Throughout the history of mankind, it has been fairly evident that a degree in law has served as the nursery of great judges, statesmen, even revolutionaries. Legal education has produced the largest number of great public figures in all ages and countries. A good education in law enables the cultivation of personal autonomy, intellectual independence and the development of critical life skills beyond the traditional goals of teaching/training/learning of specific skills.
In India, there are a number of institutes providing education in law. The best amongst these are associated with one exam, the CLAT.
About the exam
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the key to open the doors of any of the top national law schools in India. Admissions to the first year of the 5-year BA BL (Hons.) degree program are made strictly on merit on the basis of this pan India entrance test. To be eligible for admission through this examination, a student must have passed the Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent recognized by the University and should have secured 50 percent marks or equivalent. A candidate can appear for this examination till an age of 20.
The exam was held in May 2008 for the first time and has subsequently been held in every year. The admissions through this exam are carried out on a total of 1037 seats in top law colleges across India. This requires the students to be proficient in mathematics and English along with being well versed in current affairs.
Preparing for the exam
The preparation for any exam starts with getting the basics right. The CLAT tests the students in five aspects, English, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Logical and Legal Reasoning, meaning that the students looking to appear for this exam need to prepare well for the English and maths of the level of 10+2 in CBSE or equivalent boards. This can be more or less attained by systematic studies and preparation of the course books in school.
Also, to excel in this exam the students need to be well prepared for any question related to current affairs or general knowledge, the preparation for which can be carried out by reading the newspapers regularly and using the competition magazines such as Competition Success Review, Pratiyogita Darpan etc. The candidates are also required to be adept at handling questions based on logical and legal reasoning. The trick to success with these questions is to practice similar questions that can be found in numerous question banks.
There are number of institutes that help the students prepare for this exam. Helping the students with course subjects and also with time management, these institutes can be a tool for success with CLAT. However, the scope of studies at any of the institutes is confined to the course required for the exam. For students who are looking to broaden their horizons, to study for the exam on their own is always a more rewarding practice. The knowledge gathered while going through every topic in the book can help you in innumerable ways, even beyond the exam.