CLAT Consortium- The Official Conducting Body of CLAT Exam

Anmol Arora

Updated On: April 19, 2024 05:44 pm IST | CLAT

CLAT Consortium is the exam conducting body for 24 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. These institutions accept CLAT scores for admission to their UG & PG law programs.

CLAT Consortium- The Official Conducting Body of CLAT Exam

The Consortium of National Law Universities popularly known as the CLAT Consortium is the official exam conducting body for a total of 24 National Law Universities is situated in India. These universities altogether offer a total of 4484 seats for different law specialisations.

The scores obtained in the CLAT exam are accepted by national law universities as well as numerous private universities and colleges to offer admission to both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. 

The CLAT 2025 exam is expected to be held in December 2024 and the registration process is expected to begin soon in July 2024 on the official website of CLAT 2025 that is consortiumofnlus.ac.in.

If you are someone who is planning to sit for the upcoming CLAT entrance exam, It is important for you to know about the exam conducting body, participating member universities and other crucial details about the exam. Read the article given below to get the detailed information about the same.

What is CLAT Consortium?

The 24 National Law Universities together make up the CLAT Consortium which is responsible for conducting as well as governing the CLAT exam every year. The authority was founded with the goal of enhancing national legal education and ensuring better management and coordination among all the national law universities.

Amongst all the national law universities situated in India most of them offer admission on the basis of CLAT scores. However, National Law University Delhi does not accept CLAT scores and conducts AILET exam to offer admission to its law courses. Moreover, several private institutions also offer admission to its law courses based on scores obtained in the CLAT entrance exam.

To get detailed information about the CLAT consortium, refer to the highlights mentioned below:

Parameters

Specifications 

Conducting Body

CLAT Consortium 

Conducting Exam

CLAT: Common Law Admission Test

Official Website

consortiumofnlus.ac.in

Member Universities 

24 National Law Universities

CLAT 2025 Exam Date

December 2024

Courses Offered Through CLAT Exam

BA LLB, BBA LLB, BSc LLB, BCom LLB, LLM

CLAT 2025 Total Seat Intake

4484 Seats

Institutions Accepting CLAT Scores

24 National Law Universities and private institutions 

Also Read: What to Expect from CLAT Exam?

History of CLAT Consortium

On August 19, 2017, the Consortium of NLUs was founded with the goals of raising the level of legal education in the nation and streamlining and organizing the CLAT exam. The CLAT Consortium's original members, a total of 16 NLUs, came together. Later, more National Law Universities joined, and as a result, there are now 24 NLUs participating in the Consortium.

It should be noted that the organization of the CLAT exam was rotated across NLUs before the Consortium's establishment up until 2018.

Objectives of CLAT Consortium

The objective of the CLAT Consortium is to set a high standard for legal education in India so that they can promote better collaboration amongst all NLUs. The Consortium of CLAT now has 26 National Law Universities as founding members, according to the most recent revisions. Below-mentioned are the objectives and goals for which this society is established:

  • To maintain the highest benchmarks for legal education to place Indian legal schools on par with the most prestigious international ones.
  • To think about, start, and support progress in legal education and spread understanding of the law, legal systems, and their role in a country's growth.
  • To improve coordination between NLUs and other law schools to reach the greatest level of legal education in the nation.
  • To show guidance to academics, educational institutions, and universities on how to teach, as well as to support creative curricula, teaching strategies, and teaching aids in the fields of law and related fields.
  • For and on behalf of all the participating NLUs, to assist, manage, and control the CLAT legal entrance examination, and to help student admission to the nation's numerous NLUs.
  • Apart from the NLUs, they are also allowing other private law schools to use the CLAT score for admission, hiring, or other pursuits by the society's bylaws.
  • In order to enhance abilities in research, publication, and teaching among law instructors in all NLUs and other institutions offering legal education, it is necessary to take into account and speed the hiring process for law professors.
  • To advance and spread information, raise awareness, and offer a common forum for dialogue between academics, jurists, lawyers, professionals, universities, schools, and governmental organisations.
  • To encourage and enable professor and student exchanges, both within and outside of NLUs, as well as with overseas law schools and universities.
  • To encourage research study and make it easier for colleges to share information by pooling their resources.
  • To allow the remaining NLUs access to the advantages of one or more NLUs' legal education.
  • To provise the NLUs who join the Consortium the necessary guidance, including financial support, to standardise legal education and raise the bar for all other forms of education nationally.
  • Regardless of race, creed, caste, sex, or religion, to carry out and promote research in the field of law, recruit top students to member NLUs in the nation, offer them opportunities to participate in legal research projects and activities, and host seminars, lectures, and conferences to disseminate the findings of such research.
  • In order to encourage and emphasise the value of clinical legal education.
  • To introduce new courses in a variety of modern legal areas, such as maritime laws, law of the sea, marine insurance, air and space law, atomic energy law, security law, anti-terrorism law, international business law, investment law, displacement and the laws, WTO and GATS, laws on minerals and mines, international economic law, competition law, diversity law, religion & law, sentencing, cyber forensics, global law, and others.
  • Promote multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches in both regular and seminar courses.
  • To aid in comparative, international, and national legal study.
  • Providing prime focus in India for legal scholars who get into NLUs and establishing, developing, and promoting relationships with similar bodies, organisations, and members of the legal profession on a national and international level.
  • To provide standardised procedures for entrance, courses, semesters, grading, and other aspects in line with international norms.
  • To encourage cross-national cooperation between key academic institutions for academic research and associated goals.
  • To continuously draw in more international students in order to contribute to the globalisation of both legal education and interpersonal relationships with persons from different cultural backgrounds.
  • To improve the diversity of NLUs among students, instructional personnel, and support workers.
  • To exercise all authority consistent with such aims and take all appropriate steps to further such ends.

Member Universities of CLAT Consortium

There are a total of 24 national law universities which are considered as the member universities of the CLAT exam. All these universities offer admission to their law courses on the basis of marks obtained in CLAT exam.

In the table given below, we have mentioned all these member universities along with their courses seat intake and total seat intake. 

S.No.

Member Universities of CLAT Consortium

Course- Wise Seat Intake

Total Seat Intake

1.

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru

BA LLB- 240 Seats

LLM- 100 Seats

340 Seats

2.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata

BA LLB (Hons.) & BSc LLB (Hons.)- 132 Seats

LLM- 100 Seats

340 Seats

3.

National Law University, Jodhpur

BA LLB (Hons.) & BBA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 57 Seats

177 Seats

4.

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar

BA LLB (Hons.)- 172 Seats

LLM- 57 Seats

229 Seats

5.

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala

BA LLB (Hons.)- 180 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

240 Seats

6.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi

BA LLB (Hons.)- 60 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

120 Seats

7.

National University of Study & Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 50 Seats

170 Seats

8.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

180 Seats

9.

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

BA LLB (Hons.)- 100 Seats

LLM- 50 Seats

150 Seats

10.

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

BA LLB (Hons.)- 60 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

120 Seats

11.

Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 50 Seats

170 Seats

12.

National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad

BA LLB (Hons.)- 132 Seats

LLM- 66 Seats

198 Seats

13.

National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal

BA LLB- 134 Seats

BSc LLB- 68 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

262 Seats

14.

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur

BA LLB (Hons.)- 170 Seats

LLM- 90 Seats

260 Seats

15.

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow

BA LLB (Hons.)- 187 Seats

LLM- 31 Seats

218 Seats

16.

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna

BA LLB- 69 Seats

BBA LLB- 69 Seats

138 Seats

17.

National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack

BA LLB (Hons.)- 180 Seats

LLM- 46 Seats

226 Seats

18.

National Law University & Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam

BA LLB (Hons.)- 60 Seats

LLM- 40 Seats

100 Seats

19.

The Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirapalli

BA LLB (Hons.) & BCom LLB (Hons.)- 114 Seats

LLM- 418 Seats

132 Seats

20.

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

180 Seats

21.

Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

BBA LLB (Hons.)- 60 Seats

LLM- 60 Seats

260 Seats

22.

Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University (DBRANLU), Sonipat, Haryana

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

120 Seats

23

National Law University, Tripura

BA LLB (Hons.)- 120 Seats

LLM- 50 Seats

170 Seats

24.

GNLU Silvassa

BA LLB (Hons.)- 66 Seats

LLM- 33 Seats

340 Seats

Total Seats

4484 Seats

Also Read: Do’s & Donts’ for CLAT Exam

Private Law Colleges & Universities Offering Admission on the Basis of CLAT 2025

There are several private law colleges and universities in India that offer admission to law courses on the basis of marks secured in CLAT exam.

However, while choosing a law college, candidates must keep in mind several factors such as college rankings and grades, internship and placement statistics, infrastructure, location, fees, curriculum and even faculty etc. 

Some of the leading colleges and universities offering admission on the basis of CLAT 2025 exam are given below alongwith details about location, courses offered, as well as collective seat intake.

College Name/ University Name

Location

Course Offered

Seat Intake (Collective)

Delhi Institute of Rural Development

New Delhi

BA LLB (Hons.)

BBA LLB (Hons.)

210 seats

Amity University

Noida

BA LLB

300 seats

Lovely Professional University

Jalandhar

BA LLB

LLB

BBA LLB

30 seats

GGSIPU or IP University 

New Delhi

Integrated LLB

LLM

3040 seats 

Mody University

Rajasthan

BA LLB

BBA LLB (Hons.).

BA LLB (Hons.). 

N/A

NorthCap University

Gurugram

BBA LLB

LLB

LLM

200 seats

Nirma University

Ahmedabad

BA LLB (Hons.)

BCom LLB (Hons.)

300 seats

UPES Dehradun

Dehradun 

LLB

BA LLB (Hons.).

BBA LLB (Hons.).

LLM

240 seats

VIT Law School

Chennai

BA LLB (Hons.).

BBA LLB (Hons.).

N/A

Presidency College

Bangalore

BA LLB (Hons.)

BCom LLB (Hons.)

BBA LLB (Hons.)

180

ICFAI University 

Hyderabad 

BBA LLB

LLM

300 seats

Lloyd Law College

Greater Noida

BA LLB

240 seats

Also Read: How to Choose the Best NLU after CLAT?

CLAT 2025 Exam Pattern & Syllabus Highlights

According to the CLAT Consortium, the exam pattern and syllabus for CLAT 2025 exam for UG & PG courses are as follows:

Particulars

Details

Mode

Offline

Duration 

2 Hours

Language

English

Type of Questions

UG- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

PG- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Subjective Questions 

Number of Questions

CLAT UG- 150 

CLAT PG- 120 

Marking Scheme

Each correct answer: +1

Each incorrect answer: -0.25 

Unattempted question: 0

Total Marks

CLAT UG- 150 marks

CLAT PG- 120 marks

Syllabus

CLAT UG- English Language, Current Affairs (including General Knowledge), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques 

CLAT PG- Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.

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FAQs

I want admission to National Law University, Delhi and I have qualified for the CLAT exam. Can I get admission?

No, though National Law University Delhi is an NLU, however, it does not accept CLAT scores. To get admission at NLUD you have to qualify the AILET exam that too with a very good score.

When will the registration process for CLAT 2025 begin?

The registration process for CLAT 2025 exam is expected to begin soon. The exact date is not out yet However it is anticipated to begin in July 2024.

What is the total seat intake in national law universities for CLAT 2025 exam?

The total seat intake in national law universities for CLAT 2025 exam is 4484 seats.

Which private law college or university offers a BCom LLB course on the basis of the CLAT exam?

The private law colleges or universities that offer a BCom LLB course on the basis of the CLAT exam are Presidency College, Bengaluru and Nirma University, Ahmedabad.

Which are the top private colleges and universities that offer admission on the basis of the CLAT exam?

Some of the top private universities and colleges offering admission on the basis of CLAT exam are mentioned below:

  • GGSIPU or IP University, New Delhi
  • Amity University, Noida
  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
  • UPES Dehradun
  • ICFAI University Hyderabad 
  • Presidency College, Bengaluru
  • NorthCap University, Gurugram

Which is the national law university that offers a BSc LLB course on the basis of CLAT scores?

Both WBNUJS Kolkata and NLIU Bhopal offer a BSc LLB course on the basis of CLAT scores.

Which courses are offered through the CLAT exam?

Through the CLAT exam various law courses are offered such as LLB, LLM, BA LLB, BBA LLB, BSc LLB, BCom LLB etc.

Which NLU does not offer admission to its law courses on the basis of the CLAT exam?

National Law University Delhi does not offer admission to its law courses on the basis of CLAT exam, and instead conducts AILET exam for offering admission to law programs.

When will the CLAT 2025 exam be conducted?

The CLAT 2025 exam is expected to be conducted in December 2024 in an offline mode across various allocated centers.

What is CLAT Consortium?

The CLAT Consortium is the official exam conducting as well as governing body of the CLAT exam. The consortium is built up of 24 national law universities of India.

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