Admissions to national law schools in India for the course of five year integrated LL.B as well as LL.M are administered through Common Law Admission Test. It is popularly called as CLAT. First Common Law Admission Test was conducted in the year 2008.
Students who have completed 10+2 or intermediate or 12th or its equivalent examination (appearing students can also apply) from the government recognized board with not less than 45% marks (40% in case of SC and ST candidates) as prescribed by the participating universities, may apply for the CLAT 2016 exam for getting admission to five year LL.B course.
Exam for the under graduate programs (LL.B) at national law schools will be of two hours consisting of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQ’s) covering the areas of English (including comprehension), General Knowledge (GK) and Current Affairs, Numerical Ability (Elementary Mathematics) Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Each question carries 1 mark. There will a negative marking system of 0.25 marks per each wrong answer.
Similarly, exam for postgraduate programs at national law schools will be of 2 hours consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions (MCQ’s) from the areas of Constitutional Law (50 questions), Jurisprudence (50 questions), and other law subjects (50 questions), for a total mark of 150. There will a negative marking system of 0.25 marks per each wrong answer.
CLAT is considered to be one of the toughest competitive examination today. Every year lacs of students appear for Common Law Admission Test. Hence, cracking CLAT and getting admission to the right national law school (Candidates can give their college preference) is also a tough job. Therefore, candidates who are willing to take up law as a career shall start preparation for CLAT right now.
There are various study materials or preparatory materials available in the market for preparing yourself for cracking LL.B entrance exam or LL.M entrance exam. Simultaneously, you may also look for some good CLAT coaching centres nearby your place, where you may opt for weekday coaching class, or weekend coaching class, or one-month crash course for CLAT.
Attending coaching classes will be helpful to clear any competitive exams like that of CLAT. Because, there in addition to the academic training, coaching centres also provide training for time management and how to prepare for competitive exams. There are also coaching centres, which offers CLAT coaching online, and distance mode or by post or CLAT correspondence. Hard work and time management in the exam hall is the key to clear any law entrance exams.