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Monday, November 29, 2010
From the very beginning there was a lack of foresight, planning, management and transparency in the whole exercise. Naturally, the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) failed to take off at the stipulated time on numerous occasions.
Now it has been proposed by the BCI to conduct the AIBE in the month of March, 2011 somewhere around first week of March (6th March, 2011 as per media reports). However, the problem still remains the same. As on date, the BCI is still not prepared to handle the issues of AIBE in general and “Professional Legal Education” (PLE) in particular.
By “Professional Legal Education”, we do not mean the graduation level Legal Education. Professional Legal Education is an altogether different ball game and some of its segments include the following:
(1) Legal Exams,
(2) Lifelong Learning,
(3) Techno Legal Trainings of lawyers, etc.
In the past, Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has sent many e-mails to BCI for Association, Collaboration and Tie Up requests regarding the Professional Legal Education in India. We are waiting for a “Response” from BCI in this regard.
As on the date of writing of this piece, the Website of BCI is down as the domain name of the same has not been renewed by BCI. The website may or may not come up again but if BCI decides to continue with its website, the same must be Rearranged, Reformulated and Properly Managed.
The present website of BCI was “Overburdened” by information that was not relevant for the BCI. Further, it also put issues like “Lifelong Learning, Professional Trainings and Education, Lawyer’s Trainings, Legal Research and Innovation, etc in a “Casual Manner”.
The BCI must start afresh in this regard with a “Clear and Effective Coordination” with the Law Ministry of India. Whatever “Roles and Responsibilities” it has been assigned, the same must be managed in a “Professional and Matured Manner”.
With this note, I/We wish BCI all the best and hope that in the year 2011 BCI would raise its standard so much that International Community would give example of the same.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
PTLB has bifurcated its techno legal courses. For cyber law training, coaching and internship, the students and professionals must use the PTLB’s Online Platform.
For Bar Examinations coachings and trainings, the students must use the Online Bar Examination Platform.
This has been done to provide highly customised and exclusively dedicated coaching and trainings to the concerned students. This way a more specialised coaching or training is also possible.
Any suggestions or comments are most welcome and you can send the same to us at the e-mail addresses mentioned at our websites.
Keep a close track of these resources as they would be updated very soon with crucial information.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
We wish to inform that since the dates of bar exams have been changed by the BCI, our training and coaching dates have also been changed. Now the training and coaching would be available from 1st October 2010 to 30th November 2010.
However, those who wish to have an earlier training and coaching than these dates can also contact us and we would arrange the same accordingly. Further, for those who wish to avail one month course only, that can also be done either before or during the present batch of bar exams training and coaching.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The final year law students need not to worry anymore regarding their internships and employment opportunities. Further, they also need not to worry about the lack of time for preparation.
The matter is before the Supreme Court of India and it would be decided on 14-05-2010. Only thereafter the modalities and requirements of Bar Examinations in India can be truly and accurately ascertained. We would update the students from time to time in this regard.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Having said that one cannot deny the difficulties and challenges that the BCI and others associated with the bar examination would face. On top of it are the fears and apprehensions of final year law graduates regarding the same. They have fears that their education at respective law school may not automatically empower them to clear the bar exams and they need some more time to exclusively prepare for the bar exam.
Here starts the real problem. If the bar examination is a sub standard one and is mere formality, it would fail to bring required legal reforms in India. On the other hand, if the exam is a real and effective one, the students must hone up their existing legal knowledge and acumen as the pattern of their study and exams at law colleges/schools may be different from that of bar exams.
I must confess that the burden is upon the BCI to tackle this arduous task effectively as well as graciously. On the one hand it has a greater responsibility towards the nation at large whereas on the other hand it must act as a guide and mentor for fresh law graduates. While the first task has been effectively taken up by the BCI the latter one, in my personal opinion, has been totally neglected by the BCI. Till now the BCI has not come up with a concrete plan regarding the bar exams. For instance, there is no information regarding the course contents, syllabus, dates of exam, authorities that would conduct the exams, suggested resources for preparation, institutions with whom it has tie ups, etc.
While PTLB and Bar Examination Segment of Perry4Law have taken a small but significant step in this direction yet the initiative must come from BCI itself. We have started an “Online Platform” where the registered students may have some guidance and insight regarding the course mentioned therein. This is a “Prototype” that may be adopted by BCI or the BCI may (if it thinks fit) rope us for their bar exams initiative.
Whatever the choice the BCI exercises, it has to keep in mind at least two things. Firstly, it has to arrange all the matters pertaining to bar exams precisely and efficiently. Secondly, it has to do this as soon as possible as the dissatisfaction and unrest among the final year students is increasing.
Perry4Law, PTLB and its other Segments wish all the best to the BCI and we have full faith in not only the intentions but also the potential of BCI to conduct bar exams effectively, efficiently and successfully.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
For those of us harbouring notions that Indians aren't entrepreneurial enough, think again. Previous posts highlighted an Indian bar exam in the offing. Despite the lack of any indication from the Bar Council as to what form such exam would take and the likely timelines for its implementation, we already have websites that are beginning to offer coaching for potential bar aspirants!
With coaching centres mushrooming this early in the game, we can be sure that is the next big money spinner in the "legal" arena.
The advent of such coaching centres ought to alert us to the fact that a bar exam cannot be a proxy for effective regulation and accreditation of proper law schools/colleges. For students would simply focus on such bar training through centres, without bothering about the quality of legal education that they receive from the various law schools/colleges.Secondly, a bar exam simply tests one for his/her capability to practice the law (whether in a court room or in an advisory capacity). A good legal education on the other hand ought to do much more in terms of encouraging one to think critically, drive social change etc . Lastly, the pass or fail rates at the bar exam may not be much of an indication for how good the candidates' law school or college is. Rather all it might tell us is how good or bad the particular bar exam coaching centre (that the candidate went to) is!
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