NLSIU to admit students based on its own entrance test this year

BENGALURU: National Law School of India University (NLSIU), one of the country’s top law schools, have decided to conduct its own online, home-based entrance test, instead of accepting the scores from the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) this year. Called the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT), the entrance test will be held on September 12 for LLB and LLM programmes.

The law school has decided to take the step as CLAT has been further postponed to September 28, owing to the pandemic. According to a notification, if the law school does not complete admissions before September end, it will result in a ‘zero academic year’, depriving students of an opportunity to learn in the premier institute.

“The repeated postponement of the examination has resulted in uncertainty for students, parents and the participating Universities. NLSIU is uniquely disadvantaged as it follows a trimester system where every academic year is made up of three terms of 90 days duration. Moreover, each term must accommodate 60 hours of classroom instruction in each course and adequately provide for examination and evaluation processes. Further, the academic offering for the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of the B.A., LL.B programme as well as the LL.M programme is fully integrated and requires a common academic calendar. Hence, if NLSIU is unable to complete admissions before the end of September 2020 it will inevitably result in a ‘Zero Year’ with no admission,” said a notification from the university.

The executive committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities postponed CLAT 2020 from September 7 to September 28. With this, NLSIU constituted a faculty sub-committee to look at a revised admission procedure and was discussed in faculty meeting on August 31.

With this, any student who seeks admission to NLSIU must apply directly to the university and complete the NLAT UG 2020 Entrance examination.

The online application portal will open on 3 September, 2020 and will close at midnight on September 10. All applications must be submitted online at https://admissions.nls.ac.in/.




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