The greatest contribution of National Law Schools has been to transform legal education into a professional education in its real sense of the term and to make it attractive to Indian intelligentsia. The success of National Law School of India University, Bangalore, has inspired many States to set up similar institutions in their respective territories and at present, there are eleven Law Schools in different parts of the country. These institutions are national in the sense that substantial number of seats in all these institutions are filled up by students from all over India and the academic staff are also recruited on all India basis. All of them conduct admission tests in different centres spread all over the country and thousands of students after their ten plus two examinations take these admission tests.
As the things stand now, each Law School conducts its own admission test and admits students as per its regulations. As a result, students aspiring for good legal education have to write a number of admission tests; and this multiplicity of admission tests has been causing tremendous hardship both physically and financially to the candidates taking these tests. This issue was raised from time to time by several people, but it drew national attention as a result of a Writ Petition filed by Mr. Varun Bhagat against the Union of India and various National Law Schools in the Supreme Court of India in 2006. In the course of hearing, the Honourable Chief Justice of India directed the Union of India to consult the National Law Schools with a view to evolving a scheme for common admission test. It may be noted that the Bar Council of India strongly supported this move towards common admission test.
Since all National Law Schools owe their existence to their respective State Legislation, there is no central agency to coordinate their activities. Therefore, a move such as common admission test requires the consensus of all National Law Schools participating in such a process. To facilitate such a consensus, the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Government of India and the University Grants Commission of India convened the meeting of the Vice-Chancellors of seven National Law Schools namely NLSIU, NALSAR, NLIU, NUJS, NLU, HNLU and GNLU.
The Chairman, Bar Council of India actively participated at these meetings. It may be noted that these seven Law Schools have been functioning for quite some time unlike other newly-established National Law Schools. After a couple of such meetings, these seven National Law Schools signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 23rd November, 2007 committing themselves to hold the common admission test. It is quite in order to acknowledge the significant role played by Mr. Sunil Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources Development and Prof. Mool Chand Sharma, Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission in this entire exercise.
According to this MoU, the Common Law Admission Test would be conducted hereafter every year by each of National Law Schools on rotation as per the criterion of seniority.
It has been our experience that larger the catchment area, better will be the quality of students; and it would be better for the institutions and the society. This should be the first step to improve the quality of our educational institutions, so that they may measure upto the international standards. This is imperative, if we have to successfully meet the challenges of globalization.
Admission to UG & PG Programmes 2009-2010:
For eleven Law Schools: NLSIU, Bangalore, NALSAR, Hyderabad, NLIU, Bhopal, WBNUJS, Kolkata, NLU,Jodhpur, HNLU, Raipur, GNLU, Gandhinagar, RMLNLU, Lucknow, RGNUL, Patiala, CNLU, Patna, NUALS, Kochi.
Date of Common Law Admission Test:
Foreign Nationals: Need not take the test, fordetails visit website of the respective Law Schools Under·Graduate Programmes
1. Eligibility: 10+2 Examination orequivalentwith not less than 50% marks for General and 45% marks for SC ST I 0BC* and Persons with Disability. (Students taking qualifying examination in March/April 2009 are also eligible lto apply).
2. Age limit: Not more than 20 years in case of General and 22 years in case ofSC I ST! OBC and Persons with Disability* as on
1. Eligibility: 55% marks in aggregate in LL.B. / B.L.(50% marks in case of SC I ST/ 0BC* and persons with disabiIity*) Applications Available from: 12 January, 2009
Last date for submission of filled in Application Form: 10 April 2009.
PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING AND SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION FORMS.
i) Printed Application Forms along with the CLAT-2009 information Brochure will be available at the designated branches (refer www.clat.ac.in) of the Indian Bank, State Bank of
ii) Request for Application form may be sent to the Convenor, CLAT 2009, NALSAR University of Law, Barkatpura, Hyderabad-500 027, with a demand draft for Rs.2500/- (Rs. 2000 in case of SC/ST) drawn in favour of the Convenor, CLAT-2009 (NALSAR) and payable at Hyderabad.
iii) Applications can also be downloaded from www.clat.ac.in.