The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for selection to the five-year undergraduate programmes at the 24 national law universities, including National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NULAS) at Kochi, will take place on December 3. New universities are coming up at Agartala and Silvassa this year. Applications for CLAT could be submitted till November 3.
Candidates attempting CLAT can seek admissions for the Integrated BA/BSc/BCom/BBA/BSW and LLB (Honours) programmes at various universities. As all universities may not offer each of these courses, students should verify the programmes from the respective university website or brochure.
Students who cleared Class 12 in any stream with at least 45-percent marks can apply. Those presently in Class 12 can also appear for the test, but should produce their certificates during admission. The minimum mark for students belonging to Scheduled Caste/Tribe categories is 40 per cent. There is no upper-age limit.
Students belonging to Non-Resident Indians, People of Indian Origin and Overseas Citizen Of India categories can also apply, but should follow the special conditions.
The test on December 3 will be in offline mode and is of two-hour duration. There are test centres in Kerala also. The test will have five sections, with a total of 120 multiple-choice questions. The total marks are 120 and there is a negative mark of 0.25 for each wrong answer.
The sections are: English language (22-26 questions); general knowledge and current affairs (28-32); legal reasoning (28-32); logical reasoning (22-26) and quantitative techniques (10-14).
The syllabus is given on the website. Model of the question paper will also appear on the website. Previous years’ question papers are available for Rs 500.
CLAT is conducted by the consortium of law universities. The website to apply is https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in
The application fee is Rs 4,000. For Below Poverty Line category applicants, the fee is Rs 3,500. Extra bank charges have to be paid. Detailed procedure to apply is given on the website. Admit cards will appear on the website later.
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Those who have cleared LLB with a minimum of 50 percent marks can now apply for the one-year LLM course through the same website. The cut-off is 45 percent for Scheduled Caste/Tribe candidates. The application and exam dates are the same as the undergraduate courses.
The exam is of two-hour duration with 120 multiple-choice questions. One-quarter marks will be reduced for each wrong answer.
120 BA LLB seats at NUALS
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies or NUALS functions at Kalamassery in Kochi. Its website is www.nuals.ac.in
The programmes offered at NUALS are:
Five-year integrated BA LLB (Honours) with 120 seats, of which 61 are set apart for all-India category, while 59 are state category seats. Reservation is available for backward and scheduled category students under the NUALS guidelines. The minimum mark for backward category students hailing from Kerala is 42 percent.
In addition to these 120 seats, NUALS offers 12 seats for Economically Weaker Sections from Kerala, two for transgender students and two for residents of Jammu and Kashmir under supernumerary quota.
NUALS will conduct admission to these seats based on the rank obtained by candidates in CLAT. The annual tuition fee Rs 1,25,000. There are additional fees also.
There are still more seats for this programme at NUALS which are available for 12 NRI-sponsored students and four foreign citizens. Admissions to these seats are not based on CLAT, but interested students should apply directly to NUALS. The annual fees are US Dollars 6500 and 9000 respectively.
The second programme offered by NUALS is one-year LLM (Constitutional & Administrative Law/International Trade Law/Public Health Law). The total seats are 60 and there are additional supernumerary seats.
Infrastructural facilities at NUALS include men’s and ladies’ hostels, computer lab and placement section, all of which are high standards.
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