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SC changes mind, finally allows non-NLU grads to become judicial clerks

The Supreme Court has published revised rules regarding its selection of judicial clerks, for the first time allowing non-national law school students from applying.

The new rules, published on the Supreme Court’s website today, state that applicants can come from any law college accredited by the Bar Council of India (BCI), as well as specifying the application process in detail. Download PDF

In early 2014 the SC had filed a letters patent appeal against a Delhi high court judgment in a writ petition that had ruled the apex court’s national law school bias unlawful. The Supreme Court said that the restriction was its prerogative and told the court it had formed a committee to discuss revision of the rules.

The next hearing in the SC's appeal is on 13 January. The Delhi high court judgment had resulted from the petition of an AIL Mohali student who was not eligible to apply for a judicial clerkship in the SC. One of the lawyers for the petitioner commented: "Whether she individually gets a clerkship or not her zeal to go to court and challenge the process has ensured many from any law college in India will get a shot at atleast becoming a law clerk."

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