University College Dublin signs historic accreditation with Bar Council of India

Posted, March 30, 2017

UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks and the Honourable Chairman, Bar Council of India, Mr Manan Kumar Mishra have co-signed a Letter of Intent at an official ceremony at the headquarters of the Bar Council of India in Delhi.

The Letter of Intent formally acknowledges the accreditation of the UCD Sutherland School of Law undergraduate law programmes by the Bar Council of India.

“University College Dublin is honoured to receive this prestigious accreditation for its undergraduate law programmes," said UCD President, Professor Andrew J Deeks. "We look forward to working with the Bar Council and to forging new relationships through this unique opportunity.”

Pictured: Mr Manan Kumar Mishra, Senior Advocate and Chairman of the Bar Council of India and UCD President Professor Andrew J Deeks who co-signed a Letter of Intent that formally acknowledges the accreditation of the UCD Sutherland School of Law undergraduate law programmes by the Bar Council of India

“The partnership with the Bar Council of India will provide international academic experiences to future generations of students, in the knowledge that their qualification will be regarded and accredited at the highest level by the Bar Council of India,” said Professor Colin Scott, Principal of the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law.

The Bar Council of India was established by Parliament under the Advocates Act, 1961. It is a statutory body that regulates and represents the Indian bar. It performs the regulatory function by prescribing standards of professional conduct and etiquette and by exercising disciplinary jurisdiction over the bar.

It sets standards for legal education and grants recognition to universities whose degree in law will serve as qualification for enrollment as an advocate.

The Bar Council performs certain representative functions by protecting the rights, privileges and interests of advocates and through the creation of funds for providing financial assistance to organise welfare schemes for them.