How did CLAT come into existence?
twenty three National Law Universities in India, the first of which is the National Law School of India
University, Bangalore, which admitted its first batch of students in 1987. Out of these twenty three, the
National Law University, Delhi conducts its own separate entrance test known as All India Law Entrance Test
(AILET) and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, Haryana appear for CLAT provisionally.
With the emergence of more NLUs and various other prestigious law schools seeking to conduct admission tests
around same time of academic year, students faced a hard time preparing for them. More than often, entrance
tests of various law schools clashed and aspirants were forced to choose any one instead of appearing for all
of them. From time to time the issue to conduct a common entrance exam to reduce the burden of the students of
giving multiple tests was raised, but due to the autonomous status of each law school, it was very difficult
to reach at a consensus. There was no was no nodal agency to co-ordinate an action and step forward in this
The matter drew national attention when a Public Interest Litigation was filed by Mr. Varun Bhagat against the
Union of India and various National Law Universities in the Supreme Court of India in 2006. The Chief Justice
of India directed the Union of India to consult with the National Law Universities to formulate a common test.
The move was strongly supported by the Bar Council of India.
Given the lack of a central nodal authority to bring forth a consensus on the issue, the Ministry of Human
Resources Development, (Government of India) and the University Grants Commission of India organized a meeting
of the Vice-Chancellors of seven National Law Universities along with the Chairman of the Bar Council of
After a few such meetings, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Vice Chancellors of the
seven National Law Universities on 23 November 2007 to conduct a common admission test.
Finally first CLAT was conducted on 11 May 2008 by NLSIU-Bangalore. Today CLAT for UG is considered to be one
of toughest law entrance exam to crack. Aspirants often rely on good institutes to turn their dreams into
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