Quite similar to the common aptitude test for MBA’s, joint entrance exam for the IITs and AIPMT for the medical aspirants, aspiring lawyers will have to take the two-hour CLAT consisting of objective-type questions on English language, general knowledge, basic mathematics, legal and logical reasoning.
The two-hour admission test will be entirely in the objective questions format covering English, general knowledge, basic mathematics, besides legal and logical reasoning. The combined brochure containing information about the seven law universities, the courses on offer and the eligibility criteria will be posted on the official website of CLAT, www.clat.ac.in. There are other colleges in India that have their own entrance test like the Christ University entrance test, Bangalore that is held all over south India etc.
The prominent colleges among the 11 are National Law School of India University, Bangalore; National Law Institute University, Bhopal; West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata; National Law University, Jodhpur; and Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur and GNLU.
Each of the seven universities will conduct the CLAT exam by rotation "The common entrance exam will be a major reform in legal education. It may ultimately lead to a strong network of law universities and encourage the exchange of ideas and help improve the quality of legal education in the country. Nalser Hyderabad will be conducting the CLAT this year. The first CLAT was conducted by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, with its Vice-Chancellor A. Jaya govind being the convenor of this year’s common entrance test. Besides the National Law Schools at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Raipur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Jodhpur, CLAT will also be conducted at Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Shillong, Jammu, Guwahati, Patna, Jaipur, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar.
Students who have passed the Higher Secondary school examination 10+2 system or an equivalent examination securing 50% in all the core subjects and English language put together. The student should not be 20 years of age on July 1 of the year of admission (22 years for SC/ST) are permitted to take up the exam.
Admission to the premier institutions is made purely based on the merit in Common Law Admission Test. The admission of foreign nationals is based on satisfying the prescribed academic qualification and on an interview. They are exempted from the admission test and the rules concerning the age limit. There are several other colleges that do not require a separate entrance exam but admit students based on the score in the board exams, there are also a few colleges that offer correspondence courses in law.
List of LAW Entrance Examinations in India
1. KIIT Law School Admission Test (KLSAT)
2. Gujarat National Law University Entrance Examination
3. Chanakya National Law University Entrance Exam
4. Government of Kerala Law Entrance Examination
5. Aligarh Muslim University
6. Christ College of Law Entrance Test
7. Government Law College Maharashtra
8. Indian Law Institute Common Admission Test
9. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University of Law Entrance Exam
10. National University of Advanced Legal Studies
11. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Entrance Exam
12. Symbiosis Law School Entrance Exam
13. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
14. National Law Institute University Entrance Examination
15. National Law University (NLU) Entrance Test
16. Amity Law School Entrance Exam
17. Banaras Hindu University Faculty of Law
18. University of Delhi
19. Hidayatullah National Law University HNLU National Entrance Test
20. Punjabi University Law Common Entrance Test (CET)
21. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Entrance Exam
22. Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University