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Exclusive: CLAT 2020 application, exam dates postponed due to coronavirus

CLAT 2020 date extended by fortnight, to 24 May

CLAT 2020 postponed by fortnight from 10 May
CLAT 2020 postponed by fortnight from 10 May

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) has extended the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) date to 24 May 2020, with the application deadline extended to 25 April 2020.

Indeed, with the near-global policy of social distancing and judging by the spread in other countries, putting tens of thousands of budding lawyers into examination halls all over the country does not seem like a good idea, at least in its current form and even one-and-a-half months from now.

The Consortium, which includes all the vice-chancellors (VCs) of NLUs, has agreed to extend the application deadline of 31 March 2020 and the date of 10 May 2020 in light of the situation, according to this year’s CLAT convenor and DNLU Jabalpur VC, Prof Balraj Chauhan.

“We have decided to extend the date of application of [CLAT] submission forms,” said Chauhan yesterday.

Today he added that the VCs had also agreed to postpone the date of the exam for now.

Under the current circumstances, he had said, with a national “lockdown approved until 14 April”, the Consortium had hoped it would be possible to organise the test on 10 May as scheduled. However, he added “we are not sure what will be the situation after 14 April. Let’s hope this lockdown will be successful.

“We are closely watching the situation and discussing all the developments amongst ourselves.”

NLU Delhi has also just extended its smaller CLAT-clone, the AILET 2020, until 31 May.

Update 28 March 2020: The CLAT consortium has now formally anounced the new dates on its website (the exam will be held from 3 to 5pm)
Update 28 March 2020: The CLAT consortium has now formally anounced the new dates on its website (the exam will be held from 3 to 5pm)

The 2020 CLAT has had a lot of ambitious plans for reform and of institutionalising the entrance test.

But in the circumstances it seems entirely reasonable to push the exam date, though it’s by no means certain whether that date is a final one.

An added complication to the situation, of course, is that the NLU VCs who are managing the consortium also currently have their hands full with converting their classes to online tuition, where possible, and managing cohorts of students spread throughout the country.

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