The Rules will come into effect from the date notified by the BCI.
As for the entrance test, it states that “until the PGCETL is introduced the present system followed by respective Universities shall be followed. Once the BCI introduces PGCETL it shall be mandatory to admit the students from the merit list of the Test.”
Does This Affect Foreign LL.Ms?
The Rules state in order to be considered for equivalence, LL.M degrees obtained from foreign universities must be taken only after obtaining the LL.B. degree from any foreign or Indian University which is equivalent to the recognized LL.B. degree in India.
It further states that one year LL.M obtained from any foreign University is not equivalent to Indian LL.M. However, one year LL.M degree obtained after an equivalent LL.B. degree from any highly accredited Foreign University may entitle the person concerned to be appointed as a visiting professor in an Indian University for at least a year. The experience of one year of teaching along with a one-year LL.M would be equivalent to an Indian LL.M.
What Else Do These Rules Talk About?
These rules also mention how to conduct the LL.M program; training of paralegals and technology and court management courses; and faculty training. It also introduces of Fellowship of the Bar Council of India, and Executive LL.M Programs.
We’ll be covering all these in detail in the coming articles.