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.