Posted by: Pritesh N Munjal | April 17, 2010

You May Have A Law Degree But Not The Skills And License To Practice In Courts

India is not providing qualitative and skilled legal education. As a result we are producing thousands of law graduates but not even hundreds of lawyers. Thanks to the techno-legal training, coaching and educational initiative by Perry4Law, now law graduates would be transformed into hard core legal professionals. The best part about the initiative is that it would also provide training and skill development in the fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, digital evidencing, etc. Since the seats are limited, an early enrolment could be of beneficial, especially if the same also carries a “preferential treatment” for subsequent training and skill development courses by Perry4Law. Some of the techno-legal segment of Perry4Law supporting this initiative are Perry4Law Techno-Legal Base (PTLB), Perry4Law Techno-Legal ICT Training Centre (PTLITC), etc.

Currently you just need a degree in law to be able to wear a black gown and argue in an Indian court. This license to practice is granted to every LL.B. graduate from any Indian university. However, in some developed and developing countries, law graduates need to pass a separate test or course in order to appear in court. In USA, graduates have to take separate examinations for every state they wish to practice in. The UK conducts separate exams for qualification as a solicitor and as a barrister.

In India to practice, a law graduate must go through an interview- more a matter of form and procedure than a filtering process- before enrolling with the Bar Council of India (BCI). The Bar Council interview is nothing but a sham. They ask simple questions about family, other qualifications etc. What does that have to do with you being a lawyer? A change in the manner of admitting one to the Bar is long overdue. However, unless the new policy puts in place a strong, workable filtration process, there is no use. The declining standards of the Bar have long been a cause of concern to the Government and the judiciary. Since a considerable number of students take the course lightly and make do with a last minute study of the examination-oriented question and answers and clear the examinations, apprenticeship and bar examination would definitely be a great idea.

This year, following a Supreme Court directive Bar Council of India is planning to hold a uniform standard single test to allow lawyers into the Bar. The exam aims to check the standards of many unreliable institutions recognized by BCI as much as to test the abilities of new law graduates.




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