BCI allows DU law graduates to enrol as lawyers

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BCI allows DU law graduates to enrol as lawyers

Despite the course being derecognized, the Bar Council of India has recommended enrolment of the law students as advocates. It recently assured the HC that students won't suffer, adding that it has already inspected the three centres of law faculty and will take a decision soon.

Meanwhile, DU informed a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw that the centres have been issued show cause notices on some lacunae found by the BCI inspection team.

"It is brought to our notice by DU that BCI, on the basis of the report submitted by the inspection team, passed an order on January 12, 2015 recommending approval of affiliation till the session 2014-15. Show cause notices have been issued to the vice chancellor, all the heads, deans and three professors in charge of all the three law centres of DU, calling upon them to submit their reply within eight weeks," the court observed, while hearing a petition challenging the derecognition of DU's law course.

A team of seven members of the BCI had inspected the three centres after the varsity applied for inspection for continued affiliation to the apex lawyers' body.

DU's response came during the hearing of PILs byVijay Kumar Chaurasia and two others, seeking setting aside of a notification barring fresh law graduates of DU from being enroled as lawyers.

A BCI letter, issued on September 23, 2014, to Bar Council of Delhi (BCD), other state Bar Councils and to DU's vice chancellor, declared that in the absence of extension of approval of affiliation of law centres, the students admitted in sessions 2011-12 onward and passed out from the academic year 2013-14, are not eligible for enrolment.

Aspiring lawyers who passed out from Delhi University's law faculty in 2013-14 can breathe easy