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Bar exam writ petition #4 as finalists lobby Moily over jobs at risk

Delegation with Moily (4.r.)
Delegation with Moily (4.r.)

The bar examination has faced further hurdles in a  fourth court case by a Karnataka student, while a group of protesting final year students representing a number of law schools met law minister Veerappa Moily last Monday evening, calling the exam an unfortunate decision taken in haste that could cost jobs.

A delegation of final year students (pictured) demanded of Moily that this year's graduating batch of law students should be exempted from the exam while asking for the constitution of a committee to look into legal issues and concerns related to the exam.

The president of the student's delegation Siddharth S Seth of Amity Law School of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi told Legally India: "I am not at all against the idea of this exam; it’s a very wise decision. But they should make some legislative changes and have proper and effective interaction between university students.

"Systematic planning, consultation and a consensus should be formed before implementing any such important decision which is affecting lakhs of law students across the country."

The students also alleged in their written representation to Moily that "many companies, law firms and offices are now revoking their job offers as they call all these students unproductive for the firms as there is a bar exam on December 5. It must also be noted that these offers are being declared as 'cancelled' and there is no guarantee that these students will get jobs after January 2011."

Legally India has contacted a number of major law firms to date but none have to date responded to explain how the bar exam would affect students with current offers.

Meanwhile, in Karnataka High Court final year Sarvodaya Law College law student Murali Prasad has filed a writ petition challenging the bar exam, according to national daily DNA.

Prasad claimed, according to the paper, that he would be without a job for five months despite clearing his LLB degree, which violated Article-19(1)(g) of the Constitution that provided citizens the right to practise any profession or to carry on any occupation, trade or business.

This latest case follows two public interest litigations that were filed in Gujarat and Madras High Courts last week.

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