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SC Declines PIL for Direct Entry into Three-Year LL.B. Courses Post-School

SC Declines PIL for Direct Entry into Three-Year LL.B. Courses Post-School

On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) requesting permission for students to pursue three-year LL.B. courses immediately after completing school.

Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, along with Justice JB Pardiwala, stated from the beginning that they disagreed with the notion that school students should only undergo three years of legal education before entering the legal profession.

"Why have a three-year course at all...can start practice after high school only!...If you ask me five years (of legal studies) is also less...For us it was BA for three years and then law...We need mature people coming into the profession...This five years course has proven to be very beneficial," CJI Chandrachud remarked today, during the hearing.

Eventually, the Court permitted the petitioner to withdraw the PIL.

Currently, law courses offered immediately after school have a duration of five years (five-year BA/BCom/BBA LL.B.). Alternatively, individuals can pursue a three-year LL.B. program after completing a Bachelor's degree.

In his PIL, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested directions from the Supreme Court to the Central government and the Bar Council of India (BCI) to establish an expert committee. The committee's task would be to evaluate the possibility of permitting three-year LL.B. programs immediately after high school.

Upadhyay contended that the current five-year course duration is influenced by expensive colleges. He also highlighted that civil servants can commence their careers immediately after completing their undergraduate studies. Additionally, a second plea made in his petition was to direct the Central government, the Bar Council of India (BCI), and the Consortium of the National Law Universities to develop a comprehensive roadmap aimed at attracting top talent to the legal profession.

The PIL was filed by Advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey on behalf of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.

During today's hearing, Senior Advocate Vikas Singh represented Upadhyay and argued that permitting students to pursue a three-year law course after school could benefit not only girl students but also those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Accordingly, the plea was withdrawn.

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