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CLAT : Common Law Admission Test

While talking about the law entrance exams, the one that would certainly top the list is CLAT (Common Law Admission Test). The first CLAT was conducted in the year 2008. It is a non-statutory body that was created to help the students seek admission to various National Law Universities (NLUs) in the country. Each year an entrance test is conducted by one of the NLUs (on rotation) for both Under-graduate and Post-graduate law courses and thereafter the admission is given to the students on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.The 17 NLUs that participate in this admission process in order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram ManoharLohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
Under-graduate (for LLB degree course) Post-graduate (for LLM degree course)
Courses offered Five-year integrated Under-Graduate law courses leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature.

One year Post-Graduate law course leading to the master’s degree as per the respective specialization offered by the respective university and as chosen by the candidate

Eligibility

Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the minimum of:- (a) Forty-five percent(45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/(Specially Abled Persons) Categories and (b) Forty percent(40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category

Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2017 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2017 examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT

LL.B. or equivalent degree in law examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/(Specially abled persons) categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category

Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2017 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2017 examination. However they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT

After result procedure: The admission to UG and PG programme in participating universities under CLAT is done through centralisedcounselling conducted by CLAT office. The basis of allotment of seats is ‘merit-cum-preference’ i.e. CLAT score and order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form. Online counselling starts after the declaration of CLATresults. The entire procedure is always completed as per the CLAT calendar which is posted on CLAT website each year in the month of January.

DETAILS OF UNDER GRADUATION EXAM

Duration Number of Questions Maximum Marks Syllabus Number of Seats
2 Hours 200 200 (200x1=200) 1. English including Comprehension (40 Questions)
2.General Knowledge Current Affairs (50 Questions)
3.Elementary Mathematics (20 Questions)
4.Logical Reasoning (40 Questions)
5.Legal Aptitude (50 Questions)
Gen: 1021
SC: 164
ST: 94
OBC: 16
ST(Hills): 3
Total: 1386

DETAILS OF POST GRADUATION EXAM

Duration Number of Questions Maximum Marks Syllabus Number of Seats
2 Hours 150 150 1. 50 questions: Jurisprudence
2.50 questions: Constitutional Law
3. 50 questions: Other subjects as made compulsory by the Bar Council of India Rules
Gen: 361
SC: 62
ST: 33
OBC: 3
ST(Hills): 1
Total: 492

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