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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?

imageimageState 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.

Punjab & Haryana HC bar exam writ stayed until 1 December to wait for apex court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has again deferred the bar exam writ petition hearing today to 1 December citing inability to take up the matter in view of the ongoing Supreme Court proceedings and transfer petition.

A fine mess: Bar exam cases still in limbo as 4 of 6 respondents inactive in apex court

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose Exclusive: The Supreme Court may have set the stage for the next round of proceedings in the All India Bar Exam challenges after completing the summoning process but certainty has continued to elude thousands of law graduates, as only two out of six anti-exam petitioners are still in active pursuit of the case while the other four have become absentee litigants for most intents and purposes.

Bar exam sign-up extended to 15 Nov; GLC Bombay HC writ admitted

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose The Bar Council of India (BCI) has extended the All India Bar Exam registration date, which elapsed last Sunday, by another 15 days to 15 November as the exam is still scheduled to be held on 5 December.

Jindal Global Law School strengthens bonds with Yale as second year admissions positive

Jindal-Global-Law-SchoolJindal-Global-Law-School Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and its parent body have taken the first steps to entering into a more formal collaboration with US Ivy League college Yale University.

Time Out / Issue 72

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Hastened by the impending Diwali court holidays and the 31 October deadline to apply for the bar exam, the petitions against the exam in the Supreme Court momentarily picked up speed this week.

Bar exam stay not heard; Chamber judge may hear listing after Diwali; BCI calls for initiative

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose An application for stay of the Bar Exam was unsuccessful in the Supreme Court today as the registrar referred the Bar Council of India’s (BCI) failure to serve notices on respondents to a chamber judge, although no substantive hearing will now be possible before the Diwali court vacations end on 8 November.

SC bar exam hearing: delayed one more day by admin

Today’s hearing in the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) matter has been postponed by one more day following an inadvertent administrative delay in sending the case files from the Supreme Court Registry to the registrar’s court.

Breaking: Indian lawyers now eligible to take UK transfer test

La farolaLa farola Exclusive: England & Wales’ Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has approved India to be included in its list of jurisdictions of foreign lawyers permitted to take the new Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), following a delay of six weeks following an administrative oversight.

80,000 MP advocates strike today against Bar Exam

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseexamination-hall_by_comedy-nose A day before the Supreme Court hearing in the All India Bar Exam (AIBE), over 80,000 lawyers from 240 bar associations of the Madhya Pradesh State Bar Council have gone on a one-day token strike today to protest the exam, which they say is “unconstitutional” and causes unnecessary hardship on students.

P&H High Court gives bar exam hearing but cedes jurisdiction to SC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has reaffirmed and upheld the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction in the adjudication of the impending writ petitions against the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) citing the apex court’s earlier decision to combine and hear the matter as transfer petition titled Bar Council of India vs Babubhai Vaghela & Ors.

Freaky Friday / Issue 67

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This controversy-packed week all of India lived in fear of Friday, awaiting the verdict in the 60-year-old Ayodhya land title dispute.

Exclusive: AP law schools take BCI to court over de-recognition, pre-empted by one week

closed-sign_by_renaissancechambaraclosed-sign_by_renaissancechambara Two Andra Pradesh (AP) law colleges, whose accreditation was withdrawn by the Bar Council of India (BCI) as part of its drastic pruning of law schools, have filed writ petitions in Hyderabad High Court challenging the BCI’s decision.

Breaking: Bar exam sign-up extended by a month to October-end

examinationhall_by_comedynose_thumb2The Bar Council of India (BCI) has today extended the deadline to apply for the all-India bar exam from end of September to 31 October 2010 to accommodate students facing delays in enrolment.

BCI: 5,000 students won’t be harmed in law school closures; List still not announced

Students would get to complete law degrees they enrolled in at derecognised law colleges or transfer to other institutes, promised the Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Gopal Subramanium.

BCI culls 50 law schools in first crack-down

journals_by_jerine The Bar Council of India (BCI) has rejected applications to renew the licences of approximately 50 law colleges at its meetings over the past weeks, as part of chairman Gopal Subramanium’s stated aim to reduce the total number from more than 900 to less than 200.

Time ticks on bar exam challenges as SC adjourns hearing to late October

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Procedural delays were set to derail the discussions on the merits in the All India bar examination court challenges, as the Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing in the transfer petition to 20 October after ordering the issue of fresh notices to the respondents and the shifting of the case to the Delhi High Court was not mentioned.

Bar exam prep materials and model Qs available. Will you pass?

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose The Bar Council of India (BCI) has published the preparation materials and model questions and answers for the new all India bar exam that is proposed to take place on 5 December 2010.

BCI's marathon meeting: Ethics rules, oath by this year; Foreign law firms, LLP to be raised in Oct

TGopal-Subranium-Solicitor-General-BCI-chairmanhe Bar Council of India's (BCI) ambitious weekend meeting decided to introduce draft lawyers' ethics guidelines in two days and how to begin decreasing the number of law colleges in India. But due to time constraints the body had to postpone its decision on the entry of foreign law firms in respect of the Chennai writ petition, as well as Trilegal's queries about converting to a limited liability partnership (LLP).

BCI: 'Stern action' against lawyers already practising without bar exam; Non-complying law schools could be derecognised

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseBar Council of India (BCI) chairman Gopal Subramanium said that the BCI would crack down on any recently enrolled lawyers who were practising law without having passed the proposed bar exam and that law colleges whose graduating law students did not take the bar exam could be derecognised.

State bar councils speak out against bar exam, to support writ petitions

examination-hall_by_comedy-noseThe bar council of Maharashtra and Goa said today that it would oppose the proposed all India bar exam after a decision reached by 11 chairmen of different state bar councils on 31 July, although the body admitted that unless the Bar Council of India (BCI) or a court intervened the exam would go ahead.

Opinion: The rise of the pseudo-lawyer and can a bar exam ever defeat him?

IyerThomas-ElizabethSheshadriThe tentacles of the "pseudo-lawyers" have driven the bar to the wall, claims advocate and partner Elizabeth Seshadri. Is a bar exam enough to cure the setting rot or do we need a test that reaches far more deeply?

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