Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised test for admission to 21 National Law Universities in India. The test is conducted by the 21 participating law schools in rotation, in the order of their establishment, starting with National Law School of India University, Banglore which conducted CLAT-2008, And now up to National Law University Odisha which conducted CLAT-2019.
The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrated undergraduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities. The two-hour admission test consists of objective type covering questions on Elementary Mathematics or Numerical Ability, English with Comprehension, General knowledge and Current affairs, Legal Aptitude and Legal Awareness and Logical reasoning.
CLAT was introduced to incorporate a uniform curriculum passed on through National Law Universities to take the standard of legal education to the optimum levels. The advantage with taking CLAT lies in the fact that placements of corporate and firms are high because of limited number of seats. At the same time the exposure and training given to law students is in alignment with the current needs of the legal system. New fields such as cyber securities, Intellectual property, Environmental law, Aviation laws are being introduced by the National Law Universities keeping in time with the present needs to make tailor made courses for students who in turn can create niche for themselves in this field.