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An Introduction To Bar Council of India

The Bar Council of India is administering authority for Legal Education and Legal Practices in India. This council was established by Government of India in 1961 under Section 4 of Advocates Act 1961. The candidates holding a recognized law degree are admitted as advocates on the rolls of State Bar Council. The State Bar Councils can make their own rules under Advocates Act 1961. The candidates enrolled with State Bar Council may appear for All India Bar Examination (AIBE) conducted by Bar Council of India.  The candidates those qualify this examination receives ‘Certificate of Enrollment’. This certificate is a seal that a candidate can practice law in any high court or lower court in the country.


To practice law at Supreme Court a candidate requires appearing for Supreme Court Advocate on Record Examination conducted by the Supreme Court of India.

To fulfill different work responsibilities Bar Council of India has following committees:
Executive Committee, Legal Education Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Advocate Welfare Committee, Legal Aid Committee, Building Committee, Rules Committee

The Directorate of Legal Education looks after the following:

Continuing Legal Education
Teachers training
Advanced specialised professional courses
Education program for Indian students seeking registration after obtaining Law Degree from a Foreign University
Research on professional Legal Education and Standardisation
Seminar and workshop
Legal Research
Any other assignment that may be assigned to it by the Legal Education committee and the Bar Council of India.

All University Departments, Colleges and Institutes offering legal education in India requires approval from Bar Council of India to run the course.

Contact Details
Bar Council of India
21, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area,
Near Bal Bhawan,
New Delhi – 110 002
Telephone Nos.:011-49225000
Telefax No.:011-49225011
E-mail ID: info@barcouncilofindia.org
Website: www.barcouncilofindia.org
Helpline numbers for the All India Bar Exam:
011-49225022 (English) or 011-49225023 (Hindi) ;
write to barexam@barcouncilofindia.org
Website: http://www.barcouncilofindia.org/