Bar Council of India (BCI) is planning to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the interim stay on the age bar introduced for LLB courses from the current academic year.
In an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court, BCI, which governs standards of legal education in India, has backed its decision to introduce an age bar of 20 years for the five-year LLB course and of 30 years for the three-year LLB course from this year. High court is currently hearing two petitions challenging BCI’s move.
In May, the Andhra Pradesh High Court granted an interim stay on the BCI’s move. One of the petitioners before the Bombay High Court had filed an affidavit stating the order of the AP high court will be applicable across India.
BCI has stated that the age bar for LLB courses is necessary to raise the standard of the legal profession. Justifying its move, the BCI has stated that other professional courses like medicine and engineering too have an age limit for persons enrolling into courses.
The age bar, according to BCI, will ensure that “applicants choose their career at an early stage and concentrate on same and put all the efforts to acquire better knowledge and proficiency in the same”. It has stated that, “Retired people enrolling in law courses are not serious in their studies and do not have much to contribute to the legal profession,” and that professionals enrolling into LLB have an “unfair advantage” and “edge” over regular students owing to their contacts and thus corner briefs.