After passing higher Secondary, like every student, I was struggling to find a way to get into the career of my choice i.e., law. Coming from a background and a society where arts and humanities are looked upon down, the highest that I ever aimed for was pursuing law from Kashmir University and this had rendered me with no choice to know about the best colleges, the existing entrance test exams and other career opportunities other than litigation and judiciary.
I was still in daze, keeping Kashmir University as the highest target of my ambition. Thankfully, I came across people who guided me through and opened my eyes to the vast career opportunities in law and the amazing colleges that I could get myself into. I came to know about the most prestigious national level examinations like CLAT, AILET,SET etc and other unheard of career opportunities in the field of law. I chose to aim higher and took the national level test of CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) and thankfully made it to one of the best national law universities in India. Luck favoured me and hence I managed to get into an NLU, but sadly, I am sure there are many people who want to choose law as their career but lack of information either forces them to kill their dreams or drags them on to go for subpar colleges.
It comes to me as a heart wrenching reality that only handful of people from our state write these prestigious exams, mostly because students arent aware about them. I remember when I wrote CLAT in 2016, hardly a few students from Kashmir were sitting in that hall. This unawareness pushes the brilliant talent backwards and they never get a platform to polish their talents and ambitions. This article is just an effort to help those young buds of my beloved land to get an insight into the vast opportunities that await them and the exams these students can take up to get into the best law colleges in India.
NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY
For the purpose of entering into the National Law Universities an all India computer based standardised test is conducted every year in the month of May. This test is an entrance test for 19 national law universities all over the country. In addition to NLUs 43 other education institutes and two public sector institutes are also eligible to use these scores. This test can also be taken for LLM courses. The questions are asked from areas like Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs. The breakup of marks is as follows – English 40, General Knowledge: 50, Mathematics: 20, Logical Reasoning: 40 and Legal Reasoning: 50. Results are declared within two weeks and then the counselling process starts. Fortunately 5 universities have a supernumerary quota for Kashmiri students, so the entry in these colleges becomes easy.
The best thing about getting into a national law university is the ample opportunities that these colleges provide to the students. From opening the doors of moot courts to the students from first year, to giving a platform to the students for participating in International Moots, National Law Universities are a dream come true for all those who want to be a success stories in the field of law. The absence of exposure in our State divests students from being open to the idea of internships during pursuance of the five year course of law and that acts as an added peril to the existing mountainous lacunas of pursuing law from the State Universities.
In addition to CLAT, the admission test to National Law University Delhi (i.e. AILET) is conducted every year. LSAT is another exam and the scores are used to get into prestigious institutions like Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, IIT Kharagpur Law School, Galgotia University Law School, The Jindal Global Law School, UPES Dehradun, SRM University, Amity Law School and many more. Additionally getting into Aligarh Muslim University and Jamai Millia gets easy as they have a reserved quota for Kashmiri students.
The fact that we are lacking behind and we provide for really less opportunities for our students in the field of law should be taken into consideration by the educationalists of our State. Its sad that students like me get to know about exams like these only two months before the actual dates of exams, where as our contemporaries from rest of India prepare from the start of their higher Secondary. The courses launched by the Sate in the field of science shifts the entire focus on such careers and students like me who dare to tread a path less taken meet with dead ends because there are no torch bearers in these fields. Law is an expanding field and gone are the days when litigation and judiciary were the only two things you had to choose between after graduating. Legal firms and think tanks pay hefty fee to lawyers. And the field is only growing with each passing day.
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