One Year LLM Course Will be Abolished From 2022-23: BCI Assures Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Bar Council of India assured the Supreme Court that the new rules abolishing one year LLM Course, shall be implemented with effect from academic year 2022-23.

Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for the Consortium of National Law Universities, stated that in view of assurance of BCI before the Court, the confusion for this year is resolved.

The Supreme Court recorded the Statement of BCI Chairman and adjourned the matter for 4 weeks. The Court was hearing the Petition filed by Consortium of National Law Universities, challenging the abolition of one year LLM Course. 

The Ground of challenge are:

  1. Advocates Act 1961, only empowers Bar Council of India to regulate legal education only to the extent of qualification and eligibility for enrollment and LLM does fall in the same.
  2. LLM Course can be regulated by UGC only.
  3. One Year LLM course is recognized globally.
  4. There was  no consultation with Law Universities before abolition of One year LLM.

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