LHC suspends LLB(5 years) programme in private colleges

A full bench of Lahore high Court (LHC) suspended the 5-year programme for Literally Legum Baccalaureus (LLB) degree at all private sectors law colleges on Friday in Lahore the institutes includes the law colleges affiliated along with the universities, the concerned management was also ordered by the court to restore the evening law classes.

However the bench permitted the universities to run 5-year LLB programmes at their principal law colleges.

The bench of Lahore High Court has suspended the further hearing for a date to be fixed by the registrar office of court.

A commission was made by the bench to submit its recommendations presided over by former LHC Bar Association president Anwar Kamal to inspect the quality of legal education imparting by the educational institutes in Punjab.

It was described by the commission that there was a total lack of coordination among the varsities, Higher Education Commissions as well as the bar councils. Furthermore, the commission reported anomalies in 5-year syllabus as courses that are taught in the first 2 years are not related to the field of law the courses includes the subjects of political science, sociology, English as well as Arabic.

The commission showed serious concern on the syllabus it also highlighted that there was no exit strategy for the aspirants who had chosen 5-year programme and they had no option except to complete the programme.

The commission suggested that the varsities should be instructed to grant the affiliation to only those colleges meeting the standards set by Pakistan Bar Council.