Study of law or legal education is one of the most widely chosen area of study after the completion of 10+2 (in case of a 5-year integrated LL.B.) degree or degree (in case of a 3-year Law degree). While there are a number of law colleges that you may find in your city, it is also imperative to choose the right institution that can hone your skills and shape-up your personality and above all, help you in your professional endeavours. Admissions to some of the most coveted law colleges of the country for LL.B./LL.M. programmes conducted by them is through the LSAT and CLAT examination. Some of the institutions may prefer to have their own entrance exam as well
Coming to the vital question:
What should one look out for in a law college?
• Affiliations by the Bar Council of India – University and colleges should have the approvals and has to be affiliated to the Centre of Legal Education under the Bar Council of India. The Bar Council of India shall notify the list of such universities and Centres of Legal Education on its website. The list is published prior to the commencement of academic year and is amended from time to time.
• Approvals and Recognition by the respective university
• Academic and Co-curricular activities
• Practical Training Sessions such as Mock Trials, Internship Programmes, Chamber Visits and Moot Court – These are the crucial aspects. For any law student, five years or three years post your degree is a crucial time to build skills and one’s personality. The college should be a fertile ground for students to grow and achieve skills during the years of study at the law college
• Faculty and infrastructure as specified by the Bar Council of India are also the points of consideration.
Pointers for students and parents to find the right college
To put things in a nutshell:
• Check out the list of college that qualify in the CLAT list of colleges
• Check out for the colleges that admit students on the basis of the LSAT results
• Reputation of the college on various websites such as ims.com, indiatoday.com, shiksha.com, collegedunia.com, etc.
• Understand the various courses in law at undergraduate and post-graduate level offered by the institution
• Campus recruitment and placement assistance offered by the college upon completion
• Understand the structure of academics and co-curricular activities that can be a powerful tool to develop practical skills, critical thinking and legal writing skills in students.
CLAT and LSAT
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is conducted for students who wish to seek admission in any of the 18 National law universities of India that offer 5-year integrated law programme (B.A., LL.B.). They include institutes such as NLSIU, NALSAR, National Law University etc.
LSAT on the other hand, is the entrance test conducted for admission in private Law colleges spanning over 50 institutes all over India, including NMIMS Kirit P.Mehta School of Law, Mumbai. The results of the exam is declared during the last week of May on the merit-cum preference basis. Taking up the entrance test is a gateway to the most covered LL.B. / LL.M. programmes offered by the top law institutes of the country.