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CLAT Consortium - The Official Conducting Body of CLAT 2023

Rajneesh Shukla
Rajneesh ShuklaUpdated On: August 24, 2022 07:55 pm IST | CLAT

If you are a law aspirant then you must know all about the CLAT governing and conducting body - CLAT Consortium. Get details on history, member universities, objectives, and more of the CLAT conducting body.

CLAT Consortium - The Official Conducting Body of CLAT 2022

The Consortium of NLUs (also known as the CLAT Consortium) will administer CLAT 2023 on December 18, 2022. The official CLAT 2023 webpage is now available at consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2023/.

The CLAT 2023 exam will be considered for admission to a total of 22 National Law Universities (NLUs). For admission to their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programs, these NLUs will accept CLAT scores of eligible applicants. A number of private universities and colleges, in addition to NLUs, will also accept CLAT scores for admission to the law programs.

"What is CLAT Consortium?" is a prevalent question that candidates have in the back of their minds. Candidates will learn everything there is to know about the Consortium of NLUs including its goals, how it operates, which universities are members, and much more in this article.

About CLAT Consortium

22 National Law Universities make up the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs), often known as the CLAT Consortium, which administers the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). On August 9, 2017, the consortium of NLUs was originally founded with the goals of enhancing national legal education and ensuring better management and coordination among all national law universities. The CLAT Consortium has developed through time into a well-organized, efficient, and transparent institution that administers the national-level law entrance exam. Vice-chancellors from each of the 22 participating NLUs make up the Consortium's governing body. The Consortium's primary goal is to promote top-notch legal education at all of its member universities in addition to administering the CLAT admission test for graduate and post-graduate programmes at the participating universities.

To prepare individuals for all legal roles in India, CLAT Consortium offers high-quality legal education. Maritime Laws, International Economic Laws, Investment Laws, Atomic Energy Laws, and many more new courses in current law have recently been introduced by the Consortium of National Law Universities. Review all information about the Consortium of CLAT, including its History, Executive Committee, Objectives, and NLU NIRF Rankings. 

The CLAT organising members who are primarily in charge of holding the exam that year are announced each year by the Consortium's governing body.

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 organising 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 22 NLUs participating in the Consortium. NLU Delhi, which administers its own test called the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), is the only main National Law University in the nation that does not accept CLAT and hence, is currently not a part of the CLAT Consortium.

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

Member Universities of CLAT Consortium

Check out the complete list of the 22 NLUs that make up the CLAT Consortium, together with their seat intake.

Member Universities of CLAT Consortium

Total Seat Intake

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru

180

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

132

National Law University, Jodhpur

104

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar

172

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNLU), Patiala

180

National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi

60

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

120

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam

120

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

150

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

60

Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur

120

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

132

National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal

120

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur

170

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

169

Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna

138

National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack

180

National Law University & Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam

60

The Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirapalli

120

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

120

Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla

120

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

120

Total Seats

2,847

Objectives of CLAT Consortium

In order to raise the bar for legal education in India, the CLAT Consortium wants to encourage better collaboration amongst all NLUs. The Consortium of CLAT now has 22 National Law Universities as founding members, according to the most recent revisions. Below-mentioned are the objectives and purposes for which this society is established:

  • To uphold the highest standards for legal education in order to place Indian legal schools on par with the most prestigious international ones.
  • To think about, start, and support improvements in legal education and spread understanding of the law, legal systems, and their function in a country's growth.
  • To improve coordination between NLUs and other legal institutions in order to reach the greatest level of legal education in the nation.
  • To offer 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 disciplines.
  • For and on behalf of all the participating NLUs, to administer, manage, and oversee the CLAT legal entrance examination, and to assist student admission to the nation's numerous NLUs.
  • Allowing the use of the CLAT score for any other institution's admission, hiring, or other purposes in accordance with 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 important 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 give the NLUs who join the Consortium the necessary assistance, including financial support, in an effort 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 a focal point in India for legal scholars 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.

Recent CLAT Exam Pattern and Syllabus Changes

On December 18, 2022, the Consortium of National Law Universities will administer the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2023) on paper. Two CLATs are being held in the same year for the first time since CLAT 2022 was conducted on June 19, 2022. In recent years, the CLAT has experienced various adjustments. Here is a breakdown of the major modifications that the Consortium of NLUs recently made to CLAT.

There were 200 objective-type questions on the CLAT UG test paper in the past. However, starting in 2020, CLAT now includes comprehension-based questions that gauge candidates' reading and critical-thinking abilities. Additionally, the CLAT UG exam's question quantity was reduced from 200 to 150.

The CLAT syllabus remained the same. However, the syllabus was revised to reflect the change in the paper's orientation to make it a comprehension-based examination. The following subjects are included in the CLAT UG 2023 syllabus:

  • English language including comprehension
  • Quantitative ability
  • Legal aptitude
  • General knowledge and Current affairs

For the CLAT PG exam, the descriptive essay-type questions were eliminated, and the question paper now consists of 120 MCQs, each carrying one mark, with two hours allotted to finish the test until further notice from the Consortium of NLUs. English will be the language of the exam, and each correct answer earns one mark, while each incorrect response earns a minus 0.25 mark, whereas, no response earns zero mark. The syllabus for CLAT PG remains the same.

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