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examination-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.

NUALS Cochin has awarded an honorary Doctor of Law (LL.D.) to former Supreme Court of India judge VR Krishna Iyer.

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.

examination-hall_by_comedy-nose Responding to a Right to Information (RTI) Act request by a Nalsar graduate, the Bar Council of India (BCI) did not disclose the fees that would be paid to legal industry service provider Rainmaker in connection with conducting the all India bar exam while admitting that it did not actively look for any other suitable providers.

closed-sign_by_renaissancechambara Two Andra Pradesh (AP) law colleges, whose accreditation was withdrawn by the Bar Council of India (BCI) as part of its drastic pruning of law schools, have filed writ petitions in Hyderabad High Court challenging the BCI’s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

gavel The Supreme Court of India has raised the stipends for graduates joining as judicial clerks for one year from Rs 20,000 per month to Rs 25,000, having taken on roughly 50 to 55 students this year, with further stipend increases rumoured for 2011.

mortarboards Intending to increase transparency the Bar Council of India (BCI) has published full minutes to its three last meetings, which primarily deal with the de-recognition of more than 50 law schools but also timetable issues such as whether foreign lawyers should be allowed to practice foreign law in India.

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.

Nalsar-hyderabad Nalsar Hyderabad has placed 35 students with law firms out of a 2011 graduating batch of 81, as the in-house recruitment round is yet to begin.

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.

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.

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.

Nalsar Hyderabad is planning to open two postgraduate diploma centres in Munich and Kuala Lumpur to teach aviation law and air transportation management, according to the Business Standard. “We are currently in discussions with our partners in those countries and expect to start the diploma courses sometime next year,” said the head of air and space law at Nalsar V Balakista Reddy yesterday, according to the paper, adding that the university was in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with the GMR Group to offer project work to the postgraduate students at Indian airports.

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.

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.

podium-by-HikingArtist.comNUJS Kolkata professor Shamnad Basheer and two students have threatened to complain to the Press Council of India about the law school rankings of national magazines Outlook India and India Today, which they allege suffered from "gross inaccuracies and methodological flaws" that violated "canons of journalistic ethics" and did a great disservice to students.

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