Bar Council of India scraps one-year LLM course in its new rules:-
6 Jan, 2021
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to scrap the Master Degree Course in Law of one-year duration introduced in India in 2013.As per the notification of January 2 issued by BCI Legal Education (Post Graduate, Doctoral, Executive, Vocational, Clinical and other Continuing Education) Rules, 2020, the postgraduate course Master’s degree (LLM) has to be of two years.
According to the rules, a Master’s degree in any specialised branch of Law offered in the Open System to any graduate, such as Business Law or Human Right, or International Trade Law without having LL.B./BA.LLB as the requisite entry level qualification shall not be designated as LL.M.The Bar Council has also proposed a new entrance test named Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law (PGCETL) for admission to master’s legal programs. These were part of the BCI’s Bar Council of India Legal Education (Post-Graduate, Doctoral, Executive, Vocational, Clinical and other Continuing Education), Rules, 2020, which were notified on January 2.