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The Bar Council of India has just de-recognised GLC Mumbai + 3 city law colleges
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The Bar Council of India has just de-recognised GLC Mumbai + 3 city law colleges

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Admissions for the law course in Maharashtra, already facing a number of delays, are unlikely to be completed any time soon. As per a report in the Times of India, the Government Law College in Mumbai is among four city law colleges that have failed to pass the Bar Council of India’s accreditation standards.

The decision was an outcome of a BCI meeting held yesterday.

Confirming this decision, BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said,

“Large number of colleges in Maharashtra including GLC, Mumbai don’t have proper infrastructure and faculty.”

The four law colleges, which include KC College of Law, GJ Advani Law College, and JC College of Law, have reportedly not been able to comply with the minimum number of teachers required. As per this report in The Hindustan Times, around 64 law colleges across the state are facing a similar fate.

KC Law College is also one of the colleges that may have been hit by the BCI’s accreditation policies
KC Law College is also one of the colleges that may have been hit by the BCI’s accreditation policies

However, as per sources at the Government Law College, the BCI has not provided any written communication in this regard. In fact, the last time the BCI inspected GLC Mumbai was in 2013, and there had been no flags raised at that point of time.

On the other hand, Chairman Mishra claims that notices have been given to all these law colleges.

The ToI also reports that some of the colleges are considering legal action; if exercised, this option will certainly mean that the uncertainty over admissions will continue.

Held in June this year, the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test for Law was meant to streamline admissions for approximately 30,000 students spread across the state and country.

Much like the Common Law Admission Test, the CET attracted litigation in both, Aurangabad and Mumbai. In July this year, the Bombay High Court eventually dismissing challenges to the conduct of the exam.

However, things did not end there.

A few weeks after the High Court judgment, the state’s Directorate of Higher Education  released a revised tentative schedule for the post-exam admission process. This revised schedule too has seen a number of delays, leading to great confusion amongst the students.

The Bar Council of India’s decision will, no doubt, add to the uncertainty that is currently hovering over the future law graduates of Maharashtra.