CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) | What is CLAT?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What is CLAT:
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by 14 National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).

Participating Schools/ Universities:
The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:
  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. 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 Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University, Orissa (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
Conduct of CLAT:
The first CLAT Committee (consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the participating institutes) decided that the test should be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. Accordingly-
  1. CLAT-2008 conducted by (NLSIU, Bangalore)
  2. CLAT-2009 conducted by (NALSAR, Hyderabad)
  3. CLAT-2010 conducted by (NLIU, Bhopal)
  4. CLAT 2011 conducted by (WBNUJS, Kolkata)
  5. CLAT-2012 is being conducted by National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU, Jodhpur).
Programme Offered by CLAT:

Under-Graduate Programme Offered by the National Law Universities

  • Five year integrated B.A./B.Sc., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Courses Offered by NUJS, NLU Jodhpur and GNLU.
  • Five year integrated B.B.A, LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Courses Offered by GNLU, NLU Jodhpur and NLUO.
  • Five year integrated B.S.W./B.Com., LL.B. (Hons.) Degree Courses Offered by GNLU.
Post-Graduate Programme Offered by the National Law Universities:

  • CNLU, Patna and NUSRL, Ranchi do not offer this course
  • Two Year LL.M Degree Course: NLUO offers Conjoint LL.M.- Ph. D. Programme
  • Eligibility for Under-Graduate Programmes To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2012: A candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent qualification from a recognised Board with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PWD). Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and persons with Disability) as on 1st July, 2012. The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.
  • Eligibility for Post-Graduate Programmes To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2012: A candidate should have obtained a LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognised University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST /OBC and persons with Disability). Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. Subject to state reservation at the University concerned The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.
Mode of Admission:
  • Admission to LL.B. courses: The basic principle of admission to LL.B. Courses through CLAT will remain the same i.e. merit cum preference. The institute-wise preferences shall be obtained from the candidates in the application form itself. The first merit list of the candidates will be made available to the respective participating institute as per merit cum preference basis. This list (institute-wise allotment) will be published along with the declaration of the result itself and the candidates will be asked to deposit their full fees with the respective Law Schools/ Universities allotted to them. The eligibility criteria will be checked by the respective Law Schools/Universities at the time of admission.In case a vacancy exists in any Law School/University after completion of the formalities related to First List, the second merit list will be declared including the list of re-shuffled candidates. If any candidate who has deposited fee earlier is shifted to other Law Schools/Universities of higher preference; his/her total fees will be transferred accordingly and any difference in the fees shall be taken care of by the concerned Law School/ University where the candidate is finally allotted a seat.All offers of admission by CLAT-2012 shall be provisional and shall not create any right to admission in favour of a candidate. CLAT-2012 will not be responsible for any expenditure incurred by the candidate on travel etc.Under no circumstances shall change of University be allowed after a candidate is admitted to a University.
  • Admission to LL.M. Courses: In case of admission to LL.M. Courses, admission will be finalized by the respective institutes on the basis of the score of the candidates in CLAT-2012. The CLAT-2012 will publish the general merit list and also category wise merit list. After the declaration of the results, the candidates shall be required to submit application for admission to institute(s) of his/her choice in the format to be made available on the CLAT website: Score card, information letter and application Proforma will be sent to individual student. The filled in application may be sent by either email or hard copy within a period 20 clear days from the date of declaration of the results. The last-date will be notified on the CLAT website. There will be no application fee in this respect. The eligibility, reservations etc. will be determined and checked by the concerned institute. However, the relative merit of the candidates, within each category, will be determined solely on the basis of their score in CLAT-2012.

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