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Aspiring lawyers fasten belts

Patna, June 21: Aspiring lawyers roll up your sleeves for a gruelling time ahead as all premier law colleges in India would start the admission process shortly.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) result was declared in June and the admission process in country’s premier law universities is set to start soon, as all law varsities would start session from July.

Chanakya Law University (CNLU) will also start session from July. The university would release its first list of successful candidates under reserved category by today evening. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences (WBNUJS) would declare the list under the general category soon.

This year, WBNUJS conducted the CLAT on May 15 and around 22,000 students from all over India appeared for the admission test for 11 law universities in the country.

This year, the highest CLAT score was 173 marks out of 200 and lowest score remained at 23. Though many law universities have come up in recent years, the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore continues to be the most coveted destination for those clearing the CLAT.

Next to NLSIU, students generally prefer admissions into NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University Bhopal and West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Calcutta.

CNLU registrar S.P. Singh said: “This year, we are going to take students who have secured 123 marks and above in general category.”

He added for students under the reserved category, the cut-off would be lower. This year, 60 seats have been added in CNLU with the already existing 80 from last year. There will be admission of 140 students, which includes 20 from NRI quota. The decision to increase the students’ intake was taken after a delegation of Bar Council of India (BCI) visited the university and gave consent of increasing the seats.

In the next session, out of 140 seats at CNLU, 60 have been reserved for students under reserved category, which includes 19 for Scheduled Caste students, one for Scheduled Tribe, 22 seats for students from Extremely Backward Caste category, 14 for students under Backward Caste (BC-II) and four seats for women candidates belonging from Backward Caste.

Singh said: “Under the reserved categories students having state domicile is given preference and in the university there are more than 70 per cent students from Bihar.”

Other than the undergraduate programme, CNLU offers LLM as well as postgraduate diplomas in field ranging from cyber law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to intellectual property law.

However, the college has witnessed unruly protests by students over poor placement in the last month. However, many students in the final year have been placed.

CNLU is one of the dream projects of chief minister Nitish Kumar. Set up in 2006, the idea behind the university was to promote students willing to take up law as a subject in Bihar.

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