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The latest press release clarifies that final year students of 3-year LL.B and 5-year LL.B courses would be allowed to appear for online examinations. Alternative permissible methods of promotion have also been provided
The Bar Council of India (BCI) has issued guidelines for the promotion of law students to the next year and the conduct of law exams amid the COVID-19 crisis.
In this regard, it has been clarified that all students, except final year law students, would be promoted to the next year on the basis of the previous year’s marks and marks obtained in the internal examination of the current year.
As far as final year law students pursuing the 5-year or 3-year law programmes are concerned, it is stated:
Final year students of 3-year and 5-year LL.B courses may be allowed to appear for online examinations.
Alternatively, the Universities may adopt any other appropriate method which they feel is adequate to satisfy the requirements of regular examination. Under this system the University may allow students to write a project report/research paper for each paper of final year or they may adopt a full proof method to double the internal marks of the semester exams already held for such year.
Final year LL.B students have not cleared all papers of the previous years and are required to sit in the supplementary examination, but who have been promoted to final year may be allowed to write a project report or appear in online examination with regard to the pending/ supplementary papers, so that they could also pass within time.
As far as students other than those in the final year are concerned, today's notice also states that on the reopening of the Universities, the end semester exam with respect to the year from which they have been promoted must be conducted within a reasonable period of time.
In the meanwhile, however, the promoted students can continue to study in the year to which they have been promoted following the BCI's direction today.
However, it adds, " if they are unable to pass/clear any such paper of such end semester exam of the year from which they have been promoted, they shall have to clear the same, before they are granted the degree."
Further, where the students have been promoted to the final year by virtue of these directions, they shall have to pass all papers in order to obtain their degree/s.
Directions have also been issued to ensure that the University maintains requisite COVID-19 protocol and follows the norms of social distancing on campus, and that all class rooms and examination halls are properly sanitized to protect the safety and health of the students. The BCI also adds that the Universities should maintain the highest academic standards while conducting exams.
These directions have been issued following a review by the Legal Education Committee headed by former Supreme Court judge, Justice (retd.) AP Mishra earlier today.