How to prepare Legal Reasoning for CLAT?

Legal Reasoning is one of the most common and important sections of any law entrance exam. The legal reasoning section in any law entrance exam is specifically designed to test the research aptitude and problem-solving ability of a candidate.

CLAT Legal Reasoning section is designed to test the candidate's interest in the study of law. It evaluates the candidate's legal acumen to the highest level. To crack CLAT, the candidates must score well in this section of the test. This article provides all the important information regarding the section on Legal Reasoning of CLAT and how to prepare for it.

CLAT Legal Reasoning

CLAT's legal reasoning section includes several passages. While attempting these passages candidates should keep the following things in mind Try to identify and infer the principles and rules given in the passage. Once these principles are identified, these can be applied to questions depending on whether they are single principal, multiple principals, without principle, legal knowledge current affairs, and others. These categories of questions can be found in the paper, and hence the test taker has to be proactive.

CLAT Legal Reasoning Syllabus

  • Torts
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional law
  • International law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Family Law
  • General Legal Principles

CLAT Legal Reasoning: Tips and tricks

  • Read the comprehension first and then attempt the question. Do not read the hypothetical situation first. It helps in forming an unbiased answer/approach to the question.
  • The view of the author is paramount. Do not superimpose personal views while answering the questions.
  • Always go with an answer which has a clear reference in the passage.
  • Do not miss any Mock Tests or any practice tests While the textbooks may not have the right grasp of the constantly changing test patterns, previous years’ papers / mock tests are designed to best replicate the actual test.
  • Work consistently on your reading skills. Make sure to put the following in your preparation list:
    • Static and current world issues, majorly from the last 10 months
    • Landmark judgments and important cases from the last year and before that
    • New amendments and enactments did in both monsoon and winter sessions of the parliament
    • Contemporary issues like LGBTQ+ rights, the death penalty, recent news
    • Legal Vocabulary, jargon, terms, foreign phrases, maxims, etc.

Legal Reasoning Topics for CLAT

  • Candidate must continuously invest time in reading articles related to static and current legal issues.
  • Focus on the legal issues from last 10 months and read about them.
  • Special attention should be paid to landmark judgments and important cases from the last year. 
  • Read about all the new amendments and enactments done in both monsoon and winter sessions of the parliament along with contemporary issues like LGBTQ rights or the death penalty which have been a part of the news in the last few months.
  • Reading about static and current legal issues prior to your CLAT  will help you in understanding the passage easily and at a much faster pace during your final exam.
  • Secondly, you might land up in a situation where you are running out of time and cannot invest the last three-four minutes left in reading the entire passage. Here, your prior basic

Understanding of the legal issue will be of great help as you might be able to answer a couple of questions even without reading the entire passage word to word.

  • Improve your legal vocabulary including legal jargons, legal terms, foreign phrases, and maxims.
  • To improve this area, go through the list of such terms with their meanings multiple times will help.
  • Lookup for a term if you do not understand the meaning. Practice this will preparing for the legal passages.

CLAT Legal reasoning: Overview

  • The legal reasoning section will consist of approximately 35-39 questions.
  • For every correct answer, 1 mark will be awarded and for every incorrect answer 0.25 marks will be deducted
  • This section will include questions based on legal comprehension. The passage will be related to any static or current legal issue followed by 5-7 questions.
  • The questions will be both straightforward questions and Legal Reasoning based questions.
  • The straightforward questions will test the ability of the student to put forth the best conclusion or supporting argument related to the legal issue discussed in the passage. This will require excellent and unbiased comprehending skills of the students to answer such questions.
  • For the legal reasoning section, students will be given hypothetical situations and will have to decide the case by applying the legal knowledge provided to them in the passage.

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