There is a bad news for law aspirants as the Bar Council of India (BCI) has mandated Advocates Act of 1961, after which, there will be an age bar for the students.
Age limitation norm:
- The age limitation was first noticed in a Government of India gazette notification in March, 2009. The report mentioned that the upper age limit for admissions in LLB three-year course was 30 years and LLB five-year course was 20 years
- This norm was as per Clause 28
- In 2013, the BCI withdrew the Clause 28 vide resolution No. 200/2013. It eventually relieved the students from this upper age limit restriction
However, it was later challenged before the Madurai Bench of the High Court of Madras, which called the withdrawal illegal.
Following this, BCI challenged the allegation before the Supreme Court and received the Special Leave Appeal in November 2015
Finally, on September 19, 2016, a circular was released in which Supreme Court dismissed the petitions challenging Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) for law, reported The Hindu
On August 29, the apex court asked a response from both the Bar Council of India and the Maharashtra government.