National Law Schools in India
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CLAT is a Common Law Admission Test conducted by the National Law Schools of India for admission to both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. Presently, India has twelve National Law Schools/Universities spread across different parts of the country. Until 2007, each of these schools conducted separate entrance examinations across the country for admission to their respective universities.
However, considering the inconvenience to students and expenses involved the University Grants Commission, Ministry of HRD and the National Law Universities jointly initiated a common law admission Test (CLAT) for admission to different National Law Universities of the Country.
National Law Universities/Schools
National LawSchool of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
The LL.M program is based on semester pattern and has four semesters. Few compulsory subjects in the first semester include Law and Social Transformation in India, Indian Constitutional Law, Judicial Process, and Research Methodology. You can opt for specializations like Tax Law, IP Rights, the WTO, Environmental Law, and Corporate Governance in the second and third semesters. The fourth semester of LL.M is for dissertation.
NALSAR University, Hyderabad
National LawInstitute University, Bhopal
NLIU offers five year B.A., LL.B (Hons.) and two year LL.M programs with specializations in Business Law, Environmental Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Law, Science & Technology. The university also offers sponsored training programmes in the areas of Consumer Protection Laws, Foundational Training for Public Prosecutors and Legal Research Methods.
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkatta
National LawUniversity, Jodhpur
NLU is the only law university in the country to have well equipped science laboratories including electronic and communications, computers, chemistry and life science (biotech) labs. The double honors stream offered by the university includes IP Rights, Business Law, Constitutional Law and International Law. The university also offers two-year LL.M programme.
Hidayatullah NationalLaw University, Raipur
HNLU follows semester pattern and offers five years B.A., LL.B, (Hons.) and two years LL.M programme with specialization in International Trade and Investment Law, IP Rights Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law, International Law and Organization, Labour, Capital and Law, Constitution and Legal Order, Human Rights Law and Administrative Law.
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
Following the success of CLAT 2008 that provided better quality of students, following four National Law Universities have also joined the CLAT 2009. In other words, if you clear CLAT henceforth, you can also seek admission the following National Law Universities apart from the ones listed above.
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Rajiv GandhiNational University of Law, Punjab
Chanakya NationalLaw University, Patna
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
All these universities have reserved quotas for foreign nationals. Contact the concerned university for further details of admission. Irrespective of undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, if you are an Indian seeking admission to any of these universities then you must clear CLAT. Each university has their own cut-offs and percentage of marks that are required for admission. However, special provisions exist for foreign nationals.
Eligibility for CLAT
Undergraduate Programmes: Students who are seeking admission to undergraduate law programmes must have completed 10+2 examinations or equivalent with not less than 50% of marks. However, aggregate of 45% in 10+2 examinations is sufficient for students belonging to SC/SCT/OBC quota and for persons with disability. Students appearing for the same qualifying exam during March/April are also eligible to apply for the corresponding year. However, they need to provide proof of passing of the qualifying exam or need to provide a detailed mark sheet during counseling. You must have completed 20 years as on 1 July. In case of persons with disability and students belonging to SC/ST/OBC the age relaxation is up to 22 as on 1 July.
Post-graduate Programmes :If you are seeking admission to the two-year postgraduate programs, then you must have either cleared the LL.B or B.L degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate. Students belonging to SC/ST/OBC and persons with disability have a relaxation of up to 50% in any of the above said law courses. Students appearing for their final year exams of LL.B or B.L are also eligible to apply provided they produce proof of passing the qualifying exam before or during the time of counselling.
CLAT is not applicable for postgraduate programs of NLU, Jodhpur. You will have to take a separate test from NLU, Jodhpur for admission to the same.
You can either prepare for CLAT from home or join training academies that offer training for CLAT preparation. These training academies conduct periodical tests and provide access to previous question papers of CLAT. Find the best training academy in your region that has an expert legal practitioner or legal trainer.