CLAT

Common Law Admission Test

CLAT is the premier law entrance exam for students wishing to pursue a career in law. The CLAT exam is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities for admission into their 5 year undergraduate integrated law programs and postgraduate courses.

What is the CLAT exam?
The CLAT exam is an aptitude based examination which tests an aspirant’s suitability for the legal profession. This exam is conducted annually for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

There are two types of CLAT Exam:

CLAT UG exam: The CLAT UG exam is for students who want to pursue their 5 year integrated law.
CLAT PG exam: The CLAT PG exam is for aspirants who wish to pursue their Master in Law after having completed their Bachelor study.

Who conducts the CLAT exam?
CLAT, or the Common Law Admission Test is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities. There are 23 National Law Universities in India. Out of these 23, 22 NLUs admit students to their institutions through the CLAT exam. NLU Delhi has its separate entrance exam by the name of AILET, All India Law Entrance Test.

A permanent CLAT Secretariat was established in Bangalore, the birthplace of the first NLU, in 2018. However, the exam is conducted by the Executive Committee of the Consortium of NLUs.

CLAT Exam Eligibility
The eligibility for CLAT exam varies based upon which exam you are appearing for. The same can be explained as follows:

CLAT Eligibility Criteria for 5 Year Law/ UG Students
For students wishing to appear for the CLAT UG exam, the following eligibility criteria applies:

CLAT age limit: There is NO upper age limit for students wanting to appear for the CLAT UG programs. Earlier there a was an age limit, but it was removed by an order of the Supreme Court.

CLAT Minimum Educational Requirement: A candidate wanting to appear for the CLAT UG Exam, must have qualified 10+2 or an equivalent examination with the following marks:
I. Forty five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories.
II. Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
A candidate appearing for their 10+2 or an equivalent examination in the same year is also eligible to sit for the exam, provided he/she is able to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria for LLM/ PG Students
For students wishing to appear for the CLAT PG exam, the following eligibility criteria applies:

CLAT age limit: There is NO upper age limit for students wanting to appear for the CLAT PG programmes.
CLAT Minimum Educational Requirement:A PG candidate must hold an LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of Fifty percent (50%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/ OBC/ PWD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories and Forty-Five percent (45%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
A candidate completing his/her LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination in the same year is also eligible to sit for the exam, provided he/she is able to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

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