The State of Maharashtra will conduct a centralized process Admissions to three and five-year law degree courses at government-run, aided and unaided law colleges in the state which is most likely to be based on a common entrance test (CET) from academic year 2016-17.
The department of higher education is outlining rules and regulations for the proposed centralized admissions process.
The decision to grant professional status means the law studies will now have all the dimensions, including a higher fees structure, that are associated with professional courses like engineering and medical.
Already the department of higher education has been collecting data from law colleges related to grant-in-aid and non-grant-in-aid courses and associated teaching staff. These he data will be used for providing information to law course aspirants about the number of seats available at aided and non-aided colleges.
People from the profession welcomed Government's decision which is in tune with the Bar Council of India (BCI) regulations of 2008 and the Supreme Court ruling on December 14, 2009 in the BCI Vs Bonnie Foi college case which called for professional status to legal education in view of the changing dimensions of law studies.
"The fees structure at unaided law colleges is likely to undergo a significant change in view of the government's decision. So far, unaided colleges were bound by the fees structure determined by the concerned state university. The same was far less than the college's actual requirement to meet even the basic expenses to break even,” said a legal expert.