CLAT: law schools may have to devise own plans

With the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 put off indefinitely, individual national law universities may inevitably have to develop their own strategies to conduct admissions to their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, said sources.

The executive committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities, which met on Wednesday, had announced that CLAT 2020, which was to be held on August 22, would be postponed keeping in mind the increase in number of COVID-19 cases. They have not given a new date for the examination. CLAT is the gateway for students into 22 national law schools across the country.

“As the academic year is being pushed, individual law schools in the country may have to develop their own strategies and explore various options to conduct admissions,” a source said.

Sources pointed out that some university heads were not in favour of putting off the exam. A notification put out on August 5 stated that it was “unanimously” decided to postpone the exam. A new notification, which was later published on the consortium’s website, omits the word “unanimously”.

At the executive committee’s meeting, a few university heads had reportedly battled for CLAT to be held and did not want the individual law schools to be empowered to conduct their own admissions. “Different entrance exams have been conducted already and we were hoping that CLAT would be conducted with all safety measures in place on August 22. With the consortium announcing that it has been postponed, and with no new date given, law schools are now in a spot and may have to develop their own strategies,” a source said.

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