No Supreme Court relief for students on law courses

BCI rule on upper age limit stays.
NEW DELHI: In a setback to students intending to study law course, the Supreme Court on Friday refused to interfere with the Bar Council of India (BCI)’s rule fixing the upper age limit for three and five-year law courses, viz 30 and 20 years.
A bench of Justices J.S. Khehar and Rohinton Nariman dismissed two appeals against the Madras HC judgment quashing the BCI notification removing the age restriction.
The bench told petitioners’ counsel that since the high court had only stated that BCI had not followed the procedure as mandated, it is now open to BCI to follow the
procedure and remove the age restriction.
The HC while qashing the resolution had held that BCI amended clause 28 under schedule-iii to rule 11 of the Rules of Legal Education, 2008 without following the procedure. Till the academic year 2008-2009 there was no upper age limit for admission to law courses. From 2009 as per these rules, the maximum age for admission into a stream of integrated Bachelor of Law degree programme (5 year duration), the age has been limited to 20 years for General category applicants and 22 years for SC, ST and Other Backward Communities candidates, and 30 years for three-year course.

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