Thursday, September 25, 2014

Bar Council derecognizes Delhi University's law course

Law graduates who passed out this year from Delhi University (DU) are staring at an uncertain future.

In an unprecedented move, Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex regulatory body for law education and the legal profession in India, has decided to derecognize DU's law course taught at its three centres, namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre-1 and Law Centre-2.

This means students admitted in these centres from 2011-12 onwards won't be eligible to be enrolled as advocates and can't practice.

On Monday, BCI announced its decision through a letter sent to the vice chancellor of DU and to all state bar councils, including that of Delhi.

"In absence of extension of approval of affiliation of these law centres, the students who were admitted in the sessions 2011-12 onward and passed out from the academic year 2013-14 are not eligible for enrollment as advocates. You are therefore advised to take appropriate action with regard to these law centres and inform BCI about steps taken in this regard immediately," the BCI letter to DU says.

Sources in BCI said the regulatory body was forced to act after DU failed to respond to its repeated reminders on extension of affiliation beyond the academic year 2010-11. A communication was sent to the three centres in July 2010 for the first time that DU must seek approval and throw open its centres for BCI's inspection.

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