How to enroll as an Advocate on the rolls of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

This guide will help you to enroll on the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa to become an Advocate, by providing step by step instructions on the formalities that need to be completed.

Do note that the information here is subject to change, but can help reduce a lot of time, work, money and energy.

How to enroll as an Advocate on the rolls of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

How to enroll as an Advocate on the rolls of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa


Step 1: The Form

The enrollment form available for applying to the Bar Council, is available on their website and also at the office of the Bar Council at Enrollment Department, 2nd Floor, High Court Extension Building (Behind HSBC Bank, M G Road),  Fort, Mumbai – 400032.

The exact link of the form PDF is:

Important Note: The difference between both sets of forms

  • The one given online, requires you to give a DD to the Bar Coucil of Maharashtra and Goa for the amount of Rs. 5800/- but if you purchase the one at the office, the same DD amount is printed as Rs. 5450/-.
    There is no clear reason as to why there is such a difference or why the online one costs more.
  • The form given at the office costs Rs. 300/- and includes
    the Enrollment form set (On green ledger paper),
    the Advocates Welfare Scheme form (on plain white paper) and
    a book with the Bar Council Rules / Guidelines etc.
  • The online form, contains an additional form: MEMBERSHIP FORM FOR MAHARASHTRA ADVOCATE WELFARE  FUND, which is not really needed at the time of enrollment and is not included in the set purchased from the office. This is probably the reason why the Online Form costs more, but there maybe a different reason.
  • For the online set, all pages, except the last 2, must be printed on green ledger paper only. The last 2 (Advocates Welfare Scheme Rule 40 and Welfare Fund Membership Form) must be printed on white A4 size paper.
Bottom Line: It would be safer to purchase the form from the office, so that there are no excuses available for rejection.

Step 2: Filling up the details

You will need:
  • A good ball point pen
  • 2 stamp size photographs
  • A thin permanent marker pen to sign across the photographs
  • A glue stick to paste the photographs
All the details are pretty straight forward. These tips should be helpful:
  • Write your FULL NAME exactly as it appears on your mark sheet, in the exact sequence as required on each form. Middle Name must be written.
  • Your photograph must be in “uniform” which means that it must be in formal attire, preferably in a coat and tie.
  • The photograph should be stamp size.
  • All document copies need to be attested. Getting the attestation from your college principal is the simplest, cheapest and fastest. Else, any gazetted officer, Special Executive Officer or member of the Bar Council will do.
  • You need to submit the recommendations of 2 advocate who have been in practice for more than 10 years. Dont forget to get their enrollment number and enrollment date, which will be on their Advocates ID Card.

Step 3: Adding the attachments

All the forms need to be submitted along with
  • 1 Demand Draft – Payable at Mumbai to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (as above)
  • 1 Demand Draft – Payable at Mumbai to the Bar Council of India (Rs. 150/-)
  • An attested copy of your graduation Convocation Cerificate (BCom, BSc, BA)
  • If you do not have your LL.B. Convocation Certificate, then you need to submit attested copies of both your final year marksheets (Sem 5/6 or Sem 9/10) and the final semester Pass Certificate issued by the University.
  • An attested copy of your Birth Proof (School / College Leaving Certificate, Birth Certificate or Passport)

Step 4: Submit the application (see map below)

  • The timings for enrollment are 11 a.m. to 2p.m. & 3p.m. to 4p.m. only on working days.
  • 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays are holidays too.
  • Take a receipt for all payments made.
  • Within 15 days your application will be processed.
  • Within the next 15 days you will be intimated, regarding your application (either it will be accepted or sent to you to correct the discrepancies)
  • Within 15 days you must correct the discrepancies if any.
  • You will then receive, by speed post, your Bar Council ID, Enrollment Certificate, AIBE Form and Intimation Letter at the address you have specified.

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15 thoughts on “How to enroll as an Advocate on the rolls of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa

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  4. un sukhadeve

    Govt..retired person want to enroll as an advocate, then was different fees charge by the bar which was not elaborated in your post. Hence the information on registration is incomplete, pl do the needfull

  5. admin Post author

    Depending on the age of the person and depending on which year you completed LL.B. i.e. which year you were eligible to enroll, the fees are calculated from that year onwards. Hence, there is a sort of disincentive for not enrolling at that time.

    The article will be updated shortly.

  6. shivangi sharad panchal

    At present I am working with The department of post mumbai. I have been completed my LLB in the year 1997. I wish to enrollment with Bar council of maharastra and goa. After. Acceptance of resignation from the department of post. nowaday , can I join any lawer ,as a assistant till my enrollment. Hoping your valuable reply please.

  7. shashikant d. somvanshi

    I have completed . B. A. M. S. In1998 since then i am practicing as a medical practitioner. Now i have just passed. Ll. B. Final year in may2015 can i enrolled as an advocate,?, can i practice both,?


    माझे LL B 2006 मध्ये COMPLIT झाले आहे मला सनद हवी आहे तर मला EXAM दयावी लागेल का GUIDLINE करणे

  9. shashikant D.somvanshi

    I am a medical practitioner since last I have passed ll. b.can I have registration to bar council by surrendering my medical degree? what is the procedure for surrendering the degree &registration to bar council. Can I re startmedical practice NY surrendering my registration to nar council

  10. Ms Mangla J Sonawne

    I am state govt servent working at Judicial Department as Ser Cleark last 25 years.
    Now I have comlited LLB in 2014 form MP State India .
    I want do practis as Advocate , and also enroll my name at Maharastra & Goa bar councial
    kindly guide me , what will fees for enrollment

  11. jagdish shetty

    i have retired from service and my age is 60 yrs. i have completed my 3rd llb in 2015. I would like to enrol my name in bar council of maharashtra & goa. kindly advise me the total enrolment fees payable for same


    Maharashtra Goa Bar council demanding Rs.25000/- additional amount beside other regular amount of Rs7000/- approx . The total expenditure involved approx Rs. 33000/- for registration If I want to enroll my self as an advocate. My age is 59. I passed LL.B in March 2014(3 years Regular course). The other colleague got SANAD on payment of Rs.7000/- where as in my case , the Bar council demanded Rs. 33000/-. I could not understand why the discrimination . Other state Bar council are not putting such condition for registration, and their is no direction from Bar council of India. Under the situation I can not get SANAD for practice even I Passed LL.B examination in 1st Division after my retirement. pl. clarify the matter, can I make the payment in installment.

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