List of Universities Abroad Whose Degrees in Law are Recognised by The Bar Council of India

1. RANGOON UNIVERSITY

(a) RESOLUTION NO. 45/1965:
"In exercise of the powers conferred on the Bar Council of India U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961, the Bar Council of India resolve to recognise the degree in law conferred by the University of Rangoon prior to 4.1.48."

(b) RESOLUTION NO. 105/1972:
"RESOLVED that B.L. Degree in law taken in 1957 from the University of Rangoon be recognised for the purposes of enrolment U/s. 24 (1)(c) (iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

(c) RESOLUTION NO. 79/1973 (Relevant portion only):
"RESOLVED that the degree in law of the Rangoon University be recognised for the purpose of Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 subject to the rules relating to an applicant passing a written test of proficiency in English where medium of instruction has been other than English excepting in the cases where such a test is not necessary because the applicant has obtained his qualifying degree or equivalent qualification with English as one of the subjects or because he has passed the test as a part of his instruction in law."

2. RAJASHAHI AND DACCA UNIVERSITIES [ERSTWHILE EAST PAKISTAN AND NOW BANGLADESH]

RESOLUTION NO. 48/1965:
"RESOLVED that for the purpose of Section 24(1) (c) (iv) of the Act, the degree in law obtained from the Rajashahi and Dacca Universities in Pakistan shall be recognised."

3. TRIBHUVAN UNIVERSITY, NEPAL

(a) RESOLUTION NO. 38/1966:
"The Bar Council of India will recognise those law degrees given to any particular individual by the Tribhuvan University provided he had obtained a Bachelor's degree of that University or any other University in India before being admitted to law course."

(b) RESOLUTION NO. 162/1967:
"RESOLVED that with reference to Resolution No. 38/1966 of the Council, the requirement laid down in Resolution No. 20/1963 and 50/1965 shall be deemed to apply to law degrees obtained from the Tribhuvan University."

(c) RESOLUTION NO. 26/1976 (LE):
"RESOLVED that Resolution No. 38/1966 shall be further subject to the condition that the law degree has been obtained after under going a course of study in law for a minimum period of three years. This Resolution shall be effective from the academic year 1977."

(d) RESOLUTION NO. 5/1978(LE):
"The Committee recommends that the law degree of Tribhuvan University be recognised in terms of Resolutions passed earlier by the Council ( Resolution No. 38/1966 and 162/1967) but the conditions that the law course should be after graduation should be insisted upon."

(Approved by the Council at its meeting dated 6th and 7th May ' 1978.)

Proceedings of the Legal Education Committee meeting dated 10.2.89.

(e) ITEM NO. 19/1987 (LE):
Legal Education Committee went through the relevant correspondence and the syllabus of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, for LL.B degree in law, originally to join the 3 year law degree course, the pre-requisite was a graduation. Under those circumstances candidates who have passed the three year law degree course after graduation and obtained the law degree was recognised by the Bar Council of India. But if the degree in law is obtained by a candidate without graduation, the law degree cannot be recognised. Accordingly request is made to the Bar Council of India to continue to recognise the degree in law of the Tribhuvan University obtained after graduation and not otherwise. Berhampur University and Tribhuvan University should be informed accordingly.

4. PUNJAB UNIVERSITY (LAHORE - PAKISTAN)

RESOLUTION NO. 76/1966:
"RESOLVED that for the purpose of Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Act, the degree in law from the University of Punjab at Lahore in Pakistan shall be recognised."

5. UNIVERSITY OF SIND, PAKISTAN AND UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE

RESOLUTION NO. 100/1969:
"RESOLVED that the degrees in law obtained from the Universities of Singapore and Sind be and are hereby recognised under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

6. OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITIES, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 116/1969:
"RESOLVED that in exercise of the powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s. 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 the B.A Degree (in law) conferred by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge be and are hereby recognised."

7. LONDON UNIVERSITY, U.K

(a) RESOLUTION NO. 4A/1970:
"RESOLVED that in exercise of the powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s. 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 the LL.B Degree of the London University obtained after graduation from any Indian University be and is hereby recognised."

(The above resolution was modified by RESOLUTION NO. 37/1983)
"RESOLVED that the Resolution No. 4A/1970 be and is hereby modified by deleting the words "obtained after graduation from any Indian University."

(b) RESOLUTION NO. 35/1989:

"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree (External) awarded by the London University be not recognised by the Bar Council of India for the purpose of enrolment as advocates."
In supersession of Resolution No. 4A/1970 and 37/1983 passed by the Bar Council of India it is resolved that in exercise of powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, the LL.B Degree of the London University be and is hereby recognised."

(c) RESOLUTION NO. 15/1990:

"RESOLVED that the recommendations of the Legal Education Committee be accepted and the LL.B (External) degree of the London University conferred on the students who have commenced their courses of study for such degree prior to the date of this Resolution i.e 10th & 11th February ' 1990, be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocates."

8. KARACHI UNIVERSITY, PAKISTAN

RESOLUTION NO. 46/1971:
"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree in law of the Karachi University in Pakistan be and is hereby recognised U/s.24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

9. LEEDS UNIVERSITY, U. K.

RESOLUTION NO. 41/1972:
"RESOLVED that in exercise of the powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s.24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 the LL.B Degree of the Leeds University obtained after graduation from India University be and is hereby recognised."

10. UNIVERSITY OF STAPHEN BATROI, IRWILUS, POLAND

RESOLUTION NO. 17/1974:
"RESOLVED that the Bar Council of India accepts the recommendations of the Legal Education Committee that the Master of Law (Magister Juris) degree of the University of Staphen Batroi, Irwilus (Poland) be recognised U/s. 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

11. MAKARERE UNIVERSITY, UGANDA.

RESOLUTION NO. 18/1974:
"RESOLVED that the Bar Council of India accepts the recommendations of the Legal Education Committee that the Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree of the Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda be recognised U/s.24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

12. CHITTAGONG UNIVERSITY, BANGLADESH

RESOLUTION NO. 11/1976 (LE):
"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree of the Chittagong University be and is hereby recognised U/s. 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

13. COUNCIL FOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS, U. K

RESOLUTION NO. 86/1978:
"RESOLVED that the recommendations of the Legal Education Committee be accepted and that B.A Degree in Law conferred by the Council of National Academic Awards, U.K be recognised provided that the said degree is obtained after graduation from any Indian University."

14. INNS OF COURTS SCHOOL OF LAW, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 68/1978:
"RESOLVED that the qualification of any person who has passed the examination conducted by the Council of Legal Education, England after having undergone a three year course in the Inns of Courts School of Law shall and is hereby recognised as requisite qualification for the purpose of admission as an advocate under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Act."

15. UNIVERSITY OF ZAMBIA

RESOLUTION NO. 46/1980:
"RESOLVED that the Bar Council of India on a consideration of the recommendations of its Legal Education Committee, hereby recognises the LL.B
Degree awarded by the University of Zambia for the purpose of enrolment as advocates."

16. CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 96/1980:
"RESOLVED that the diploma in law of the City University in London be and is hereby recognised as the requisite qualification for the purpose of admission as an advocate U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961."

17. SAKAT CHEWAN UNIVERSITY, CANADA

RESOLUTION NO. 82/1982:
"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree of the Sakat Chewan University obtained after graduation be and is hereby recognised for the purpose of enrolment as Advocate U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961"

18. CORNELL LAW SCHOOL, U.S.A

RESOLUTION NO. 16/1988:
"RESOLVED that in exercise of powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s 24
(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961, the degree of Doctor of law ( J.D.) of Cornell law school be and is hereby recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocate."

19. SOUTH WESTERN UNIVERSITY, U.S.A

Proceedings of the Legal Education Committee meeting held on 2nd September 1988 recognising the J.P. Degree of the South - Western University, U.S.A

J. D. Degree of South Western University, U.S.A
"Committee considered the Secretary's notes. The Chairman stated that the report of Dr. Krishna Bahadur should be accepted and the Juris Doctor Degree of the South Western University, U.S.A may be recognised as equivalent to LL.B Degree of any Indian University. The Legal Education Committee further recommended that the Council may take appropriate action in the matter of reciprocity without which Mr. Kevin F.D. Amur cannot be enrolled in India."

(The above recommendation of the LEC was accepted by the Council in its meeting held on 26th and 27th November ' 1988 vide Resolution No. 98/1988).

20. UNIVERSITY OF WALES INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 17/1988:

"RESOLVED that in exercise of powers vested in the Bar Council of India U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961, the LL.B Degree of University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology be and is hereby recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocate."

MODIFICATION OF RESOLUTION NO. 17/1988 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY
OF WALES INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

RESOLUTION NO. 21/1991
"RESOLVED that Resolution No. 17/1988 be amended by deleting the words 'Institute of science and Technology' and substituting the words 'College of Cardiff'.

RESOLVED further that the amended resolution be read as follows: -
"RESOLVED that in exercise of powers vested in the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) under the Advocates Act, 1961, the LL.B Degree of the University of Wales College of Cardiff be and is hereby recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocates."

21. UNIVERSITIES OF BIRMINGHAM, LANCASTER AND COUNCIL OF
NATIONAL ACADEMIC AWARDS, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 14/1990:
"RESOLVED that the following degrees in law obtained from Universities in U.K be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as Advocates :-
1. LL.B Degree of University of Birmingham.
2. LL.B Degree of the University of Lancaster.
3. LL.B (Hons.) Degree of the Council of National Academic Awards.

22. HULL UNIVERSITY, U.K

RESOLUTION NO. 21/ 1990:
"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree of the Hull University, U. K be and is hereby recognised U/s 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as an advocate ."

23. LL.B DEGREE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, CANADA

RESOLUTION NO. 102/1991 :
"The exercise of the powers vested in the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 and on recommendation of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India, it is resolved that the LL.B degree of the Alberta University, Canada be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocates."

24. BUCKINGHAM UNIVERSITY, U. K

Recommendations of the Legal Education Committee of the Bar Council of India dated 20.8.1993.

"The LL.B degree obtained from the Buckingham University is recognised for the purpose of enrolment as an advocate in India. The above resolution was approved by the Bar Council of India under Resolution No. 68 of 1993 dated 22.8.1993.

25. DEGREE OF JURIS DOCTOR FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, U.S.A.

RESOLUTION NO. 87/1993:
The Council is unable to accept the recommendation of the Legal Education Committee and resolves that the degree of Juris Doctor of the University of Michigan, U.S.A. be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as an Advocate and the application of Ms. Aparna Vishwanathan for admission to practise law in India after her enrolment as an advocate be accepted. It is hereby resolved that in exercise of the powers vested in the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 the degree of Juris Doctor of the University of Michigan, U.S.A is hereby recognised for the purpose of enrolment as an advocate.

It is also hereby resolved that Ms. Aparna Vishwanathan be permitted to practise law in India after being enrolled as an advocate.

26. DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF JURISPRUDENCE FROM UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, U.S.A

RESOLUTION . NO: 42/2000
"RESOLVED that the Degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence awarded by the University of Texas, U.S.A where admission to this course was granted after graduation be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1) (c) (iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as advocate in India."

27. LL. B (HONS) DEGREE OF UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE, U.K

RESOLUTION . NO: 43/2000
"RESOLVED that the LL.B (Hons) Degree awarded by the University of Hertfordshire, U.K where admission to this course was obtained after graduation be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1)(c)(iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as advocate inIndia."

28. JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE OF GEORGE TOWN UNIVERSITY, U.S.A

RESOLUTION . NO : 44/2000
"RESOLVED that Juris Doctor Degree awarded by George Town University, U.S.A where admission to this course was granted after graduation be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24(1) (c) (iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as advocate."

29. LL. B DEGREE OF UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM, U.K

RESOLUTION . NO: 46/2000
"RESOLVED that the LL.B degree awarded by the University of Durham, U.K where admission to this course was granted after graduation be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24 (1) (c) (iv) of this Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as advocate."

30. LL.B (HONS) DEGREE OF THAMES VALLEY UNIVERSITY, LONDON, U.K

RESOLUTION . NO: 47/2000
"RESOLVED that the LL.B (Hons) Degree of Thames Valley University, London, U.K where admission on to this course is granted after graduation be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24 (1) (c) (iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as advocate."

31. LL.B DEGREE OF UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM

RESOLUTION NO: 19/2001
"RESOLVED that the LL.B Degree of the University of Liverpool, U.K. be and is hereby recognised by the Bar Council of India under Section 24 (1) (c) (iv) of the Advocates Act, 1961 for the purpose of enrolment as an Advocate"

32. LL. B DEGREE OF UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, UNITED KINGDOM

(Legal Education Committee Meeting held on 30th March, 2001. Item.No-27/2001(LE). Approved by the Bar Council of India in its meeting held on 31st March & 1st April,2001)

In view of the Resolution of the Bar Council of India dated 19th & 20th Feb., 2000 Committee is of the view that LL.B Degree of University of Warwick, United Kingdom can be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as an Advocate only if the said law degree has been awarded after undergoing the study for a minimum period of three years.

33. LL.B. DEGREE OF LEICESTER UNIVERSITY, U.K

(Legal Education Committee Meeting dated : 31st May & 1st June, 2001. Item. No-
56/2001(LE) Approved by the Bar Council of India in its meeting held on 22nd June, 2001)

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After consideration Committee is of the view that having regard to the decision taken by the Committee in its meeting held on March 30, 2001 with regard to recognition of the LL.B. degree of University of Warwick, U.K. , law degree of the Leicester University, U.K. obtained after three year course can be recognised for the purpose of enrolment as advocate provided the student obtaining the said degree has completed his graduation before joining the LL.B. Degree course of the University.

34. LL. B. DEGREE OF UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(Legal Education Committee Meeting dated: 5th October, 2001. Item No. 83/2001(LE))
(Approved by the Bar Council of India in its meeting 6th & 7th October, 2001)

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After Consideration Committee is of the view that though the LL. B Degree of University of Melbourne, Australia is of three year duration can be awarded to a student who join the course after 12 years of schooling. The said degree can be recognised for the purpose of enrolment only if the candidate has obtained the degree after graduation. The recognition must be subject to the condition that the candidate will have to pass the examination prescribed by the Bar Council of India.

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