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‘Easy’ and ‘cheating’: How was Bar Exam day for you?

As the fastest candidates are starting to come out of the first All India Bar Exam that is set to end by 3pm today (Sunday), according to one report the standard was “very easy” and candidates were overheard loudly comparing answers. Share your experience here.

Bar exam grade disclosure writ to be heard on Monday, post-exam

Exclusive: The writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court seeking to force declaration of bar exam results beyond pass and fail will now be taken up for admission on Monday after failing to get listed today following a court holiday on Wedneday when it was originally meant to be heard.

BarHacker indexes go viral with associates; Bar Exam grads ‘like++’ the course [sponsored]

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose Yesterday afternoon the BarHacker All India Bar Exam (AIBE) preparation indexes went viral in chain emails in law firm offices between 2010 graduates and fellow bar exam takers. One thread with our 14 indexes was forwarded in at least one major law firm with Lower Parel offices and across a number of national law schools.

Unfortunately, if you got hold of one of these pirated copies do NOT use it in the exam: that version contained unintentional but critical errors and will make your bar exam harder rather than easier. Sorry, you’ll have to sign up to get the new version! (and we have improved anti-piracy measures in this version for good measure)

Bar exam writ hits Delhi HC on new grounds to disclose exam results

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The All India Bar Examination (AIBE) is set to face yet another challenge in the Delhi High Court as former law student Anoop Prakash Awasthi has filed a fresh writ seeking the court’s direction to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to make the exam’s results public rather than granting a mere pass or fail certificate.

Bombay bar exam petition sent to SC, no remedy likely till ‘next batch’

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Bar Council of India (BCI) has today managed to get the bar exam petition filed by three former GLC Mumbai students transferred from the Bombay High Court to the Supreme Court (SC) after its counsel moved an affidavit urging the court to club together the ongoing litigation with other such challenges.

Doing badly at doing good / Issue 86

Legally India newsletterAt India’s law schools legal aid and pro bono culture is flourishing but somewhere along the line lawyers seem to lose the opportunity to do good.

NALSAR hosts new International Finance & Corporate Course on 4 - 8 July 2011 [sponsored]

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Bar exam: Hall passes to be downloadable as study mat non-recipients grow

Hall admission passes for the 6 March all India bar exam will also be available for download over the internet, announced the Bar Council of India (BCI), also revising upwards from 37 to 143 the number of applicants who had not yet received any study materials in the post.

Bar exam will take place 6 March, hall passes at venues: BCI chief Subramanium

Gopal-Subranium-Solicitor-General-BCI-chairmanGopal-Subranium-Solicitor-General-BCI-chairman Admit cards and hall passes for candidates sitting the all India bar exam on 6 March will be dispatched by registered post or will be available at the exam venue, Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman and solicitor general Gopal Subramanium said today.

Bail for accused in BCI-law school bribery case denied again

The apex court yesterday rejected the second anticipatory bail application of Bar Council of India’s (BCI’s) vice-chairman and alleged co-accused R Dhanapal Raj in the CBI graft case, as defence counsel Ram Jethmalani’s assurances that appellants would not “tamper with evidence” failed to elicit positive response from the judges.

Only 2% of bar exam applications faulty or study materials undelivered

Only 377 applicants out of 22,267 have not completed their bar exam forms correctly, while only 38 have not received their study materials, according to Bar Council of India (BCI) records released today.

All India bar exam will go ahead for 22,000+ applicants bar some

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose Breaking: The Bar Council of India (BCI) said yesterday that all 22,267 applicants for the all India bar exam have been sent their preparation papers and that the first exam go ahead as planned by 6 March 2011.

Jindal puts on first-of-its-kind virtual classroom with students in US

JGLS-michigan-virtual-classroomJGLS-michigan-virtual-classroom Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and US Michigan law school have held a virtual classroom hosted in India, with “seamless” state-of-the-art video technology allowing students to participate in real time.

Ranagate: Second BCI accused in law school bribe case now denied bail

Indian Rupee currency bills (XL)Indian Rupee currency bills (XL) Exclusive: Delhi Bar Council member Rajinder Singh Rana is understood to have withdrawn his bail plea in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of alleged law school accreditation bribes, as the Delhi High Court has now also denied anticipatory bail to the co-accused BCI vice-chairman R Dhanapal Raj after the end of four weeks of the Madras High Court-granted interim bail.

Moily reveals thoughts: Future of foreign firms and smaller BCI

Law Minister-Veerappa MoilyLaw Minister-Veerappa Moily Law minister Veerappa Moily admitted that the entry of foreign firms could be good for business if local lawyers were allowed to build capacity before an “onslaught from the rest of the world” and that he had seen 80 national law school graduates prosper at London firms, in a revealing interview with the Mint paper today, adding that the door was still open to transfer the Chennai writ petition against foreign firms to the Supreme Court.

Arguing that legal education should be taken away from the BCI, he denied that the Bar Council of India (BCI) should feel threatened by the Legal Practitioner’s Bill.

Ranagate exclusive details: Rana too influential, bail refused; BC members are ‘public servants’

rupees_medrupees_med The Delhi High Court has rejected the third bail application of Bar Council of India (BCI) member Rajinder Singh Rana, who with two other lawyers is accused of taking a bribe to accredit a law college.

The court held that bar council members were “public servants” and the Prevention of Corruption Act would apply, also agreeing with the CBI’s argument that Rana’s influential status would hamper investigations if released on bail.

Read on for the full allegations, evidence and chronology of events, according to court documents.

Government wants to strip BCI of education

Law minister Veerappa Moily said the government had finished a Bill to set up a new National Commission for Higher Legal Education and Research, which would replace the BCI as the regulatory body responsible for legal education, recognition of law colleges and a unified law school curriculum.

Nalsar Hyderabad to start a paralegal course

Nalsar Hyderabad has proposed a regular full-time course for paralegals to widen the scope of legal education to include non-LLB professionals for imparting functions of mediators, conciliators, negotiators and counsellors.

Breaking: SC allows bar exam transfer petition but no urgency to rule on exam’s validity

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Supreme Court today allowed the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) transfer petition clubbing together six high court writ petitions challenging the all India bar examination (AIBE) but declined to hear the exam’s constitutional validity just now citing its postponement to March next year.

BCI website back online, publishes pre-practice pre-exam undertaking for 2010 grads

The Bar Council of India (BCI) has published the pro-forma undertaking that 2010 graduates will need sign before practising, agreeing to take and pass the bar exam in future.

Latest bar exam proposal update: All law grads may practise subject to giving undertaking to pass AIBE

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Latest update: All 2010 law graduates may be able to practise law subject to giving an undertaking they would clear the all-India bar exam within two years, according to a bar council source.

Supreme Court judges may hear bar exam cases this month after all

In an unexpected turn the all India bar examination (AIBE) transfer petition may now be scheduled for hearing by a division bench on or after 29 November according to one authoritative source, with completion of the summoning process making way for adjudication on merits.

BCI will only issue formal statement of state of bar exam next Thursday, 25 November

An email from the BCI has confirmed that the bar exam date has been “pushed” and that the body would make a formal statement on 25 November.

Exclusive: State bar councils take over, want regional bar exams: Legal reform’s swansong?

imageState bar councils are planning to hold regional bar exams for each state, as the holding of the all India bar exam has turned into a political circus between the Bar Council of India (BCI), its chairman and the state bar councils. Meanwhile, the BCI will meet in Chennai this weekend (20 November), probably without BCI chairman Gopal Subramanium.

Bar exam SC avenues exhausted as matter won’t be heard before 5 Dec

The Aurangabad student respondents' counsel in the bar exam Supreme Court transfer petition decided against a second mentioning of an interim stay application after having been declined once before by the Chief’s court, as the Chamber judge is likely to take up the matter for non-prosecution after three months in line with standard procedural practices in the apex court.

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