CLAT 2023: Most Relevant Topics for Legal Reasoning

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : April 27th, 2022

CLAT Legal Reasoning: One of the most prevalent and crucial portions of each law entrance exam is CLAT Legal Reasoning. CLAT Legal Reasoning section is quite important for an additional reason as it's a tiebreaker section. By tiebreaker section of CLAT, we mean that you get a better ranking with the help of the scores you get in the CLAT Legal Reasoning section because if there are several students on a similar score with the same total score as you, but you got more marks in the CLAT Legal Reasoning section than the other students, you will have a better overall ranking because this section is used to break ties between students with similar total scores. 

There are various essential topics of CLAT Legal Reasoning which you need to keep track of to build a strong base for scoring well in the exam. Before jumping to these topics aspirants must first understand the complete pattern of the examination and what weightage this section contains in the exam. In this article, We'll discuss the legal reasoning you'll need to ace the CLAT Legal Reasoning section, as well as how to master it.

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The CLAT Legal Reasoning component is intended to gauge a candidate's interest in law. It assesses the candidate's legal knowledge to the highest level possible. Applicants must perform well in this segment of the exam to pass the CLAT exam. As a result, aspirants must comprehend the importance of thorough planning. This article covers everything you need to know about the CLAT Legal Reasoning portion and how to prepare for it.

The Section will ask the candidate to read a passage of approximately 450 words. These passages will relate to factual events or scenarios involving legal solutions. The passages given in this Section requires you to,

  • Identify and infer the rules and principles mentioned in the passage.

  • Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations and

  • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

CLAT 2023: Pattern of the Exam

CLAT 2023 will be a 2-hour test, with 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. 

Subjects

No. of Qs

English Language

28-32 questions,

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

 Also, Check the detailed CLAT Exam Pattern 2023.

 The following topics are covered in the Legal Reasoning section-

  • Torts

  • Contracts

  • Criminal Law

  • Constitutional Law

  • International Law

  • Intellectual Property Law

  • Family Law

  • General Legal Principles

The above topics are written in order of their importance, For example, we can say that Torts, Contracts, and Criminal Law are the most important topics under legal reasoning.

There are three sections which you need to know them:

Basic Concepts and Legal Terminology; This section will require you to have basic knowledge of concepts of law and other legal principles and Latin terms which are used in Law.

Current Affairs; Recent judgments and questions on the legal field related to legal affairs will be asked under this section.

Constitution of India; You must know the Indian Polity related to the legal field to some extent to solve the questions based on the Constitution of India.

Also, Check CLAT Eligibility 2023.

Here are the things to remember that will help you to improve legal reasoning knowledge for CLAT 2023:

  • Read the principle very carefully: Be attentive, every word has its relevance in law. Read every principle very carefully.

  • All conditions in the legal principle must be proved to establish the crime or offense.

  • Keep your scope of understanding and application of law limited to the principle so provided: applying moral principles or any other law may result in the wrong answer.

  • Keep your emotions aside while solving the legal section on the paper. Think logically while attempting questions in this section.

  • Look out for the best suitable answer, not the ideal one.

  • Do not assume or extend facts on your own: this is not a principle but you must keep in your mind that you must not assume or extend the facts of the case on your own, you cannot imagine any facts beyond the facts given to solve the question.

Here are some tips and tricks regarding CLAT Legal Reasoning.

  • First, read the passage carefully, then try the question. If you don't read the hypothetical situation first, you won't be able to form any opinions and will be able to respond objectively.
  • The author's point of view is crucial. While answering the questions, avoid superimposing your point of view.
  • Always choose an answer that has an obvious connection to the passage.
  • Don't skip any of the Mock Tests or practice tests that have been offered to you. So take the mock examinations seriously and use them to help you improve your legal comprehension skills.
  • Work on your reading abilities regularly.

Estimated Number of Questions in CLAT 2023

The exam is divided into five sections. In this section, approximately 35-39 questions will be asked. Legal Reasoning carries around 25 percent weightage in the exam. This section requires your focus and practice to score well in the exam.

Create the perfect plan of section for this section. This may vary from candidate to candidate and with the apt plan of action, you are good to go. I hope this article will help you to solve most of the questions.

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FAQs

  • Legal Reasoning Section of CLAT checks your legal reasoning rather than legal knowledge including legal laws. The motive of this section is to check the candidate’s problem-solving ability, legal aptitude, and research aptitude.

  • You will be given a passage of approximately 450 words relating to the factual events or scenarios involving legal solutions. The passages given in this Section requires you to;

    • Identify and infer the rules and principles mentioned in the passage.
    • Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations and
    • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.
  • The following topics are covered in the Legal Reasoning section of CLAT are as follows:

    • Torts
    • Contracts
    • Criminal Law
    • Constitutional Law
    • International Law
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Family Law
    • General Legal Principles
  • It is now Legal Reasoning rather than Legal Aptitude. The Legal Reasoning part contains 450-word paragraphs that may relate to real-life circumstances or scenarios involving legal issues, public policy issues, or moral philosophical dilemmas.

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