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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level law selection test for class twelfth passed students. It is conducted each year by The Consortium of NLUs for admission in UG and PG Law Program. By and large CLAT and its admission related exercise is led from December to June. Both Indian and NRI students are eligible for this test.
In India, there are 23 National Law Universities, the first of which is the National Law School of India University, which acknowledged its first understudy group in 1987. The National Law University, Delhi leads its own different entrance test, known as All India Law Entrance Test, out of the 23 NLUs.
HISTORY & INCEPTION
Till 2007, each National Law University (NLU) conducted separate entrance examinations to select students for their various degree programs. However, this caused a great deal of hardship and inconvenience to law aspirants, as each candidate had to take more than 10 separate entrance examinations. The practice of having separate entrance examinations was strongly condemned by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Varun Bhagat v Union of India and Others, W.P. No. 68 of 2006 prompting the Ministry of Human Resource Development (‘MHRD’), the University Grants Commission (‘UGC’), the Bar Council of India (‘BCI’) and the Vice Chancellors of seven (7) NLUs (NLSIU, NALSAR, WBNUJS, NLIU, NLUJ, HNLU and GNLU) to formulate a more rational and student friendly method of selecting the most promising candidates with legal aptitude.
A series of meetings and discussions resulted in an agreement amongst the NLUs to admit students on the basis of one common entrance examination conducted every year. Pursuant thereto, on 23.11.2007, the Vice-Chancellors of the abovementioned NLUs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MoU – 2007’) declaring the institution of a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). This suggestion got judicially recognized in the case of Rakesh Kumar Agarwalla & Ors. v. National Law School of India University, Bengaluru & Ors., AIR 2020 SC 4461 that came after the whole NLAT drama that ensued during the pandemic.
COMMON LAW ADMISSION TEST [CLAT]
Last date to apply: 31st March,2021
National Law School of India University, Bangalore
NLSIU, Bangalore was one of the pioneer National Law Universities. It is ranked at the top and is every CLAT aspirants aspired destination. It witnesses cutthroat competition for being the fortunate 120 students.
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
NALSAR, Hyderabad is the second ranked National Law University of India. Set up in 1998, this autonomous school has a decorated list of alumni. The candidates have to go through the rigorous selection to fight for 120 seats at this prestigious institution.
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
NUJS, Kolkata is one of the finest law schools of India. Set up in 1999, it enrolls 125 students each year. It offers an opportunity for holistic growth to the students. Students from over 17 countries come here to learn the law.
National Law University, Jodhpur
Located in the blue city, NLUJ was established in 1999. This institution holds the third rank and is also affiliated with various international institutions. Every year several aspirants try to make the cut and be the lucky ones. It offered degrees in BBA(Hons.), BA(Hons.) and BSC (Hons.)
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
GNLU, Gandhinagar was set up in 2003. It’s picturesque campus is set up in a picturesque area. This university is ranked as the fifth top law school of the country. It offers courses in BA LLB(Hons.), BBA LLB(Hons.), BSc LLB(Hons.), BSW (Hons.) to a total of 200 students
National Law Institute University, Bhopal
The National Law Institute University (NLIU) has been established by Act No. 41 of 1997 of the Madhya Pradesh Legislature to fill the gap and providing most modern legal education through multidisciplinary teaching and training of newer skills needed for the profession. The University launched its first academic programme in 1998 and teaching for five year B.A. LL.B. (Hons.). course commenced from September 1 of that year.
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) is a public law school and a National Law University in New Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. The University is named after the former Chief Justice of India, Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah. It is one of the autonomous law schools in India and being sixth in the series of such national law schools. It was established as a centre for legal excellence by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, Act (Act No.10 of 2003). The university offers a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) integrated Programme, an L.L.M. Programme, and PhD Course.
Ram Manohar Lohiya National law University, Lucknow
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, was established by an Act of Govt. of Uttar Pradesh in 2005, U.P. Act No.28 of 2005 and came into being on 4th of January 2006 to meet up the new challenges in legal field. Originally incorporated as 'Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law Institute, Uttar Pradesh' word 'Institute' was substituted by the 'University' later, vide an amendment in the Act in November 2006.This was done to give a comprehensive national character to the Institute on lines with the other premier National Law Universities of the Country.
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab, was established by the State Legislature of Punjab by passing the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab Act, 2006 (Punjab Act No. 12 of 2006). The Act incorporated a University of Law of national stature in Punjab, thereby fulfilling the need for a Centre of Excellence in legal education in the modern era of globalization and liberalization. The University acquired approval of the Bar Council of India (BCI) in July 2006..
Chanakya National Law University, Patna
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) is a public law school and a National Law University in Patna, Bihar, India. It was established in 2006 by the Government of Bihar (Bihar Act 24 of 2006) as a public university dedicated to the field of legal education. The Chief Justice of Patna High Court is the ex officio chancellor of the university. It is one of the autonomous law schools in India.
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
A State Law University and one of the reputed universities in Kerala state which comes in Kochi city of Ernakulam district. It was established by Act 27 of 2005 of the Kerala State Legislature. It was earlier known as National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). It is situated in Kochi - the industrial capital of Kerala and the seat of the Kerala High Court, a 10-acre plot in the Kinfra Hi-Tech Park at Kalamassery.
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
National Law University Odisha has received recognition from the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 12(b) of the UGC Act 1956, and has been receiving grants under the XIIth Plan. Its degrees offered are recognised by the Bar Council of India. It is also an associate member of the UGC-INFLIBNET, and a participant in the National Knowledge Network under the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication, Government of India.