In a bid to keep tab on the infrastructure and faculty strength of Indian law schools, the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India is considering conducting surprise inspections. A recently passed resolution authorises the Chairman of the BCI to set up teams for such inspections. It is recommended that the inspection teams should comprise a former high court judge and a Senior Advocate or an advocate having at least 25 years’ experience of standing practice. The team must also have two professors (one for law and the other for non-law subjects) for institutions offering the five-year programme […]

Even as the students of Kerala Law Academy’s Law College demand the ouster of Dr. Lekshmi Nair, the University of Kerala has debarred the Principal from having a say in the examination process for five years. The decision was taken in a special meeting of the University’s syndicate held on Saturday. The syndicate reportedly upheld the findings of a sub-committee that investigated the grievances raised by the students. As reported earlier, among the allegations levelled against Dr. Nair is the arbitrary and unfair awarding of internal marks to students. She also allegedly granted favourable internal marks and attendance to a […]

The Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) at Visakhapatnam is all set to move into its new campus in Sabbavaram at the end of this month. The development was confirmed by Vice-Chancellor (In Charge) Prof V Kesava Rao, who was appointed in June last year. Speaking to Bar & Bench, he said, “We will be starting classes on the new campus from January 30, when the students come back from their internship vacation.” Among the facilities on the new campus will be separate hostels for boys and girls, an academic block with eleven classrooms, a 7,500 sq. ft. library and a […]

One of Kerala’s oldest legal education institutes, the Kerala Law Academy (KLA) Law College, is in the eye of a storm. For the last five days, students have been protesting the state of affairs at the institution, demanding the resignation of Principal Dr. Lekshmi Nair. The events were set in motion by the recent suicide of a student from a nearby engineering college, allegedly due to harassment from the management. This incident has encouraged the students of the Kerala Law Academy’s law college to speak out against the injustices they claim to face at the hands of the administration. Among a slew […]

After aiming to bring about changes in the legal profession last year, the Bar Council of India (BCI) is now looking to amend its Rules of Legal Education, 2008, as first reported by LiveLaw. In a circular dated January 2, the BCI invited comments on its proposed changes to the Rules from the heads of all universities imparting legal education. Through this amendment, the BCI seeks to change things with respect to the faculty composition in law colleges, and determine the equivalence of law degrees obtained from foreign universities with those obtained in India. But perhaps the most significant change […]

Even as the Supreme Court’s judgment in Compassion Unlimited Plus Action v. Union Of India And Ors is awaited, sixty students from the Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli, have expressed their support for Jallikattu. In a release, the students describe the practice as an Indian tradition that is being followed for more than five thousand years. They also say that it has scientific value. “It is one of the best methods not only to sustain our breeds but also to select the genetically superior variety of bull for mating… …Given the dwindling bull population, an outright ban on Jallikattu […]

The tenth All India Bar Exam (AIBE) is likely to be held on February 26, 2017. As per the notification on the website of AIBE and Bar Council of India (BCI), the tentative date for the exam has been fixed for February 26. Online registration for the exam is likely to commence on January 6. AIBE, which is conducted by the BCI, has come in for a lot of flak over the years. The Supreme Court of India is currently seized of a petition concerning the Constitutional validity of AIBE. The petition, which was filed in 2013, came up for hearing […]

In 2015, a group of students from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata entered a competition called Startup Weekend, organised by Google. They designed an online mediation platform for consumer disputes, which came to be recognised as the competition’s most socially innovative platform. Since then, they have continued their endeavour to promote mediation as a dispute resolution mechanism through their platform, ODRways. The venture has also received strong support from the legal fraternity of India, with former Law Minister Salman Khurshid among the endorsees. Pranjal Sinha, a third year student, gave us a little more insight into the project. “There is […]

The dates for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 have been announced, reports Lawctopus. As per the report, the exam will be held on May 14, 2017. The online registrations will begin from January 1, 2017 and will continue till March 31, 2017 which is the final date for submission of application form. A copy of the notification was shared by Careers360. The upcoming CLAT will be conducted by the Chanakya National Law University, and will oversee admissions to the eighteen national law universities that are part of the CLAT. Though the CLAT website presently appears to be down, Vice-Chancellor […]

A student of Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow is battling a case in a consumer forum. His cause of action? A restaurant that wrongfully charged him a fee on a debit card transaction. And in light of the Centre’s recent demonetisation move, Chanakya Sharma’s plaint is a significant one. During their visit to an eatery in Goa, Chanakya and his friends were made to pay a surcharge of 2% on the bill while paying by debit card. When he sought clarification as to why this surcharge was levied, responses from both the establishment, as well as the bank, […]