CLAT 2020 Counselling

Abhik Das Updated On: 03 Sep, 2019 12:56 IST

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CLAT Counselling 2020

National Law University will organise CLAT 2020 Counselling by the 1st week of June 2020. After the announcement of results, the counselling process will start. Candidates will be required to join the counselling of CLAT 2020 in online mode. There will be a number of processes included in the CLAT 2020 counselling process namely – online registration, making the choice of NLU, allotment of seats in NLUs and payment of CLAT Counselling fee, upgrading of seats and then reporting to the allotted NLUs. 

The seat allotment for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be done through the centralised admission scheme and will be based on the merit-cum-preference basis. In CLAT 2020, admission to various law programmes will be done on the basis of scores achieved by the candidates. The first merit list released by the exam authority will contain the selected candidates' names according to their categories on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’. You can the merit list of CLAT 2020 here.

CLAT 2020 Counselling Dates

CLAT 2020 counselling dates are yet to be announced. Meanwhile, candidates can check the tentative counselling dates of CLAT 2020 here.  



Declaration of CLAT Results 2020 (Issue of Merit List)

Second week of June 2020

Publication of CLAT First Provisional Seat Allotment List based on merit-cum-preference

Second Week of June 2020

Date for payment of Rs. 50,000/- as counselling fee

Second/ Third Week of June 2020

Publication of the Second Provisional Seat Allotment list after payment of counselling fee

Third week of June 2020

Date for payment of counselling fee for the candidates whose names appear for the first time in the second allotment list

Third week of June 2020

Date for locking of allotted seats after exercising option for shifting or withdrawing from the admission process against the second allotment list

Third week of June 2020

Publication of the Third Provisional Seat Allotment List

Last week of June 2020

Payment of 50,000 for students who have been allotted seat for first time in Third list

Last week of June 2020

Date for receiving status of admission from the participating NLUs in the CLAT Office

Third week of July 2020

Step by Step CLAT Counselling Process 2020

Registration for Counselling Process:

After the announcement of the first list, candidates will have to apply for the counselling process. Students whose names are mentioned in the list will have to pay the counselling fee to be eligible for seat allotment process.

  • Those who fail to deposit the fees in the stipulated time may lose their allotted NLU seat, admission opportunity to NLU. After the payment of fees, the authorities will issue the second indicative seat allotment list. This indicative list will be for the CLAT Counselling Round 2.

Locking of Choices:

In this option, candidates will have to submit their course and college preferences. After locking the choices, candidates will not be allowed to shift from one university to another during the further counselling process. The Lock option confirms the candidate’s final choice for the particular NLU. 

  • The candidates whose name have been newly added to the second indicative counselling list of CLAT 2019, will have to pay the counselling fees by the prescribed time limit. However, those who have been upgraded/shifting need not re-deposit the fee.


The candidates choosing this option will be considered for further counselling rounds against any vacancies that will arise in NLUs. Only upward shifting will be permitted in accordance with the preference list given at the time of application.

  • Note: Before releasing third indicative list, the CLAT authorities will provide an option of withdrawal to all those candidates who have been allotted NLUs in the previous counselling rounds.


This option can be used by the candidates in two ways - If any candidate participating in the CLAT 2019 counselling fails to deposit the requisite amount of counselling fees, then he/ she will lose the chance to get admission in NLUs of his/ her choice as his/ her name will be dropped from the admission merit list and this is the first way to withdraw an NLU seat, it can be deliberately done or by mistake.

  • Second way: This option will be given to the candidates before the final seat allotment list, during the third round of counselling. In such a case, candidates will be allowed to withdraw from the admissions and their deposited counselling fee will be transferred to their bank accounts after a deduction of Rs. 10,000 from deposited counselling fee.

Final Admission List:

Based on the vacant seats in institutes, a second, third and final list of shortlisted candidates may be published. In order to confirm the seats allotted to them, candidates will have to get their documents verified by the designated authority and pay the admission fees.

Documents Required for CLAT 2020 Counselling

  • CLAT Application Form 2020

  • CLAT Admit Card 2020 

  • CLAT Scorecard 2020

  • 10th and 12th Marksheets

  • Specially-abled certificate (If applicable)

  • Caste certificate (If applicable)

  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)

  • Domicile Certificate (If applicable)

  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)

CLAT 2020 Counselling: Important Points

Here are a few points that the candidates must be aware of regarding the CLAT 2020 counselling process:

  • CLAT 2020 counselling process will be conducted in an online mode by the CLAT conducting body

  • The CLAT 2020 counselling process is expected to begin in the month of June 2020

  • All the original documents must be submitted by the candidates during the 2020 CLAT counselling process which will be handed back to their respective holders after the verification of documents is over

  • After the conclusion of the CLAT counselling process for 2020, the eligible candidates will be issued with call letters from the officials


Will I be refunded the CLAT counselling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?
You will not be entitled for the refund of counselling fee if you voluntarily refrain from the counselling process.
When can I provide my choice options for NLUs?
You need to choose the preference of NLUs while filling the online application form for the entrance exam.
Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?
After the submission of online application form for CLAT, you are not eligible to alter the options or preferences.

Can a candidate get the counselling fee refunded in case he/she doesn't want to take admission?

There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from the admission process.

Is there any provision of transfer of a candidate from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT?

No, CLAT rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.

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