Law exams you must know
Team Careers360, 02 Apr 2014



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

 

Application form/procedure

  • 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.

 

Exam pattern

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.

 

Exam type: University-level

Application form/procedure

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.

 

Exam pattern

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).

 

Selection process

  • 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

 

CLAT

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

 

Application form/procedure

  • 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

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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.

  • Higher age

  • Computerized draw of lots.

 

Selection process

Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion

 

LSAT

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. 

 

Eligibility 

  • 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 

 

Exam pattern

  • 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

  • LSAT—India 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. 

 

Application form/procedure 

  • 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:

 

Important dates 

  • 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.

Eligibility

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.

 

Exam type: National-level

 

Application form/procedure

  • 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.

 

Exam pattern 

  • 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.

 

ULSAT

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.

 

Exam type: National-level 

Selection process:  Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion.

 

Application form/Procedure 

  • 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.         

 

Exam pattern

The entire exam is based on 200 questions focusing on Language Comprehension, Quantitative & Numerical Ability, Logical Reasoning, Legal General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude.

 

Important dates

  • Application form deadline: May 9, 2014

  • Exam date: May 24, 2014.

  • Declaration of results: 1st week of June 2014.

 

SAAT

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/procedure  

  • 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.

 

Exam pattern

There will be multiple-choice questions. The number of questions will be 60 per each hour of examination.

 

Selection process

Entrance exam followed by personal interview and group discussion.

 

Important dates

  • 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

Website

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

www.amucontrollerexams.com

All India Law Entrance Test

www.nludelhi.ac.in

Banaras Hindu University

www.bhu.ac.in

BharatiVidyapeeth University Law Entrance Test

www.bharatividyapeeth.edu

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)

www.clat.ac.in

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)

www.cusat.nic.in

Delhi University

www.du.ac.in

DES Pune

www.despune.org

DrHarisinghGourVishwavidyalayaSagar MP

www.sagaruniversity.nic.in

GLC Mumbai

www.glcmumbai.com

ICFAI Law Admission Test

www.iudehradun.edu.in

ILS Law College

www.ilslaw.edu

Indian Law Institute Common Admission Test

www.ilidelhi.org

IPUCET

ipu.ac.in

KLSAT (KIIT Law School)

www.kls.ac.in

LAWCET

www.aplawcet.org

LSAT

www.pearsonvueindia.com/lsatindia

National Law University (NLU) Entrance Test

www.nludelhi.ac.in

Nirma University Test

www.nirmauni.ac.in/

Panjab University Entrance Test (PUCET)

laws.puchd.ac.in

Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law

www. iitkgp.ac.in/topfiles/law.php

RULET (Rajasthan University Law Entrance Test)

www.uniraj.ac.in




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