Poor response to Bar Council exam

Poor response to Bar Council exam

Facing low registrations across the country, the BCI has decided to extend the last date for registration date from October 31 to November 15.

The Council has received nearly 20,000 registrations, said a BCI official. “With nearly a lakh law students graduating every year, the number of law students registered for the exam is extremely low,” the official said. Those who have graduated during 2009-10 and have registered with a State Bar Council are eligible to appear for the test which will be held twice - in April and November from next year onwards. National Law School Vice-Chancellor Venkata Rao said: “The decision to hold the screening test was taken after a direction by the Supreme Court to look into enhancing quality of legal education in the country.”

The examination will be a multiple-choice question paper with students being given three-and-a-half hour to take the exam. Candidates appearing for the exam will be awarded only a pass or fail; no marks or grades will be awarded. Students will be allowed to bring in textbooks and reference material to answer the questions. The test will be conducted in nine languages including Kannada. The BCI has stated that the test would assess an advocate’s understanding of laws rather than on the ability to memorise large texts or rules from different areas of law.

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