CLAT Consortium 2023: Governing Body, Member Institutee, Roles, Objectives

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : November 30th, 2022

CLAT Consortium 2023 is the exam conducting body for the Common Law entrance test, namely CLAT. The Consortium of CLAT is a group of 23 National Law Universities that conduct the CLAT Exam to raise the country's legal education level and enhance 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 programs offered by 22 NLUs.

CLAT Consortium provides high-quality legal education to make the candidates suitable for all legal performances in India. Recently, the Consortium of CLAT introduced 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 CLAT Consortium 2023 in terms of its history, objectives, executive committee, and the NIRF rankings of NLUs.

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Latest News of CLAT Consortium 2023

As per the latest updates of the Consortium of NLU CLAT 2023, the exam date has been revised. The CLAT Consortium will close the registration process on 13 November 2023 on its official website.

  • CLAT 2023 Date: 18 December 2022
  • CLAT Registration Last Date: 13 November 2022
  • Last Date to make payment: 13 November 2022

History of Consortium of CLAT

At first, the CLAT Exam was conducted by the NLUs on a rotational basis. To make a more organized and transparent exam process, 18 NLUs came together and established a CLAT Consortium of NLUs on 19 August 2017. Later, some other universities, like National Law University, Delhi, joined the Consortium of CLAT, and now the total number of NLUs under this group is 23. However, here is a brief history of the origin of the CLAT 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, NALSAR (National Academy of Legal Studies and Research), was 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 of the CLAT Consortium 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 behavior of the Consortium of NLUs to ensure that it was conducted reasonably and fairly.
  • Finally, a permanent secretariat of the CLAT Consortium was created in Bangalore on 17 October 2018. The exam is now conducted by the executive members of the Consortium of CLAT.

CLAT Consortium 2023 Member Institutes

As per the latest official updates, below is the list of current member institutes in the CLAT Consortium 2023. Go through the NIRF Ranking 2022 of each institute and make your preference list to study Law in India.

Sl.No.

National Law Universities

NIRF Ranking 2022

1.

National Law School of India University - Bangalore

1

2

National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad

4

3.

West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata

5

4.

Gujarat National Law University - Gandhinagar

8

5.

National Law University - Jodhpur

10

6.

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

15

7.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University - Lucknow

17

8.

The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law - Patiala

18

9.

National Law University - Cuttack

25

10.

National Law University and Judicial Academy - Assam

24

11.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

-

12.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University - Vishakhapatnam

-

13.

Hidayatullah National Law University - Raipur

-

14.

Chanakya National Law University - Patna

-

15.

National University of Study and Research in Law - Ranchi

22

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 CLAT 2023

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 CLAT Consortium founder members, till now. The objectives and aims under which this society has been established are as follows.

  • CLAT Consortium helps in promoting international collaboration in Indian Legal Studies
  • To develop uniform guidelines for the admission process, semester system, legal courses, and grading system, as per global standards.
  • To initiate reforms in Indian legal education to improve national development.
  • CLAT Consortium improves 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 curricula, teaching techniques, and teaching materials in the field of law and related subjects.
  • CLAT Consortium administers, control, and oversee the CLAT, the all-India common entrance examination for law, on behalf of all participating NLUs, and assists 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.
  • CLAT Consortium makes 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.

Governing Body of Consortium of CLAT 2023

Every year, the governing body of the CLAT Consortium announces the notification of CLAT on 8 August 2022, which is totally responsible for conducting this exam for that particular year. The governing bodies of CLAT Consortium 2023 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. V. Balakista Reddy: Vice Chancellor - NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
  • 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. K.V.S. Sarma: Vice-Chancellor - Maharashtra National Law University - Aurangabad

CLAT Consortium 2023 Executive Committee

The executive members of the CLAT Consortium 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-Treasure

Convenor, CLAT Exam 2023

Prof. V. Balakista Reddy

Vice-Chancellor (I/c) - NALSAR University of Law - Hyderabad

Permanent Member

Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar

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

Permanent Member

Prof. Sanjeevi Shanthkumar

Director - Gujarat National Law University - Gandhinagar

Member

Role of CLAT Consortium

The Consortium of CLAT 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. Its 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.
  • CLAT Consortium makes an agreement with government authority, whether state, local, federal, municipal, or international, to make valuable society goals.
  • Accept grants, donations, and support from public authorities, companies, corporations, individuals, or NGOs to achieve the Society's aims.

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FAQs on CLAT Consortium

  • 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 2023 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.

  • Yes, CLAT Consortium releases the eligibility for CLAT every year. The candidates must check all the details of eligibility for both UG and PG exams before applying.

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