Those planning to pursue law as a career must be wondering if they should take up 3 year aw or 5 year law. There have been endless debates about the same. Well, after recent developments, the debate might end forever.


The Madras High Court has asked BCI (Bar Council of India) to stop 3-year law degree courses in India at the earliest. The judge said that only 5-year law courses must be retained in the country. This will bring law as a stream at par with other professional courses like medicine and engineering.

The observation was made by Justice N Kirubakaran while passing an interim order on a criminal original petition by one S M Anantha Murugan seeking a direction to prevent intrusion of persons having criminal antecedents without studying Bachelor of Law Degree.

He said that abolishing three-year law degree courses would make the law degree course a serious one like other 4-5 year professional courses.

The Bar Council of India has been asked to direct all law colleges to get police verification certificates of students before admitting them. Students with pending cases should not be admitted at all, he said.

To maintain quality of law graduates, he said that the number of seats in law colleges should be drastically reduced as the population of advocates is increasing disproportionately.

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Justice N Kirubakaran, in a 112-page order, suggested some sweeping changes in the functioning of Bar Council of India (BCI). The court suggested handing over of the BCI's functions to an expert body headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court permanently or till suitable amendments are made in the Advocates Act.

Besides, the committee should nominate academicians, legal luminaries, prominent social workers, retired IAS officers, police officers and doctors as members, the interim order said.

Justice N Kirubakaran, in his 14 directions suggested that amendments must be made in the Advocates Act or new provision prohibiting entry of criminals, and communal and extremist elements into the profession must be introduced.

He said that BCI should direct the State Bar Councils to withdraw the recognition/approval given to various Bar Associations or Advocates Associations for the past 20 years maintaining one Court-one Bar Association. This would however not be valid for older associations (older than 20 years).

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