Bangladesh Bar Council MCQ Exams

A Selfish Post: I am happy to report that I passed the preliminary Bar Council exams to be admitted as an Advocate in Bangladesh. It was a difficult test that required a lot of preparation. I now look forward to the written and viva voce components, whenever they are.

Morshed

Odessa, Ukraine

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5 thoughts on “Bangladesh Bar Council MCQ Exams

  1. In the UK the colleges/universities (as well as the pupil-masters) provide us with the necessary knowledges/skills. The Bar Council here only checks whether the relevant qualifications/skills have been attained by a particular applicant before granting him/her a practising certificate. Curiously, in Bangladesh, the Bar Council has taken over the role of the colleges/universities. They would not even give any credence to the fact that somebody has been a practising barrister/solicitor for years in the UK or any relevant country. They force us to go through several exams (and a lot of time) to be recognised by them as competent/qualified lawyers. Why is that? I hope they are not suffering from any kind of envy towards the practising lawyers of the UK and Wales.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment. While what you say is true of the UK Bar Council, it is important to remember that all LLB (QD)/GDL holders have to pass the BPTC/LPC and all foreign-qualified lawyers have to pass the QLT, not to mention go through a pupillage/training contract, to practise in the jurisdiction of England and Wales. The difference is, the UK has several training-course/examination providers like City Law School, BPP, University of Law (formerly College of Law), etc. which deliver the academic component of a lawyer’s professional education, while Bangladesh doesn’t. In effect, the Bangladesh Bar Council has to fill the lacunae. I should add that the Bangladesh Bar Council is not alone in setting enrollment examinations, with there, for instance, being an All India Bar Examination set by the Bar Council of India, and a Punjab Bar Exam set by the Punjab Bar Council. In other countries, like the USA and Nigeria, Bar Associations play a similar role. To appears in courts in any of these aforementioned jurisdictions, a candidate has to give Bar exams, regardless of their academic qualifications or professional experience. I personally think that there is justification to do this as legal systems differ substantively, if not procedurally, from country to country. But perhaps, in the future, they will be able to outsource the administration of the exams to an external entity/body.

      However, I do agree with you that the process of enrollment should not be unduly protracted. I graduated in 2011 and was called to the England & Wales Bar in July, 2012 but have thus far only been able to sit the Bar Council MCQ exams; yet an Indian friend of mine. who graduated in 2012, was called to the Delhi Bar and allowed to practise within 3 months and has already been appearing in court for more than a year! I have no qualms in giving MCQ & written exams or appearing for a viva voce but, like you, I do wish the process was a bit faster.

      Good luck with everything and thank you again for dropping by! 🙂

      1. God news that you have completed the first stage. Could you tell me where did you get the text books from for your prep or did you attend course in Bangladesh?

        I would like to prepare for the MCQs from the UK as it would be difficult to attend long course in Bangladesh.
        Many thanks

      2. Dear Mr. Mohammed Miah,

        Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog. I was able to appear for the written exams in March 2014 and the viva voce in September 2014, pursuant to which, fortunately, I was enrolled as an Advocate of the Bangladesh Bar Council in October 2014! So, the system takes a while but it works. All’s well that ends well.

        To answer your question, I didn’t attend a course in Dhaka while preparing for the MCQs or the written exams, instead, I went through a couple of study guides that cover the exam syllabus while living abroad. I do not have the books with me at the moment, but off the top of my head, there is Noim’s and Halim’s Guides to the Advocateship exam. Aside from the relevant sections of the syllabus, they also include copies of previous exams (and correct answers). I feel that going through those study guides, and perhaps discussing the components of the syllabus with other candidates, would suffice for sitting the first two exams. I, of course, do not know your personal circumstances, but I don’t think you have to attend an Advocateship Exam ‘preparatory course’ and can prepare from abroad. I hope that helps.

        Best wishes,

        Morshed

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