According to the new policy by the government, 65% seats will be reserved under quota for Maharashtrian students in law colleges. Students from outside seeking admission in these colleges may have a tough time from the next academic session.
These new quotas are likely to be implemented from among the remaining open category seats. While centralised admission process (CAP) is responsible for admissions to all other professional courses, including engineering, medicine and management, admissions to law colleges will be under the state's newly-formed common entrance test (CET) cell.
The Government Law College (GLC), where most students in the open category come from outside the state, will have to restrict its intake of 'outsiders' once the policy is implemented. The new policy will benefit students from the state seeking admissions to prestigious institutes like GLC.
Director of higher education Dhanraj Mane said the new policy will cover aided and unaided colleges. He added that the admission process for law programmes will be similar to that followed for engineering and other professional courses.
Former dean of law, Narayan Rajadhyaksha, said all aided and unaided colleges get students from outside the state; the policy may affect some colleges if the prescribed quota is very low. "We still not sure about the quota that we have to follow in aided colleges, but since it will be the first year of implementation, there may be few teething problems," he said.