There will be no age limit for LLB examination this academic year, as the Supreme Court has stayed Bar Council of India’s (BCI) notification fixing age limit for law courses.
On Wednesday, the BCI took a decision at its general body meeting fixing age limit for law courses. On Wednesday, the BCI took a decision at its general body meeting fixing age limit of 22 years for 5-year LLB course and 45 years for 3-year graduate course for this academic year and left it to the Legal Education Committee for future course of action. However, a bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice L Nageswar Rao passed the stay order, after the counsel for BCI informed the court about the council’s decision. The bench said: “You talk about promoting legal education and on other hand, you fix age limit.” “Stay the notification of September 7, 2016, and all consequential orders….,” the court said.
The bench fixed the third week of July for the final hearing of the matter. Senior Advocate Sanjay Hegde and Advocate Gopal Shankar Narayan and Zoheb Hossein appeared for the petitioners. The bench was hearing petitions filed by CLAT aspirants including Michael Sam an orphan supported by IDIA, from Mumbai challenging the age limit clause introduced by by Bar Council of India for taking admissions in law schools. Bar Council had restored Clause 28 of Legal Education Rules, 2008, stipulating the maximum age limit of 20 years for taking admission to the 5-year integrated law degree.
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