CLAT Counselling 2019 | Know Complete Counselling Process

CLAT Counselling

CLAT Counselling 2019 is commencing. The CLAT Result Declaration is followed by the Counselling Process. All selected candidates receive a call letter to attend the CLAT counselling session.

  • The first seat allotment is released on the basis of the merit list
  • In general, a total of 3 seat allotment lists are released based on which students are shortlisted and called for the procedure of counselling
  • The 1st and 2nd provisional seat allotment lists have been released from June 23-June 25
  • The 3rd seat allotment list is releasing on June 28, 2019
  • The candidates will be paying their fee for 3rd allotment from June 28-June 30, 2019


National Law University Odisha, Cuttack will conduct CLAT 2019 counseling by the second week of June 2019. They will conduct the admission procedure to the UG/PG program at the participating universities via CLAT Centralized Online Counseling.

This procedure will begin after the declaration of CLAT RESULT 2019.  Candidates will be required to attend the counseling of CLAT 2019 in online mode. Candidates whose name will feature in the merit list of CLAT 2019, will be issued call letters to attend the CLAT Counseling 2019 as a medium to seek admissions into 20 NLUs participating in the CLAT.

The first provisional list of CLAT Seat Allotment had begun from June 14, 2019. There will be no. of processes included in the CLAT 2019:

  • Online registration,
  • Making a choice of NLU,
  • Allotment of seats in NLUs,
  • Payment of CLAT Counseling fees &
  • Upgrading of seats and then reporting to the allotted NLUs.

As per previous year trends, there will be a minimum of 3 rounds of counseling. Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during the admission procedure. It is advised to all the candidates to read and understand the counseling procedure to avoid confusion while attending the CLAT 2019 Counseling. Do check the CLAT Cut Off to know about your chances of making it through.


Conducting Authority CLAT Office
Mode Of Counseling Online
Minimum Eligibility CLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form
Total Participating Colleges 19 NLUs & 45+ Private colleges
Total Seats 3000 approx. (NLUs)


The table given below shows the dates of the events for CLAT Counselling 2019:

Event Date (tentative)
Result Declaration and Issue of Merit List June 14, 2019
Publication of the first allotment list June 14, 2019
The date for payment of counselling fee of INR50,000 June 14 – 19, 2019
Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee June 23, 2019
Date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list) June 23 – 25, 2019
Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process June 23 – 25, 2019
Publication of the 3rd allotment list June 28, 2019
Payment of full fee June 28 – 30, 2019
The date for completing formalities at allocatedNLU June 28 – 30, 2019
The date for receiving the status of admissions from the participating NLU July 20, 2019


NOTE: – There shall be no refund of counseling fees after the last day of withdrawal from admission process i.e., JUNE 19, 2019. The counseling fees of those candidates who withdraw up to 19th JUNE 2019, will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10000/-


Candidates who have been shortlisted and their names are in the merit list should carry these documents at the time of CLAT Counseling 2019:

  • CLAT 2019 Application Form
  • CLAT 2019 Admit Card
  • CLAT Score Card
  • Date of Birth Proof Required (Class 10th Mark sheet)
  • Class 12th Mark sheet required for Academic Qualification /Eligibility Criteria.
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Specially – Able Certificate (if applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (if applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI certificate (if applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (if applicable)
  • Call letter issued by CLAT authority
  • Current passport size photographs.


 The CLAT counselling procedure of is done via online centralized system.

It is conducted separately for UG programs. The entire process will be done as per CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.

The Step-wise Procedure For Final Admissions To The 19 NLUs Is As Follows:-

 STEP 1:- Publication of 1st Symptomatic List

  • The merit list to shortlist candidates for final admissions will be released on the official website of CLAT 2019.
  • The list will be prepared on the merit- cum-preferences basis.

 STEP 2:- Counseling Fees Payment, Lock, Upgrade & Withdrawal of Seats

  • In counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • Selected Candidates have to deposit counseling fees of Rs. 50000/- after the release of 1st CLAT counseling list 2019.
  • Adjustable fees deposited with CLAT office by the candidates will be transferred to the NLU in which the candidate has taken admission after completion of the admission process.
  • If in any case candidate fails to deposit the fees in the given span of time, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. And their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
  • After depositing The Payment fees candidates have to do exercise one of the options i.e.,
  • LOCK:-

In this options, candidates are given an opportunity to lock the seat they have been offered confirming the seat and debarring to shift their choice to any other NLU in the current counselling round. This is an option which is activated every counselling round after the publication of symptomatic seat allotment list.

  • UPGRADE:- This is an option which is made open to the candidates in the second round of counselling. Also, this option is applicable to only those candidates who have participated in the first round and not yet locked their seats. Here, the seats are offered to the candidates automatically against any vacancy arising in the preferred NLU through his/ her choice via subsequent allotment list.

WITHDRAWAL OF SEATS:- There is an option to withdraw the fee in two ways.

1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee of Rs. 50000/-

2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling.

 STEP 3:-Publication of the 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counseling fees.

  • A second list will be published by CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and locked seat on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a wait list of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, if any.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.
  • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
  • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

STEP 4:- Publication of 3rd list allotting seats to candidates.

  • A comprehensive third allotment list of candidates will be published by CLAT office. Candidates who paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs make this list.
  • Candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second symptomatic list are included in this list
  • A list of waitlisted candidates, who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, will also be released.

STEP 5: Completion of admission

  • Candidates need to approach the allotted NLU to make the remaining fees.
  • For the completion of admission, the candidates need to carry relevant documents and certificate required both original & scanned copy.
  • If in any case candidate doesn’t have any of the certificate or documents required with him then, unfortunately, they will be dropped by the NLU.
  • After the publication of CLAT merit list, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.


Following is the list of participating National Law Universities (NLUs) is as follows:


1.National Law School of India University, Bangalore
2. National Academy of Legal Studies & Research, Hyderabad
3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
5. National Law University, Jodhpur
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
15. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
16. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
18. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
19.National Law University, Nagpur

The following institutions are having MoU (Memorandum of understanding )with the CLAT 2019 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:

1.Alliance University, Bangalore
2. Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
3. Asian Law College, Noida
4. DIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi
5. Dr. K.N. Modi Unversity, Rajasthan
6. Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot
7. Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh
8. Gitam School of Law, Visakhapatnam
9. Harlal School of Law, Greater Noida
10. Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat
11. ICFAI University, Dehradun
12. ICFAI University, Tripura
13. IFIM Law College, Bangalore
14. IIMT University, College of Law, Meerut
15. IMS Unison University, Dehradun
16. Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
17. Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura
18. Indore Institute of Law, Indore
19. ISBR Law College, Bangalore
20. Jain University, Bangalore
21. Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater Noida
22.Kalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur
23.L aw College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University
24. LLoyd Law College, Greater Noida
25. Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR
26. Madhya Pradesh Dharamshastra National Law University, Jabalpur
27. Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, Jaipur
28. Manipal University, Jaipur
29.Mewar Law Institute, Ghaziabad
30. MSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur
31.NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater Noida
32.NMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
33. PES University, Bangalore
34. Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan
35. Renaissance Law College, Indore
36. Reva University, Bangalore
37. RNB Global University, Bikaner
38. Sandip University, Nashik
39. Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, Gurugram
40. Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
41. Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun
42. SRM University, Haryana
43. The NorthCap University, Gurgaon
44. Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar
45. Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
46. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar


The Seat Allotment Process of CLAT 2019 will begin on June 6, 2019. The basis of allotment of seats in CLAT 2019 is a merit-cum-preference list. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of score secured by candidates in CLAT. The preference list of institutes is given in application form. It is mandatory for candidates to indicate their preferences along with the application form. Based on the merit list and preference list, first seat allotment list of CLAT 2019 will be announced by counselling committee.

CLAT Centralized Counseling

CLAT 2019 counselling will be conducted by the CLAT office through centralized counselling for taking admissions in participating institutions to undergraduate courses.

  • Candidates having their names on the first list need to deposit the counselling fee within a stipulated time.
  • After payment of the fee, the CLAT counselling committee will issue seats for the 2nd allotment.
  • In the second round of allotment, candidates get an option to lock, withdraw or upgrade their choice.
  • In case a candidate doesn’t exercise any option, it will be assumed by default as an upgrade option.
  • Candidates having allotted seats as a result of the vacant seats arising out in the first round need to remit the prescribe counselling fee against the seat allotted to them.
  • After remittance of prescribed counselling fee within a specified time frame, counselling committee will declare a third allotment list of based on seat vacancy.
  • Candidates, to whom seats have been allotted, need to remit the balance fee and submit the original certificates to the respective NLU by reporting there. In the case of non-report, the respective NLU will follow their own procedure to fill seats.



  • There is a procedure for tie-breaking if the scores of two candidates or more than two candidates are equal. It will be done on the basis of conditions mentioned below in the order of their applicability:
  • First, the tie will be decided on the basis of marks scored in the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2019. Candidate with better score will move ahead in the merit list
  • In case the tie is not decided on the basis of the first condition then the candidate with higher age will be placed higher on the merit list
  • If both the above-mentioned conditions are not successful in breaking the tie then the decision will be made on the basis of computerized draw

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