Here is what no one tells you about CLAT? Top 5 Important Points
Author: Nilesh Paneri || Anushka Academy, Udaipur
The Common Law Admission Test(CLAT) is one of the surest ways to a successful career in the field of law. Thousands of students appear for this test each year to get a slot into one of the top National Law Universities, NLUs. What IITs are to the studies of engineering in India; NLUs are to the legal studies.
NLUs are the centres of excellence par with any university globally when it comes to imparting the best and cutting edge legal knowledge to their students. The instructions got in these centres unearth the legal potential of aspiring minds. These students after their education at premium law colleges like NLUs go out to become top corporate lawyers who fuel the engine of our economy; many of them choose the path of the judiciary and serve the nation through their acquired knowledge and wisdom; many join central and state government services to play a vital role in the development of the nation; while many choose the most adventurous path of practising law as advocates, thus aspire to be the next Jethmalanis or Singhvis. Whatever path the students may choose, the law as a field holds immense potential to drive the economy of India in this and coming centuries.
However, there are a few myths that I would bust through this blog and help you understand the secrets of clearing the CLAT examination- in short, secrets that no one would want to share with you:
Myth Number 1: Law is an exceedingly tough field to find success and there is a lot of struggle in it! My friend, you must always take this advice with a grain of salt. Surely, the field of law is no cakewalk, but to say that it is next to impossible to find success in this cruel and struggling world of young lawyers is not only far-fetched but also misguided. One must never forget that despite all the competition that exists in the world of law, the principle of supply and demands always stands its ground: the number of pending cases and the scope of application of law in people’s lives have grown to such a proportion that there will never be a dearth of cases for lawyers and advocates who choose to dedicate their lives to the field of litigation with sincerity and with the sole desire of serving the clients. Interestingly, a lawyer never suffers the ups and downs of recessions in the market. Finally, with the opening of markets, liberalization of government policies, growing social complexities and interactions on the net, future lawyers must expect great days ahead for the profession.
Myth Number 2: Law is a limited field and I cannot do much after doing my LLB: Another prejudice that most students choose to live with and inadvertently land up sabotaging their career options. A law student, on the contrary to this prevalent myth, opens himself to an immense world of career opportunities that don’t exist for other students. In short, a law student can make his career in the field that he may choose for himself. Some of the most opted careers by law students are corporate law; judicial service; civil services; banking; specialist legal officer position in corporates and PSUs; judicial services in the defence forces; law practitioners; teachers or professors; consultants and many more. Contrary to the prevalent popular belief the field of law opens unexpected opportunities for students and aspiring candidates for various competitive examinations.
Myth Number 3: To successfully crack CLAT I need to be well versed with legal knowledge: CLAT is an aptitude test, it tests your potential and not knowledge of the law. To clear the test you need to have a basic understanding of the principles around which the judicial systems of India function. You need not be an expert in criminal or civil litigation. To make you an expert is the job of the University. All you need to do is to show that you have the aptitude and potential to be a reasonably good lawyer, and for that, you don’t have to slog your way into the intricacies of the law. To crack the CLAT you need to build your skills in the English language, especially the reading comprehension skills. A good lawyer is expected to be a good reader. The professional work of judges, advocates and lawyers require an immense capacity to read, write and interpret the law. A candidate with reasonably developed reading and writing skills stands a solid chance of scoring well in CLAT and other aptitude exams like AILET, SLAT, LSAT and BHU- BLAT.
Myth Number 4: The field of law is for students who come from the Arts or the commerce background: Law is the study codified common sense and it involves the understanding of the world around us. The field of law holds immense potential for students who love to apply their ability to think on their feet. It is surely not a stream-based subject. Any student who may belong to any stream or subject can do wonders in the field of law if he applies his powers to observe, think and analyse the world around us. The field of law is not bound by the fragmented outlook of the traditional stream-based education system. The field of law offers unimaginable and unparalleled financial, social, and emotional rewards to those who are willing to work for it.
Myth Number 5: You need special intelligence to crack CLAT: Intelligence, I am not sure; but you surely need to build certain skills to crack the test. Intelligence is inherent and one cannot do much about it; however, skills are something that you can develop with time and right practice. Believe me, my dear friend, cracking CLAT is all about the right attitude, motivation, and practice. I have seen students with all levels of intelligence do well in the test. Years of teaching experience has taught me that the intelligence theory of passing the test doesn’t hold much water. In the final analysis, it is the attitude and motivation theory that works well. If you have decided to make your career in the field of law and be part of the infinite growth story of the field of law, you must focus on building your skills to crack the test. One or two years’ preparation time is ideal to build your skills to crack the test. You can choose to start with CLAT preparations after you pass your class Xth board or class XI exam. Ideally, with good reading skills, basic data interpretation skills in math, a little knowledge of our judicial systems, and by following the current affairs you should be able to crack CLAT. Finally, the mentorship and guidance of a team of expert faculty can add a lot to your ability to successfully crack CLAT.