LEGAL studies is one of those areas in the field of education in India which underwent major changes in the last two decades. This transformation began with the establishment of the National Law School of India University in Bangalore in 1987. The National Law School, Bangalore proved to be qualitatively different from most of the university law departments and affiliated law colleges. The success of this experiment led to the establishment of such law schools in several other states and there are fifteen of them now admitting more than 2000 students every year.
Law courses are of five years in duration and the student is awarded a BA LLB. Some do offer a BSc or BCom version too. The Bar Council of India’s regulation requires Law Schools to teach 12 courses on Liberal Arts/Science/ Commerce/Management, wherein the subjects are grouped as one major and two minors. To illustrate this point, if a student opts for BA LLB (Hons) course, he/she will have to study 6 courses of Political Science, 3 courses of Economics and 3 courses of Sociology. Again, the above is only an illustration and the scheme of subjects offered will vary from University to University. With respect to the Law courses, most of the Universities offer minimum number of mandatory courses as prescribed by the Bar Council of India.
Young lawyers these days enjoy an unprecedented range of options. While the most popular options after graduation remain law firms or corporate in-house legal departments, we also see private-sector litigation emerging as an option of choice. LPOs have also emerged as a lucrative option as outsourcing is gaining ground.
All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)
Conducted by National Law University (NLU), Delhi, All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) allows admission to 5-year BA LLB (Hons) course offered at NLU, Delhi.
Exam type: University-level
Applications can be downloaded from the NLU’s website: http://nludelhi.ac.in/applicationform.htm
Candidates may apply along with a demand draft of Rs. 3,000/- (for General Candidates, ) drawn in favour of “Registrar, National Law University, Delhi”, payable at Delhi along with copies of requisite Caste/PD Certificate.
Applications complete in all respects must be sent to the Registrar, National Law University, Delhi, Sector 14, Dwarka, New Delhi – 110078.
It comprises 150 multiple-choice objective type questions to be solved in a time span of 90 minutes. Questions will be from varied topics such as English, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, Reasoning and Mathematics.
Selection process: Entrance exam followed by GD & PI
Application deadline: April 7, 2014
Christ University Law Entrance Exam
Conducted by School of Law, Christ University (SLCU) Bangalore, this Entrance Exam allows admission to BA LLB programme.
Application forms will be available online on the official website or from the Admission Office, School of Law, Christ University. After the application has been processed by the SLCU, E-Admit Card will be uploaded on the Christ University’s website.
The 2-hour exam will have 200 questions of 1 mark each with 0.25 mark deducted for a wrong answer. Comprises English Language, Comprehension Skills, Verbal Reasoning (total 30 marks); GK/Current Affairs (25 marks), QA, Numerical Ability, Fundamental Mathematical Operations (25 marks); Reasoning: Critical, Analytical, Logical (20 marks); and Data Analysis and Interpretation (20 marks).
Appear for SLCU Law Entrance Examination at the prescribed venue and time.
Make Micro-Presentation (MP) that will last not more than 90 secs/student.
Personal Interview (PI) for 15 minutes by expert panel.
Assessment of academic performance in Class 10, 11 and 12 to take place during PI.
The results will be declared within 24 hours of the PI.
Important dates (Tentative)
Issue of Application Forms Online: First week of December 2013 onwards
Last Date of Online Application Submission and Supporting Documents: Second week of April 2014
Entrance Test (ET), Micro Presentation (MP) and Personal Interview (PI): Last week of April 2014
Results: First week of May
Conducted by Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) this year, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all-India entrance examination conducted on rotation by the 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admission to their undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes (LLB & LLM).
Exam type: National-level
Must apply online for CLAT 2014 Application Forms. No other mode of submission has been permitted.
Online applications can be made through the official website.
Application fees: Rs. 4000 (General Candidates) and Rs. 3500 (Reserved categories).
Timeline for CLAT
Last date for submitting filled in application
31st March, 2014 (11:59 p.m.)
Accessibility of Admit cards/Hall Ticket
14th April, 2014
Date of CLAT 2014
11th May, 2014 (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Date of declaration of result
31st May, 2014
Last date for counselling period and fee deposit for the first 2500 candidates in merit list
9th June, 2014 by 4.00 p.m.
Last date for exercising option to remain in the admission process for the first 2500 candidates
Publication of provisional allotment list
11th June, 2014
Pattern of CLAT UG paper
Duration of the examination is two hours.
Total number of MCQ of one marks each – 200.
Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.
In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT 2014, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:
Higher marks in the section of Legal aptitude.
Computerized draw of lots.
Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a single test to become eligible for the admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across various law colleges in the country. It tests the reading and verbal reasoning skills of the aspiring applicants. LSAT is designed by the USA–based Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Approximately 60+ institutes across India accept LSAT score.
LSAT India eligibility criteria vary from one participating institution to the other. There is no common eligibility criteria accepted by all law institutions.
For the eligibility requirements of the participating law schools, candidates will have to visit the participating law school’s web page.
Exam type: National-level
Test scores are reported on a percentile basis, comparing each candidate’s performance to that of the others within his or her candidate group (Five-Year Integrated LLB Programme or 2-year LLM/3-year LLB programme).
Scores for one candidate group cannot be compared to those for the other candidate group since they are based on group performance
LSATâIndia scores tell law schools the relative strength of the critical-thinking skills measured by the test for each candidate in comparison to the others in his or her candidate pool.
The multiple-choice test comprises analytical, logical reasoning and reading comprehension. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 20 minutes, and the total number of questions includes 92-100 questions.
Registration for the LSAT India is online and can be done by submitting the form on the LSAT India website (http://www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia/about-test/).
The payment can be done through demand draft of Rs. 3800 which should reach the test-conducting authority on or before the notified date, either by post or courier:
Registration window (Online payments): November 12, 2013 to April 30, 2014
Registration window (Demand Draft Payments): November 12, 2013 to April 28, 2014
Admit Card release: May 8, 2014 to May 17, 2014
Test Date: May 18, 2014
Announcement of results: June 14, 2014
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET)
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) is a common written test conducted by Symbiosis Law School, Pune for admission to undergraduate programmes offered by Symbiosis Law School, Pune and Symbiosis Law School, Noida.
Class 12 pass-out from any branch with minimum 50 percent marks for general category and 45 percent for students of SC and ST category.
Prospective candidates can register on the official website, after which a SET 2014 ID will be generated. At the time of online registration, candidates would need to upload their scanned photograph in the pre-decided format.
Further, candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of Rs. 1500/- towards the test fee and for prospectus of undergraduate programmes of Symbiosis International University.
SET is an aptitude test and objective in nature for all the papers. Each question has four options as answers. There is no negative marking for wrong answers. All sections are mandatory.
The duration of Symbiosis Entrance Test is 150 minutes comprising objective questions.
The constituent institutes use scores of the test for admission.
Selection process: Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion.
Important Dates (tentative):
Online registration closes: Second week of April, 2014.
Payment closes by: Second week of April, 2014.
Date of SET 2014 exam: First week of May, 2014.
SET 2014 result: Third/Fourth week of May, 2014.
UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test (ULSAT) is conducted by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered at College of Legal Studies, UPES, Uttarakhand. ULSAT 2004 will be conducted in 25 cities across India.
Candidates can fill online application available on official website (http://www.upes.ac.in/admission-criteria)
On the basis of information in the Application form, admit card of provisionally eligible candidates will be uploaded on the University website.
The entire exam is based on 200 questions focusing on Language Comprehension, Quantitative & Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, Legal General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude.
Application form deadline: May 9, 2014
Exam date: May 24, 2014.
Declaration of results: 1st week of June 2014.
SAAT All India Entrance Test is conducted by Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University for admission to BBA LLB course offered at SOA National Institute Law.
Application form can be obtained in person/by Post from the SOA University, Khandagiri Square, Bhubaneswar - 751030. Forms are also available at different counters of the constituent institutes of the university. It is also available at official website (www.soauniversity.ac.in).
The candidates have to fill up the details online, make payment by Debit Card/Credit Card for Rs. 500, take print out of application form, affix a recent colour photograph and send it by post/courier.
The offline application forms are available at University, Institutes and Designated Branches of Axis Bank, Punjab National Bank, Central Bank and Syndicate Bank.
There will be multiple-choice questions. The number of questions will be 60 per each hour of examination.
Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion.
Last date of sale of form and online application deadline: April 15, 2014
Last date of submission of downloaded form: April 20, 2014
Date of test : May 10, 2014
Other forthcoming prominent Law Entrances
Name of institution
Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)
All India Law Entrance Test
Banaras Hindu University
BharatiVidyapeeth University Law Entrance Test
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)
ICFAI Law Admission Test
ILS Law College
Indian Law Institute Common Admission Test
KLSAT (KIIT Law School)
National Law University (NLU) Entrance Test
Nirma University Test
Panjab University Entrance Test (PUCET)
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law
RULET (Rajasthan University Law Entrance Test)
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