Common Law Admission Test – CLAT

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised test for admission to prominent National Law Universities in India. The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrate under graduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws (LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities. This test was conducted for the first time on 11 May 2008 by NLSIU-Bangalore. The second CLAT, for the academic year 2009-10, was conducted on 17 May 2009 by NALSAR-Hyderabad and subsequently by the preceding NLU(s) according to their establishment.

Participating National Law Universities

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  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 Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli

Under-graduate programme offered by National Law Universities

The information of the under-graduate program offered at the various National law Universities with the duration and the specializations have been provided in detail under the sections of each University. The candidates are also advised to check the websites of respective Universities from time to time to keep themselves updated about the changes in the course structure and other details.

Eligibility

To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2014, a candidate should have obtained a Higher Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates) and should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2014 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates) *. Candidates who are appearing in March/April, 2014 or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and must be able to submit proofs in support of their claims. No provisional admission shall be provided to those candidates who are not submitting the result of the qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2) at the time of admission.

* Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.

Post-graduate programme offered by the National Law Universities

The information of the LL.M. degree course offered at the various National law Universities with the duration and the specializations have been provided in detail under the sections of each University. The candidates are also advised to check the websites of respective Universities from time to time to keep themselves updated about the changes in the course structure and other details.

Eligibility

To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2014, a candidate should have obtained a LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. degree/any other equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% marks in case of SC and ST category candidates) *. The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking admission provided that such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities. The candidates who have appeared or are appearing in the qualifying degree examination by March/April, 2014 are also eligible to appear in the test. Such candidates may submit the final results of the qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective Universities and shall be provided provisional admission only.

* Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.

Pattern of Test

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Procedure for Application

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Mode of Application

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Previous Question Papers

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Institutions using CLAT Score

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