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Career in Law
The ambition to enter profession of law is usually drawn from inspiration either from non-fictional personalities (e.g. family members, friends) or some fictional personalities (Bollywood actors as lawyers, for eg., Amitabh Bachchan (Pink), Akshay Kumar (Rustom), or characters from novels such as Rudy Baylor/Atticus Finch, etc.); or from the belief that ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
There are several advantages of taking up Law as a profession. All that is to be done is to prepare for LAW entrance exams and join a good, reputed Law college. Considering the following advantages, one should be clear that why he/she should opt for law. These are:
1. It inculcates leadership qualities:
Nowadays lawyers aren’t just taught the tenets of law, they are taught how to be a good leader and how to lead the world. The ability to make decisions based on facts and reasoning, rather than emotions, is an integral part to success in the profession of law and holds even more value out of the court room. A great leader has the ability to make the hard choices putting the interests of his client first.
2. Plethora of choices:
It is the thing of the past that a Lawyer had to choose a career in either Criminal or Civil. Nowadays a Law Graduate has a lot of options to choose from mainly;
- Litigation – Criminal Laws, Civil Laws, Taxtion, Corporate, Commercial, Mediation, Human Rights, Intellectual Property Rights, Environment, Cyber, Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents) and many more.
- Law Firms – Corporate advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax Practice, Litigations.
- Chamber Prctrice – In-house counselling
- Others – Judiciary, Civil Services, Teaching, Legal Journalism etc.
Students of top Law Colleges don’t have to go for job hunting, as there are appropriate opportunities that will seek them out. Every year the best law firms in the country and top Corporate Houses set placement targets for their HR teams, with hefty packet, to ensure that they do not miss out on the top talent in the country.
How to get admission in law course?
Admission in law course is on the basis of the Entrance Exam. There are various entrance exams conducted for admission in different colleges / universities. Students appeared for 12th are eligible for entrance exam. However, eligibility criteria for each entrance exam is different.
|CLAT||Conducted once in a year on rotational basis by 21 National Law University (NLU) for LL.B. and LL.M|
|LSAT India||Conducted 4 times every year specially designed for LLB and LLM admissions.|
|AILET||Conducted exclusively for National Law University (NLU) Delhi|
|DU LLB||Conducted by Delhi University|
|MAH-LLB||Conducted once in a year by Government of Maharashtra, State Common Entrance Test Cell|
|BHU-UET||Banaras Hindu University Undergraduate Entrance Test is conducted by Banaras Hindu University|
|AIBE||The All India Bar Examination, one need to clear this exam to be eligible to practice law in India|
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted every year by one of 21 National Law Universities in India on rotating basis for admitting students in these universities.
What is LSAT India?
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of law school admission in the United States, Canada, and a growing number of other countries. The LSAT is designed specifically to assess key skills needed for success in law school, including Reading, Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning.
What is AILET?
AILET stands for All India Law Entrance Test and CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. AILET and CLAT both are the two most sought-after law entrance exams of the country.
What is DU LLB?
University of Delhi, on behalf of its Faculty of Law conducts Delhi University LLB Entrance Test, commonly known as DU LLB Entrance.
What is MAH-LLB?
State Common Entrance Test Cell of Government of Maharashtra conducts entrance test MAH-LLB for admission in law courses.
What is BHU-UET?
BHU Law Entrance Exam is a university level examination organized by the Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
What is AIBE?
AIBE, also known as All India Bar Examination, is an assessment test conducted at national level by Bar Council of India for the candidates who hold an LLB degree from recognized Law institution for their enrolment at Bar to enable them to practise law in the Courts in India.
CLAT 2019 Exam Dates
|Application Form Availability||13th January 2019 (Available)|
|Last date for form submission||31st March 2019|
|Downloading of Admit Card Starts||3rd week of April 2019|
|Date of CLAT Entrance Exam||12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)|
|Answer Key Release||3rd week of May 2019|
|Representation of questions or key||Till 3rd week of May 2019|
|Uploading of amended answer key (if required)||4th week of May 2019|
|Result/Merit List Declaration||Last week of May 2019|
|First Indicative Seat Allocation Publication||1st week of June 2019|
|Date for payment of counselling fee||Till 2nd week of June 2019|
Common Law Entrance Test – CLAT
Who conducts CLAT?
There are 21 National Law Universities (NLU) in India (For list of NLU see bck-inside cover). For admitting students in these universities The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted every year by these universities on rotating basis.
Where is Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU) situated?
Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai is situated at MNLU CETTM Campus, MTNL, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai – 400 076
1. There will be no upper age limit for undergraduates (UG) Programme in CLAT.
2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2, HSC or an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
- Forty five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/ PWD/NRI/ PIO/OCI categories
- Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April are also eligible to appear in CLAT examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of CLAT Admission Procedure, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
4. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2, HSC) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
5. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
- Higher marks in the component /section on legal aptitude in the CLAT exam;
- Higher age;
- Computerised draw of lots.
Provided that applicants who have obtained 10+ 2 Higher Secondary Pass Certificate or First Degree Certificate after prosecuting studies in distance or correspondence method shall also be considered as eligible for admission in the Integrated Five Years course or three years’ LL.B. course, as the case may be.
Explanation: The applicants who have obtained 10+2 or graduation / post-graduation through open Universities system directly without having any basic qualification for prosecuting such studies are not eligible for admission in the law courses.
Is there any age limit for CLAT?
- There is no upper age limit set for appearing in the examination.
- Thus, candidates of all ages are eligible to appear for the law entrance examination.
Entrance Exam for undergraduates (12th HSC appeared)
- There will be only 1 paper of 200 marks with 200 questions having duration of 2 hours (120 minutes)
- There is 1/4th negative marking for every incorrect answer. (i.e. 0.25 marks will be deducted for incorrect answer).
- If question is left un-attempted no marks will be deducted.
CLAT Structure for undergraduates
|English (including comprehension)||40 marks|
|Elementary Mathematics||20 marks|
|General Knowledge/Current Affairs||50 marks|
|Logical Reasoning||40 marks|
|Legal Aptitude||50 marks|
* Note: Law Institute/NLU has discretion to make changes in Exam pattern.
1. English including comprehension:
The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
The General knowledge will be evaluated on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test the candidate’s on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
This section will test the candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught upto 10th Class/Standard.
4. Legal Aptitude:
This section will test the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
5. Logical Reasoning:
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
Is there any prohibition for admission in law courses?
No student shall be allowed to simultaneously register for a law degree program with any other graduate or postgraduate or certificate course run by the same or any other University or an Institute for academic or professional learning excepting in the integrated degree program of the same institution.
Provided that any short period part time certificate course on language, computer science or computer application of an Institute or any course run by a Centre for Distance Learning of a University however, shall be excepted.
Is it advisable to start preparation for CLAT after 12th HSC Board Exam?
You should prepare for 12th and CLAT simultaneously. As after your Board exam you will not get much time to prepare for the CLAT. You can apply for CLAT entrance exam after 12th as it is for 5 year integrated law course. CLAT exam is conducted once in a year and so your preparations must be good enough to get the admission in top NLU the same year so that you don’t have to wait for another year.
What is the ideal time to start preparation for CLAT (UG)?
The ideal time to start preparation for CLAT (UG) is after your 10th Board Exam so that you are appropriately ready for CLAT after your 12th HSC Exam. So you will have almost 2 years to prepare for the exam. Hence the duration between your 10th Board Exam and 12th Board Exam is ideal for the preparation of CLAT (UG) so that you will have an edge over other candidates in the examination.
Is it possible to manage Junior College academic study with CLAT preparation?
With proper guidance and time management one can definitely manage academic studies with CLAT preparations.
Is it necessary / compulsory to go for Arts after 10th SSC, if I plan to join law course after 12th?
Opting for Arts after 10th SSC is neither necessary nor compulsory if you are planning to join law course after your 12th. Students can opt for law course irrespective of their streams, Arts, Commerce or Science.
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(CLAT & Mah-LL.B 5 yrs CET)
|Course Coverage:||CLAT and Mah-LL.B 5 Years CET
Full syllabus: English, Maths, GK – Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Legal Aptitude (Legal Reasoning)
(This Course covers both Law Entrance Exams)
|• Exhaustive Module-wise Coaching.
• Course schedule to suit college timing & exams.
• Ample Opportunity of Revision (Atleast twice)
• Classroom Assignments & Online Tests (3000+ MCQ)
• (Sectional Tests, Full-length Mock Tests to improve application of concepts)
• Additional Daily Current Affairs Analysis lectures & Tests (online) for better understanding of Constitution, Indian Polity, Government Schemes & Policies, International & bilateral news.
• Expert and Experienced Faculties to make learning easy with fun.
• Tests prepared by experts covering the relative importance of various topics based on in-depth analysis of exam trend and pattern.
• Printed Study Materials covering each topic of syllabus.
• Previous Years Question Papers solving sessions to get familiarize with entrance exam pattern.
• Special Attention for Weak Students (specially in Maths)
• Personal Attention, Counselling, Periodical Assessment of Performance to ensure higher rank.
• Personalised Guidance and assistance to draw up individual preparation strategy.
• Quiz contests (KBC type) with buzzer round for syllabus based questions.
|Course Duration:||12 Months (for 11th appeared students)
24 Months (for 10th appeared students)
|Eligibility:||10th (SSC) & 11th (FYJC) appeared|
|Course Fee:||12 Months Course - Rs 25,000
24 Months Course - Rs 45,000
Why to join A A Shah’s Young Lawer when there are many other coaching classes?
“A A Shah’s” is known for its sincere and dedicated approach in guiding, training and coaching its students. Having team of experienced faculties and track record of completion of syllabus with proper revision and tests, A A Shah’s has emerged as a trand setter, starting from UPSC – Civil Services Exams to school level scholarship Exams.
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Comparative table will make it more apt to understand and appreciate A A Shah’s Young Lawyer Courses:
|A A Shah’s Young Lawyer||Others|
|Batch size||Small batch||Big batch|
|Personal attention||Personal attention is given by maintaining performance record||No personal attention|
|Course schedule||2 hours lecture 3 days a week during vacations + 4 hours lecture on Sunday during college-days||2 hours lectures only on Sundays|
|Course duration||April to May next year|
April to July (weekdays)
August to December (Weekend)
Jan to May (break for college exam)
April – May (Revision class)
Throughout the course duration
Throughout support till last moment
Real-time live interactive virtual classes to be scheduled as per request for resolving doubts & querries.
|Lesser hours, lesser duration, lectures only on Sundays that too during college-days, no live interactive virtual class.|
|Tests / Assignments||Regular & periodical tests and assignments for assessment of performance and to work for improvement.||Online tests conducted without any personal touch.|
|Faculties||Experienced faculties, popular among the students, who make subject concept clear and lucid, identify weak students, pay extra attention and are also available even after the class.||Faculties teach big-sized batch without any time or inclination to take care of weak students.|
|Extended batch||Extended batch available without any extra payment||Extended batch available with limitation.|
|Free demo lecture / mock tests||Free demo lecture / mock tests allowed with no condition attached to it.||No demo lecture allowed.|
|Focus||Focuses on proper coaching to students.||Focuses on tempting aspirants by attractive & colourful, brouchers, advertisements, testimonials, so-called success stories etc.|
|Fees||Reasonable fees||Exhorbitant fees|
|Value for money||You get value for money||No value for money|
Register for Free Lectures/Tests/Guidance
- The online enrollment for CLAT 2019 will open on 13th January 2019 and close on 31st March 2019.
- The applications has to be submitted ONLINE only from clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in website.
- The CLAT 2019 examination will be held on Sunday, the 12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
- The CLAT 2019 examination will be held in OFFLINE mode
- The candidates are first required to register themselves at the CLAT-2019 website by using personal mobile number and e-mail Id. Upon registration, an OTP will be sent to the given mobile number for validation. Once your mobile number is validated, you can login using your mobile number and the password you provided at the time of registration.
- Please fill the form carefully. The Name of the candidate and the parents should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates/Mark sheets/Identity proof. Any change/alteration found may disqualify your candidature.
- No alteration/editing in the online application form can be done after successful submission/final submission of the form. The information once furnished by the candidate with regard to the category to which the candidate belongs, the preference for the NLUs and the Centre of the Entrance Test submitted by the candidates through online application mode shall be final and no change whatsoever, shall be allowed thereafter under any circumstances.
- The candidates are required to read the instructions carefully and furnish correct and authentic information. In case the information furnished at any stage of the application, examination and admission process is found to be false or incorrect or if there is any discrepancy or mismatch between the information furnished by the candidate at the relevant section and the certificates/documents produced at the time of admission, the provisional admission offered to the candidate shall stand cancelled with immediate effect without assigning any further reason and the candidate shall stand disqualified from being considered for further admission to the NLUs by the CLAT Consortium Office.
- The candidate shall fill his/her preference order for all 21 NLUs at the time of online application itself. No change shall be allowed in the preference once the form is submitted by the candidate.
Documents to be uploaded with the Online Application.
- Front facing passport size recent photograph with plain background
- Signature of the candidate
- Category certificate if you are applying under SC/ST/OBC
- Relevant certificate issued by competent authority if you are applying if candidate is P.W.D
- Relevant certificate issued by competent authority if you are coming under BPL category
- Relevant certificate for your respective State of Domicile. Issued by revenue department/taluk office. Please note that this upload is optional at the time of application. However, you will need to produce this document at the time of admission, if you are claiming reservation under the domicile category.
- The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University in the form and manner as specified by the respective universities at the time of admission.
- The photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form.
- No hard copy of the filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Consortium Office.
- All documents/certificates should be uploaded in pdf format only.
- Application fees can be paid only online.
- Application fee for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates : Rs.4,000/-
- Application fee for SC/ST/BPL category candidates: Rs.3,500/-
- The cost of previous years’ question papers is Rs.500/- (not included in the CLAT-2019 application fee of Rs.4,000/- or Rs.3,500/- as the case may be.)
- The candidates themselves will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online. The actual bank transaction charges will be displayed in the payment gateway page after you choose the mode of payment.
- Application Fees is non-refundable.
- Indian Nationals/NRIs/PIO/OCI seeking admission in either of the UG/PG programmes shall appear in CLAT-2019.
- Foreign Nationals need not appear for the test
- The application form, complete in all respects and after payment of fees must be finally submitted on or before 31st March, 2019 (11:59 P.M.). Incomplete application forms shall not be considered. The candidates shall fill and submit the application form well in time to avoid last minute hassles. The CLAT Office or the organizing University shall in no case be responsible for any incomplete information or misinformation or inconvenience faced by the candidate in this regard.
- For any information relating to the 21 NLUs, the candidate may refer to the e-brochure of the respective Institutions available in the CLAT Consortium website.
- For NRI/Foreign National seats, the applicants are advised to refer to the e-brochures as well as the websites of the respective NLUs for more details. All NRI Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT-2019 examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT 2019 rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities.
Admit Card/Hall ticket
- The Admit Card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her account. The exact date on which the hall tickets will be made available will be intimated on the website.
- The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT-2019 shall be completed through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Consortium Office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e., the CLAT Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form and the category/categories selected by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2019 results.
Other Important Instructions for the Candidates
- Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs. The candidates are, therefore, advised to thoroughly go through the rules, policies and the fee structure of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and also for the NRI and Foreign National seats.
- Information provided in the e-Brochure regarding the intake, reservation policy, fee, courses offered and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc., has been specified very briefly. For detailed information regarding the same, the candidates may refer to the information available at the websites of the participating NLUs.
- In the event of unforeseen incidents resulting in the cancellation of a Test city or centre, or insufficient or extra number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convenor, CLAT-2019 reserves the right to cancel such a City/Centre and shift the applicant to another City/Centre
- In order to claim the benefit of reservation, the candidate must produce the relevant certificates as prescribed by the Government of India/State Government and as required by the respective NLU at the time of admission, as notified by them.
- The CLAT-2019 application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
- Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. The reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned Government from time to time.
- If a candidate has filled-in more than one online application form, the candidate’s last online application form only will be considered. In such cases, the application fee for the previous application forms will not be refunded.
- The allotment of seats and the offer for admission under CLAT-2019 shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate.
- Candidates are advised to visit CLAT-2019 website regularly for updates.
How to fill CLAT application form 2019?
Step- 1: Register Online
- Visit the official site. (Link is provided here)
- Read the information & click on Apply Online.
- Register yourself with required details.
- Read the Information carefully, Fill your details and click on Register
Step- 2: Login to Application Form
- The candidates have to login with their user ID and password.
- Read all the entries carefully.
- Click on the “Next” button.
Step- 3: Upload Images
- The photograph should be a recent passport size with name and date.
- Photograph should be colored with clear background (prefer white background).
- It should be a scanned image in jpg or jpeg format.
- Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred).
- The file size should be more than 20KB and less than 50 KB.
- Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious headwear is allowed but it must not cover your face.
- Signature should be done only by the candidate as it may be checked any time.
- The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
- Dimensions 140 x 60 pixels (preferred).
- Size of file should be between 10KB – 20KB.
- Scanned image in jpeg/jpg format.
Step- 4: Enter Details
- The candidates have to login their application form with their user ID and password.
- The candidates have to fill all the details which are asked in the application form such as:
- They have to fill their personal details category/gender, address etc.
- Click on save and next.
Step 4.1: Enter Qualification Details
- Enter year of qualifying exam passing or appearing.
- Enter board or university name.
- Click on save & next.
Step 4.2: Choose Preferences for NLUs
- Choose the NLUs as per your preference.
- Click on save and next.
Step- 5: Preview & Final Submit
Candidates should preview the application and then make it final submit.
Step- 6: Pay Application Fee
- Click on the link ‘pay exam fee’.
- Select the payment mode, i.e. debit/credit card, net banking or bank challan.
Step- 7: Print Confirmation Page
- Click on the link ‘Click here to take print out of confirmation page’.
- The confirmation page will be open on the screen.
- The candidates can take print out of the confirmation page for future use.
Note: A candidates must remember his/her CLAT USER ID & password. The USER ID & Password helps the students to see the status of their application form, download the admit card and know the results.
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