Why CLAT is considered the gateway for top institutions catering to LLB

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised test for admission to all the  top  LLB colleges in India  including  the 18 prominent National Law Universities in India, recent entrant is Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur. The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrated under graduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities. This test was conducted for the first time on 11 May 2008.

Here is a refined list of the top colleges in India accepting CLAT

  1. NLSIU Bangalore:The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is a prestigious institution of legal education focusing on undergraduate and graduate legal and policy education in India. It was the first National Law University to be established in India and holds the foremost position among them. NLSIU was the first institute in India to offer a five-year intensive course in social sciences and law
  2. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ):Established in 2001, National Law University claims to be the first institution of its kind in the country where study of law is coupled with other disciplines such as Science, Management Science and Policy Sciences. It introduced for the first time the degree of B.B.A., LL.B. (Hons) (i.e. Management and Law) in the country, requiring the students of the course to undertake specialised courses in Management Studies (such as Audit, Accounting, Principles of Management, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing, Strategy, etc.) and assimilate the learning therein especially with the fast evolving corporate and financial laws.
  3. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences :The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS or NUJS) is an autonomous law university offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is in Salt Lake City of KolkataWest BengalIndia. NUJS is considered one of the best amongst the elite national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India.
  4. Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law: Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law (RGSOIPL) is a Law school based at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. It was set up in collaboration with the George Washington University Law SchoolWashington DC and has the unique distinction of being the only law school within the IIT system It is also t/he first law school in India imparting full-time Intellectual Property https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_Gandhi_School_of_Intellectual_Property_Law – cite_note-3education along with other regular courses prescribed by the Bar Council of India.


  1. National Law University, Delhi:National Law University, Delhi (University of Law), abbreviated as NLUD, is a specialized law university in India, offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is situated in Sector-14, DwarkaNew DelhiIndia. NLUD is one of the national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India. The statute provides for the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi to function as the University’s Chancellor whereas the Vice-Chancellor functions as the chief administrator.
  2. National Law Institute University (NLIU):National Law Institute University (NLIU) is a law school and centre for research located in BhopalIndia. Established in 1997 by the State of Madhya Pradesh, it is one of the first three law schools to have been established under the National Law School system. Since its establishment, NLIU has consistently been rated among the three best law schools in India.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Law_Institute_University – cite_note-2 The university launched its first academic programme in 1998, with Indian jurist V.S. Rekhi as the Director. Recognized by the Bar Council of India, the university admits 100 undergraduates each year through the Common Law Admission Test, who complete 15 trimesters before being awarded a combined B.A., LL.B (Hons.) degree. The post-graduate course offered at the university is the LL.M. degree.
  3. Gujarat National Law University:  Gujarat National Law University(GNLU) is a National Law University established under the Gujarat National Law University Act, 2003″ in the state of Gujarat.[1] Regarded as one of the most prestigious law universities in India, the university is located at Gandhinagar, which is the capital of Gujarat and is located 7 kilometers north of the city of Ahmedabad. The statute provides that the Chief Justice of India or a Senior Supreme Court Judge serve as the Visitor of the university.
  4. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU):Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLUO)is an autonomous law university in New RaipurChhattisgarhIndia. The University is named after the former Chief Justice of India, Justice Mohammad Hidayatullah. It is one of the National Law Schools established in India being sixth in the series of such national law schools. It was established as a centre for legal excellence by the Government of Chhattisgarh under the Hidayatullah National University of Law, Chhattisgarh, The university offers a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) integrated Programme, an L.L.M. Programme, and Ph.D Course.

The two-hour admission test consists of objective type covering questions on Elementary Mathematics or Numerical Ability, English with Comprehension, General knowledge and Current affairsLegal Aptitude and Legal Awareness and Logical reasoning. The CLAT scores are used by all the top LLB colleges across the country and Public Sector Undertakings for admissions and recruitment respectively.

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