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The Pakistan Bar Council and the Provincial Bar Councils have completely failed to take any reasonable steps to improve the legal education system in Pakistan. The standards and norms of legal education in Pakistan have undoubtedly fallen due to the so-called legal negligence of the Provincial Bar Councils and the so-called Legal Education Committees of the Pakistan Bar Council.

The esteemed Supreme Court of Pakistan had to take steps that were to be taken by the Legal Education Committees of the Bar Councils to improve legal education in Pakistan. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan on September 8, 2018, in its judgment in CP No. 1134/2012, provided guidelines for the improvement of legal education in Pakistan. Since the Provincial Bar Councils and the Legal Education Committees of the Pakistan Bar Council have certainly failed to do anything to improve legal education in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has decided to ban evening classes of law colleges. And was barred from entering LLB’s three-year programs.

The esteemed Supreme Court of Pakistan has occasionally tried to resolve various issues with legal education. The esteemed court has pointed out several reasons for the decline of legal education but the court cannot provide a complete solution, as it is the duty of the Pakistan Bar Council to introduce and enforce rules to improve legal education in Pakistan. The incompetence of the Legal Education Committees of the Provincial Bar Councils is evident from the fact that the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan had to introduce special equivalency examination for the Graduate and Law Graduate Assessment Test (LAW-GAT) for foreign universities. ۔ Want to enroll in a bar to improve legal education in Pakistan.

Surprisingly, despite clear guidelines from the Supreme Court of Pakistan, provincial bar councils are uninterruptedly issuing licenses for a two-year “Fast Track / Graduate Entry” LLB degree and one-year Law Diploma Certification. Law students in Pakistan will have to pass at least 12 courses/subjects after completing 3-4 consecutive years of full-time university, accordingly after completing 3-4 years of continuous full-time university and at least After passing 12 courses/subjects, the law graduate is eligible to obtain a license to practice law in the lower courts of Pakistan, however, under the name of “London University External Program” “Fast Track Graduate Admission Route”. It offers an LLB degree. A two-year LLB degree can be obtained by passing only 9 courses/subjects in two years.

It is noteworthy that the Indian Bar Council and other Commonwealth countries do not consider qualifying or practicing a “2-year LLB degree”. In addition, a 2-year LLB degree law student in the UK is not allowed to practice law in UK courts unless they are in a one-year “BPTC” or “LPC” program. Do not enroll, as a result, the law requires a student with a 2-year LLB degree in the UK to obtain a license to practice law in the UK with a “BPTC” or “LPC” Will have to pass 12 more subjects.

Surprisingly, Pakistan’s provincial bar councils are recklessly issuing licenses for one-year diploma certification and two-year LLB degree, which is against the Bar Council Legal Education Rules 2015 and thus legal practitioners, and This is contrary to the Bar Council Act, 1973. Continuous violation of the standard of legal education in Pakistan.
Furthermore, the fact that provincial bar councils do not have a mechanism in place to verify the law students’ LLB degree or its transcripts or to check/verify the criminal records of law students, resulting in provincial Bar councils are issuing licenses without verification of criminal records of law students. To make matters worse, under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973, at least two years of experience in district courts with an interview, prior to issuing a license to practice, is a mere formality. Has done High courts. There are virtually no barriers or selection criteria for licensing any law graduate to practice before our courts. Times

Councils are more involved in politics than organizing legal education.

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