The Bar Council of India (BCI) released the Certificate of Practise and Renewal Rules in 2014, indicating that an advocate must meet specific requirements to be enrolled as a Supreme Court lawyer. The following are the conditions:
Entrance Exam for Law Schools to Become Supreme Court Lawyers
The CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the most widely used admission exam for law students. So, if you want to be a lawyer, you should study for the CLAT entrance test with other law students because CLAT is how India’s premier law schools admit students. For any legal or legislative services, a bachelor’s degree in law is required. This would be the first rung on the road to attaining your ambition of working as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. To become a lawyer, you can choose one of two paths: a 5-year LLB integrated program or a 3-year LLB program.
To be registered as Supreme Court attorneys, attorneys must have a minimum of 5 years of post-qualification experience, including three years in the trial court and two years in the High Court. After that, he must undergo training under the supervision of an Advocate on Record (registered Supreme Court Lawyer).
Advocate-on-Record Exams at the Supreme Court:
Whoever possesses such post-qualification experience is eligible to sit for the test administered and controlled by the Supreme Court-appointed Board of Examiners.
After passing the test, the lawyer must open a registered office within a 10-mile radius of the Supreme Court of India and employ a registered clerk.
It is not simple to enroll in the Supreme Court because it is the highest court of practice for a lawyer. According to research, around 18% of all applicants who sit in this test pass.
Every year in May-June, the test is held.
The following are the specifics about the examination format and passing criteria:
- The test consists of four papers that are given over four days.
- To qualify, the candidate must score at least 50 percent on each paper and 60 percent overall.
- If a candidate receives less than 50 percent in one paper but 60 percent in the aggregate, he or she may rewrite that paper in the future test by paying the total examination fees.
- Suppose a candidate receives 50 percent on each paper but does not receive 60 percent overall. In that case, the candidate may rewrite any one piece of his or her choosing in the future test by paying the entire examination cost.
- A candidate will be given a maximum of five tries to take the test. Appearing for a single paper is also considered a possibility.
The four sets of the paper curriculum include: –
- SUPREME COURT PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – critical elements of the Indian constitution about the court’s jurisdiction, such as the Supreme Court Rules, Civil Procedure Code, Limitation Act, and Court Fees Act.
- DRAFTING – special leave petitions, decrees, orders, writs, petitions of appeal, plaint and written statement, review petitions, and so on.
- ADVOCATE AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS – Advocates Act, contempt of court cases, Bar Council of India Rules, and Supreme Court Rules
- LEADING CASES – These are the decisions in cases that changed the current legislation by amending, repealing, or adding new sections.