1000 DU law graduates can’t become advocates

  • Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2014 18:29 IST

Over 1,000 students who passed out from the three centres of Delhi University’s Law Faculty this year are staring at an uncertain future. Despite having law degrees they cannot become advocates.

In a letter sent to state bar councils on September 22, the Bar Council of India (BCI), which regulates legal education in the country, has asked them not to enroll them as advocates as the Law Faculty failed to obtain “extension of approval of affiliation” from BCI despite repeated reminders.

“Students who were admitted in 2011-12 and have passed out from the three law centres this year are not eligible to be enrolled as advocates because these centres do not have approval of affiliation as required under BCI’s Legal Education Rules, 2008 beyond the academic year 2010-11,” BCI Chairman BS Sinsinwar told HT.

Many of these candidates who went to the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) for enrolment returned disappointed on Thursday.

“Yes, we are not giving enrolment to those passed out from Delhi University Law Faculty this year. In view of the BCI resolution, they have become ineligible for enrolment as the Law Faculty failed to obtain extension of approval of affiliation from the BCI to run LL.B. course in its three centres since academic year 2011-12,” BCD Hony. Secretary Puneet Mittal said.

Earlier, the BCI had on September 3 written to Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh complaining that the three law centres had not applied to it for extension of approval of affiliation beyond the academic year 2010-11. The BCI had written to these centres way back in July 2010 asking them to act in time.

Every year, law faculty admits around 2000 students in its three centres, two of which run in the evening. But Sinsinwar said there were complaints that the law centres were admitting students beyond the limit fixed by the BCI under the Legal Education Rules, 2008. “We have also received complaints about lack of infrastructure, teachers and timings of these three law centres of Delhi University,” the BCI chairman said.

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