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CLAT: The History

The Bar Council of India, responsible of for maintaining standards in professional legal education under the Advocates Act, 1961 conceptualised National Law School to act as a leading light in law education. Its first initiative was the National Law School in Bangalore. The success of National Law School of India University, Bangalore, inspired many States to set up similar institutions.

As we write this, there are twelve National Law Schools in different parts of the country. Students from all over India join these institutes to fulfil their dream of a successful career in law. Till the year 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.

To make things easy for students who were appearing for a number of tests for admission to individual Universities, 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 namely NLSIU, NALSAR, NLIU, WBNUJS, NLU, HNLU and GNLU on November 23, 2007 for conducting CLAT. 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. Accordingly, CLAT-2008 was conducted by National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore and CLAT-2009 will be conducted by NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.

CLAT-2009 will see four more National Law Universities participating in addition to the existing seven National Law Universities:

  • 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

We hope that CLAT will keep growing and aspirants will enjoy the ease and comfort of preparing for a single exam for admission into all national law institutes. We at CLAT Guru will try and help you in the best possible manner.


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