CLAT: Exam for all those who dream for a successful career in Law
Lawyers are some of the most respected people in the society. Law and order are needed at all times. And thus, Law offers a promising successful career for those who are passionate about justice and order.
A career in law provides options of both working independently or with a law firm. Most successful lawyers started with working as employees in law firms before they began their own practice.
On the basis of the kinds of laws they handle, the law firms are divided into two categories:
- Full service firms: which practice every kind of law.
- Some law firms are specialized one that four on single type of law.
Law firms entice the best talent. They pay around Rs 10 -11 lakh per annum as starting salary.
In India, law has long been accepted as a professional career that spans across institutions like district courts, High Courts, Supreme Courts, Corporate Law firms, legal consultancy firms, legal advisory etc. Law careerbestows such amounts of knowledge and challenges that professional and personal growth of a person is assured.
Common Law Admission Test commonly known as CLAT is the most awaited exam for all those students who dream for a successful career in Law. CLAT is the most sought after entrance exam for admission into top 16 National Law universities for both undergraduate and post graduate courses i.e. LLB and LLM.
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
- The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
- Kolkata (WBNUJS), National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU)
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)
- National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU)
- Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS)
Details of CLAT
Pattern of CLAT
- Total marks: 200
- Total numbers of multiple choice questions of one marks each: 200
- Duration of examination: 2 hours
Sub areas with weightage
- English including comprehensions: 40 marks
- General knowledge/ Current affairs 50 Elementary maths: 20 Marks
- Numerical ability
- Legal Aptitude: 50 marks
- Logical Reasoning: 40 marks
- English: Comprehensions passages and grammar will include incorrect grammatical sentences, fill in the blanks with appropriate words.
- G.K. & current affairs: Current affairs, general awareness including static general knowledge.
- Mathematics: Mathematics taught upto X class.
- Legal Aptitude: This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may comprise of legal propositions principle etc.
- Logical Reasoning: Syllogism, analogies, logical sequences etc are included to identify pattern logical links and verify illogical arguments ability. Questions may comprise of legal propositions/principle and set of reasonable conclusions.
Tie - breaking in CLAT scores
In the event of equal marks those candidates are given preference who have-
Scope for Law Graduates-
Private companies & Banks: Companies like Wipro, Google, DLF Johnson & Johnson, etc need lawyers for their in house teams. Salaries are comparable to law firms.
LPOs Legal Processing Outsourcing Companies: LPO refers to the practice of law firm of corporation obtaining legal support services from an outside law firm. The offeredservices are agency work, document review, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings and briefs and patent services. Pangaea 3, United Lex, Clifford chance, Infosys are some companies working as LPOs.
Litigator: He is a lawyer.There are many high profile lawyers whose one appearance in court is charged between 2.5 lakhs – 3 lakhs.
Non – Governmental Organizations (NGO’s): Such as Human Rights law net work (HRLN), Alternative law forum (ALF), Lawyer’s collective, People’s union for civil liberties (PUCL) have done excellent work in the field of law.
Research Organizations: Centre for civil society (ccs), center for Internet and society, PRS legislative Research are some organizations which recruit law graduates for carrying out research and analysis of the bills presented in parliament, tracking and collecting database regarding parliament etc.
Teaching in law: Apart from colleges and universities, private law schools like, Symbiosis law school in Pune, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) have demand for teachers.
Legal Services: Legal opinion filing, pleading and defending law suit or practicing law related services as a lawyer has always been an evergreen career.
Legal Journalism: For the people interested in writing for law, this has emerged as anew career path.
Law clerkships: A law clerk or judicial clerk is a person who provides assistance to a judge or a licensed attorney in researching issues before court.