Sunday, March 29, 2015

All set to begin-5th Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial International ‘Energy Law’ Moot Court Competition, 2nd to 5th April, 2015

The 5th Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial International ‘Energy Law’ Moot Court Competition, 2015 is all set to be held from 2nd to 5th April, 2015. The moot court competition is being organized by the Moot Court Association (MCA) of College of Legal Studies, from 2nd to 5th of April, 2015. This is a good opportunity to interact with legal fraternity of judges and budding lawyers visiting to the campus from different parts of the country. We would be most honored if you could find time from your busy schedule and grace the occasion.

Needless to say that College of Legal Studies, UPES has emerged as a premier law institution of the country. The CoLS offer’s domain specific honors law programs unique in Asian Region towards building a nation by creating skilled law professionals to drive the economy. To further the aim of being distinctive and successful in the Energy Law sector, the College organized 1st Dr. Paras Diwan Memorial Energy Law National Moot Court Competition in the year 2011. This moot court sought to perpetuate the sacred memory of Dr. Paras Diwan, an eminent jurist, a contributor to legal fraternity and a stalwart in the field of law.

This year the competition attracted overwhelming interest to participate from all over the world but it is allowed only 34 best teams on the basis of first memorial round to participate. The moot is going to be judged by 40 eminent legal experts from different law firms like Amarchand Mangaldas, Jyoti Sagar Associates, Luthra & Luthra including the Chief Legal heads of ONGC, GAIL, GMR, lawyers of Supreme Court of India and sitting Judge of Supreme Court of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gopal Gowda.

It is going to be another successful mooting event at UPES.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

No Age Bar for CLAT Entrance Examination 2015

To appear in the CLAT entrance test the maximum age limit for a general candidate was 20 years old and for scheduled category candidates 22 years old. But on 4th March, 2015 the Rajasthan high court chief justice Sunil Ambwani and justice Prakash Gupta ruled that the Legal Education Rules, 2008, not only on the ground that the Bar Council was not competent, but also the Bar Council felt that the Rule is ultra vires the provisions of Section 7(1)H and (i), 24(1)(c)(iii), and (iiia) or 49(1)(af), (ag), and (d) of the Advocates Act, 1961, and also arbitrary, as it introduces invidious classification by dividing the class of students artificially creating a class by prescribing the maximum age limit for admission in Law Courses, and further on the ground that there is no apparent object to be served in prescribing the age of 20 years.  It was also recovered that the statutes of the National Law universities are silent of the max, age limit.

The court also ordered the withdrawal of Clause 28 of Schedule-III appended to Rule 11 of the Rules of the Bar Council of India. Considering the fact that a large population of the country lives in rural areas, which also forms talent bank, from where the students can be drawn for admission, to the top Law Colleges in the country.

The court has asked the CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow to modify its application software so as not to reject applications of candidates above the current age limit and to upload the high court’s interim order on CLAT’s official website.

Advocate General of Rajasthan RN Mathur who was appearing for CLAT 2015 convenor RMLNLU Lucknow asked the court for time until 12 March to file a reply and to fix a date before CLAT application deadline 31 March to dispose of the matter.