Objectives of the establishment (National Law University Delhi)
The NLU Delhi Act, approved by the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in 2008, founded the institution. The university's main goal is to develop and deliver socially relevant, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary legal education. The university works to raise community legal knowledge and attain political, social, and economic justice.
Why is NLU Delhi not part of CLAT
The reason behind NLU Delhi's exclusion from CLAT is straightforward. For admissions to BA LLB, LLM, and Ph.D. programs, NLUD has its own AILET.
You may be asking why, although NLU Delhi is a National Law University, it does not recognize CLAT scores. When all other NLUs and many other legal schools in India adopt CLAT for admissions, the question becomes even more pressing.
Dr. Ranbir Singh, the founder of NLU Delhi and a key figure in the development of CLAT, told "Bar and Bench" in 2012 that;
"One of the reasons was that [NLU Delhi] would be CLAT's 13th law school." As a result, I would be the 13th pick when students filled out their choices."
The VC also highlighted administrative and financial concerns as reasons for NLUD's exclusion from CLAT.
Today, NLUD is one of India's most prestigious law schools, ranked #2 in the NIRF rating of law schools in 2020. Not only that, but NLU Delhi has been at the top for the previous three to four years.
Success of AILET
In the first year of AILET, NLU Delhi received just 4000 applications. However, the quantity of AILET applications has gradually climbed since then. More than 18,000 students took the AILET at NLU Delhi last year (2019). The success of AILET is also one of the reasons why NLU Delhi wants to carve out a niche in the minds of law students.
CLAT v AILET
CLAT attracts around 65,000 applicants, whereas AILET attracts approximately 18,000 candidates. CLAT's exam format has changed in 2019. It is now a comprehension-based test that assesses applicants' reading and critical thinking abilities. AILET, on the other hand, is an objective type test that is used to assess applicants on a variety of topics. CLAT against AILET highlights is included here.
CLAT v AILET - Highlights
Consortium of NLUs
Comprehension based test with MCQs
Objective type test with MCQs
Total number of questions
Participating law schools
22 national law universities plus more than 50 law schools
Total number of seats
· Approx. 2500 in UG CLAT
· Approx. 724 in PG CLAT
· 110 seats in BA LLB
· 70 seats in LLM
Level of competition
High, but CLAT is considered a tougher exam than AILET
National Law University Delhi
All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is managed by the National Law University, Delhi. Through this entrance, test Candidates are shortlisted for the admission into Five-year Law (B.A.LL.B.) (H) Course. This entrance test is India’s toughest entrance examination related to the legal fraternity and it is also the most densely competed law entrance examination in the sub-continent wherein 25,000 students compete for a meager sum of 123 seats. There are some other colleges also which accept the score of AILET for admission.
Other Participating Colleges based on AILET score
Name of College/University
Type of College/University
Xavier Law School, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)
Faculty of Law, SRM University, Sonepat
ISME Law College, Bangalore
School of Law, The Northcap University, Gurugram
Ansal University, Gurgaon
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