LLM aspirants were yesterday allowed to freshly submit their university preferences online to the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2013 core committee, after a resolution at yesterday’s core committee meeting at Raipur. The committee allowed this in light of changes affected by the introduction of the one-year LLM degree this year.
A notification dated 30 May 2013 on CLAT’s website states:
“In pursuance of the UGC Guidelines dated 18th January 2013 regarding the introduction of One-Year LL. M. Program, most of the NLUs have introduced One-Year LL. M. Program from the Academic Session 2013-14.”
“In the changed situation wherein the LL. M. Program has undergone some kind of restructuring with regard to the duration of the course and the specializations offered, there were a number of requests from LL. M. Applicants for CLAT-2013 asking for giving them an opportunity for submitting fresh preferences for universities so that the allotment could be made accordingly.”
“The candidates who have appeared in CLAT-2013 for admission to the LL. M. program are therefore instructed to take a look at the LL. M. program and specializations offered by various NLUs and submit their preferences online latest by 12:00 mid night of 4th June 2013.”
According to details of one-year LLM seats and specialisations offered by nine national law universities (NLU) aspirants will be competing for 374 total seats – maximum 50 at NLSIU Bangalore and Nalsar Hyderabad and minimum 25 at NLUO Cuttack. 1,374 candidates had applied through CLAT for LLM courses.
RMLNLU Lucknow, NUALS Cochi and NLUJAA Guwahati are offering only the two-year LLM degrees and together have 42 seats. NUSRL Ranchi and CNLU Patna do not offer LLM seats through the CLAT. The final result for NUSRL’s separate entrance test was declared on 25 May.
The one-year LLM specialisations offered by the NLUs range from maximum six at Nalsar to two at NLSIU, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur and HNLU Raipur.
According to the 18 January University Grants Commission (UGC) notification introducing guidelines for the one-year LLM, only those law schools which have a “centre for post-graduate studies” will be allowed to run the program and the two-year LLM will continue to remain valid.
In the CLAT brochure that was uploaded on the exam’s website last year, the committee had stated:
“Since the UGC is contemplating to convert the 2 year LLM program into a one-year LLM program and has taken certain initiatives in this regard, the duration of the LLM program offered by the NLUs including the course structure and specialisations may get restructured in due course of time. Candidates admitted to the LLM program through CLAT 2013 shall abide by the modifications/amendments made by the NLUs based on the guidelines provided by UGC”
“The candidates are therefore advised to check the websites of respective institutes/universities from time to time to keep themselves updated about the changes in the course structure and other details”
Several LLM applicants had told Legally India in January 2013 that their requests for submitting fresh law school preferences to the CLAT committee were not being entertained at the time.
In February 2013 Nalsar Hyderabad and NUSRL Ranchi became the first national law schools to introduce the one-year LLM program after September 2012’s UGC approval of the degree, as reported by Legally India.
Around 30,000 senior-secondary school pass outs today await the result of the 12 May CLAT 2013 exam for gaining entrance to the undergraduate law course at one of 14 NLUs. The exam was convened by HNLU Raipur this year.