Can Universities modify provision regarding marks for Moot Court exercises without amendment to BCI Rules? Karnataka HC asks BCI
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Can Universities modify provision regarding marks for Moot Court exercises without amendment to BCI Rules? Karnataka HC asks BCI

"Some students may want to seek admission in foreign Universities, nobody should suffer...We have to secure the future of law students", the Court observed.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today directed the Bar Council of India (BCI) to clarify whether law universities can be permitted to modify the existing provision regarding assigning of marks for Moot Court exercises without amending the BCI Rules (Gautam R v. Bar Council of India).

The direction came in a plea seeking to do away with compulsory clinical courses such as Moot Court exercises and internships for law students amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Alok Aradhe stated,

"The question is whether, without amending the statutory rules, can the Universities be permitted to make modification to a provision regarding assigning marks in observance of trials (civil and criminal) and observing interview sessions of clients at lawyers' office. The Bar Council of India needs to clarify the issue for the sake of future of the law students. BCI will also have to state whether power of relaxation, if any has been excercised by it."

Karnataka High Court

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