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Like last year, and the year before that, the Common Law Admission Test has attracted its fair share of controversy. And, if past editions are any indication, the controversy shall continue even after the examination is held. This year’s biggest story was the removal of the upper age-limit for the examination, prompted by a decision of a Single Bench of the Allahabad High Court.
It was a decision the Supreme Court refused to interfere with, with RMLNLU (campus pictured above) choosing not to file an appeal in the Allahabad High Court. Hence an age limit will no longer be a criterion for gaining admission into the national law universities.
But apart from the seemingly inevitable litigation, this year’s edition also saw a number of technological changes. Most significantly, the entire process has moved online, right from registrations to the actual test itself. In fact, this has been one of the proposals mooted by RMLNLU vice chancellor, Dr. Gurdip Singh, and accepted by the CLAT Committee.
What were the cut-offs?
Last year, we ran a piece on the gender parity across the national law universities for the year 2014-15. While researching for that column, we compiled a table containing the cut-offs at the different CLAT law schools.
|Law School||General Cut-off|
How much will it cost?
The average first year fees hover around the Rs. 1,90,000 figure. Five universities have hiked their fees, with NUSRL at Ranchi remaining the most expensive option. The numbers below have been taken from the CLAT-brochure and may not include hostel fees and other expenses.
|Law School||First Year Fees (in Rs)|
How have the placements been?
For more information on placements you can follow our #RecTracker series which tracks down the recruitment figures at different law schools.
The table below gives you some indication of the recruitments for the Class of 2016 at six different law schools (including the non-CLAT NLU Delhi)
|NLSIU||NUJS||NALSAR||NLU J||GNLU||NLU D||TOTAL|
|Khaitan & Co||7||12||5||5||3||5||37|
|Luthra & Luthra||5||8||6||10||1||3||33|
Any other useful information?
The National Law University – Mumbai recently announced that it would be conducting its own separate entrance examination. The youngest NLU will be starting its academic session this year, with a temporary campus within the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.
Lastly, Uber is now offering a free ride to all those who will be writing the CLAT this Sunday (Simply use the promo code BarBenchCLAT for a free ride upto Rs. 400)