The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, has decided to walk out of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 for admission in the 2020-21 session. NLSIU has opted upon a fresh admission process for admission in both LLM and LLB courses, to avoid the zero academic year. Now the University will hold its own entrance examination.
The decision to separate from CLAT 2020 is because “The repeated postponement of the examination has resulted in uncertainty for students, parents, and the participating Universities. NLSIU is uniquely disadvantaged as it follows a trimester system”, as quoted in the notice. CLAT 2020 has been postponed again to September 28 from September 7, 2020.
The notice explained that the Sub-Committee of NLSIU considered all available options and concluded that a common entrance test conducted online as soon as possible would be a fair, transparent, and accessible admissions process. This decision was taken on August 31, 2020.
The notice further adds ” if NLSIU is unable to complete admissions before the end of September 2020 it will inevitably result in a ‘Zero Year’ with no admissions.”
Therefore, NLSIU has now formulated its admission process. Now the admission in LLM and BA LLB courses will be based on NLAT 2020 PG and NLAT 2020 UG respectively. NLAT is expanded to National Law Aptitude Test which will be held on September 12, 2020, across the nation in online mode. The merit list for admission will be purely based on the scores of the candidates in NLAT 2020.
To apply for NLSAT 2020 candidates have to visit the official website admissions.nls.ac.in and complete the online application process by September 10, 2020. To apply for the UG courses general and PWD candidates must secure 45% in 10+2. Similarly, the SC / ST candidates must get a minimum aggregate of 40% marks.
To apply for PG course candidates must have LLB degree with 45% minimum aggregate marks for the general and PWD candidates. The same is relaxed by 5% for the SC / ST candidates.
NLAT UG 2020 will be held in English. The maximum marks for the NLAT are 80 marks. All questions will be MCQ type and the total time for the exam will be 45 minutes. The NLAT 2020 UG will test candidates on 5 subjects. The format will be the same as that of the CLAT 2020 UG exam. There will be questions from English Language, Current Affairs Including General Knowledge,
Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
In the NLAT 2020, PG exam candidates will have to answer MCQ type questions of 60 marks in 40 minutes.
In LLM the total seats that will be available for admission are 50 which includes 30 seats for Business Law and 20 seats for Human Rights Law. On the other hand, in UG the total seats available are 120.