More than 50 students enrolled in LLB programme at various law colleges in Karnataka will have to stop their studies after the HC ruling. The petition filed by these 51 students regarding admission to the LLB programme has been rejected by the High Court.
The petition was filed after the Karnataka State Law University had rejected their admissions as they had either not passed Class 10+2 from a regular college or had achieved a degree from an open university.
Bar Council of India (BCI) has set the following requirements for admission in law colleges across the country:
- II PU or 10+2 from a regular course
- A degree from a regular recognized university
Students who have completed either Class 10th or Class 12th through from open school are not eligible for this programme.
The students contended that BCI does not have the authority to prescribe the mode of education regarding the required qualification for taking admission to law courses. However, the advocate representing BCI argued that according to the Advocates Act, the Council has the authority to set such rules.
An HC bench of Justice L Narayana Swamy ruled that BCI is authorized to decide the minimum qualification for admission to LL.B programme as that is the purpose of the Council. He further stated that rejection of these 51 students is justified as they do not qualify the eligibility criteria for admission to LLB programmes.