar Council of India Rules. This Rule has been interpreted by the Full Bench in the judgement referred supra, and the Full Bench has made it very clear that a person who has obtained the qualification even through distance/correspondence education is eligible to be considered for admission to the 3 year course”, said the bench.Noting the concern expressed by the counsel appearing for the respondent-law university to the effect that a candidate who has right through undergone education through distance education in 10th Standard, 10+2 and UG and who has never undergone regular course at any point of time, is knocking the doors of this Court claiming himself to be eligible for being considered for the 3 year Law Course, the bench, however, observed that the Rule viz., Rule 5 of the Bar Council of India Rules does not seem to match the concern so expressed.”The Rule itself provides for an exception to undergo education through distance/correspondence mode. Till this Rule is in force, a candidate who satisfies the requirements of this rule will have to be considered for admission to the course”, stated the bench.The bench held that as per the existing Rules, the petitioner is eligible for being considered as a candidate for the 3 year B.L Course subject to the condition that the petitioner again participates in the selection for the academic year 2020-2021 and obtains necessary cut off marks.At the same time, the bench urged that the Bar Council of India can take a cue from this judgment and make necessary changes in Rule 5 to ensure that the candidates who complete their Higher Secondary and UG through regular course alone are made eligible to participate for selection in the 5 year course or 3 year course.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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