Law Entrance Exams – Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus


A degree in Law offers vast opportunities. If you are planning to appear for Law Entrance exams conducted in India by Central/State government or Universities, there are many Colleges who conduct their internal entrance exam for a limited number of seats.
The major examinations and their dates, pattern, structure & eligibility can be found at List of Law Entrance Exams
The Bar Council of India manages all the Legal Education in India. The Bar Council manages the syllabus, practical sessions and Live Court Proceedings for the students. For any Law Pass out student must have a License from Bar Council of India to practice as an advocate in India.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have passed Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability).
For detailed eligibility criteria of each exam, please check Eligibility Details

Application Details

Application procedures/details for all exams can be found at this link.

Complete information for CLAT
Complete information on BHU
Complete information for LSAT-India
Complete information for SLAT 

Exam Pattern

Most exams structure the test into following 5 sections:
English (including comprehension)
Elementary Mathematics
General Knowledge/Current Affairs
Logical Reasoning
Legal Reasoning
For more detailed information on the number of questions, negative marking, question breakup etc, check the links given under each exam at Test Pattern


Short listed candidates will be called for Interview/Counselling at which time they may be required to carry educational documents/residential proof/photographs/ SC/ST certificates (if applicable) for verification.

Exam Syllabus

Most Law entrance tests comprises of questions from these topics :
English language
General knowledge
Basic mathematics and
Legal and logical reasoning

Runashree Saikia, LL.B., who got her Law Degree from the Faculty of Law, Delhi University says ," The entrance exam question paper generally consists of the following sections -
1) Numerical reasoning/maths
2)Logical reasoning
3)English (grammar / passage reading etc.)
4)Current affairs.

Logical reasoning & English covers around 60% of the test, current affairs covers around 30% and maths covers around 10% of the test. For logical reasoning, numerical reasoning, there are many books in the market one can buy and practise . For English sections one should try to improve upon grammar. Also passage reading should be practised to save time in the exam hall. For current affairs section, one can buy the year books or monthly magazines. But don't forget to read the news paper daily and make note of every important news. For current affairs section, I took up the Manoramma year book. But my old habit of reading the news paper daily and making note of important news everyday helped me the most."

The pointers & links above should help Law aspirants, with all the information that they need, crack the entrance tests and get into a Law college of their choice.

For a listing of Law Entrance Exams applicable after Class XII HERE


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