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BCI approves 'most' of 64 new law colleges this year, as 15 more await approval, while 37 fail for incomplete applications

The Bar Council of India (BCI) considered granting affiliation to 64 new law colleges in India, on 26 April and 27 May, “most” of which have now started their admission process for the academic year 2015-2016, reported Live Law.

Union law minister DV Sadananda Gowda furnished a written reply in the Lok Sabha stating that the BCI had informed him that out of 116 new law college affiliation requests submitted to it this academic year, it agreed to inspect the 79 applications which were properly made, finished the inspection of 72 and had submitted the inspection reports for 64 of the inspected law colleges to its legal education committee (LEC) by 27 May.

Under the LEC Rules, the LEC grants approval for BCI affiliation of law colleges as per the recommendations of the respective inspection committees.

The LEC examined the reports in its meetings held on 26 April and 27 May, to decide which of the 64 colleges could be affiliated.

“The Bar Council of India has informed [Gowda] that the communication has been sent to law colleges and concerned Universities and State Bar Councils including Higher Education Departments of concerned States. Most of the law colleges have started their admission process”, reported Live Law.

The BCI affiliated 92 new law colleges in nine months during the academic year 2014-2015, according to the law ministry’s year 2014 annual report, as reported by Legally India. By December 2014, there were around 1200 law colleges in India.

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