The Bar Council of India has accredited Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) Law degrees for a period of five years beginning in 2016.
This recognition means Indian students hoping to study law in Australia can have their ACU Law qualifications recognised when they return home, and pursue a legal career.
The Dean of the Thomas More Law School at ACU, Professor Rocque Reynolds, said it is a fantastic achievement.
"This announcement is recognition of the quality of an ACU law education and reasserts ACU as a truly global university," she said.
"It is an exciting opportunity for the University to welcome students from India who seek a law degree and access to a unique and inspiring educational journey, unlike any other offered in Australia.
“Our curriculum is ethical, global and practical, and we produce lawyers who act in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.”
Professor Reynolds said the school is outward-facing and deeply engaged with industry, government and community.
“Our programs place strong emphasis on practical, employment-relevant skills, as well as focus on a fundamental concern for justice, equity and the dignity of all human beings,” she said.
“The curriculum is continually updated to reflect local and international trends and changes to the commercial environment, as well as advances in student learning. This ensures our graduates are well equipped to become leaders in the legal profession.”
The recognition will also open opportunities for the Thomas More Law School to provide domestic graduates with new legal career paths in India.
Students wishing to practise law as an advocate in India must complete five years of legal education. They may be required to undertake a bridging course if they graduate with an Australian law degree in a shorter period of time.
“It's also a chance for students from India to experience the unique Law Pro Bono Program, which requires all aspiring lawyers to complete a minimum of 160 hours of pro bono legal professional work experience,” Professor Reynolds said.
“ACU is the only law school in Australia that makes pro bono work compulsory.