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The age- bar at law schools.

A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court challenging the Bar Council of India Rule (Rule 28) that states that no person shall be admitted to a 5 year LLB course if he or she is above the age of 20 and to a 3 year LLB course if above the age of 30.

Yasmin Tavaria, the petitioner who enrolled for a 3 year LLB course at the age of 42 and was denied admission states,

 “commitment to the profession and age can never be inversely related to each other and that the age of a person has no bearing on the degree of commitment with which he or she would pursue a profession.”

IIM’s and other professional institutions are doing away with the age bar; perhaps it is time that law schools do away with them too.

I wish I could aptly descibe in words to the readers as to my experience at Law School, but I can’t. There are times when I can answer questions, but there are others when despite knowing the answer you wouldn’t want to give it out (and where’s my modesty gone?). For those who want to know how Law school works, this video gives a good picture.

I also would suggest readers to visit A Public Defender on the 10 things you don’t learn at law school.


Manojna just tells me about a paper by Duncan Kennedy on “Legal Education as Training for Hierarchy” that gives a good idea of how law schools work. The link for the paper is here.