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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the first common entrance test for seven national law schools in India. Being conducted for the first time in 2008-2009, the number of questions and marks alloted to each question is still undetermined.

However, the pattern of the exam will broadly be modeled on the entrance exam pattern of NLSIU. The entrance exams for LLB or undergraduate law programmes and LLM or postgraduate law programmes are conducted separately.

Duration of CLAT- 2 hours.

Important: There is no negative marking in the test.


CLAT test format for undergraduates

The questions asked in the entrance test at undergraduate level are objective type.
Test SectionsMarks Allotted
English 40 marks
General Knowledge 50 marks
Mathematics 20 marks
Legal Aptitude 40 marks
Logical Reasoning 50 marks

CLAT test format for postgraduates

Test SectionsMarks Allotted
English Language 50 marks
Short notes on topics having legal aspects 50 marks
Short essay on topics related to Indian Constitution Law 50 marks
Short essay on topics related to jurisprudence 50 marks

The questions in the first section are objective type. Other sections of your paper will only be valued, if you get at least 25 marks, out of 50, in this section.

CLAT eligibility

At undergraduate level:

CategoryAge LimitAcademic Qualification
General 20 years (on 1st July, 2008) 10+2 with 50% marks
SC/ST 22 years (on 1st July, 2008) 10+2 with 50% marks

Those appearing the final exams at 10+2 level may also apply.

At postgraduate level:

Students who have done their LLB from an accredited university with 50% marks can apply for LLM entrance exams. If you are appearing for final year in LLM, you can apply for the entrance test but your admission will be confirmed, only when you submit the results with required level of scores.

CLAT application procedure

  • Application forms and the brochure are available at the designated branches of the Corporation Bank and State Bank of India for 2,000 only (inclusive of bank charges and test fee, or
  • You can download the form online from Print the form, complete it and send it with all the enclosures and a Demand Draft of Rs 2,000 payable at Bangalore in favour of Convener, CLAT.

The applications are to be sent to:

The Convener, CLAT,
National Law School of India University,
Bangalore -560 242

CLAT 2008: Important dates

Applications will be available from: 31st January
Application deadline (last date of submission): 10th April
Examination date: 11th May
Results are announced on: 17th May
Notification of vacancies: 31st May
Admissions are finalized on: 7th June

Law Schools participating in CLAT

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar

Other Law Schools requiring CLAT

  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, Patiala

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