Rules abolishing one-year LLM to come into effect from 2022-23: BCI to SC


HYDERABAD: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided not to implement regulations abolishing one year LLM programme from the next academic year. The submission was made to the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday in a case filed by the Consortium of National Law Universities against the BCI regulations.

A bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian heard the plea by the consortium and two other individual candidates challenging the decision of the BCI to scrap the one-year LLM programme and de-recognise foreign LLM.

The BCI told the SC that its decision to scrap the one year LLM programme and derecognize foreign LLM will be brought into force only from the academic year 2022-23.

“Another victory for the NLU Consortium. BCI has agreed to postpone implementation of one year LLM regulations to 2022-23. Outstanding arguments by Dr Abhishek Singhvi in the Supreme Court,” tweeted Faizan Mustafa, president of the consortium. The SC adjourned the case by four weeks.

The move brought relief to close to 5,000 thousands of prospective LLM who had registered for the exam scheduled in May/June, 2021. One year LLM was introduced in India following recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission in 2012.

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