Bar Council of India recognizes two degrees of laws, which are B.A.LL.B, a five-year integrated Law course and LL.B, a three years course. B.A.LL.B is persuaded after qualifying intermediate, whereas eligibility of LL.B is after qualifying graduation. LL.B is considered as the older form of studying law, whereas B.A.LL.B is a newer approach. A person who is below 22 years can apply for the B.A.LL.B course, and a person interested in B.A.LL.B must be below 45 years of age.
Popular Entrance Exams for Law Aspirants
1) CLAT (Common Law Admission Test): CLAT is all India entrance exams for National Law Universities present all over the nation. There are nineteen NLUs in totality, and all are affiliated in recognition with the Bar Council of India. CLAT proposes 3000 seats approximately. Every year CLAT is conducted in May.
Due to the pandemic issue this year, the exam will be held on 21st June.
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2) AILET (All India Law Entrance Test): National Law University conducts AILET, Delhi annually. It offers five years of Undergraduate and two years of Post Graduate programs. It holds the capacity of 83 B.A.LL.B seats and 22 seats for LL.M programs. This exam is conducted in 21 cities across India. AILET is an offline mode exam for 1 hour 30 minutes.
This year due to the pandemic, the exam is scheduled to be held in June. But there is still no clarity about the dates.
3) IP University, Delhi, (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University): The University offers B.A.LL.B and B.B.A.LL.B courses. It conducts the exam in offline mode in Delhi only. This exam is conducted in affiliation to eight colleges for UG admission.
GGSIPU has not listed any updates till date since lockdown.
4) SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test): There are three Symbiosis Colleges in India, Symbiosis Pune, Symbiosis Hyderabad, and Symbiosis Nagpur. Symbiosis Entrance Test is conducted every year, and this exam is conducted in affiliation by all the three colleges. Symbiosis Pune is considered as the best among three followed up by Hyderabad, Noida, Nagpur. Admission to these colleges is also taken by the ranking of marks scored by students.
It conducts the exam in online mode. The exam date has not been updated yet since lockdown.
5) HP NLU (Himachal Pradesh National Law University Exam): HP NLU conducts exam for shortlisting students for B.A.LL.B, B.B.A.LL.B, LL.M., and Ph.D. in law. HP NLU entrance exam is also known as Himachal Pradesh National Law University Entrance Test (HP-NET). In two hours duration, one has to attempt all 150 questions.
HP NLU has not declared any exam date for the year 2020.
6) LSAT (Law School Admission Test) India: LSAT India is a national level exam test which is organized by Pearson VUE on behalf of LSAT India. LSAT offers admission for BA LLB and LLM courses for over more than 70 colleges in India. LSAT has no negative marking scheme. Registration for applying for the LSAT exam has been open.
Exam dates have not been assigned to date.
7) MH CET: Maharashtra conducts Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test for the state, which means this test, is affiliated to the colleges in Maharashtra only. This exam is conducted for offering courses for both five years as well as three years courses. MH CET offers approximately fifteen thousand seats across the state. MH CET is affiliated to 218 colleges of Maharashtra.
MH CET has not come up with any exam date schedule.
8) CHRIST UNIVERSITY, Bangalore: Christ University conducts this exam to fill its seats every year. Entrance Examination for Christ University is known as Christ University Law Entrance Exam (CULEE). Courses offered by Christ are BA LLB and BBA LLB. The test paper of CULEE consists of five sections and 120 questions in totality.
There have been no updates regarding the exam date since lockdown. Earlier it was to be conducted on the 14th and 26th of April.
9) BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY: BHU offers LLB as well as BA LLB program. It has been providing LLB courses for years, but it became open to BALLB a few years ago by the approval of the Bar Council of India. BHU offers both online as well as offline exams. BHU entrance exam is popularly known as BLAT (BHU Law Admission Test).
BHU has not proposed any exam date till now for the year 2020.
10) UPES (University of Petroleum and Energy Studies): Entrance exam for UPES law admission is known as ULSAT (UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test). This University, along with BALLB, BBA LLB it also offers B.com LLB. UPES admits students also through merit i.e., though the 12th board result and also based on CLAT score. It also accepts students through LSAT. ULSAT is a seven days window panel test that means students can opt for any date within a week.
ULSAT has not updated exam dates after lockdown extension.
11) Punjab University Chandigarh: Punjab University entrance Exam for Law is popularly known as PULLB. Punjab University has the capacity to taking only three years of LLB students.
Punjab University has not updated any information regarding the conduct of the examination.
12) Army Law Institute: Law entrance exam for Army Law Institute is known as AIL LET (AIL Law Entrance Exam). This institute is affiliated to Punjab University. It offers only a BA LLB course and can take only 80 law aspirants.
There has not been any update regarding exam dates because of the lockdown extension.
13) LNAT (National Admission Test for Law): the test paper consists of an essay and 42 multiple choice questions, to answer them all the test taker is allotted 135 minutes in total. LNAT does not test for Legal knowledge; instead, it tests for aptitude skills.
LNAT registration starts from 1st August 2020, and the test is predicted to be conducted from 1st September to get admitted in September 2021.
Except for CLAT, none of the universities or boards has released the dates for conducting the examination. There have been disturbances in the education system because of this lockdown. Still, universities are aiming at fixing the exam dates in June because there has been a notice released by the government about relaxation of lockdown till May end.
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