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Frequently Asked Questions


Basic Infromation about CLAT

CLAT entrance examination is conducted for admission to 18 of the coveted National Law Schools. For the information related to CLAT, CLAT Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Please visit the link


How many months of preparation should ideally one give to be selected in one of the top 5 Law schools?

This depends on one's ability to grasp concepts and to learn. Anything between 8 to 16 months is good for preparation, depending on the average number of hours invested per day and the quality of preparation.


I am a science student. Will law be an apt course for me?

Legal education is just not about learning unlimited legal maxims and cases. Infact, reality is that a good legal education enables the cultivation of personal autonomy, intellectual independence and the development of critical life skills. The key attribute of a person pursuing legal career should be logical thinking as Law in itself is based on aptitude and reasoning.


Which are the areas they should lay stress on? What are the problems aspirants may not foresee?

The stress laying area for each student would differ. Each student will need to know his/her own strong and weak areas in order to take the test effectively. Once the student is clear with his/her strengths and weaknesses, he/she should opt for the stronger areas first and also should avoid the weaker areas considering the negative marking scheme in the CLAT paper. This will also help students in forming their own strategy. CLAT likes to throw surprises, leaving students bewildered in the examination halls. CLAT-2011, for example, had four RCs leaving out grammar and vocabulary questions, which are famously part of the paper otherwise. Thus, it's always better to go with an open mind, ready to field the googlies. Keeping that in mind the students who have not made themselves familiar with the online mode of examination will feel trouble in attempting the examination in a new mode. The major challenge lies in managing the time and getting a hang of the navigation system in this kind of examination.
Make sure that the analysis of the tests that you have taken, is able to identify your strengths and weaknesses.


How should they prepare for English, General Knowledge, Maths and Legal Aptitude?

Answer: Practice and patience is the key required for cracking the CLAT exam. English - The students should attempt this area carefully and maintain their speed of reading. Some students prefer to read the passage first and then go to the questions while some tend to read the questions and scan the passage for answers. This might work with questions that are factual. For inference based questions this may prove fatal as you need understanding of the entire passage. Solve plenty of questions to know what yields the best results so that you're all set for the actual Test. G.K. - The students need to keep themselves updated with the current affairs as well as static GK. Reading newspapers and keeping one abreast with the happenings around the world will definitely give an edge. At this point however there are two things that they must keep in mind.
(1) News of the 12 months pre March are likely to be the more probable current awareness questions.
(2) Get hold of a standard "GK book" oriented towards CLAT.
Maths - Mathematics questions are mostly the IXth and Xth standard questions. Having the hang of basic concepts can help you sail through this section very easily.
Logical Reasoning - Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative ability questions are based on basic common sense and logic. Practice is the only key to this area as well.
Legal Aptitude - For Legal Reasoning bit the students should read the principles in entirety and should be able to grasp the key points very carefully. The application of these key points to the facts also needs to be done with caution. Having a little legal knowledge helps in speedy solving of these kinds of questions. The students should evaluate what is the legal ambit of each question and should find the right answer within that periphery. As for the legal knowledge, again reading newspaper and certain basic legal proposition will add to the preparation of this section.
Very importantly approach it as a "logical reasoning" and not be bogged down by the word "Legal". Common sense and comprehension will work wonders.


What is a typical LST session like?

LST session is conducted usually for two hours in which a student is acquainted with the basic concepts of the topic in hand with the help of examples and instances for the best possible understanding. Much emphasis is laid on practice as it is considered to be the key to crack competitive exams. Class exercises are handed over to the students followed by rigorous discussion. CL believes in interactive learning so that the students are at ease and do not hesitate to come up with doubts or clarifications.


Other than CLAT which other Law Exams should be kept in mind?

Apart from CLAT, which is the gateway to the 18 National Law Schools in India' certain other entrance exams which any law aspirant should keep in mind and appear for are:
a) AILET - All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for admission in National Law University (NLU), Delhi.
b) Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) conducted by the Symbiosis International University to get admission into Symbiosis Law School.
c) CET IPU - The Common Entrance test conducted by Indraprastha University, Delhi for variouslaw colleges situated in Delhi and NCR including Amity Noida.
d) LSAT-India is a standardized test adopted as an admissions criterion by multiple law colleges across India.
e) Christ University Law Entrance Exam - conducted by Christ University, Bangalore for admission to School of Law, Christ University.
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