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CLAT 2013: 29,500 law aspirants apply, 15% more than last year

CLAT 2013: Numbers up by 4,000 this year as against exam conducted by NLU Jodhpur last year
CLAT 2013: Numbers up by 4,000 this year as against exam conducted by NLU Jodhpur last year

A record 29,530 budding lawyers applied to take the Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) this year, up by 15 per cent against last year.

Less than half of students - 11,137 - applied off-line to HNLU Raipur, which is convening this year’s CLAT, while a total of 18,393 applicants opted to file their application forms online. The data was published on the official CLAT website on 1 April, as first reported by education blog Gyancentral.

A total of 1,385 applied for the post-graduate degrees - 642 offline, and 743 online – with this being the first year that many CLAT colleges will offer the shorter one-year LLM degrees.

Last year’s CLAT in 2012, marred by controversy and legal challenges when convened under NLU Jodhpur, saw around 25,732 applicants. The lowest rank to make it into one of the national law schools on the general list was 857.

CLAT 2011 saw 23,875 aspirants compete for a total of 1,075 seats in 11 national law schools, which was in turn almost 40 per cent higher than 2010’s figure of 17,300 applicants.

The CLAT this year is officially accepted by 14 national law schools: NLSIU Bangalore, Nalsar Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur, HNLU Raipur, GNLU Gandhinagar, RMLNLU Lucknow, RGNUL Patiala, CNLU Patna, Nuals Kochi, NLUO Orissa, NUSRL Ranchi, and NLUJA Assam.

Every year, another national law school conducts the CLAT, which was started in 2008. Applicants’ fees are shared between participating colleges, with the organising college receiving a larger proportion of the funds.

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