St. Xavier’s Law School gets nod from Bar Council of India

Fr Felix Raj, SJ

Kolkata, July 2, 2019: The Bar Council of India has allowed St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata, to start a law school from this academic session.

The second Jesuit university in India had started its courses in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Candidates for the new law course will be given admissions based on the Xavier Law Admission Test (XLAT).

The MBA program under the Xavier Business School started from the academic session 2018-2019, The varsity’s Xavier Law School is beginning its undergraduate five-year integrated law courses from this year. The approval from the Bar Council of India has been obtained and the admission procedure will continue until July 12.

Varsity Vice-chancellor Jesuit Father Felix Raj said that introduction of law courses is a part of the fulfilment of the university’s vision 2025 program.

“Legal education in a law school run by the Jesuits will not only prepare the students as very good legal experts but they would also be oriented with values of life, which is very essential in the entire legal system of our country. This will be a contribution of St. Xavier’s University to the legal education system of India,” the priest said.

Xavier Law School will offer five-year integrated B.A. LL.B.(Hons) and B. Com. LL.B. (Hons). The first XLAT (Xavier Law Admission Test) for admission to the two courses will take place on July 14. Students with higher secondary qualifications and not more than 20 years of age are eligible to apply for admission test to the courses.

“Students intending to join B. Com LL.B (Hons) should have had Mathematics in the +2 level. XLAT will be based on the MCQ [Multiple Choice Question] system on the following sections: English, Legal awareness and logical reasoning, general awareness and mathematical aptitude,” the vice-chancellor said. Students with CLAT score can also apply for admission by July 12.

Father Raj pointed out that besides the bench and the bar, students who intend to opt for civil service, law firms, the corporate sector, non-governmental organizations, and higher studies to join legal academics are also interested in the courses.

St. Xavier’s University Kolkata has already set up law library, moot court, legal aid clinic. Candidates will be taken on regular visits to courts in the state, High Court and Supreme Court of India under the guidance of qualified and experienced faculty in law and other subjects as part of the curriculum. In the future, Xavier Law School plans to introduce masters and research programs.

“Students aspiring to join XLS may find all relevant and latest information on the website,” Father Raj added.

Source: The Times of India

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2 thoughts on “St. Xavier’s Law School gets nod from Bar Council of India

  1. I recall a Supreme Court judge once saying that the courts are meant to interpret the laws and not to deliver justice. XLS should not fall into the trap of legalese at the cost of justice that should be its primary goal.

  2. I normally don’t subscribe to having more elitist institutions. But considering the glaring inadequacies in the Indian legal system this maybe the need of the hour.

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