The Bar Council of India has scrapped the one-year LL.M course which was introduced in India in 2013.

According to the new BCI Legal Education Rules, 2020, the post-graduate Law course has to be of two years spread over four semesters.

According to the new rules, "A Master Degree Program in Law of one-year duration introduced in India in 2013 (as per notification) by the University Grants Commission shall remain operative and valid until the Academic Session in which these Regulations are notified and implemented but not thereafter at any University throughout the country."

The new rules also say that admission to the LL.M course would happen through the Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law which will be conducted by the BCI. 

Some of the other clauses in the new BCI Legal Education Rules, 2020 include:

* LL.M. degree obtained from a foreign university, which has been prosecuted without an equivalent LL.B degree, shall not be equivalent to Indian LL.M.

* One year LL.M. obtained from any foreign University is not equivalent to Indian LL.M. degree. However, one year LL.M. degree obtained after an equivalent LL.B. degree from any highly accredited Foreign University may entitle the person concerned to be appointed as a visiting professor in an Indian University for at least one year so as to consider such One year LL.M. degree with one-year teaching experience as a Visiting Faculty/internee faculty/clinical faculty the Master degree obtained on one year term may be considered equivalent.

* The PGP Course (LL.M. Program) shall comprise a minimum of four compulsory taught papers, eight papers from Common Basket or from the area of specialization as may be offered by the University and a dissertation under the guidance of a Professor/Associate Professor. In case no Professor or Associate Professor is available in any super-speciality, an Assistant Professor (with PhD) in the area of such super speciality may also guide. 

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