With the recent outbreak of the deadly COVID-19, there has been unrest amongst the law aspirants and their parents. While the Central Government has announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown, there is a self-speculation amongst the law aspirants and their families that all the competitive exams will now be cancelled like those of other minor tests. However, that is untrue. Although keeping given the precautions as advised by the World Health Organization (WHO), to promote social distancing and to be quarantined to avoid further spread of the COVID-19, several legal entrance exams, interviews, events, etc. stands postponed. Still, there is no notification/circular of any law entrance tests to be cancelled anytime soon. The law aspirants have been preparing for a while now to appear for CLAT and other law entrance Exams.
The competent authorities realize that it is essential to conduct law entrance examinations for a justified entry of the budding lawyers into the field.
Therefore instead of cancelling the law entrance tests, they are being postponed. The notifications regarding the re-scheduling of the application process and examination dates have been released by the concerned authorities keeping given the complete lockdown situation for better safety and security of all the law aspirants. Here is a list of law exams that are postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak of Corona virus in India.
1) COMMON LAW ADMISSION TEST (CLAT) 2020
Because of the Corona virus outbreak, the CLAT authorities have decided to re-schedule the exam from May 10, 2020, to May 24, 2020, in different cities, nationwide.
2) AILET –2020
The All India Law Entrance Test which was to be conducted on May 3 2020, is now postponed to May 30 2020.
3) LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST (LSAT) – India
LSAT authorities have scheduled the law entrance exam for May 17 2020.
4) LLOYD LAW COLLEGE'S ENTRANCE TEST 2020
Given the current situation, the Lloyd law college's entrance test, which was earlier scheduled for May 16, 2020, is now postponed for June 6 2020.
5) SYMBIOSIS LAW ADMISSION TEST
The authorities have not made any changes in its examination date yet. Therefore, it remains May 2 2020.
6) ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY(AMU)
AMU authorities have postponed all the departmental along with admission tests including the BA.LLB entrance exam from April 13 2020. The entrance exam has been delayed for an indefinite period.
7) DELHI UNIVERSITY
The entrance exam for the law now is scheduled for June 9 2020.
8) ICFAI LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
The entrance exam for the law is scheduled for May 2 2020.
9) UPES LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST
The entrance exam of UPES for the law is scheduled to take place on May 15 2020.
10) ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY LAW ENTRANCE TEST
The authorities of Allahabad University have released the notifications about the application process, and the scheduled dates for examinations of LAT 2020 and LFAT 2020, the same stood adjourned for future dates. Separate information will announce the next dates of the exam.
11) JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA BA LLB ENTRANCE TEST 2020
The authorities of the university released a notification that provided that they have decided to extend the last date of the application process from March 25, 2020, to April 15, 2020. The time of the test is still not provided by the authorities.
12) KERALA LAW ENTRANCE EXAM (KLEE 2020)
The Kerala law entrance exam scheduled to take place for the three-year law course and five-year law course, are expected to be conducted on April 25 and April 26, 2020, respectively.
13) BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY, BA LLB ENTRANCE EXAM
The authorities of the university have kept the law entrance exam to be conducted on May 21 2020. Any postponement shall be updated on their official website.
14) MAHARASHTRA COMMON ENTRANCE TEST FOR LAW 2020
The authorities have postponed the MH CET 2020 for its law entrance test. The fresh dates are yet to be announced through a separate notification. However, the application process for the 5-year law course stands closed by the authorities. Interestingly, the application form and its process for the 3-year law course had already been released on March 19, 2020. The law aspirants can submit their forms till May 6, 2020. The facility to submit the application form can be made through online mode. The law entrance test for the 3-year LLB course will now be held on June 28, 2020, through online mode itself.
While several law entrance exams have been postponed, every law aspirant in such situations should focus on utilizing this extension of days for making most of their extra time in preparing for the law entrance examination. As the law entrance exams are not being planned to be cancelled anytime soon, so this lockdown period should be considered as a bonus time provided for better preparation and a better strategy to crack these entrance tests.
The law aspirants should remember that the extension of dates should never be the excuse to drop an entire year, especially when you have some extra days to prepare and revise.
It should be noted that appearing this year comes with two-fold benefits. Firstly the law aspirants have more time to revise and clear doubts about law and accordingly prepare well. Secondly, with more revision and knowledge, you have a better chance to secure a good rank even in the most robust law question paper ever made. Also, the hike of law aspirants and the tremendous increase of competition in the legal field with the number of graduates passing each year had brought the competition to a level higher; thus, it is highly advisable to utilize the time and appear in the law entrance exams this year itself rather than having a second thought of dropping this year. It is certain that the opportunity to crack a law entrance exam with such extra time in hand, will not only lead you to a right law college but it will also help you in the long run, so why to consider drop, especially when we have the extra time in hand?
One of the main reasons why parents of the law aspirants are dicey to let their children appear for the exam this year is because they doubt, whether if it would be safe enough for their child to attend classes amidst this virus breakdown. So, here we need to understand that all the leading educational institutes are taking suitable precautions to fight this deadly virus and online classes with adequate arrangements are already made for the current batches, in the same manner, it shall extend to the new batches. Therefore, the law aspirants are suggested to keep themselves focused and updated with all the notifications/circulars about the law entrance examinations, and not to miss out on this golden opportunity to be a part of right law college.
We pray for universal harmony until then, Stay Safe, Stay Quarantined, Stay Healthy, Stay Educated, and Stay Updated!