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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
- 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.