Law Entrance Exams after 12th

In the past few years, law has become a career option for many students. It isn’t just about mundane courtroom proceedings, and big black robes during the proceedings. Today, law is about corporate culture, associations with top tier law firms, having your own law firm, judicial services, teaching, practicing law, etc.
Given the ‘n’ number of colleges in India offering the 5-year integrated course in law, the question which pops up is how to identify colleges which will benefit you the most. Can you pursue law from any college/university without it affecting or limiting your opportunities? Are all the institutions almost on the same lines and you’re your own curator? Can an institution play an important role in polishing your skills and bringing out the best in you? Do placements matter?
Well, the answers are dichotomous
The institution you choose to pursue law will play the most important role in determining you success rate in the field of law. An ace university/college will provide you with the most holistic environment essential for improving, learning and competing with the best in this field. The curriculum, exchange programmes with foreign universities, the crowd, the opportunities, the exposure that you will get will be unmatched in a sought-after law college/university. Giving a small example, Gujarat National Law University, every year, organizes an international moot in which law students from all over the world participate including USA and UK. Imagine how enlightening it will be to compete with those students, to get a chance to talk to them and discuss the law of their country, something that will broaden your horizon and give you an edge over others.
Whether judiciary is your dream or the high-end life of a corporate lawyer for now, always aim for the best because you never know when you end up changing your plans. There is no harm in having all the opportunities open for you?
So, here’s a list of all the top law colleges and their entrance exams for your guidance.
  1. CLAT
  2. AILET
  3. SLAT
  4. PU LLB
  5. IPU CET
  1. CLAT - Common Law Admission Test
  2. CLAT is a national level Common Law Admission Test for admission to B.A LL.B (five-year integrated undergraduate) and LLM courses. All National Law Universities (NLUs) except NLU Delhi will participate in CLAT. CLAT will be offline.
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    Nomenclature CLAT Exam Details
    Date of Exam Second Sunday of May
    Eligibility A candidate should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam with the following percentage:
    45% marks for candidates belonging to the Unreserved/OBC/Specially abled Persons (SAP) category.
    40% marks for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST category.
    Any candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 10+2 in the months of April/May can also appear for this examination. However, they should be able to produce sufficient evidence to prove that they have passed 10+2 at the time of admission.
    Age Limit Below 20 years as on July, in the year of appearing(22 years in case of SC/ST candidates).
    Mode Offline
    Negative Marking 0.25 (1/4th) mark will be deducted for every wrong answer
    Total Questions 200
    Question type Objective
    Marking Scheme Each question carries 1 mark
    Duration 2 hours (120 minutes)
    Exam medium English
    Conducting  Authority NLU based on the system of rotation
    Organizing Body CLAT Committee
    Participating Institutes 18 National Law Universities
    Pattern
    Subjects No. of questions Marks allotted
    English including Comprehension 40 40
    General knowledge and Current affairs 50 50
    Elementary mathematics 20 20
    Legal Aptitude 50 50
    Logical Reasoning 40 40
  3. AILET -All India Law Entrance Test
  4. AILET will be conducted for admissions to the National Law University, Delhi exclusively. National Law University Delhi (NLU-D) will be conducting AILET- on the first Sunday of May, for admissions to its B.A LL.B (5-year integrated undergraduate) and LL.M (2-year postgraduate) law courses. The NLU-D offers 83 seats for B.A LL.B programme.
    Nomenclature AILET Exam Details
    Date of Exam First Sunday of May
    Eligibility A candidate should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam with a 50% score.
    The candidates appearing in the 12th standard examination in March/April, can also apply.
    Age Limit Below 20 years as on 1 July, in the year of appearing (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates)
    Mode Offline/Paper-pen based
    Negative Marking 0.25 negative marking
    Total Questions 150
    Question type Objective
    Marking Scheme Each Question carries 1 mark
    Duration 1 hour 30 minutes (90 minutes)
    Exam medium English
    Conducting  Authority National Law University-Delhi
    Organizing Body National Law University-Delhi
    Participating Institutes National Law University-Delhi
    Pattern
    Subjects No. of questions Marks allotted
    English including Comprehension 35 35
    General knowledge and Current affairs 35 35
    Elementary mathematics 10 10
    Legal Aptitude 35 35
    Logical Reasoning 35 35
  5. SLAT-Symbiosis Entrance Test-Law
  6. SLAT will be conducted at the university level by the Symbiosis International University (SIU). SLAT will be conducted for admissions to the undergraduate course B.A LL.B/B.B.A LL.B (5-year integrated undergraduate) SLAT will be conducted on the first Saturday of May
    Nomenclature SLAT Exam Details
    Date of Exam First Saturday of May
    Eligibility The candidate should have passed 10+2 examination from a recognized board with a minimum of 45% for the general category and 40% for SC and ST category.
    Candidates who have appeared for the 10+2 examination and their result of the same is awaited, also hold the eligibility to apply. However, their admission is subject to the submission of 10+2 pass certificate.
    Age Limit Below 20 years as on 1 July, in the year of appearing (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates)
    Mode Offline/Paper-pen based
    Negative Marking No negative marking
    Total Questions 150
    Question type Objective
    Marking Scheme Each question carries 1 mark
    Duration  2 hrs 30 mins (150 mins)
    Exam medium English
    Conducting  Authority Symbiosis International University
    Organizing body Symbiosis International University
    Participating Institutes Symbiosis Law School at Pune, Noida and Hyderabad
    Pattern
    Subjects No. of questions Marks allotted
    Logical Reasoning 30 30
    Legal Reasoning 30 30
    Analytical Reasoning 30 30
    Reading Comprehension 30 30
    General Knowledge 30 30
  7. PU BA LL.B/B.Com LL.B (Hons) 5-year Integrated Course Entrance Test
  8. Panjab University, Chandigarh will hold the BA LL.B/ B.Com LL.B (5-year integrated undergraduate)   entrance exam. The exam will be conducted for the admissions to the University Institute of Legal Studies (U.I.L.S) for admitting students to the 5-year integrated law course. The PU BA LL.B/ B.Com LL.B exam does not have sectional divisions like other Law entrances: CLAT, SET- Law and AILET.
    Nomenclature PU LLB Exam Details
    Date of Exam Third week of May
    Eligibility 50% weight age is given to the marks scored in the entrance exam in addition to the marks scored in 10+2 examinations. An aspirant must score a minimum of 50% to be eligible to take the exam.
    An aspirant who scores higher percentage of marks in the entrance exam shall be ranked higher in the merit list.
    When two or more candidates secure equal marks in the entrance exams as well as the 10+2 exams, then the candidate senior in age shall rank higher in order of merit.
    Age Limit Below 20 years as on 1 July, in the year of appearing (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates)
    Mode Offline/Paper-pen based
    Negative Marking 0.25 (1/4th) mark will be deducted for every wrong answer
    Total Questions 100
    Question type Objective
    Marking Scheme Each Question carries 1 mark
    Duration 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes)
    Exam medium English
    Conducting  Authority Panjab University, Chandigarh
    Organizing body Panjab University, Chandigarh
    Participating Institutes University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS)
    Pattern The question paper doesn’t have a sectional division. Questions are predominantly asked from the following areas: Current affairs, General knowledge/awareness, English, and law.
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  9. IPU CET- Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test
  10. The Indraprastha University formally known as Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi conducts IPU CET Law for its undergraduate programs- B.A. LL.B/ BBA LL.B (5-year integrated undergraduate). It is one of the major Law entrance examinations besides CLAT, AILET and SET- Law.
    Nomenclature IPU Exam Details
    Date of Exam First week of May
    Eligibility A candidate needs to have passed 10+2 board examination from a recognized institution with English as compulsory subject. The minimum marks required is 50% in the aggregate of the subjects studied in the 12th board examination.
    Age Limit Below 20 years as on 1 July, in the year of appearing (22 years in case of SC/ST candidates)
    Mode Offline/Paper-pen based
    Negative Marking 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer
    Total Questions 150
    Question type Objective
    Marking Scheme Each question carries 4 marks
    Duration 2 hrs 30 mins(150 minutes)
    Exam medium English
    Conducting  Authority Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
    Organizing body Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
    Participating Institutes University School of Law and Legal Studies
    Amity Law School
    Chanderprabhu Jain College of Higher Studies
    Delhi Institute of Rural Management
    Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
    JIMS Engineering Management Technical Campus
    Shri Krishna College of Education
    Pattern
    Subjects No. of questions
    Legal Aptitude 37
    Logical Reasoning 38
    Verbal Ability 38
    General knowledge 37
    Other important Law entrance Exams:
    S. No. Name of the Exam Colleges/Universities
    1. Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MH CET) GLC, Bombay, ILS Law College
    2. AIL Law Entrance Test (LET) Army Institute of Law
    3. BHU Law Entrance Examination (BLAT) Banaras Hindu University
    4. Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Jindal Global Law School
    5. Christ University Law Entrance Examination (CU LEE) Christ University, Bangalore
    6. UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test (ULSAT) University of Petroleum and Energy Studies 
    So, all the best to all the law aspirants.