• Karnataka HC upholds denial of LLB seats to students from Open/Unrecognised Schools

    December 21, 2016

    The Karnataka High Court has dismissed petitions by students challenging their rejection for admission to law course on account of their ineligibility caused by qualifying degrees obtained through open universities or 10+2 certificates directly without foundation courses.The court affirmed the BCI’s authority for deciding qualification for admission to LLB, 3 years and integrated course.

    The petitioners had challenged their rejection and contended that the Advocates Act 1961, enables the BCI to frame rules and prescribe qualification for admission to law course, but it cannot decide the manner in which such qualification is acquired. They put forth such rules violate their fundamental rights granted under Articles 21 and 14 of the Constitution.

    Justice L Narayana Swamy rejected the claims and stated that authority of the BCI to regulate and control legal education, particularly with reference to entry of students into law course has already been affirmed by several high court rulings earlier.

    He further said that the apex court had already declared that the BCI is concerned with the standard of legal profession and legal education in the country, and the universities and the state governments concerned will have to act in terms of the regulations set down by the BCI.


    The legal profession is the backbone of the society. It is very important that the persons practicing as lawyers are qualified and experiences. The Bar Council has been entrusted with the authority to frame rules regarding the qualifications for admission in law courses. Denial of admission to students who have degrees from unrecognized schools is a smart move as flooding the system with inexperienced lawyers is only going to lower the authority and status of the legal system in the country.

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