CLAT – Common Law Admission Test
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted jointly by the University Grants Commission, the National Law Universities and Ministry of Human Resource Development. The test is set with the purpose of giving admission to graduate and postgraduate courses in legal education. This test is taken by a large number of candidates across the country for admission to Law programmes at seven National Law Universities in India. CLAT is an outcome of Public Interest Litigation which has been pending to the Supreme Court of India.
Seven Law Universities have taken initiative to conduct CLAT test. These institutes can be listed down as NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur, NLSIU Bhopal, HNLU Raipur, and GNLU Ahmedabad. These seven Law Universities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to conduct the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). The committee of all Vice-Chancellors agreed to conduct the test by National Law Universities rotationally on the basis of seniority.
The candidates who are seeking admission to the graduate and postgraduate programmes in legal education at these seven Law Universities are required to appear for the Common Law Admission Test. The admission totally depends on the basis of merit. The candidates will be ranked as per his/her performance in the entrance exam. In addition to these seven universities, there are some more universities which give admission to the candidates on the basis of merit in CLAT. These universities who relay on this test are Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Lucknow, Chanakya National University of Law Patna, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Punjab and National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi.
CLAT – Admission Details
The candidates can obtain the prospectus and application form along with the information brochure from the designated branches of the State Bank of India and Corporation Bank. The candidates are required to pay a necessary amount of fee to get application form. The application form can also be downloaded from the CLAT website. This form and Demand Draft for requisite amount to be drawn in favour of the Convener, and must be sent to CLAT, National Law School of India University, payable at Bangalore – 560 242.
CLAT – Useful Contact Information
Some Useful Information about CLAT
- The Conveners, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), National Law School of India University, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560 242