How To be an Advocate in Bangladesh
Advocate a legal practitioner. He is an agent of his client and an officer of the court at the same time. An advocate has a responsibility to his client as well as to the court. From 1972 advocates are being enrolled and regulated under the provisions of the Bangladesh Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Order of 1972 and Rules made thereunder. ss the viva voce examination in three attempts within a period of three years from the date of his /her written examination result.
1. Any Bangladeshi citizen passed LL.B (law degree) from any recognized University situated in Bangladesh or in abroad or was called to the Bar is entitled to be enrolled as Advocate by qualifying in the enrolment examination(MCQ, Written and Viva) held under the direction and supervision of the Enrollment Committee of the Bangladesh Bar Council. And before appearing at the enrolment examination every person shall have to undergo pupilage for a period of 6(six) months under a practicing Advocate of at least 10 years standing in the profession. The Pupilage form must have to collect from Bangladesh Bar Council office.
2. The candidate also have to collect registration form fro the enrolment examination from Bangladesh Bar Council Office after the office declare for the issuing forms. A dully filled up Registration Form prescribed by the Bar Council along with the contract of pupilage should be submitted according to the instruction given there. Registration of the candidates for enrolment as Advocates shall remain valid for 5 (five) years. If the candidate fails to pass the written examination within 5 (five) years of the date of registration his/ her registration shall stand canceled.
3. Every applicant for admission as an Advocate shall have to qualify in the M.C.Q. examination and pass written and viva voce examinations conducted by the Enrolment Committee of the Bar Council. The pre qualifying (M.C.Q.) examination shall be of 100 marks of 100 questions. A candidate qualified in the preliminary examination (M.C.Q.) by obtaining 50 marks shall eligible to appear in the written examination. The syllabus and standard of public University / P.S.C. shall be followed and the duration of the examination (M.C.Q.) shall be 1 (one) hour. The written examination shall be of one paper of 100 marks and the duration of the examination shall be of 4 hours. To qualify in the written examination a candidate shall have to obtain 50 marks to qualify in the written examination. Candidates who failed to pass the written examination shall have to qualify next M.C.Q. examination to appear in the written examination. After being qualified in the written examination candidates shall have to appear in viva voce examination. Pass marks of viva voce examination is 25 out of 50.
4. Qualified Candidates will get chance to practice before the Lower courts of Bangladesh. Any qualified candidate can choose to practice under any bar association of the Bangladesh. For that after passing they have to contact to the chosen area bar association where he/she is interested to practice.
*** Fees for Enrolment:
|Examination for enrolment as advocate||2400.00|
|Enrolment Examination Late fee||200.00|
|Examination for High Court enrolment as advocate||6000.00|