Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bar Examinations In India: BCI Must Take Immediate Steps

Ram K Kaushik

Till now the law students must be aware about the proposed bar examinations in India. After going through both sides of arguments (law students v bar council), it seems both have their respective share of merits. The final year law students are somewhat apprehensive about the bar examinations. They have their own share of problems ranging from final year exams, placement opportunities, internships, etc. On the other hand the Bar Council of India (BCI) is facing a Herculean task of legal reforms in India.

Qualitative legal education is one of the pre requisites of effective legal reforms in India. Having a qualitative legal education is totally different from appearing in bar examinations as the orientation for both of them is completely different. But there is no escape from the reality that whether the final year students like it or not but ultimately they have to go through bar examination. It is better to start preparing both mentally as well as educationally.

Accepted. But from where to start preparation as preparation cannot be in vacuum. The BCI has not come up with any sort of information regarding the same. Although some good suggestions for a successful implementation of bar examinations can be found, yet we need the same from BCI itself.

As far as my opinion goes, final year students must start preparing for the same as risking bar enrollment means risking the entire legal career.