The Madhya Pradesh High Court upheld Bar Council of India’s decisions of allowing students to take their internships only during vacation, not compromising their academics.
This was held in the case of Abhishek Sharma v. Bar Council of India and Another (WRIT PETITION No. 23315 of 2022), the case was presided over by Justice Rohit Arya and Justice Milind Ramesh Phadke.
FACTS OF THE CASE
The Bar Council of India issued a circular dated 11.09.2014 addressing the Registrar of all the Universities imparting legal education, Principals of all Law Colleges and the Secretaries of all the State Bar Councils, informing the colleges that law students can only take internship in Law Firms and senior advocates only during their vacation period and not when their academic session is on-going.
In this case a law student took exception of this circular.
JUDGEMENT OF THE CASE
The Madhya Pradesh upheld the decision of Bar Council of India and dismissed the writ petition, stating that-
Upon perusal of the aforesaid circular, we find that the submission advanced is misplaced and misdirected.
Even if the said circular is tested on the anvil of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, then also it is found to be in conformity thereof.
If law students are required to undergo internship when the academic session is not on, no exception thereto can be taken. Instead, it is in aid of the law students who will not have to sacrifice their academic sessions, for the purposes of completion of the internship.
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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY VYSHNAVI KRISHNAN.