For those who want to enroll as advocated with the BCI have to pay an enrolment fee of Rs 600 to their respective SBC and Rs 150 to the BCI.
The Bar Council of India (BCI), headquartered at Delhi, is a constitutional body formed under the Advocates Act, 1961, which regulates and controls the legal education and legal practice in India. The Council proposes professional conduct standards and propriety, and exercises disciplinary jurisdiction. It also establishes legal education standards and gives recognition to universities offering law degrees and also provide the needed qualification for aspirants to enroll themselves as advocates on completion of graduation in law.
The Council comprises of members chosen from the law fraternity in India.
Section 7 of the Advocates Act, 1961, specifies the BCI representative and regulatory directive for legal education as well as the legal profession within India. The functions of the BCI are:
The Advocates Act, 1961, Section 24, states the qualifications of an individual permitted to enroll in the BCI. This section stipulates that conditional on the Act’s provisions and the rules framed, an individual shall be qualified and eligible to be enrolled as an advocate on a State roll if he/she meets the prerequisites as below
At present, an individual who desires to get enrolled as an advocate has to rst clear the BCI exam. Subsequently, the person can enrol himself/ herself under any State Bar Council (SBC). Eligible individuals are admitted as advocates on the rolls of the SBCs. The Advocates Act empowers SBCs to formulate their own rules concerning the enrolment of advocates. The Council’s enrolment committee will examine a candidate’s application.
Different SBCs have framed their own rules concerning enrolment as an advocate. Nevertheless, many of the SBCs require candidates to apply together with their law degree and mark sheets along with a judicial stamp paper and necessary fees.
For those who want to enroll as advocated with the BCI have to pay an enrolment fee of Rs 600 to their respective SBC and Rs 150 to the BCI. These payments must be made through separate demand drafts.
Those admitted as advocates by any SBC are eligible to take the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) that is conducted by the BCI. Passing the AIBE grant state-enrolled advocates with a Certificate of Enrolment (COE) that facilitates them in practicing law as an advocate in any lower court and High Court within the Indian territory.
AIBE is a national level exam which is organised by the BCI and has been designed with ful lling
the objective to assess the capability of advocates who have a strong desire to practice law in
India. This examination is conducted semi-annually and tests advocates on procedural and
substantive law. The AIBE will appraise skills at a fundamental level and x a minimum benchmark
for admission to practice law. After passing the examination, the candidate will be awarded
Certificate of Practice (CoP) by the BCI, and they become eligible to practice law in India.
The eligibility perquisites for the AIBE is set by the BCI. If the BCI realises that an applicant is unqualified, then their application will be disqualified. Therefore, candidates must check the AIBE eligibility perquisites prior to lling the application form. The eligibility criteria that candidates must know prior to applying for the AIBE exam are
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