The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India law entrance examination conducted by 14 National Law Schools / Universities for admissions to their undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). This year CLAT will be conducted by National Law University, Jodhpur. CLAT -2012 is scheduled to be held on 13 May 2012 (Sunday).
List of participating Institutes for CLAT
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
- National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU)
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University, Orissa
- National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
- National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam
CLAT 2012 Paper Pattern (UG Courses)
- Total Marks 200
- Total number of questions (MCQ’s) 1 mark each 200
- Duration of examination Two Hours
- Subject areas with weightage
- English including Comprehension 40 Marks
- General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 Marks
- Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
- Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
- Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness 50 Marks
CLAT 2012 Paper Pattern (PG Courses
- Total Marks 200
- Duration of examination Two Hours
- Multiple-choice Questions
- (100 questions of 1 mark each) Pertaining to subject areas, viz,
- Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Criminal Law,
- Constitutional Law and Legal Theory
- Short-answer questions
- (100 Marks) 10 questions of 10 marks each
Availability of CLAT 2012 Application Forms
CLAT 2012 application forms can be obtained from designated branches of State Bank of India Application forms can also be requested by writing to, Convener, CLAT-2012, National Law University, Jodhpur by enclosing a DD for Rs. 3000 (Rs. 2500 in case of SC / ST / PWD). DD should be drawn in favour of the “National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C and payable at Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Eligibility for Under-Graduate Programmes CLAT -2012
- 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.o 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.
- Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.
CLAT-2012 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.
Important dates for CLAT 2012
- Issue of application forms 02 January 2012
- Last date to receive application forms 31 March 2012
- Issue of Hall Tickets to the candidates from Till 14 April 2012
- Date of CLAT 2012 12 May 2012 (Sunday)
- CLAT 2012 Results 28 May 2012
Download CLAT 2012 brochure
CLAT previous year question papers
CLAT 2012 application forms
Read About National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR), National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU),The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS), National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU), Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU), Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL), Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS), National Law University, Orissa, National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi, National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam
National Law University, Delhi established in 2008 by Act No.1 of 2008 of National Capital Territory of Delhi and with the initiative of High Court of Delhi is another Law University in the list of premier law Universities established in India. The vision of the University is to create a Global Legal Institution which will compete with the best outside India and to prepare Lawyers for a legal career that introduces them to wide range of opportunities in legal profession across the globe. The University's State of Art infrastructure is near completion at Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi with all facilities for best of learning and research.
Course Offered by National Law University, Delhi
- The University initially offers a 5-year integrated B.A., LL.B (Hons.) Degree Programme with effect from the Academic Year 2008-09 starting in August, 2008.
- The National Law University Delhi invites application from eligible candidates for admission in to the following B.A.,LL.B. (Hons), LL.M. and Ph.D. Programmes.
- Admission to B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M and Ph.D. Programmes will be through
All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), which is conducted on 6th May, 2012.
Contact Detail of National Law university, Delhi
National Law university,
DelhiSector-14, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110078
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About the National School of India
The National Law School of India University was established with a view to make it a trail-blazer in legal education in India. In its short life span from 1987 until the present day it has managed to do this and more. It's various activities and courses offered and the various laurels it has won across the globe are amply dealt with in the prospectus and other official literature. What we'd like to give you now is a picture of what life in law school is like from a student's perspective. The nitty-gritties of being a student at India's premier legal institution have been put under the microscope and examined in detail for the benefit of aspiring law-schoolites --- Law School Tutorials.
NLS Bangalore tops India Today's law school rankings once more!
Admission Eligibility: 10+2 School Examination or equivalent with not less than 50% marks (Students taking qualifying examination in March/April 2004 are also eligible to apply)
Age Limit: Below 20 years as on 1st July,2012 (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates)
The BA, LLB (Hons) course, though available presently in various other universities around India, saw its inception at NLSIU. Such an integrated course was conceived of with an objective to bring legal education on par with other professional courses like medicine and engineering, where a student fresh out of high-school can make an immediate career choice. The course is of 5 years duration. The curriculum for the course is a mix of social science subjects and legal subjects. In the first two years, a student at NLS Bangalore will be taught History, Political Science, Sociology and Economics along with the standard legal subjects. After that it is mainly legal subjects that constitute the curriculum. There are subjects taught at NLS which are not to be found in other institutions of its kind like International Commercial Transactions & Law, Poverty & Development.In the final year the students get to special in whichever areas they like and to do seminar courses in them. There is a plethora of seminar courses offered right from Air & Space law and medical law to cyber laws.The faculty teaching at NLS is selected from among the best available in their respective fields and the reputation of the university itself attracts the best faculty from all over India. Visiting faculty includes eminent names from all over India and the world. Ram Jethmalani, JS Verma, Kaushik Basu, Michael Kirby; these are just a few of the eminent personalities who have graced the NLS visiting faculty list. Apart from the regular courses that constitute the compulsory curriculum, there are also offered from time to time, optional single credit courses. These courses are generally taken by experts from outside law-school over a short period of time, a fortnight at the most. Some of the titles of these single credit courses have included, 'Politics in India', 'Admiralty Law', 'Law and Cinema'. These courses are completely optional and can be taken up by a student according to his interest and convenience. Placements (Work Experience): Every student is required to do at least three placements during his course at NLS. A placement is a 36 day internship that the student does with a lawyer or law firm of his choice, subject to the applicable regulations.A student is required to do at least one trial and one appellate court placement. Other options for doing placements include NGOs (Non-governmental Organisations), International Organisations like Oxfam, Amnesty International, newspapers or corporate houses. These placements give the NLS graduate a distinct advantage over his peers from other institutions as s/he would have had the hands-on experience of working as a lawyer in addition to the classroom knowledge that he acquires as part of the course.
Recreational Facilities :-
For those who favour physical exercise, NLSIU offers fairly decent sporting facilities. A football field, a basketball court, two volleyball/throwball courts, a clay tennis court are some of the sporting facilities available on campus. In addition to this the men's and women's hostels have badminton courts and table tennis tables. There is also a well-equipped gym open from 6 am to 8 pm. There is a common room in the academic block, which has a television with cable connection, as well as magazines and board games and a carom board. The men's and women's hostels have common rooms as well with television sets and Table tennis tables. The men's hostel has its own library, which in addition to academic books has a limited selection of light reading. Though not officially classified as a recreational activity, the computer room with internet access, is a form of recreation available to the students. Though its mandate wouldn't stretch beyond communication and education, the internet is undeniably a method of recreation for those interested in reading about anything.
The Computer Lab:-
The computer room used to be referred to as the A/C room because of the fact that the only thing that functioned properly in it were the air-conditioners, but all that has changed with the full revamp of the computer lab carried out in November 2001. The computer lab now has 30 state-of-art computers connected to the internet and equipped with MS Office XP. The internet connection is provided by a 256 kbps high-speed dedicated leased line and it is faster than anything one would get to use otherwise (unless you were rich enough to have your own personal DSL line). It is going to be open 24 hours so those not privileged to have a computer of their own will not be handicapped in any way as far as access to computers is concerned. A scanner, dot-matrix printer and CD-writer are also available in the computer lab for the use of students.
NLSIU has three libraries. The textbook section (affectionately referred to as the 'downstairs library' for obvious reasons) and the journals and periodicals section as well as the Subroto Roy Choudhary library (affectionately referred to the upstairs library and SRC library). These libraries have different timings. The downstairs library opens at 8 am and is open till midnight, though books are not issued after 5.00 pm (officially, but unofficially a lot of 'please please' can work wonders). The books in the downstairs library are fully searchable on a computerized database and this is very useful indeed. A similar database of journal articles is also in the process of being compiled. Each student is issued a library card and is allowed to issue one book on it. The books have to be returned by the next working day failing which a strict fine is incurred. The first two days you pay a a fine of Rs 2/- per day and after that Rs 5/- per day. Fines are imposed strictly (no, 'please, please' does not work in this regard). The journals and periodicals section is open from 11 am till midnight. The SRC library is open from 2 pm till midnight. Books in these libraries cannot be issued. All libraries are provided with Photocopiers for the use of students. Copies can be made at 50p per copy (double-sided). But at times the backlog for photocopying (esp. journals section) can get so huge that your copy can take over a day! The upstairs library also has a laser printer which the students can use to print projects, seminar papers and other assignments at Rs. 3/- per page. Both SRC and the journals and periodicals section are open on Sunday till 4 pm.
There is one main academic block (referred to as acad. block or ad. block) which houses all the classrooms, the libraries, the computer room and the faculty chambers, along with all the various centres that NLSIU runs like CCL(Centre for Child and the Law), TILEM (The Institute for Legal Ethics and Medicine), and NIHR(National Institute of Human Rights). There is one classroom for each year, classrooms being equipped with sound systems and Overhead projectors
Extra-Curriculars and Co-Curriculars
- Activity Based Committees:- NLS has various activity based committees, which allow students to pursue co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. These committees have a merit-based selection procedure and are active through the year.
- Legal Services Clinic:- Probably the most high profile of the Activity Based Committees, the LSC, has a mediation centre at Ramnagaram, a village outside Bangalore, where the students attempt to provide a system for alternate dispute resolution. The LSC also hold legal literacy programmes and is in the process of setting up a mediation centre right on campus for the use of the public.
- Law and Technology:- At one time the most redundant of the committees, el~Tek has of late become a very active flag-bearer for the concept of an e-lawschool. El~Tek is in charge of the maintenance of the computer lab as well as the co-ordination of the efforts to make NLS a fully digital law school.
- Cultural Committee:- Committee in charge of conducting cultural events in college and in charge of selecting the university teams for cultural events.
- Literary & Debating Society:- Committee in charge of conducting Literary& Debating events in college and in charge of selecting the university teams for literary and debating events. They lso conduct the famous NLS Debate, India's first and only international debate competition. Read more about this year's competition.
- Moot Court Society:- Committee in charge of holding moot court competitions, both intra-college and inter-college, also responsible for the selection of the university teams for moot courts.
- Sports Committee:- Committee in charge of conducting sporting events within the college as well as Spiritus, law school's annual sports inter-collegiate sports fest. Also in charge of selecting university teams for sporting events.
- Law & Society:- The youngest of the ABCs, Law & Society is in charge of examining social issues in the light of India's legal framework.
- Event Management Committee:- Committee in charge of organizing Le'Gala, law school's annual cultural fest.
- Student Advocate Committee:- Committee in charge of publishing the Student Advocate, law school's law journal, as well as in charge of maintaining the notice boards.
- Campus Development & Management Committee:- Environmental Concerns and the Campus
- Events in Law School
Le-Gala & Strawberry Fields:-
Held over three days during the last weekend of November every year, Le-Gala is law school's prestigious Lit'n'Cul fest. Held concurrently is Strawberry Fields, the annual muzik fest, which is India's largest & best loved rock fest.In a short span of 5 years Le-Gala and Strawberry Fields have established a reputation that any other fest in the country would be hard pressed to match. Colleges from all over the country come for Le-Gala and there are over 40 different events happening over the three days. And to assure absolute fairness, NLS does not participate. Strawberry Fields is India's favourite rock fest, for the bands and the fans. Bands from all over India come to be part of this festival where the final night attracts a crowd well in excess of 10,000. The satisfaction of seeing the successful completion of Le-Gala and Strawberry Fields, after putting in months of toil, is unmatchable.
Though only two years old, Spiritus is slowly but steadily gaining a reputation in the Bangalore sports fest circuit. Currently restricted to Bangalore colleges, spiritus is set to go all-india, in its future editions. Spiritus 2001 was held in the second week of December.PN Bhagwati, Afro-Asian, Commonwealth & Other Moot Courts:-
The National Law School hosts its very own constitutional law moot court competition, the PN Bhagwati Moot Court Competition. It is considered to be among the finest moots in the country. NLS also organizes the afro-asian moot court competition, where teams from all over Asia and Africa compete. NLS also hosts the Indian rounds of the prestigious Commonwealth Moot Court competition. In addition to all this, NLS also hosts various other national moot courts which are hosted in rotation by different universities.
In mid-May, is organized the Univ. week, which is basically a week of fun and games for the whole college. Various inter-class competitive events are held by the Cultural Committee and L'n'D. There are dress-themes for every day of the week and whacky competitions held everyday. Univ. Week 2001, featured a performance by Angeldust, one of Bangalore's finest rock bands. All this is topped off with a dinner hosted by college for all the students and parents/local guardians who wish to attend.
The National Law School has won laurels in various fields connected and disconnected with the law. One of the main strengths of NLS is in the mooting department. National Law School teams have won the most prestigious moot court competitions in India and Abroad. The Philip C Jessup moot court competition (Washington), considered the most prestigious in the world was won by a team from NLS in 1999. The International Client Counselling Competition, held in Chicago was also won by the National Law School in 1999. The Stetson moot court competition in Florida was won by the National Law School team in 2001. NLS also won the Afro-Asian moot court competition in 1999. NLS has shown creditable performances in other international moots like the Commonwealth Moot and The Vienna Moot Court Competition. Every prestigious moot court competition in India has been won by National Law School many times over. The Bar Council of India moot, the GLC Mumbai moot, The Kerala Law Academy moot ' the list is endless.
This is not saying that NLS students restrict themselves to mooting as a non-curricular activity. Teams from National Law School have excelled in Literary and Cultural fests all over India. Notable performances at IIT-Bombay's Mood-Indigo, JIPMER's Spandan, IIT-Madras's Saarang, and pretty much every single Bangalore fest have established the formidable reputation for NLS teams on the college fest circuit.
One of the aspects of NLS that sets it apart from similar institutions is the 'campus recruitment' that happens at the end of the course. Any student who desires to sit for recruitment can do so. Recruiters include top corporate houses & law firms from India & Abroad. These jobs include positions as legal advisers to corporates and practicing members of law firms. A sample list of recruiters (past & present ) would include Arthur Andersen, Wipro, Infosys, Hindustan Lever, ICICI, SAIL, GESCO, Tata Sons, Amarhchand Mangaldass, Pathak & Associates, ARA Law, DSK Legal. International recruiters have included Linklaters (the world's largest law firm) from London & Khattar & Wong from Singapore. With the opening up of the service sector in compliance with WTO norms, this list should see a huge addition of foreign names in the near future. Around 30 ' 40 students sit for recruitment every year and there are generally over 150 posts available, and many recruiters have to leave disappointed.
Either adapts the world the way it is or brings a change to make a world adopt you as you are. They are the only two conditions on which a man spends his entire span of life. It is in his hands which route he desires to travel but it is well said that wherever a person goes his actions are somewhere controlled by law. But without a good lawyer people are helpless along with the laws. Lawyers are just a part of those hands which are made to govern as well as for proper implementation of laws.
Many students since last decade have profoundly taken law as their profession and therefore encouraging legal studies National Law Universities came into existence. There are many other law schools granting law education but NLUs are among the top universities. National Law School of India University is the first Indian University, established exclusively for legal studies and research in Bangalore, Karnataka in 1988.
For admission to various law universities students were obliged to appear for several separate entrance exam which came to end in 2008 with introduction of Common Law Admission Test. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by 11 National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The 11 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR).
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU).
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS).
- National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU).
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU).
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU).
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU).
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL).
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU).
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS).
As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the first CLAT Committee (consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the participating NLUs) decided that the test should be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. CLAT-2008 (NLSIU, Bangalore), CLAT-2009 (NALSAR, Hyderabad), CLAT-2010 (NLIU, Bhopal) and CLAT-2011 (WBNUJS,Kolkata) were conducted accordingly.
CLAT is conducted for admission to the 5 year undergraduate programme and also for the 2 year post graduate programme as offered by National Law Universities .One get selected for these universities on the basis of his/her rank in the CLAT entrance exam.
To be eligible to appear for CLAT entrance exam, a candidate should have passed his/her Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability). Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test (The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.). 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).
5 year integrated BA, B.Sc, B.Psc, BBA and BCom LL.B (Hons) Degree Courses are offered in National Law Universities. B.Sc is offered by NUJS, NLU Jodhpur and GNLU. Bachelor in Political Science is offered by NLU Jodhpur. Bachelor of Social Welfare and Policy , a new course is under consideration to be introduced will be offered by GNLU.
CLAT entrance exam for undergraduate programmes consists of 200 objective type questions of 200 marks to be completed in 2 hours. Subject areas of exam paper are English with comprehension (40 marks), General Knowledge/ Current Affairs (50 marks), Mathematics (20 marks), Logical Reasoning (45 marks) and Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness (45 marks).
To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2011 a candidate should have obtained a LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized 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.
Two Year LL.M Degree Course is offered by all national Law Universities except Patna which does not offer this course.
It comprises of 200 marks question paper of 2 hours duration subdivided into 100 marks objective type paper and 2 questions of essay each carrying 50 marks based on subject areas like Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory.
Admission procedure for foreigners
Foreign nationals are not permitted to sit for CLAT-2011 but for them few seats are reserved ( Actual no. of seats will be decided by the university at the time of admission ).Those desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals. However if you are a foreign national and hold either a PIO or OCI card, you would have parity with NRIs in educational fields.
Utilization of Domicile Certificate
This certificate is not applicable in each university for admission. The domicile certificate would be required to claim an admission under the domicile reservation of NALSAR-Hyderabad, NLIU-Bhopal, HNLU-Raipur, GNLU- Gandhinagar, RMLNLU-Lucknow, RGNLU-Patiala, NUALS-Kochi. Domicile can be obtained by birth and this may be proved through birth / residential certificate issued by competent authority. Candidates who fall under \'Other\' in domicile category are not required to submit any certificate.
Before CLAT 2011 students were asked to fill preference list given in the application form and on the basis of these preferences and ranks obtained, students were allocated colleges but CLAT 2011 has seen a dramatic change and therefore previous system of asking applicants preferences of institution at the time of filing the application form has been done away with. In an attempt to allow for more informed choice, CLAT 2011 applicants had asked to make a selection of institutions after the declaration of results.
There is no negative marking in the exam. CLAT score is valid for a period of one year. The cutoff may vary according to the institute where the candidates are seeking admission.
- Overall cutoff = 130+
- NLS Bangalore = 160+
- NALSAR Hyderabad = 152 – 160
- NUJS Kolkata = 145 – 152
- NLIU Bhopal = 140 – 145
- NLU Jodhpur = 138 – 145
Not only NLUs can dominate over CLAT scores for admissions but there are other colleges too which have been permitted to utilize CLAT scores since 2011.Following are the colleges which have been granted permission:
- Andhra Pradesh University of Law, Palace Layout, Pedawaltair, Viskhapatnam
- Jodhpur National University, Narandi, Jahnwar Road, Jodhpur
- Siddhartha Law College, Sahastradhara Road, Near IT Park, Dehradun
- SOA National Institute of Law, Faculty of Legal Studies, Siksha O Anusandhan University, Khandagiri Square, Bhubaneswar
- Institute of Law, Nirma University, Sarkhej-Gandhinagar Highway, Post Chandlodia, Via Gota, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
- In addition to this, CLAT has also entered into a MOU with the Indian Oil Corporation, whereby IOC would be utilizing CLAT scores as one of the selection criteria for recruitment of legal professionals to IOC.
Generally procedure of CLAT exam begins in the month of January and definitely ,students with a dream of becoming a successful lawyer in their eyes must have set up their goal beforehand and would have began their race to grasp their success. Best Of Luck to all the students for their forthcoming CLAT exam.