Only one CLAT exam will be held per academic year: NLU consortium clarifies

November 4, 2022

Concerned over an incessant flow of queries on the Common Law Admission Test 2023 (CLAT), the Consortium of National Law Universities has clarified that CLAT 2023 will only be conducted once.  

The CLAT is a national-level entrance examination for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities in India. Several affiliate universities and organisations also use the CLAT exam for admissions and recruitment respectively.

Confusion prevailed after reports said that the exam would be held twice this year. The consortium resorted to clarify publicly that the law entrance test will only be held once for the upcoming academic year. “The exam is being conducted only once for admission to each Academic Year. No additional, second, or any other CLAT examination shall be conducted for admissions in programmes commencing in the Academic Year 2023-2024” the NLS clarified.

Purportedly, confusion arose from media reports that indicated that the “exam would be held twice this year” rather than stating that the upcoming academic session’s (2023) exam will be held at the end of 2022 instead of the May next year when it is routinely scheduled.

Prof. (Dr.) Poonam Saxena, President, Consortium of NLUs said The Common Law Admission Test 2023 (CLAT 2023) is scheduled to be conducted on December 18, 2022.

Candidates who seek admission in the Academic Year 2023-2024 must register for CLAT 2023 by November 13, 2022. Candidates who were unsuccessful in securing admissions to their preferred institution through CLAT 2022, held in June 2022, are eligible to reappear for CLAT 2023 after completing a fresh registration. Candidates appearing for XII examinations in May 2023 are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2023.

 The CLAT 2024 will be held in December 2023 for admissions to the 5-year integrated B.A., LL.B (Hons.) and LL.M. programmes that commence in the Academic Year 2024-2025 at the 22 participating NLUs.

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