CLAT likely on May 15 next year

Legal aspirants may not have to tackle questions which test their legal knowledge, said CLAT convenor M P Singh.

The examination will be conducted by the WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

Until last year, the two-hour test used to evaluate a student’s knowledge on subjects like English, general knowledge, current affairs, elementary mathematics, legal aptitude/legal awareness as well as logical reasoning.

According to the convenor, the weightage given to different sections will be amended to choose the right candidates.

The general knowledge section might carry fewer marks in the new CLAT. The CLAT committee, which comprises members from the eleven national law schools, has decided to tie up with the Indian Postal Department for this purpose.

Under the current system, students have to buy application forms from one of the participating law schools or designated branches of nationalised banks. As several students found it difficult to obtain the forms last year, it has been decided to make CLAT brochures available at various post offices.

Unlike previous years, students need not give their preference of a law school right at the start. They can do so after the results are declared.

The candidates will be allotted the college based on their preference as well as the CLAT score. Even though there was a proposal to tie up with Law School Admission Council to conduct the entrance examination, the proposal has been dropped.

However, their service might be used to frame questions for tests in the future, noted the convenor. LSAC conducts Law School Admission Test which is required for admission to US law schools. Singh said no decision had been taken regarding centralised counselling for the candidates.The official website of CLAT will be launched in mid-October, where students can get more details about the examination.

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