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    Mistakes You Should Avoid While Preparing for Law Entrance Exams

    Edited By Shubham Bhakuni | Updated on Dec 11, 2021 03:45 PM IST | #CLAT

    Studying law can open many doors for you and enhance your career prospects. However, the first step in your legal education journey most likely will be a law school entrance examination. All the major law entrance tests such as the LSAT—India, CLAT, AILET, SLAT etc. are designed to assess a candidates’ skills which are considered essential, by their creators, for success in law school and in the practice of law.

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    Mistakes You Should Avoid While Preparing for Law Entrance Exams
    Mistakes You Should Avoid While Preparing for Law Entrance Exams

    Just like with any other entrance test for professional education, law entrance tests also require dedication, skills and most importantly commitment.

    Choosing Law as a Career

    Before you even begin preparing for any law entrance test you should ask yourself: Am I choosing law as a career because -

    • Of pressure from my family or friends?

    • Is it a popular career choice?

    • Is it a financially rewarding career?

    OR

    • I am committed to justice and making a difference in the lives of many?

    Making the decision to pursue one of several legal career tracks is a serious commitment for aspiring lawyers in India since it entails at least five years of law school, followed by the All India Bar Examination (AIBE), and preferably, some practical legal experience. Your commitment alone will keep you motivated to remain on your chosen path for that long, no matter what.

    Mistakes you should avoid while preparing for Law entrance exams

    Not Starting Preparation Early

    Students may think that they can clear an entrance test by simply starting 1 or 2 months before the test date. Almost all entrance tests require a minimum of 6 months for preparation and some even more. For LSAT—India, one needs to focus on critical thinking skills, and this is not a skill you can simply memorize. It takes time, and most importantly, practice to learn to think critically.

    Therefore, even if you have somehow got the perception that it is an easier test, start preparing early and create a study plan incorporating enough time to work on each of the skills required for the test. For some other tests, you may need to focus on general knowledge, current affairs and mathematics, among others and these require preparation time too.

    Studying for too Long

    As it is important to prepare well, it is also important to know when to stop; take sufficient breaks to recover from the fatigue and to refocus.

    A lot of students believe that the only way to succeed is by studying for hours and completely cutting off oneself from the rest of the world. This will only stress you. Plan well to incorporate breaks for exercise and spending time with family and friends. These breaks will help you destress as preparing for an entrance test along with your XII class board can be a very daunting task.

    Not Taking Enough Practice Tests

    The importance of practice can never be overemphasised. The only way to improve is to intensively practice the skills required for the law entrance test. And the most direct way to do that is to take as many law entrance practice tests as possible; especially focusing on the subjects that the test you are taking will assess you on. Add assessment time in your study schedule so that you understand the progress you are making - know your strengths and also the areas to focus on.

    Not Taking Timed Tests

    Taking practice tests and actual tests can be a completely different experience if you do not replicate the testing environment while taking the practice tests.

    For LSAT—India, you can take the PrepTests available via LSAC LawPrepsm under timed conditions. These tests are timed to allow you to understand how to divide your time during the test so that you are able to complete your test in time and have some time for revision as well. Since these tests are delivered on the same platform as the real test, one gets the experience of the actual test day while taking practice tests. If you are not taking timed tests you will find yourself struggling with time on the day of the test. Taking timed tests also helps reduce stress as you will feel familiar with the interface on the test day and not waste time understanding the navigation of the test.

    If you can avoid the above mistakes, you will find that preparing for the test in itself is a rewarding experience for you. This journey will help you succeed not only in the law entrance test you are taking but also succeed in your legal career.

    Prepare well and do your best. Even if you make any mistake listed above, make amends on the way and keep moving forward on your path to legal education.

    Author
    Yusuf Abdul-Kareem
    Vice President of Emerging Markets, Law School Admission Council (LSAC)

    Yusuf Abdul-Kareem

    Questions related to CLAT

    Have a question related to CLAT ?
    Hello Vanshika,
    Hope you are doing good.
    So, generally there is no such thing called syllabus for the CLAT. However, for the purpose of general knowledge section, you will have to study, Constitution, Current affairs,   Static GK, History and Geography as well.
    So it's not about topics, just read everything barely and get to know the gist of the subject. That's it. For this you remember certain important articles like articles related to fundamental rights, fundamental duties, appointment and impeachment of judges, president, etc. Appointment of election commissioners, their powers and all. Just have in your mind the articles related to them and the powers entrusted with such articles.
    Good luck!!

    Hey aspirant,

    The below-mentioned resource pools the host relevant preparatory content to crack the CLAT examination.

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    Hello aspirant,

    Candidates will be asked questions in this section based on texts that are up to 450 words long each. The passages will draw from non-fiction writing, journalism, and other news sources. The questions are designed to evaluate the candidate's understanding of legal concepts or concepts linked to the passing. Candidates should be aware that there won't be any questions posed beyond the passage provided. Each of these chapters will include a series of questions that will test your general knowledge and awareness of relevant current events. The following topics have been included in this area by the Consortium of NLUs:

    Important recent happenings in India and around the globe

    Culture and the Arts

    the world's affairs

    Historical occurrences that are still important today

    A few pointers for preparing for the CLAT in current affairs

    1.Take a look at the test from last year.

    Understanding the structure of the general knowledge section of the CLAT is crucial after learning about it. 40–50 multiple-choice questions are present in this section. Verify the CLAT test questions from previous years to get a sense of the questions that were asked. Start practising using the available offline and online CLAT sample questions from previous years after you have a general idea of the format. You can get better grades by answering questions correctly and by being aware of the trend.

    2. Keep yourself updated and practise regularly

    Success in anything requires practise and consistency. If you want to ace all the general knowledge questions, be sure to stay up to date on current affairs and keep your knowledge current. By studying the topic for a few days, you cannot successfully answer general knowledge questions. The knowledge must be acquired gradually (at least for a year). Along with responding and practising questions, make sure you stay up to date with global current events. Keep up with the news and read the newspaper daily to keep current.

    3. Take CLAT practise exams

    Do you wish to understand how the CLAT test actually feels? Utilize practise tests! Attending practise exams will increase your accuracy and entrance preparation while also boosting your confidence in your ability to pass the test.

    Many centres provide test series. Numerous internet platforms offer practise examinations. Choose a mode that is convenient for you. Take practise tests for each subject so you can determine your general knowledge subject strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, try to deliver at least ten full mock exams to get a feel for the actual exam.

    4.Select your study materials carefully.

    One of the factors that will have the biggest impact on your CLAT score is the study material you choose. There is a tonne of study material available, both online and offline. By selecting the greatest and most precise study materials, you can have an idea of how the entrance exam will be. Numerous offline and online study resources make the claim to be able to assist you in passing the CLAT, but in reality they are full of inaccurate material and questions. Choose reading material that closely follows the format of the current exam and is appropriate for your level of comprehension.

    5. Eliminate speculative thinking

    The answer out of the four options would be something you would be reasonably certain of if you had done a decent job of studying for the general knowledge test. If you don't know the solution to a question, don't base your decision on conjecture. For each question you successfully respond to, you will receive one mark; if you don't, you will receive 0.25 marks less. You won't receive a point deduction for providing a negative response. Pick the correct response if you are certain. If not, your best option is to ignore the question about which you are confused.

    6.Limit Your Sources

    Attempt to limit the amount of current affairs information you consume. Candidate mistakes usually involve spending time by reading multiple newspapers. Make a choice, then utilise the internet sensibly. Use a top book for the CLAT  Current Affairs section.

    7.Pay attention to the curriculum

    Always bear in mind to concentrate on the topics covered in the CLAT UG curriculum when attempting to completely cover this section. After all, more passages should be expected for these subjects.

    8.Build your own notes

    The focus of current affairs is one-liners or, at best, three to four lines. Make your notes as simple to understand and retain the information as you can. All the important notes should be underlined using a distinct colour of ink. It is crucial to take your own notes because it has been established that writing is one of the finest ways to retain information. Remember that it would be impossible to memorise everything as well.

    9. Use online examinations or practise exams.

    Practice questions on current events and general knowledge are the greatest way to ace this section. This will also provide you a general sense of the questions that will be asked, helping you to assess your level of preparation or monitor your progress. But you shouldn't try this until you've made a few preparations.

    10.Use the Internet responsibly.

    There is enough material on the internet to cover anything, but how do you decide which link to click? A collection of General Knowledge pdfs that will certainly help you with your preparation for this subject is the most significant thing you will find. Before beginning to study something, it is always advisable to confirm its credibility.

    11. Review what you've read.

    Daily review and reading of current events are crucial because their volume increases daily. The notes will be helpful for review and for keeping in mind current affairs or recent news.

    I hope these suggestions prove to be helpful to you.


    Hello Student,

    CLAT - Common Law Aptitude Test is  a national level entrance test for admissions to twenty two National Law Universities (NLU) in India.

    This law entrance exam is of two hours duration. The CLAT question paper consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. There are five sections in CLAT exam paper which are:-

    English including Comprehension

    Current affairs including General Knowledge

    Legal Reasoning

    Logical Reasoning

    Quantitative Techniques (Math)

    All the questions will be paragraph-based starting from CLAT 2020. One paragraph will be followed by 5-6 questions.

    Best Coaching Institutes for CLAT in India-:

    1. Career Launcher (LST)
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    3. Sriram Law Academy.
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    These are some of the best coaching institutes that provide both online and offline coachings and organizes their miocks on weekly or monthly basis.

    I hope this helps you.

    Hello aspirant,
    Hope you are doing good.
    Generally study certificate will not be considered ad character certificate. The character certificate is generally issued by Class 1 Gazette officer or SHO or revenue officer and the person who is not below the rank of Tehsildar.
    Therefore, if your college authorities are not providing you the same, you can just make an application to any of the above officers, with proof of residence and affidavit and after they sign the same, you can just upload it accordingly.
    Thank you !!
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