Clearing CLATThe first ever Common Law Admission Test is scheduled to be held on May 11.
offers tips on how to crack itSunil Verma heaves a sigh of relief. So do countless others.They have good reason to. Students vying for admission to a National Law Universitywill no longer have to appear for multiple entrance examinations, the ones that used to beorganised by law schools. From now on, aspiring lawyers will have to take a commonadmission test just like their peers seeking admission to the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).It all started when Varun Bhagat, an aspirant, filed a case against multiple law entranceexaminations in 2006. The case was pending in the Supreme Court, till the apex courtdirected the seven law universities in 2007 to hold a common admission test.Consequently, the universities agreed to a proposal of the Union human resourcedevelopment ministry to conduct a common law admission test and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed.The law universities that are signatories to the MoU are the National Law School of IndiaUniversity (NLSIU), Bangalore; the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad; the National Law Institute University, Bhopal; the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta; the National Law University, Jodhpur; the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur; and the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.The first ever Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), scheduled to be held on May 11,will be conducted at the seven law universities in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Calcutta,Raipur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Jodhpur, besides Delhi, Chennai, Cochin, Mumbai,Chandigarh, Shillong, Jammu, Guwahati, Patna and Jaipur. Around 10,000 applicants will be vying for 700 seats, indicating tough competition for those aspiring to study LLB programmes run by the seven national law universities.The two-hour CLAT will be in the objective format, comprising five sections: English (40marks), general knowledge (50 marks), basic mathematics (20 marks), legal aptitude (40marks) and logical reasoning (50 marks). There will be no negative marking. With CLAT being held for the first time, legal aspirants are in the dark regarding the preparationrequired for the test. Experts are of the opinion that the test will be a simple one based onthe format previously used by the various national law schools.“It’s a bit premature to ask for ways to go about preparing for the test as the modalities of the question paper are yet to be decided. Students will definitely be supplied withguidelines along with their application kit,” says V. Keshava Rao, registrar of theChanakya National Law University, Patna — one of the national law universities that willuse CLAT scores as a criterion for admission in the academic year 2008-2009.