After the supreme court of India criticized their decision of the maximum age limit of 20 years for taking admission to the 5-year integrated law degree, Bar Council of India as an interim measure decided to increase the upper age limit for 5-year LLB course from 20 to 22, and for 3-year LLB from 30 to 45, reported legal affairs portal Livelaw. According to the report, Bar Council of India took this decision yesterday in a General Body Meeting.
But now the interim measure has been taken after considering confusion caused by the BCI notification among the aspiring students from various universities and law institutes.
And the BCI had also informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that it will be taking a decision regarding the age limit soon. This year's Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted on March 31.
"What is the urgency to impose it? Why is it from this academic year? Take a good decision so that no one comes to courts," a bench headed by Justice SA Bobde had told the BCI counsel and fixed Friday to take up the matter.
On last September, the Bar Council of India (BCI) which is a statutory body on legal education including grant of recognition to universities/colleges, via a circular "Revive of age restriction under Clause 28 of Legal Education Rules 2008" asked vice-chancellors, registrars and principals to ensure that no person above the age of 20/30 years secures admission for a three/five year undergraduate law course respectively.
"As per Clause 28, upper age limit for admission in LL.B three year course was 30 years and for LL.B five year course was 20 years", the circular said then.