New Delhi,10 May: The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted tomorrow with more than 12,500 law aspirants vying for the limited number of seats in the ten, out of a total of twelve, national law universities across the country.CLAT 2008 will be administered by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), a government-run organization, under the aegis of the University Grants Commission (UGC)."A common entrance test is a kind of change in the field of legal studies. In the past, there was a lot of delineation in the different exams conducted by all the National Law Schools across India", said, UGC chairman, Mr. Sukhdeo Thorat.
However, the two law schools in Delhi and NUALS in Kochi will conduct separate admissions test for admission to this year’s academic session.
Prior to CLAT, all participant universities used to conduct their own entrance examinations. Also, students willing to pursue law as a career option had to travel across cities just to appear for the test.
The CLAT was organized as a result of a PIL filed in the Supreme Court in April 2007. The ruling demanded a uniform process for admission to National Law Schools after which the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and UGC made up its mind to commence CLAT from this year.
The 2-hour law exam will carry around 200 multiple choice questions on English (50 marks), Mathematics (20 marks), General Knowledge (50 marks), Logical Reasoning (50 marks) and Legal Aptitude (40 marks). Students, who are less than 20 years of age and who have scored more than 50% in Class XII, are eligible to appear for CLAT.