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  PURSUING AND PRACTISING LAW AS LAWYER:  
 

Courses and Duration:
There are various Law schools and Universities in India who offer several academic programs in Law. The duration of the courses may be of 5 years or 3 years. One can either pursue a three year law course (LLB) after graduation in any discipline or a five year course after 12th standard examinations, leading to a BA LLB (Hons). LLB courses are sponsored by the Bar Council of India. P.G. Programmes in law (LLM) are of 2 years duration and eligibility is LL.B. degree. There are various branches of specialization in law like civil law, corporate law, criminal law, income tax law, international law, labour law, constitutional law and patent law etc. In addition to LL.B. and LLM degree, many Universities and Institutes also offer other Diploma courses in several disciplines of law which are of the duration 1 year or even 6 months and which can be utilized to gain specialized knowledge in a particular field.

Generally, the eligibility for LLB is on the basis of marks scored at the graduation examinations. However, there are some Colleges and Universities conduct entrance tests too. Further, the law aspirants may also appear for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) (http://www.clat.ac.in/about_clat.php). The CLAT was introduced in the year 2008 and is an all India entrance examination conducted by 11 National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).

LIST OF SOME LAW INSTITUTES IN INDIA AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

1.NLSIU, BANGALORE (Established in 1988).

Seats:80
Address: Post Bag No. 701, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560072.
Ph No.- 080-23213160.
Website: www.nls.ac.in

2. NALSAR, HYDERABAD

(Established in 1998)
Seats: 80
Address: 3-4,761, Barkatpura, Hyderabad-500027.
Ph. No. – 040-27567955
Website: www.nalsaruniv.org

3.NLIU, BHOPAL

(Established in 1997)
Seats : 80
Address: Bhadbhada Road, Barkheri Kalan, Bhopal-462002.
Ph. No.-0755-2696965
Website: www.nliu.edu

4.SYMBIOSIS LAW COLLEGE, PUNE

(Established in 1977)
Seats 200
Address: Senapati Bapat Road,  Pune-411004
Ph. No. -020-2565514
Website: www.sym-law.ac.in

5. FACULTY OF LAW, D.U. DELHI

(Established in 1924)
Seats: 1500
Address: Dehi-110007.
Ph. No. – 011-2667765
Website: www.du.ac.in

6. ILS LAW COLLEGE, PUNE

(Established in 1924)
Seats: 240 seats for 3 years LLB and 400 seats for 5 years LLB)
Address: Law College Road, Pune-411004.
Ph. No. -020-25656775
Website: www.ilslaw.edu

7. FACULTY OF LAW, BHU, BENARAS

(Established in 1916)
Seats: 275
Address: Varansi-221005
Ph. No. – 0542-2369018
Website: www.bhu.ac.in

8. AMITY LAW SCHOOL, DELHI

(Established in 1999)
Seats: 80
Address: Yasho Bhawan, Okhala Road, Delhi-110025
Ph. No.-011-26325901
Website: www.amity.edu

9. UNIVERSITY LAW COLLEGE, BANGALORE UNIVERSITY, BANGALORE

(Established in 1948)
Seats: 80
Address: Palace Road, Bangalore-560001
Ph. No. 080-22262137

10. NUJS, KOLKATA

(Established in 1999)
Seats: 80
Address:  12 LB Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098
Ph. No.- 033-2335 7379
Website: www.nujs.edu

11.National Law School & Judicial Academy, Guwahati, Assam

(Established in 2011)
Seats: 60
Address: 6, Bhuban Road Uzan Bazar Guwahati - 781 001 Assam (India)
Ph. No. : 0361-2738981
Website: www.nluassam.ac.in


LIST OF LAW COLLEGES IN ASSAM

• B.R.M. GOVT. LAW COLLEGE GUWAHATI
• NEF LAW COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
• NERIM LAW COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
• DIPHU LAW COLLEGE DIPHU
• A. K. CHANDA LAW COLLEGE SILCHAR
• DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY LAW COLLEGE, DIBRUGAH
• JORHAT LAW COLLEGE, JORHAT
• NORTH LAKHIMPUR LAW COLLEGE, NORTH LAKHIMPUR
• TINSUKIA LAW COLLEGE, TINSUKIA
• UNIVERSITY LAW COLLEGE, GAUHATI UNIVERSITY, GUWAHATI
• BARPETA LAW COLLEGE, BARPETA
• DHUBRI LAW COLLEGE, DHUBRI
• TEZPUR LAW COLLEGE TEZPUR, P.O.NAPAAM SONITPUR
• GOALPARA LAW COLLEGE, GOALPARA
• BONGAIGAON LAW COLLEGE, BONGAIGAON
• NOWGONG LAW COLLEGE, NAGAON
• DISPUR LAW COLLEGE DISPUR
• KOKRAJHAR LAW COLLEGE, KOKRAJHAR
• MANGALDAI LAW COLLEGE MANGALDAI
• J. B. LAW COLLEGE GUWAHATI, ASSAM
• NALBARI LAW COLLEGE, NALBARI, ASSAM
• KARIMGANJ LAW COLLEGE,KARIMGANJ,ASSAM

Procedure for enrolment of a person obtained Law Degree as Advocate:

Any person having obtained a degree of law from an University recognized by the Bar Council by prosecuting a regular course of study may apply to the respective State Bar Council under whose jurisdiction the applicant proposes to practice for enrolment as an advocate under Advocate Act, 1961. A person who is convicted of an offence involving moral turpitude or under the provisions of Untouchability (Offences) Act, 1955 or is dismissed or removed from employment or office under the State on any charge involving moral turpitude shall be disqualified for enrolment for a period of 2 years from the date of his release or dismissal or as the case may be of removal. As per the Advocates Act, there is a Bar Council of India at the Centre and there are State Bar Councils in the States. So far North Eastern Region comprising of States of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim is concerned there is one Bar Council and the said Bar Council office is situated in the 2nd Floor of the Gauhati High Court, Panbazar, Guwahati-781001, Post Box No. 182. The Phone Nos. of the Bar Council are 0361-2544663, 2734840, 099545-46004. The Fax No. 0361-2544663. The website of the Bar Council are follows:-

website: www.barcouncilassametc.org
email: barcouncilofassametc@yahoo.in

Presently Sri Dharma Ranjan Gogoi, is the Chairman of the Bar Council, Sri Sailendra Das is the Vice-Chairman and Sri M.C. Bhuyan is the Secretary of the Bar Council. Under Section 25 of the Advocates Act, an application for admission of an Advocate is to be made in the prescribed form to the State Bar Council within whose jurisdiction the applicant proposes to practise. As stated earlier so far North Eastern Region is concerned the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim is the jurisdictional Bar Council and the Bar Council has prescribed a form which can be procured from the office of the Bar Council or it can be downloaded from the website maintained by the Bar Council. The columns in the aforesaid Form are to be filled up and the declaration is to be signed by the candidate / applicant who wants his/her enrolment and to affix the passport size photograph on the Form.

THE FOLLOWING ARE REQUIRED TO BE FILED /DEPOSITED ALONGWITH ENROLMENT
APPLICATION
  • Attested copy of LL.B. Certificate (Provisional or Final) issued by the University.

  • Attested copy of H.S.L.C./equivalent certificate issued by the Board/University.

  • Two Certificates in original from two advocates about applicant’s character, ability for enrolment & Nationality.

  • Attested copy of the certificate from the competent authority, if applicant is a member of Scheduled Caste/Tribe.

  • Attested copy of the certificate of the principal of the Law College in which he/she had prosecuted the study of law.

  • Nationality (To be supported by an Affidavit).

  • 7.Two Bank Drafts:-

    a) For Rs.600/- (Rupees 100/- for Scheduled Caste/Tribe Candidates) Draft in favour of the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

    (b) For Rs.150/- (25/- for Scheduled Caste/Tribe Candidate) Draft in favour of the Bar Council of India.

  • Rs.1000/- in Cash/Draft in favour of Bar Council of India Advocates Welfare Fund Committee for the State of Assam as contribution for life towards Advocates Welfare Fund alongwith a signed Form under Rule 40, to be collected alongwith the Application Form.

  • Development Fee Rs.1000/- in Cash/Draft in favour of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

  • Three copies of recent passport size photographs of the Applicant- one copy to be attested by Notary or by a Gazetted Officer and the other two self attested.

  • If in service, order of release from service form the competent authority. If engaged in any trade or other avocation or employment, an affidavit declaring abandonment to the same. Enrolment Committee may require further materials/affidavit to ascertain the eligibility of the applicant for enrolment.

  • Rs.600/- in Cash/Draft in favour of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, etc. towards the cost of Enrolment Form. Draft to be drawn on Guwahati Branch of any Nationalised Bank.

  • Rs.100/- in Cash/Draft in favour of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, etc. towards administrative expenses including registration charges and for copy of the Rules regarding standards of professional conduct and etiquette.

  • Rs.100/- in Cash/Draft in favour of Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, etc. and two stamp size photographs (self attested) for Identity Card.
  • To submit an affidavit stating that all the documents annexed to the Enrolment Application are genuine and correct.

After the submission of the form alongwith all the documents, the form is scrutinized by the office and if any defect is found, the candidate is informed about the same to that effect and if it is found to be in order, the same is placed before a committee of 3 members which is constituted under the Act and is called as Enrolment Committee and in such committee if it found all the details furnished by the applicant are in order, it may pass an order for enrolment of the said applicant and thereafter the Certificate of Enrolment is prepared which is signed by the Chairman and countersigned by the Secretary of the Bar Council. On receipt of the certificate the applicant becomes an Advocate.

Normally an Advocate is the person who is recognized to practise but Bar Council of India may impose any other qualification for the same and in this respect, the Bar Council of India had framed a rule namely, All India Bar Examination Rules, 2010, as per which person enrolled as an Advocate is to appear in an examination, namely All India Bar Examination and upon successfully passing the Bar Examination, the said Advocate shall be entitled to a certificate of practice and thereafter he can start practice in Courts and elsewhere.