Previously, students had to buy two Bare Acts: one with comments for studying and one without comments for exams. The pandemic has hit the industry hard, creating a shortage of acceptable Bare Acts to be used during the review.
Bar Council of India (BCI), in its latest Notice on the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) XVI, allowed candidates to use Bare Acts with short comments / notes. The bar exam was held on October 31. Previously, applicants could only take Bare Acts without any qualification to themselves when taking the open-book exam.
To understand the laws and to be able to practice as a lawyer, it is important to understand the basic laws, as they are the exact text of a particular law of the legislature. Prospective lawyers must have a good knowledge of a law or an article, for which they need a reference book to understand it better.
The Bare Acts are like reference books for attorneys that they also use in their practice. These are posted by various editors and often add additional details in the form of ‘comments / ratings’ so that applicants understand the app and where it has been applied so far. However, the Bare Acts with commentary were not allowed to be taken in the exam room.
BCI said the decision was made after some candidates raised concerns about the unavailability of Bare Acts without comment. “Taking into account the difficulties the candidates face, they are allowed / used Bare Acts with short notes / comments (no detailed comments) as they are available on the market during AIBE XVI,” the council said in its Official statement.
Publishers are facing fierce competition and they want to sell as many Bare Acts as possible; therefore, they try to add as much information as possible for better understanding. Previously, students had to buy two Bare Acts: one with comments for studying and no comments for exams. The pandemic has hit the industry hard, creating a shortage of acceptable Bare Acts.
By reading the Bare Acts Minutes comments, students can get an idea of how to answer frequently asked questions on AIBE. It may be easier for students to qualify for the exam, but if they do not have complete knowledge, they will not be able to become good lawyers. There is a rarity of uncommented Bare Acts on the market, but we must focus on the academic loss that covid has caused.
The purpose of the bar exam is to check if the candidate has basic knowledge of law. Bare Acts with comments will have no effect on the difficulty of the exam or the performance of the applicants. The bar exam questions are fairly straightforward and require no interpretation of the law. The simple acts that are now allowed in the exam are also those used in court.