Supreme Court Directs BCI to Reconsider Upper Age Limit for LLB Course Admission

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March 13, 2019

In a case (Rishabh Duggal v. Bar Council of India & anr.)  taken up by Two-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Apex Court has directed the Bar Council of India to reconsider the upper age limit for admission into LLB courses.

The Court’s direction can be accessed here.

“We consider it appropriate in the interest of justice to permit the Bar Council of India to reconsider the age limit after hearing the various stakeholders, including the petitioner.”

While passing the aforesaid direction the Bench was of the view that there was no age to acquire education and that children belonging to the economically weaker section would be disadvantaged by the upper age limit. The impugned direction comes in response to Clause 28 of Rules of Legal Education providing for the Age of Admission.

According to the Clause the maximum age for seeking admission into a stream of integrated Bachelor of law degree program, is limited to twenty years in case of general category of applicants and to twenty two years in case of applicants from SC, ST and other Backward communities.

Similarly, the maximum age for seeking admission into a stream of Three Year Bachelor Degree Course in Law, is limited to thirty years with right of the University to give concession of 5 further year for the applicant belonging to SC or ST or any other Backward Community.

The provision has been challenged by the Petitioners of being arbitrary and in contravention of fundamental right of students under Articles 14, 19(1)(g) and 21 of the Constitution.