Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), for graduate and post-graduate courses, is an outcome of the initiative taken by the Human Resource Development Ministry and facilitated by the UGC as a sequel to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pending before the Supreme Court of India.
Seven National Law Schools namely NLSIU, Bangalore ; NALSAR, Hyderabad ; NUJS, Kolkata; NLU Jodhpur; NLSIU, Bhopal ; HNLU, Raipur and GNLU, Ahmedabad have come together to conduct the Common Law Admission Test. According to MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), CLAT would be conducted every year by each of National Law Schools on rotation as per the criterion of seniority.

Candidates seeking admission to the Under Graduate (LLB) and Post Graduate (LLM) Programmes in the above mentioned Law schools must appear in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT).

The admission is based on the rank of the candidate in the entrance examination. Besides these seven universities, Chanakya National Law University, Patna; Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow and Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab at Patiala will also be relying on the CLAT scores for their admissions.


Under-Graduate Programmes (LL.B)

To be eligible for under graduate programmes, a candidate should have passed the Higher Secondary School / Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent with not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. Candidates taking qualifying examination at the year of admission are also eligible to apply.

Age Limit : Candidates must be less than 20 years of age of as on 1st July, of the year of admission.

Post-Graduate Programmes (LL.M)

To be eligible for graduate programmes, candidates should have secured a LL.B. degree or its equivalent from a recognized University, having obtained not less than 50% marks in the aggregate. Candidates in the final year of their LL.B. course can also apply but their admission would be confirmed only after they submit LL.B. results with the required 50% marks in aggregate.
Post-Graduate Programme is not offered in NLU (National Law University), Jodhpur

For more details about the courses, eligibility, number of seats etc., candidates are advised to refer to the information provided by each of the Institutes in their respective websites.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for LLB and LLM is conducted in the month of May, every year.

B.A LLB Entrance :
The test will be of 2 hours duration and carries a total of 200 marks. There is no negative marking and the paper contains objective type of short answer questions of a standard expected of 10+2 students with the following break up of marks.
1. English – 40 marks
2. General Knowledge – 50 marks
3. Mathematics – 20 marks
4. Legal Aptitude – 40 marks
5. Logical Reasoning – 50 marks

LLM Entrance :
The entrance test for LL.M. is held along with the entrance test for the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) The paper will consist of four sections, each carrying 50 marks.
The first section is intended to test the competency in English Language. All questions will be objective type. Only when a candidate scores 25 out of 50, his/her paper will be further valued. In the second section, the student will be asked to write short-notes on various topics having a bearing upon law. In the third section, the student will be asked to write a short essay on one of the topics in Indian Constitutional Law. In the fourth section, the student will write a short essay on one of the topics in Jurisprudence.

Foreign Nationals :
NRI Candidates / NRI sponsored Candidates must write the CLAT examination. While filling up the application form, the candidates will have to mention the category as NRI / NRI Sponsored only. If the candidate is selected in the Merit List, the candidate will be admitted based on the Merit only.
In case of NRI Sponsored – along with the application form, there is a separate form to be filled by the candidates.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore – 560242
Phone : 080-23160532, 23160533, 23213160
Fax : 080-23160534
Website :

NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal – 462044
Phone : 0755-2696965, 2696705
Website :

National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal – 462044
Phone : 0755-2696965, 2696705
Website :

The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS),
“NUJS Bhavan”, 12, LB-Block, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata – 700098
Phone : 033-23350510
Fax : 033-23357422
Website :

National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
NH-65, Nagaur Road Mandor, Jodhpur – 342304 (Rajasthan)
Phone : 0291-2577080
Fax : 0291-257753
Website :

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
HNLU Bhawan, Civil Lines, Raipur – 492001
Phone : 0771-4080114, 4080117
Fax : 0771-4080118
Website :

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
E-4, GIDC, Electronics Estate, Sector-26, Gandhinagar – 382028, Gujarat
Phone : 079-23287157, 23287158
Fax : 079-23287156
Website :