The BA LLB and the BBA LLB (Honours) course at various law colleges, affiliated to the University of Calicut, are supposed to be of five years duration.

But a short sentence, ‘I am Studying 6 Years LLB,’ began to appear on the Facebook pages of a number of law students from various law colleges including the Government Law College, Kozhikode, affiliated to the University here, recently.

The viral response to the lagging of their five-year course into a six-year one soon led to the formation of a Facebook group, ‘We study 6 year LLB,’ which has received hundreds of ‘likes’ in a few weeks time.

On Wednesday, around 100 students at the Government Law College, Kozhikode, reached the college dressed in black to participate in an agitation programme, ‘Observance of a Black Day’, organised as part of their ongoing protest against the lagging of their course. “This was in response to a call we made on our Facebook page,” says Ajeesh Mohan, a second year law student from the college.

The students say that the lagging of the course had a huge bearing on the competency and the employability of the students passing out from the University. The students in all government and private law colleges in Kerala are being admitted from the same entrance test. “However, the students studying in the law colleges under the University of Calicut pass out almost a year after the students in other law colleges pass out,” says Ajeesh.

As a result, LLB students from the university miss the opportunity to appear for LLM entrance examinations conducted by various National and State universities. According to him, the enrolment of students who pass out from other universities with the Bar Council also takes place almost 6-7 months earlier. Citing the gravity of the situation, a representation from the college submitted a memorandum to the university Vice-Chancellor M. Abdul Salam in November last year. Along with the memorandum the students had also submitted a draft of a revised semester schedule. However, nothing much came out of it.

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