CLAT Consortium: Member Institute, Objectives, and Governing Body

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : May 24th, 2022

CLAT Consortium is the exam conducting body for the Common Law entrance test, namely CLAT. The Consortium of NLUs is a group of 23 National Law Universities that conduct the CLAT Exam with the goal of raising the country's legal education level and enhancing the judicial system via legal education. Therefore, the CLAT Consortium administers the biggest Law entrance test in the country, CLAT Exam for admissions into undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 NLUs. 

CLAT Consortium provides high-quality legal education to make the candidates suitable for all the legal performances in India. Recently, the Consortium of National Law Universities introduce various new courses in contemporary Law fields, including Maritime Laws, International Economic Laws, Investment Laws, Atomic Energy Laws, and many more. Check all details regarding the Consortium of CLAT, in terms of its History, Objectives, Executive Committee, and the NIRF Rankings of NLUs.

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CLAT Consortium 2022: Latest News 

As per the latest updates of the Consortium of NLU, the exam date has been revised. The CLAT Registration process is closed on 9 May 2022 on its official website. 

  • CLAT Exam 2022 Date: 19 June 2022
  • Last Date to submit CLAT Registration form: 9 May 2022
  • Last Date to make payment: 11 May 2022
  • Notification on OBC-Non Creamy Layer Selection: 12 May 2022

History of Consortium of CLAT

At first, CLAT Exam was conducted by the NLUs on a rotational basis. In order to make a more organized and transparent exam process, 18 NLUs came together and established a Consortium of NLUs on 19 August 2017. Later, some other universities, like National Law University, Delhi, joined CLAT Consortium, and now the total number of NLUs under this group is 23. However, here is a brief history of the origin of the Consortium of National Law Universities.

  • The first National Law University was established in Bangalore in the year 1987.
  • After 10 years, the second Law University, namely NALSAR (National Academy of Legal Studies and Research) established in Hyderabad. 
  • At that time, NLUs or this CLAT Consortium were creased in the pattern of IITs and IIMs.
  • In the year 2008, these NLUs signed MoU in front of the UGC Representative and MHRD Secretary to hold the CLAT Exam entirely. Under this authorization, the first CLAT Exam was held in an offline mode with MCQs based question paper.
  • The seeds of the CLAT Consortium were planted in 2015, and participating NLUs discussed forming the Consortium in the wider interest.
  • Shamnad Bashir filed a PIL (CWP 600 of 2015) in which he emphasized the need for a permanent secretariat with a permanent committee to investigate the CLAT.
  • Disha Panchal v Union of India filed another CWP 551 of 2018 in 2018. In this matter, the MHRD was directed to investigate the behaviour of the Consortium of NLUs to ensure that it was conducted in a reasonable and fairway.
  • Finally, a permanent CLAT Secretariat was created in Bangalore on 17 October 2018. The exam is now conducted by the executive members of the Consortium of CLAT.

List of Member Institutes under CLAT Consortium 2022

As per the latest official updates, below is the list of current member institutes in the Consortium of NLU. Go through the NIRF Ranking of each institute and make your preference list to study Law in India. 

Sl.No.

National Law Universities

NIRF Ranking 2021

1.

National Law School of India University - Bangalore

1

2

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad

3

3.

West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata

4

4.

Gujarat National Law University - Gandhinagar

6

5.

National Law University - Jodhpur

8

6.

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

14

7.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University - Lucknow

15

8.

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law - Patiala

16

9.

National Law University - Cuttack

18

10.

National Law University and Judicial Academy - Assam

20

11.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

26

12.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University - Vishakhapatnam

28

13.

Hidayatullah National Law University - Raipur

-

14.

Chanakya National Law University - Patna

-

15.

National University of Study and Research in Law - Ranchi

-

16.

National Law School - Trichy

-

17.

National Law University - Mumbai

-

18.

National Law University - Nagpur

-

19.

National Law University - Aurangabad

-

20.

Dharmashastra National Law University - Jabalpur 

-

21.

Himachal Pradesh National Law University - Shimla

-

22.

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University (earlier known as National Law University Haryana), Rai, Sonepat (Newly added)

-

Objectives of Consortium of NLUs

The CLAT Consortium desires to promote better coordination among all the NLUs to acquire a high standard of legal education in India. As per the latest updates, 22 National Law Universities have joined the Consortium of CLAT as founder members till now. The objectives and aims under which this society has been established are as follows.

  • To promote international collaboration in Indian Legal Studies
  • To develop uniform guidelines for the admission process, semester system, legal courses, and the grading system as per the global standards
  • To initiate reforms in the Indian legal education to improve national development
  • To improve coordination between NLUs and other legal institutions in order to attain the highest level of legal education in the country. Get details CLAT Syllabus and start preparing for the upcoming exam.
  • To offer teaching assistance to universities, educational institutions, and academics, as well as to promote new curriculum, teaching techniques, and teaching materials in the field of law and related subjects.
  • To administer, control, and oversee the conduct of the CLAT, the all-India common entrance examination for law, on behalf of all participating NLUs, and to assist student admission to various NLUs across the country.
  • To allow any other institution to use CLAT Result for admission, appointments, or any other purpose in conformity with the Society's Bye-Laws.
  • To make law research easier in national, global, and comparative fields.
  • To introduce new law courses like Security Law, Terrorism Law, Constitutional Law, Business Law, International Law, Energy Law, Maritime Law, Economic Law, WTO and GATS, Environmental Law, and many more.

CLAT Consortium: Governing Body 

Every year, the governing body of the Consortium of NLUs announces the notification of CLAT, who are totally responsible for conducting this exam for that particular year. The governing bodies of CLAT Consortium 2022 are listed below. Download CLAT Question Paper and start practicing for the upcoming exam.

  • Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Krishnaswamy: Vice-Chancellor - National Law School of India University - Bengaluru - Secretary-Treasurer
  • Prof. (Dr.) Poonam Saxena: Vice-Chancellor - National Law University (NLU) - Jodhpur - President
  • Prof. (Dr.) V.C. Vivekanandan: Vice-Chancellor - Hidayatullah National Law University - Raipur - Convenor (CLAT Exam 2022)
  • Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar: Vice-Chancellor - The National Law Institute University - Bhopal - Permanent Member
  • Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa: Vice-Chancellor - NALSAR University of Law - Hyderabad - Permanent Member
  • Prof. (Dr.) N.K. Chakrabarti: Vice-Chancellor - The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences - Kolkata
  • Hon'ble Justice Smt. Mridula Mishra: Vice-Chancellor (In-Charge) - Chanakya National Law University - Patna
  • Prof. (Dr). K.C. Sunny: Vice-Chancellor - National University of Advanced Legal Studies - Kochi
  • Prof. Subir K. Bhatnagar: Vice-Chancellor - Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University - Lucknow
  • Prof. Sanjeevi Shanthakumar: Director - Gujarat National Law University - Gandhinagar - Member
  • Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai: Vice-Chancellor - the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law - Punjab
  • Prof. (Dr.) V.K. Ahuja: Vice-Chancellor - National Law University and Judicial Academy - Assam
  • Prof. (Dr.) Ved Kumari: Vice-Chancellor - National Law University - Odisha - Cuttack
  • Prof. (Dr.) V.S. Elizabeth: Vice-Chancellor - Tamil Nadu National Law University - Tiruchirappalli
  • Prof. (Dr.) Kesava Rao Vurrakula: Vice-Chancellor - National University of Study and Research in Law - Ranchi
  • Prof. (Dr.) S. Surya Prakash: Vice-Chancellor - Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University - Visakhapatnam
  • Prof. (Dr.) Nishtha Jaswal: Vice-Chancellor - Himachal Pradesh National Law University - Shimla
  • Prof. (Dr.) Dilip Ukey: Vice-Chancellor - Maharashtra National Law University - Mumbai
  • Prof. (Dr.) V. Nagaraj: Vice-Chancellor - Dharmashastra National Law University - Jabalpur
  • Prof. (Dr.) Vijender Kumar: Vice-Chancellor - Maharashtra National Law University - Nagpur - Vice-President
  •  Prof. (Dr.) Viney Kapoor Mehra: Vice-Chancellor - Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University - Haryana
  • Prof. Dr. K.V.S. Sarma: Vice-Chancellor - Maharashtra National Law University - Aurangabad

Executive Member of Consortium of CLAT

The executive members of the Consortium of NLUs are listed below.

Name

Name of the NLUs

Designation

Prof. (Dr.) Poonam Saxena

Vice-Chancellor - National Law University(NLU), Jodhpur

President

Prof. (Dr.) Vijender Kumar

Vice-Chancellor - Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) - Nagpur

Vice-President

Prof. (Dr.) Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Vice-Chancellor - National Law School of India University (NLSIU) - Bengaluru

Secretary-Treasurer

Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa

Vice-Chancellor - NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR) - Hyderabad

Permanent Member

Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar

Vice-Chancellor - The National Law Institute University (NLIU) - Bhopal

Permanent Member

Prof. (Dr.) V.C. Vivekanandan

Vice-Chancellor - Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) - Raipur

Convenor, CLAT Exam 2022

Prof. Sanjeevi Shanthkumar

Director - Gujarat National Law University(GNLU) - Gandhinagar

Member

Role of Consortium of NLUs 

The CLAT Consortium has now become the legal entity for Law admission and education in India. It is a permanent member, including the National Law School of India University - Bangalore, National Law Institute -Bhopal, and National Academy of Legal Studies and Research - Hyderabad. It’s main role is to promote quality legal education to all its member institutes. Know more about the CLAT Admit Card last date.

Below are some roles and responsibilities of the CLAT Consortium in performing the best legal education and practice.

  • Compile, edit, collate and publish presentations, writings, articles, reports, books, journals, papers, magazines, research, periodicals, thesis, documents, and other materials connected to the Society's aims.
  • To make an agreement with government authority, whether state, local, federal, municipal, or international, seems to be valuable to the society's goals.
  • Accept grants, donations, and support from public authorities, companies, corporations, individuals, or NGOs to achieve the Society's aims

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CLAT Consortium FAQs

  • It is the conducting body of the National-Level Law Entrance Test CLAT. It is a group of 23 NLUs that cooperatively take this exam smoothly. As per the latest update, CLAT Consortium will conduct the upcoming exam on 9 June 2022.

  • The Consortium of NLUs mainly performs the below functions.

    • Whether state, local, federal, municipal, or international, making a deal with the government appears to be beneficial to society's interests.
    • To give an award, prizes, and scholarships for academic excellence.
  • The main objective of CLAT Consortium 2022 is to facilitate high-quality legal education in India. It will include international collaboration so that the candidates can easily participate in international conferences for their career development.

  • No, NLU-Delhi is not the part of CLAT Consortium, It conducts its own admission test AILET for Law admission. Know more about Why is NLU Delhi not Part of CLAT.

  • The first member institute of the Consortium of CLAT is National Law University, Bangalore. It is named as National Law School of India University. It is established in the year 1987.

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