Law stream is one of the most densely opted career choice in our country. If you are also looking for a career in law, then you need to check out the top law entrance exams conducted in India for the students after Graduation and 12th. For fulfilling your career dream, you need to secure admission to top-ranked Law University/Institute, and thus needs to clear their entrance exam.
A Law degree not only permits you practice as a lawyer in the courts but also opens various career options in other sectors too like corporate management, legal services and administrative services. The BCI (Bar Council of India) is the main regulatory body of Law education. Some of the below mentioned Law entrance Tests are of National Level while others at State Level and some colleges have their own exams at their level.
Just like any other stream, it has both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In this article, we have listed below some of the top Law entrance exams conducted after 12th and graduation for Law Admissions (LLB, LLM, Integrated Law Courses) in Top Law Universities/Colleges of India. The various programmes offered under Law are Bachelor’s of Legislative Law (LLB), Integrated undergraduate degrees (B.A. LL.B., B.Sc. LL.B., BBA LLB, B.Com LL.B,) Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Business Law, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) etc.
Students interested in making a career in law can either do a three-year law course after graduation (in any discipline) or a 5 years’ integrated law course after qualified 10+2/higher secondary school or equivalent class. With five years integrated course, students will be able to focus more.
There are many law institutes which directly take scores obtained in national level law entrance exams like CLAT, LSAT for admissions, whereas, others like Delhi University, Banaras Hindu University, UPES, Christ University conduct their own tests for admissions.
Top Law Entrance Exams
Some of the top Law entrance exams for admissions to law courses are :
1. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Common Law Admission Test, commonly known as CLAT, is an all India entrance examination. It is conducted by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for the aspirants who are interested in admissions to undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B. & LL.M.).
CLAT is a two-hour admission test which has objective type questions on English including comprehension, General knowledge & current affairs, Elementary mathematics (numerical ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical reasoning for UG courses. And for PG Course admission, the exam is based on Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.
The eligibility criteria are as follows :
• For Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories: a minimum of 55% marks are required for PG programme admission and at least 45% in class 10+2 for UG programme (Integrated Course).
• For SC/ ST category – a minimum of 50% marks is required for PG programme and 40% marks for UG programme admission.
The paper for LLM program consists of 150 questions and 2 hours while for UG programme it is of 200 marks to complete in 2 hours. 1 mark is rewarded against every correct answer and a deduction of .25 is made if any answer attempted is wrong.
Other than the 19 National Law University, the CLAT score is used by 43 other colleges and 2 PSU. Some of the NLUs that consider CLAT scores for admissions are NALSAR, NLSIU, WBNUJS, NLU, NLIU and GNLU.
2. LSAT India – Law School Admission Test
Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is a test that is conducted four times a year to test the reading and verbal reasoning skills. The test is held offline for 2 hours and 20 minutes. The score obtained is used for LLB and LLM admissions. The paper is divided into 3 sections: logical reasoning, analytical reasoning and reading comprehension. There are 100 questions with one mark each for a correct answer. There is no negative marking. The eligibility criteria are same as CLAT.
LSAT scores are accepted by top institutes like Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur Law School, Galgotia University Law School, The Jindal Global Law School, UPES Dehradun, SRM University, Amity Law School and many more
3. All India Law Entrance Test (AILET)
AILET – All India Law Entrance Test is an exam conducted only for National Law University (NLU) Delhi. It takes scores for admission in various law programmes such as BA-LLB, LLM, PhD. AILET 2019 is scheduled on offline mode.
4. AIL Entrance Test (Army Institute of Law B.A. LL.B Entrance Test)
Army Institute of Law (AIL) examination is conducted by Army Institute of Law Authority, Mohali, Punjab to shortlist the aspirants interested for Integrated BA LLB and LLM admission. The college is affiliated to Punjab University, Patiala.
5. IPU-CET Law
Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test Law (IPU CET Law) is a University-level law entrance exam which is conducted for admission to Five Year Integrated Law Programs that include B.A. L.L.B., and B.B.A. L.L.B. The organizing body is Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).
The paper is held in paper pen mode, for 2.5 hours and is held only in Delhi. It comprises of 150 questions with a total of 600 marks. 1 mark is reduced for every wrong answer. Likewise, 4 marks are rewarded for every correct answer.
6. Delhi University (DU LLB)
DU LLB Entrance Examination, (Delhi University Law entrance exam) is a national-level admission test conducted by Faculty of Law, Delhi University for admissions to its around 2600 seats in three-year law programmes offered at three law centres of the university namely Campus Law Centre, Law Centre I and Law Centre II.
Candidates who wish to pursue three-year law programme from the Delhi University will need to fill DU LLB application form and register online for the same. The paper is held in paper pen mode, for 2 hours. It comprises of 175 questions with a total of 700 marks. 1 mark is reduced for every wrong answer. Likewise, 4 marks are rewarded for every correct answer.
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7. KIIT Law
Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology is an institute located in Odisha. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University conducts KIITEE Law exam, the gateway to admissions into BA LLB, BBA LLB and B.Sc LLB programmes in Kalinga Law School. The University level law entrance examination conducted online in a four-day window in April month every year. Candidates interested in pursuing five-year integrated law programmes from KIIT School of Law can apply for the same.
8. Punjab University Law Entrance Exam
Panjab University, Chandigarh conducts 5 Year Integrated Law Course Entrance Examination in May month, every year. Candidates seeking admissions to the B.A./B.Com LL.B (Hons.) Five Year Integrated Law Course through Panjab University would have to apply based on examination Schedule.
There will be a total of 100 questions with 1 mark for every correct answer and a deduction of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. The duration of this paper is 90 minutes.
9. MHCET Law Entrance Exam
MHCET stands for Maharashtra Common Entrance Test for Law. MH CET law is the state level entrance test for those students who are looking for admissions in L.L.B (Three Year) and L.L.B (Integrated-Five Year) programmes offered by the colleges across Maharashtra.
Candidates will be tested on various topics such as Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Logical and Analytical Reasoning and English.
10. Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT)
SLAT, an entrance exam for five-year integrated law programmes including BA LLB and BBA LLB from Symbiosis Law Schools situated at Pune, Noida and Hyderabad.
The exam will be held for two hours and thirty minutes (150 minutes), where candidates will have to answer 150 questions carrying one mark each. Candidates may note that there will be no negative marking for any wrong answers.
The objective-type questions will be covering five sections namely, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension and General Knowledge.
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