What is CLAT?
CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. It serves as the gateway exam for National Law Universities in the same manner as the JEE exam does for IITs and CAT for IIMs.
What are National Law Schools/Universities?
National Law Universities are Universities set up of centres of legal excellence. They are at top of the ladder not only in Indian legal education but also attract several international students. Superior academic standards, infrastructure-especially libraries, all round development, moot courts and the fact the best minds of law choose to study there make National Law Schools one of a kind experience.
Are all the National Law Universities covered by CLAT?
No. National Law University Delhi is not covered by CLAT. It has its own examination called AILET.
What are the qualifications to sit for the CLAT paper?
Students of any stream can sit after their 10+2 exam, provided they have passed with a 55%aggregate. It is not necessary that the results have been declared at the time of sitting for CLAT. But considering the situation you are not able to pass the boards but clear CLAT, you will not be able to join National Law University.
Can students also sit for Law exam?
Yes. Though law is a subject of humanities, students of any stream can sit for the law exam. The paper is evenly balanced so as to not give any one stream a complete edge over the other. In fact most of the students who sat and qualify the law exam year by year have been science students as it was the most popular stream. It is only in recent years that Arts and Commerce students are also seen in sizeable numbers.
What is the timeframe of legal education?
There are two formats of legal education. The traditional one espouses a three year graduation followed by a three year degree in law. The National Law Schools however speak of a five year integrated program , the most commonly awarded degree being B.A.LLb(Hons.).
Do National Law Schools offer other degrees too?
Yes. Though the most common is B.A.LLb.(Hons.), there are degrees awarded in the form of BBA.LLb(Hons.) and B.Com.(LLb) (Hons.). However each of these options vary from law school to law school and you will have to check their websites in order to confirm the degrees awarded.
Are National Law Universities Residential Univiersities.?
Yes. Almost all National Law Universities require compulsory hostel stay during the five year period. Certain Universities, especially NUJS, Kolkata, gives local students an option to day scholars.
What will be my career options after CLAT?
Manifold. National Law Schools allow diverse career options which carry handsome compensation and social prestige. For more on careers please visit the section Life after Law School.
Is law a safe career options for Girls?
Absolutely. Infact it is pretty interesting to note that over the years a large number of law schools are reporting their majority of students as girls. A safe residential environment and the opening up of numerous legal career options has made this a great option for girls.
Are their reservations in NLUs?
Yes. Being Government institutions there are reservations in different National Law Universities. All NLUs have reservations for SCs and STs. Most have them for OBCs. Fewer have regional quotas and some also have reservations for women, wards of defence personnel and even NRI sponsored Candidates.
What is the fee structures of different NLUs?
The fee is usually in the frequency of Rs 1 Lakh or thereabouts per annum, and differs from student to student. However an education at National Law Universities shall allow you to earn the entire five years fees in a couple of months. Besides there are numerous options of scholarships, grants and student loans. Every economic section of the society is visible in National Law Schools. Some of the national law schools are known for their philosophy that all the student needs to do is qualify, they will take care of the fees.
Can I prepare simultaneously for Boards and CLAT?
You need to answer this question. Our experience indicates that the ratio of students who have just passed out and students who have dropped a year is 50:50 or thereabouts. CLAT is not a voluminous paper but one which requires consistent input. If you can draw a schedule you can work and qualify for the paper by putting in a couple of hours every week.
How do I appear for the CLAT and other law exams?
The form usually comes around the end of the year- November-December and is available both at physicial centres and also at the website www.clat.ac.in. Do visit the notification part of this website. All official information shall be available not only from CLAT but from all other examinations.
Each of these institutions originally had a separate entrance exam much to the annoyance of the aspirant (and to expense of the parent). When the grumbling became an argument, one such aspirant filed a petition at the Supreme Court of India. The Supreme Court of India mandated a common entrance exam for the then existent National Law Schools, and this judgement found animation in the form of the Common Law Entrance Exam or CLAT. Since then almost all National Law Schools, the notable exception being National Law University Delhi, admit students on their CLAT scores.
The Organizing Committee
The CLAT Committee consists of the Vice Chancellors, Registrars and senior persons from all the law schools covered by CLAT. The inaugural CLAT committee decided that the CLAT would be organized by rotation by the Universities in order of seniority by date of establishment. Accordingly, the Vice Chancellor of the conducting University, organizes the Thus NLSIU being the oldest of the National Law Schools conducted the first exam in 2008; 2009, 2010 and 2011 were organized by NALSAR,NLIU and NUJS respectively. The 2012 CLAT exam was conducted under the auspices of NLU, Jodhpur.