Studying law offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills and explore many aspects of human life. It gives you a chance to sharpen your mind, strengthen your understanding.
Creative problem solving, an eye for details, good communication skills, strong logical skills are some of the qualities required for a successful legal profession.
Various National level, State level and University level entrance exams are held across the country for admissions into different law colleges. Some of the popular law entrance exams are CLAT, AILET, LSAT India, MAH CET (LL. B) etc. The most popular among them is CLAT, (i.e. Common law admission test) which is a gateway to 22 National Law Universities. Thousands of students appear for CLAT every year.
All CLAT aspirants must remember that “Zeal without knowledge is a fire without light”.
One must supplement their eagerness and passion with the necessary efforts. Hence, it is important to know the type and pattern of questions asked in the exam and accordingly study smartly to crack the exam.
The Common law admission test (CLAT) is the dream examination of every student who is planning to carry forward his studies in the department of law after 12th. The Common law admission test (CLAT) is a national level entrance examination to get admission into one of the 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) across the country.
CLAT encounters more than 70,000 applicants every year and the number of applicants is on a constant rise.
The total number of intake through CLAT is just 2,300, and these 2,300 seats are spread across the 22 participating NLUs.
Most of these NLUs have a 100% placement record for its pass-outs. The average annual package of some top NLUs like NLU, Bangalore, NALSAR, Hyderabad and WBNUJS, Kolkata touches tens of lakhs. These institutes are heaven particularly for those students whose aim is to go in the corporate sector.
Till 2019 the CLAT examination included 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and the total allotted time was 120 minutes.
Age limit - There is no upper age limit.
Date of exam - CLAT 2020 is expected to be held in August 2020.
CLAT 2020 will be a 2-hour test, with 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
List of top 10 NLUs
National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
AILET is the entrance examination for admission into National Law University, Delhi. The NLU, Delhi is the only NLU out of the 23 present NLUs in the country that doesn’t adhere to CLAT score and conducts its own national level entrance test named ‘All India Law entrance test (AILET)’.
More than 20,000 applicants appear for AILET every year for admission to a meagre 80 seats.
The NLU, Delhi has scored stupendously in Placements of its students with a 100% placement of its 2019 batch, with a whooping median salary of almost 14 lakhs per annum. The total time allotted in AILET is 90 minutes and the total number of questions is 150 (MCQs).
An all India entrance examination is conducted for admissions to NLU Delhi for its undergraduate degree. The exam is conducted by National Law University Delhi.
Total Seats - 70
Negative marks – There is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
Exam Date - The date of AILET 2020 - Tentative August 9, 2020.
The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode.
Age limit - There is no upper age limit.
The Symbiosis Law Entrance Test is a common admission test for admission to the four Symbiosis law schools (SLS) situated each in Pune, Noida, Hyderabad and Nagpur.
After the inception of SLS Nagpur recently, it will also participate in SLAT, 2020. The total number of seats for the law undergraduate course is 900.
The Written aptitude test (WAT) is followed by Personal Interview (PI) for final selection.
Total Seats: 1080
Date of exam - Sunday, July 19, 2020
Mode of the Exam
The mode of the examination will be online and it will be held across 85 different cities of India.
The duration of the SLAT exam was 90 minutes for the objective test and 30 minutes is assigned for Written Ability Test.
Each question has only four responses.
No negative marking applicable for wrong answers.
LSAT is a national level entrance examination for admission into various deemed law schools in the country. The test is conducted by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
LSAT is a standardized entrance exam for admission to five years integrated law course, three years LL.B, LL.M and PhD.
An all India entrance examination conducted for admissions to Jindal Global Law School, UPES Dehradun, SRM University, Amity Law School for admissions to their undergraduate degree.
A total of 48 private colleges takes admission through LSAT score. Some top institutes that acknowledge LSAT score are Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual property law, IIT Kharagpur, O.P. Jindal Global law school and UPES, Dehradun.
In India, LSAT is conducted once a year and the exam duration is 2 hours 20 minutes.
No Negative marking.
Mode of exam - Pen and paper-based.
MAH CET LLB (5 years) 2020
An all India entrance examination is conducted for admissions to GLC Mumbai, ILS, Pune, Dr DY Patil College of Law Navi Mumbai, Dr Ambedkar College of Law Mumbai and others for admissions to their undergraduate degree.
No Negative marking.
Date of exam - not announced
While preparing for CLAT one must also understand the value of consistency and regular practise.
Any student appearing for CLAT should practice as many questions as one can. The students should appear in more and more mock tests. Mock test gauges your performance and scope of improvement required to excel in the exams.
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It helps in assessing your preparation with the preparation of other aspirants which is a particularly important factor in determining your rank as in CLAT exams.
Appearing in more and more mock tests will help you know your weaknesses and work on them.
Also, it will reduce the anxiety of appearing in the CLAT examination as a result of more and more practise.
All the best!
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