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Record 270+ budding Bombay solicitors prepare for gruelling Monday test

BILS: Popularity rising?
BILS: Popularity rising?
Around 273 candidates will sit for the latest Bombay solicitors exam on Monday – an increase of 40 per cent as against test takers 18 months ago.

In the last exam in April 2012 roughly around 285 candidates appeared – a new record, while in January 2012 that figure was at only 196, with historical pass rates of only between 2 and 7 per cent.

However, despite the increase in numbers, pass rates have stayed steady at around 6 per cent, explained Bombay Incorporated Law Society (BILS) examiner in charge Dawood Mandviwala.

“It [the numbers] is going on increasing… but we want to maintain the standard,” he said, adding: “Even if a person doesn’t pass, but only appears for the exam, he will be better off. The subject is so vast.”

The exams will begin on Monday (14 October), with subjects being examined on alternate weekdays for two weeks.

Becoming a solicitor in Mumbai requires an articled clerkship under a qualified solicitor for three years, and passing the exam set by the BILS by scoring at least 360 out of 600 possible marks in six different subject papers.

Around 850 budding solicitors are currently undertaking clerkships, said Mandviwala.

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Like+0 Object-0 Solicitor 2 years ago
Possible that the solicitor would have asked his client if they want an anti-dilution clause in the investment agreement and the investor would have taken a commercial call to not ask for anti-dilution protection because of the negotiation dynamics. Let's not get into a dick measuring contest. Bottomline is that a trained solicitor is well equiped and highly skilled and is as good as (if not more) a lawyer graduating from a premier law school.
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Like+3 Object-1 BILS 8 years ago
Aint Cyril Shroff (one of the Shroff brothers) a Solicitor - can he / they mark up a document well enough? Further, arent you earning money of them and not bringing in a single client the way they are. Being on the rolls and thinking you are them is living in a 'your' paradise.

If yes, I rest my case and you can shut your base.
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Like+0 Object-1 AC 8 years ago
Cyril is not a Solicitor. If you take Zia for that matter, she is also not a Solicitor.
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Like+2 Object-0 Guest 8 years ago
Quoting AC:
Cyril is not a Solicitor. If you take Zia for that matter, she is also not a Solicitor.
I can prove you wrong that none of the Shroff brothers are Solicitors. Why are you lying?Kian - there is a book of Solicitors which contain their name.
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Like+4 Object-1 full disclosure - lawschoolite 8 years ago
Thats not true - both Cyril and Shardul are toppers of the Bombay Sols which they passed with record marks - However they in all their wisdom also prefer law schoolites - that must be an indication. Actually it doesnt matter. Its just that law schoolites have a headstart which ppl from GLC and other general colleges try to make up by get the solicitor tag. And 2 other things - 1. the usage of the term "solicitor" is not anybody's fiefdom - its an english term which means lawyers who do not advocate in court and actually describe most corporate lawyers. If you suffer from the miisconception that usage of the term is based on passing an exam by a prvate archaic body you are sadly mistaken; and 2. it is a well established fact that most ppl who pass the sols are kids of bombay sols who somehow get access to the papers - not saying that is the rule - but it is quite rampant.
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Like+4 Object-0 BA, LLB 8 years ago
Oh God! These lawschoolites....they do take themselves too seriously. Since the BILS is a tough exam to pass, denigrate the exam, and the guys who take it - and now, even the guys who conduct it.

If the BILS is a private archaic body, why give a toss and rant here - every year? Why the need to get off your high horse?

Come on, just because you took the CLAT and went to a law school while the hoi polloi went to a law college, naturally you think you are smarter than the rest!

Such wishful thinking. CLAT still does not attract the best and the brightest India produces. And we are not even counting the engineering and medical types.

Hundreds prefer to go to really elite, legendary institutions like St Stephen's College, Presidency College, St Xavier's college, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shriram College - and later do an LLB from Campus Law Centre or GLC. And these lawyers are more likely to have a greater grasp of the issue at hand, and much wider range of thinking.

That's why the magic circle and white shoe firms routinely prefer guys (and girls) with non-legal background and make them take a conversion test so that qualify for enrollment.

BTW, Lord Denning, arguably the finest legal mind of the 20th century - graduated in Maths!
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Like+0 Object-1 Guest 6 years ago
People who have written all correct are also given marks in 50's. Answer papers are not disclosed. Students are not informed about revaluation results and are made to appear again and again though the answers are correct. After 6 attempts you have to answer all 6 subjects again.There is no model answer sheet. It actually is meant for Solicitors children as their children score distinction How? needs to be investigated by a separate body independent and governed by Ministry of education
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