After the introduction of the five-year integrated Law programme, a wide-scale demand seems to bring potential for Law courses at the university.

Over 1700 applications have been received by the University of Delhi since the induction of the 5-year integrated programme for Law. There is much competition after it was revealed by the university that only a total of 120 seats are being offered for the first batch.

The classes for the two courses that are being offered, BA LLB and BBA LLB, are set to begin on November 10. The classes shall be held temporarily at the Faculty of law in North Campus as of now; later, the specific permanent location shall be decided.

The determination of admissions shall be through CLAT scores, and the university strives to complete the admission process soon. It is noted that the Bar Council of India approved the five-year integrated programme on July 26th, this year, after the university was planning to introduce the course.

Hindustan Times reported:

There were over 1,700 applications for 120 seats, proving that there is a demand among students. Admissions, which are based on CLAT scores, will be completed soon. We aim to begin classes by November 10,

said Prakash Singh, director of DU’s South Campus.

Earlier this year, in August, a student filed a petition in Delhi High Court for the university to consider Common University Entrance Test (CUET) scores instead of CLAT scores for admission in the course. In September, the High Court granted permission to the University to conduct admissions on the basis of CLAT scores. The registration for the same began on September 27 and ended on October 12.

We have not done away with the three-year law course since it is a sought-after course. The new course is an add-on, keeping in mind the growing demand among students.

said Professor Anju Vali Tikoo, dean of the Faculty of Law.

Some of the faculty professors have questioned the fee structure of the programmes, which is Rs. 1,90,000 per year and might not be affordable to many.

“Naturally, the courses will be slightly more expensive than regular courses, as it has all the facilities being provided by other law colleges, such as international exposure, placements, and moot court competitions, among others,”

said Professor Tikoo.

Students whose parental income is Rs. 4 lakh or less per annum shall be eligible for a 90% waiver in tution fee, and those with a parental income of more than Rs. 4 lakh and less than Rs. 8 lakh shall be eligible for a 50% waiver.

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DU LLB aspirants complained that most of the CUET paper had mathematics-based questions, while questions based on legal studies hardly featured in the test.

Many applicants for the three-year LLB programme have complained that the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) test featured more questions about mathematics than their chosen field. The same has been true this year for a number of other programmes, including African studies and library sciences.

Several aspirants claimed that 75% of the paper had mathematics based questions, while featuring hardly any questions on legal studies. It had been reported that a separate paper had not been assigned for LLB aspirants and that they would have to give a general paper. Many students complained that they were being asked about terms like “dot matrix printer”.

“There were around 12 questions that covered general knowledge and legal aspects. Around 20 were related to English, which law aspirants can attempt. Beyond that, everything was high-level mathematics. As a law aspirant, I don think this will help us in any way.” said Muskan Jain, a graduated from Dyal Singh College, in conversation with the Times of India.

With several questions being beyond their purview in the entrance test conducted on June 8, many students say that they have given up hope of getting into Delhi University and will now have to fall back on private universities. Expressing her disappointment, Jain further added,

“I had taken a gap year, and I cannot afford to miss another year. I will probably have to give up on my plans for DU. This is really disappointing.”

Another aspirant, Lisa Kukreja, who graduated with a BA (H) in English from Sri Venkateswara College told TOI,

“The question paper was filled with mathematics-based questions and that too on the lines of what one would expect for RBI entrance or UPSC. DU has obviously been my first preference as it is a leading central university. But with the current status of the exam, I will have to look for a private university.”

Topics like Language Comprehension, General Knowledge and Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, and Computer Basics were to be covered in the question paper in accordance with the CUET 2023 LLB Syllabus. However, candidates for this programme claimed the otherwise.

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Vanshika Ahuja

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The B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education) and LLB (Bachelor of Law) entrance examinations of the University of Delhi (DU) have come under condemnation as allegations of blatant cheating and maladministration of the examinations have been flagged.

The invigilators of the LLB examination, held on the 18th of June 2018, were allegedly lax in their invigilation, thereby giving liberty to the candidates to cheat. On the other hand, candidates who had appeared for the entrance exam for B. Ed on the same date claimed that the servers at the Ojas Institute of Management, the exam center in Rohini, had crashed.

As told by a DU graduate Ishan Patel, while the exam was slated to begin at 4 p.m. and end by 6 p.m., most candidates did not submit their papers until 8 p.m. This was seen as unfair to the candidates who had appeared for the same examination from other centers and had thus received relatively lesser time. However, these allegations were dismissed by an official at the institute who asserted, “There was no such problem at our end. It was a minor issue which was later resolved.”

Regarding these claims of mismanagement, complaints have been made to the DU administration by the General Secretary of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) Mahamedhaa Nagar.

In conversation with DU Beat, Mahamedhaa remarked, “I know of many candidates whose relatives were owners or shareholders of the institutes where the entrances were held. This offered favorable circumstances for candidates to indulge in illicit activities. I have also been informed of cases wherein the servers had stopped working and the candidates received only 45 minutes to write their papers. And when these students complained, they were told Tu Itna Intelligent Hota Toh 45 Minutes Mein Hi Kar Leta. (If you were intelligent enough, then you would have been able to complete the paper within 45 minutes itself.”

In the phone call conversation, Nagar added, “I do acknowledge that even when entrances are conducted in the university’s colleges, certain candidates manage to get the papers leaked. But then, those have been rare cases wherein the miscreants needed enormous resources and a lot of contacts. But now, when entrance exam centers are allotted to private institutes, the candidates are able to ‘buy’ the invigilators in just INR 10,000.”

Complaints of maladministration of the examination were also reported from the Babu Banarsi Das Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Ankit, a former student of Science at DU, had reached the center early to avoid any mishaps. However, the exam was delayed by almost an hour.

Expressing concern regarding the state of affairs, Midrash Mathew, the National Spokesperson of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), told the DU Beat correspondent, “A lot of things have gone wrong with the examination system. Instead of holding these entrances in private institutes, it would have been better had they been held in the colleges within the University. That would have provided a more conducive environment for the conduction of exams.”

To unearth how the DU administration was responding to these criticisms, the DU Beat correspondent called up the office of the Deputy Proctor of DU, situated opposite to the Department of Botany in North Campus. However, the countless calls and the innumerable emails went unanswered. Nevertheless, sources have noted a senior official working in the administrative quarters of DU as saying, “We have systems in place that would allow students to get clarity on their exams and we are further improving the systems.”

Notwithstanding the ambiguity of this statement, justice needs to be served to candidates whose futures have been trivialised by the incautious comportment of invigilators and examination centers of the LLB and B. Ed entrance examinations this year.

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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak
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On 18th May, the Delhi High Court refused to grant relaxation to a second-year law student from taking her fourth semester examination which commenced on 16th May due to low attendance. The Bar Council of India mandates at least 70% attendance for its professional course, but Ms. Ankita Meena could not attend classes in the fourth semester because of her advanced pregnancy.
Her lawyer stated that she was a regular and diligent student who could not attend classes due to health issues and the birth of her child but the Court refused to grant the relief in lieu of the provisions of Rules of Legal Education of the Bar Council of India and other High Court decisions. The student had relied on an ordinance of a chapter of the University of Delhi which reads, “in the case of a married woman student who is granted maternity leave, in calculating the total number of lectures delivered in the College or in the University, as the case may be, for her course of study in each academic year, the number of lectures in each subject delivered during the period of her maternity leave shall not be taken into account.” The petitioner had not applied for a maternity leave.
While speaking to a reputed newspaper, the Judge declared that once Rule 12 of Rules of Legal Education of the BCI prescribes a mandatory attendance of 70 per cent in each semester of LLB, no reliance can be placed on Rule 2 (9) (d) of Ordinance VII of Chapter III of Delhi University, which is a general provision that does not deal with a professional course like LLB.
The student’s counsels Ashish Virmani and Himanshu Dhuper then approached the apex court on 22nd May on an urgent basis but Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Navin Sinha denied her plea to appear for an exam on Wednesday afternoon. The Court sought the arguments of the University’s Council, who appeared before the court at 1 p.m. and by the time the hearing would have concluded, the exam would have gotten over which was at 2 p.m. on 23rd May.

However, The Supreme Court bench granted the liberty to the petitioner to seek the decision of Division Bench of Delhi High Court, where the case is already pending.


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The Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, asked the Law Faculty of the University of Delhi (DU) to scrap its policy of clubbing two categories.


Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, ordered the Law Faculty of the University of Delhi (DU) to fill the vacant 301 seats for the LLB course, based on the petition filed by a group of students who failed to get admission in the last academic year (2016-17), due to the varsity’s step of clubbing the 2,310 seats with 301 seats that are actually meant for the “supernumerary candidates”.

On 28th June, the court had passed an order permitting the admission of the 2,310 students, oblivious of the fact that the university had “erroneously included” the reserved seats as well.

The “supernumerary candidates” fall under a third category that includes Persons with Disabilities (PWD), Children and Widows of Armed Forces (CW) and the Foreign Nationals (FN). As reported to The Indian Express, the bench consisting of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar were quoted saying, “It is submitted that DU was required to admit 301 candidates in the reserved categories as supernumeraries over and above 2,310 seats”. It also came to their notice that this admission process has been in existence and in practice since the year 2008.

“It appears that this submission is incomplete….as the undisputed factual position placed before us is that since 2008 till 2015-16, DU was admitting 2,310 students as well as additional supernumerary candidates for the PWD/CW/FN”, the bench noted.

Furthermore, according to report, the cut-off date of 31st of August will not come as a restriction to the admission of the concerned candidates.

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In a surprise to the students preparing for the LLB entrance, the University has changed the syllabus and the pattern of the entrance examination for the LLB Course. According to this change, the number of questions for the offline exams has been reduced to 100 from 175. With the test scheduled to be held on 2nd July, the news comes as a shocker to the students who had been preparing according to the previous pattern.

According to the notification which came up on Saturday from the office of Dean Law Faculty, the new pattern will consist of  100 multiple choice questions on English language comprehension, general knowledge and current affairs, reasoning and analytical abilities and legal awareness in the aptitude test. This is in contrast to the previous pattern wherein a major portion used to be on Polity and Constitution which comprised of 50 questions in a paper of 175 questions. This section has been majorly scrapped in the new pattern.

As per a report in The Indian Express, a senior law faculty official mooted centralised University examination as the cause of the change. “As it is the university (which is) conducting the entrance along with other entrance based programmes so uniform question pattern was followed. We really cannot do anything about it”, he said.

While these changes are bound to create further anxiety in the student community, with less than 7 days to go for the exam, a current student of the Law Faculty does not see this the same way. In a dialogue with our correspondent, he opines “The university should have come up with these notifications earlier. However, this should not be a cause to panic as most of the aspirants do cover these newly introduced topics in the course of their preparations.”

This news comes in the light of the fact that the University has brought down the number of seats to 1,440 against 2,310 last year after concerns raised by the Bar Council Of India.


With inputs from The Indian Express.

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Nikhil Kumar

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On May 31st, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Centre, the University of Delhi (DU), and the Bar Council of India (BCI), seeking direction not to reduce the LLB seats in the University. The current intake of students is 2,310. Thus, the Delhi High Court asked the BCI to consider DU’s representation for increasing the seats in its LLB course and to take a decision by the evening of June 6th.

DU had sought permission to increase its seats for the law course, claiming it had improved its infrastructure and increased the strength of its teaching faculty. The Bench observed that the BCI had not capped the seats due to the lack of infrastructure, and therefore its improvement wouldn’t entitle DU to seek an increase in seats offered for the course. It, however, allowed DU to advertise for only 1,440 seats for its law course, like last year and said it would be subjected to the outcome of a plea seeking an increase of seats to 2,310. The order came during a hearing of a petition by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija, who claimed that many students, especially graduates, would be affected if the seats were reduced. The petition added that by reducing the number of seats, the public money, which is used to provide a grant to DU, was not being put to optimal use.

Last year, the DU students protested after reports surfaced on the suggestion by the BCI to trim down the number of seats for admission to the 2016-17 batches for LLB seats at the three law centers. Since 2014, the Law Faculty has been in trouble with the BCI for not following the council’s rules regarding infrastructure support and student intake.

The PIL sought a direction to strike down the clause 5 A of Schedule-III of Rules of Legal Education 2008 enacted by the BCI, claiming it was capricious and in blatant violation of fundamental rights. Under Rule 5 A, a law college can admit only 300 students each year. As the varsity has three law centers, it can have a total of 900 seats only. But, as an exception, BCI has allowed the varsity to admit additional 180 seats per center for reserved categories, the lawyers’ body told the court. Hence, the law aspirants are hoping for an increase in the number of seats in DU. After all, 2000 students should be accommodated if adequate infrastructure is made available to those aspiring to enroll in the varsity.


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The applications to DU LLB Program 2016 have been declared open. The application process that began on 28th April shall continue till 24th May, 2016. The application process is online and all relevant details regarding LLB Admissions 2016 are now available on the university website.

Step 1-

Details required to be filled in the registration form:

  1. Personal Details: Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number, E-Mail ID, etc.
  2. Uploading Photograph and Signature:
    (a) Photograph: A recent photograph- 100×130 px and not more than 50 KB in size
    (b) Signature: A recent signature- 140×60 px and not more than 50 KB in size
    (c) Identity Proof: An ID Proof (Self Attested) and not more than 100 KB in size
    (d) Matriculation Certificate: Self Attested Matriculation Certificate, not more than 100 KB in size
    Candidates will be required to keep a scanned copy of the aforementioned details in .jpg/.jpeg format.
  3. Check the inbox of the registered E-Mail ID after the registration process is completed to check for the Login ID and Password.

Direct link for registration and application form: http://admission.du.ac.in/pg16/index.php/site/login

Step 2-

  1. Filling the DU LLB Application form:
    After registration, candidates are required to fill DU LLB Application Form for the entrance exam. Candidates need to be careful about the details they fill in. No changes in the details on the application form can be filled after the payment of the fees.
  2. Application Fees:
    Application fees can now be paid in a fully online format.
    Category-wise fee structure-
    General Category- Rs. 500
    Reserved Categories (SC/ST)- Rs. 250
    Fees can be paid via Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking

Important Details-

  1. Candidates are advised to keep a check on the DU LLB Entrance Portal (http://admission.du.ac.in/pg16) for any changes.
  2. For each course, a separate form needs to be submitted.
  3. Information once filled cannot be changed.
  4. Only a single applicant can apply from one registration.
  5. The applicants should keep the following documents handy while filling the form:
    (a) Passport Size Photograph (min 140×130 px)
    (b) Signature (min 140×60 px)
    (c) ID Proof (Self Attested): Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card, Voter’s Identity Card, Passport are accepted.
    (d) Class 10th Certificate (Self attested, max size 100 KB)
    (e) Caste Certificate (Self Attested, max size 100 KB)

Important Dates-

Start Date of Online Registration 28th April, 2016
Closing Date of Online Registration 24th May, 2016
Dates for conduction of entrance exam 19th to 23rd June, 2016
Announcement of results of entrance exam On or before 4th July, 2016
Date to deposit admission fees (for shortlisted candidates) On or before 18th July, 2016
Commencement of Classes 20th July, 2016

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