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Common Law Admission Test, CLAT- 2010

The concept of a National Law School to act as a pace-setter and a testing ground for bold experiments in legal education came up before the Bar Council of India in the context of the Council’s statutory responsibility for maintaining standards in professional legal education under the Advocates Act, 1961. The Bar Council of India, representing the organized legal profession at all India level, took initiative in establishing the first National Law School in Bangalore. 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 twelve National 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. Till 2007 each National Law School conducted admission test in different Centres spread all over the country and thousands of students after their ten plus two examinations took these multiple admission tests at considerable expense and inconvenience.

In order to avoid the hardship faced by the students in taking number of tests for admission to individual Universities and in view of the direction of the Supreme Court in the case of Varun Bharat v. Union of India, initiative was taken jointly by the University Grants Commission, Ministry of HRD and the National Law Universities for conducting a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to different National Law Universities in the country.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by seven National Law Universities. The experience in CLAT-2008 has been that a larger the catchment area, provides better quality of students. Therefore, in addition to the CLAT founder seven National Law Universities, the four other National Law Universities have joined CLAT- 2009. It was agreed by the Committee consisting of all the Vice-Chancellors that the test would be conducted by the National Law Universities by rotation on the basis of seniority of the Member University. Accordingly, (CLAT)-2008 and CLAT-2009 were conducted by National Law School of India University, (NLSIU), Bangalore and NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad respectively. At present following 11 National Law Universities are member of CLAT-2010.

National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
National Law Institute University, Bhopal.
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
National Law University, Jodhpur.
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur.
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar.
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi.

The CLAT-2010 is being conducted by National Law Institute University, Bhopal.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2010 will be conducted for admission to the undergraduate programme at eleven National Law Universities and also for the post-graduate programme (LL.M) for admission to NLSIU, NALSAR, NLIU, WBNUJS, HNLU, GNLU, RMLNLU and RGNUL. The details of intake, reservation, courses offered along with the fee structure and further details can be had from the Website of concerned University.



To be eligible for taking CLAT-2010, a candidate should have passed Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC* and persons with Disability*). Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years (in case of General/OBC candidates and 22 years in case of SC/ST* and persons with Disability* on 1st July, 2010.

*Subject to reservation at the University concerned.

Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination can also appear provisionally. However, they shall have to produce proof of having passed the qualifying examination before or at the time of admission with detailed mark sheet.

Note: Candidate with compartment/supplementary in any subject in the qualifying examination will not be eligible for admission.

Pattern of the Test Paper for Undergraduate Programme:

Total Marks : 200 Total number of questions : 200

Subject areas with weightage:

English including Comprehension : 40 Marks

General Knowledge/ Current Affairs : Elementary Mathematics : (Numerical ability Legal Aptitude : Logical Reasoning : 50 Marks 20 Marks 45 Marks 45 Marks

The CLAT-2010 for the post-graduate programme (LL.M) will be applicable for admission to NLSIU, NALSAR, NLIU, WBNUJS, HNLU, GNLU, RMLNLU and RGNUL only.

For NLU, Jodhpur, candidates are required to apply separately to that University.


To be eligible for appearing in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) to the two year LL.M. Degree Course, a candidate should have passed the LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST/OBC* and persons with Disability*).

*Subject to reservation at the University concerned.

Candidates awaiting result of the qualifying examination can also appear for the test on the condition that they produce proof of having passed the qualifying examination with the prescribed marks before or at the time of admission.

Pattern of the Test Paper for Postgraduate Programme:

Total Marks : 200

Subject areas : Law of Contracts, Law of Torts,

Family Law, Criminal Law,

Constitutional Law and Legal Theory

Total number of questions:

i) Objective Type : 50 questions of one mark each
ii) Short answers : 10 questions of five marks each
iii) Essay : Two questions of 50 marks each

(Two sections containing three questions each out of which one from each section to be answered)

The important dates for CLAT-2010 candidates:

1. Publication of advertisement in leading English/Hindi national daily Newspapers

1st week of January, 2010
Last week of February, 2010

2. Issue of application forms from all CLAT-2010 members universities and specified branches of State Bank of India ( to be notified later)

From 11th January , 2010 (Monday)

3. Last date for submission of filled-in entrance examination application forms

02nd April, 2010 (Friday)

4. Date of admission test for UG/PG

09th May, 2010 (Sunday) From 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

5. Publication of result

29th May, 2010 (Saturday)

6. Last date of acceptance and confirmation of admission by depositing money in SBI specified branches ( to be notified later)

15th June, 2010 (Tuesday)

  1. Completion of admission process 28th June, 2010 (Monday)
  2. Commencement of classes

01st July, 2010 (Thursday)

Please note that above dates are tentative and the Convenor, CLAT has reserved all the rights to change above dates as per contingencies and requirements.

For any further clarification and information regarding CLAT- 2010 please contact at the following address:

The Convenor (CLAT- 2010) The National Law Institute University, Kerwa Dam Road,

Bhopal – 462 044 (M.P) Tele: (0755)-2696965 /70/71, Fax: (0755)-2696972, E-mail:, Web: ;

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