Bar Council Sets Age Limit for Law Courses


The Bar Council of India set the age limit for legal education for three and five-year law programmes.The law collage seats will fill complying with clause 28 of the Legal Education Rules 2008.

  • According to this, for five-year integrated programme maximum age is 20 years (22 year for SC/ST)
  • For the three-year program, the maximum age is 30 years (35 year for SC/ST).


  • Previously council failed to consider orders of the Bombay and Punjab & Haryana HC to strike down the age limit provision.
  • BCI had authorized states to decide the age criteria but states failed to implement the criteria.  No age criteria was mentioned in the admission rules for the common entrance test.
  • State governments denied applying age limit from this year but later on insistence of BCI they agreed. This infuriated many over-aged aspirants.

Proposals for Age Limitation Started from 2013

  • The age limit issue in law collages started before 2013.
  • In March 2009 Government of India gazette put upper age limit for admission in LL.B (three year course) at 30 years and for LL.B five year course at 20 years.
  • BCI later withdrew Clause 28 in 2013 so age restriction was removed for admission to LL.B three year and five year courses. The Madurai Bench of the High Court had challenged this withdrawal. Later BCI had challenged Madras High Court decision in the Supreme Court.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 28, 2016