Most Common Myths About CLAT and NLUs

The most severe issue with CLAT is that there are many Misconceptions and Myths about the test and how to prepare for it. The genesis of these stories is unclear, but their impact is still seen today. Since CLAT is such a big test with hundreds of aspirants preparing for the exam, spreading these myths and getting them to work is difficult.
It's better to be aware of these Misconceptions and Myths and not to believe them. 

Some of the significant myths experienced by the law aspirants and freshers are:

Maths not essential to crack CLAT 

Do you plan to leave the whole section of mathematics for the examination?

Do you feel like the mathematics section is of least weightage and not at all important?

Although this section has the least weightage in CLAT, you should devote some of your CLAT preparation time to it as well. If you are putting your future on the line with this exam, you cannot afford to disregard the CLAT Mathematics portion. To leave it out ultimately would be unwise. Approximately 70,000 or more candidates are known to write the CLAT exam every year. And about 1,000 students get the opportunity of securing a seat in top NLUs.

The intensity of competition is undoubtedly justified as every single mark alters hundreds of ranks when it comes to an exam as competitive as 70,000 students struggling for their seats. So, leaving Mathematics is not a good choice.

  • Unlike the other sections of the CLAT exam, the Mathematics section is less subjective and more straightforward. Maths is one section that gives you the leverage of 100 % accuracy in such a competitive exam, and Each unit is an opportunity to add marks to your overall scores.
  • By observing the past year, CLAT toppers result, the scoring trend is evident for the legal skills of 35-40, for the GK 30-35, etc. This further shows that you don't want to take a risk if you leave a section.
  • CLAT exam is full of surprises; even if you are fully prepared for the other four sections, there is a good chance you might score 7-8 marks less than what you are expecting due to uncertainty. But if you are well prepared for the maths section, it can give you an upper hand over other applicants to retain those marks.
  • Remember the mathematics section of CLAT includes only "elementary" mathematics, i.e. basic maths you learned till class 10th and can be prepared in just a few weeks by solving past years and referring sample papers.

To be more specific, the CLAT syllabus includes:

Topic No. of Questions Weightage in %
General knowledge and current affairs  35-39 25
Legal aptitude 35-39 25
English grammar and comprehension 28-32 20
Logical reasoning 28-32 20
Elementary Mathematics 13-17 10

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Considering the weightage of the mathematics section, you shouldn't drop it. After all, it is your responsibility to choose how you want to go at the end of the day.

Go for private colleges if you don't get top 5 NLUs

What if you don't get an NLUs through CLAT? Then what?

If you are preparing for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), you are bound to ask yourself these questions at some point in time. But are these CLAT participating institutes the only option you got? Do all these NLUs provide the same legal education standards? And what if you fail to get in top NLUs? Etc. However, this is far from the truth, and there are multiple reasons for it.

  • If you don’t score well to get into the top 5 NLUs through CLAT, several other law colleges and universities will accept CLAT scores. There are 22 NLUs participating in CLAT, of which 9 NLUs are on the top list, and they are doing well and are worth considering if you don't get into the top 5 NLUs.
  • One of the most important reasons why students choose to study at NLUs is the placement department. Although all students can become legal practitioners after graduation, looking at NLU is also a route for students to enter the corporate world. The leading law firms in the country and worldwide prefer to hire fresh law graduates from NLUs.
  • Almost all participating top NLUs campuses have the best infrastructure of any law school in India.
  • Being a government facilitated institute, Students can study at a minimal government-subsidized fee, compared with some private institutes where the yearly fee is in lakhs.
  • Compared to NLUs, private institutes have a big batch size. This affects your quality of education, and you tend to be lost in the crowd if you can't catch up, whereas, in the top 10 NLUs where the batch size is not an issue, each student gets more focus.
  • However, the exam is unpredictable, so it is usually a good idea to make some backups. If you don't get into the top 10 NLU and other institutes through CLAT, And because the preparation for practically all law entrance tests overlaps, you can easily transition from one exam to the next. So, you should also take other competitive exams like AILET, SLAT, or PU BA LLB if you are taking CLAT.

JEE/NEET/CA, if you can't crack these exams, then let's do CLAT

Should we consider CLAT as a backup plan?

First of all, do you want a career in law?

If yes, then you should go for the CLAT exam; otherwise, no. A profession in law is gratifying both financially and in terms of the sense of fulfilment that comes from assisting society's members in becoming more aware of and comprehending fundamental human rights. Although, it is recommended not to go for this field if you have no passion for law. Practising law is not that fun or not as significant financially as other top careers in the private sector. And there are so many careers after your 12th class and a wide range of possible work environments and focus areas. So, considering the law as a backup plan is never a good idea. 

When it comes to if you can't crack any of the competitive exams after your 12th, you can go for CLAT because it's easy, but that's not actual cracking. The Common Law Admission Test, which the NLUs administer, is an aptitude test designed to assess mental qualities such as time management and analytical ability. Cracking the CLAT exam is altogether a different game. CLAT has developed a reputation for being one of the most difficult entrance exams to crack. Only about 5% of all the aspirants get into a National Law University. But somehow, if you manage to crack the exam and enter into some law school, there is no going back because it is a very long integrated course of 5 years, and you have invested a lot of time and resources. So, stepping back after 2 or 3 years, you will not even get your basic graduation degree. 

  • Go to an NLU, Life set.

Students preparing for the CLAT entrance exam will hear a lot from coaching centres, mentors, etc., that once you get into a good NLU, your life is set. But is this the case? 

NO, that's not how it works. Suppose you're cracking the CLAT exam with an excellent score to get admission to NLU or any law school. In that case, you will get to know the actual struggle now starts because only the good students will clear CLAT. Most good ones will move to the good NLUs, and they have different aspirations from themself. They will work hard because that reflects their nature so that you can expect a lot of competition; the better the NLU you go higher the competition you get.

If any student goes to a good NLU or law school with a mindset, the next five years will be peaceful, and I have cracked CLAT, so no need to worry anymore will be a big shock.

Because when you reach the college, you will see people working hard day and night to make things better for themself and at this point of time, many students get into inferiority complex because you will be lagging. You cannot do well, and everything will be accumulating, and this all is because your thinking is like that from the start. 

A lot of students tend to change their thinking when they reach college and see the pressure coming. Still, the problem is for those who sit back and chill and take a lot of time to change, and this creates a lot of problems for them because they are lagging behind those who are persistent about their work, which creates a problem. When you get into a law school to be a good lawyer, this is a prolonged process that takes 5 years of hard work, and if you are not a part of this process, you will be in trouble.

So, make sure if you clear CLAT and go to a good NLU, don't have this misconception in your mind and from day one, be persistent about your work.

  • There is too much nepotism in law.

Law is all about common sense and presenting facts to the court in a rational manner. Books are similar to the kind of advice that comes from a legal family.

Law as a career is all about two things: hard work and consistency, and as long as you are willing to put that in, there is nothing else that can stop you.

Nepotism exists everywhere. Whether it is corporate, academics, sports, entertainment, nepotism seems to be something that you cannot escape in the legal profession. However, an individual can begin independent practice. A person must indeed understand the workings and procedures of the courts and the Process, which cannot be mastered in a single day. One must commit to a favourable outcome. You must be passionate about the law; your enthusiasm will take you to your objective, not your family background.

Many CLAT aspirants and freshers are often intimidated because their peers are from law backgrounds and have strong family support and prior knowledge of the law. They will be at an advantage, there will be someone to help them out for internships, papers or academics, but this is not the case. These fears are very normal. I understand having certain resources at their disposal or prior knowledge.

But after all, everything is determined by the amount of time you are willing to put in; after all, your merits get you the rewards in this profession. As long as you yourself take the 5 years of law profession sincerely, there is nothing else that will matter; Law school and workplaces generally have such an inclusive environment that such problems that you actually face can easily be taken care of.

Many law students are frustrated when they witness children of renowned parents allegedly ascending to great heights on elevators as trek terrible mountainous terrain on foot. However, the truth is more complicated. For a long time, first-generation lawyers have been performing exceptionally well in the legal profession. While we must identify and examine nepotism in the profession, attributing every achievement of a second or third-generation lawyer to nepotism would be unreasonable and improper. And we must constantly check to see whether we are fooling ourselves by blaming nepotism for our own lack of initiative, execution, or success.

Just remember, someone has to start it first; why not? It can be you for your future family.

  • Public speaking skills are mandatory for a successful lawyer

You need to be good at public speaking and debating to be a good lawyer ??

Many aspiring lawyers feel that to be a competent lawyer; one must be a great public speaker. Fortunately, this is not the case. But obviously, having good public speaking abilities are always good; you can articulate your client position succinctly in a persuasive manner that is always helpful; effective communication is helpful with any professional environment, be it corporate, academics, sports, entertainment etc. However, in my opinion, As a lawyer, the written word takes precedence over the ability to communicate verbally. So the capability to express oneself in writing is what you truly need.

You might be shocked to know that many well-known Supreme Court lawyers don't have good public speaking skills. They make up for their lack of expertise by producing perfect paperwork and presenting written arguments in court.
Furthermore, you may always enhance your public speaking abilities. You will be required to deliver speeches and participate in moot courts and other activities while in law school.

That would provide you with a solid foundation to build your public speaking abilities.

In terms of actually arguing in court, it's not exactly public speaking because you'll be presenting your case to a single judge or at most two judges, and you won't be permitted to talk for more than five minutes. So, rather than fighting for extended periods of time, it's more about talking about the correct things, going straight to the point, and achieving a favourable Order.

Unless you are a senior lawyer, in which case you can go on for hours and the judge will not stop you, such lengthy arguments (as shown in Bollywood) only happen at the Final Hearing stage and for no more than 15 minutes.

So, don't be disheartened if you are not that good at public speaking. It is all about "excellent preparation". If you know what you're talking about, you can "rattle on'' for hours about your study and do a fantastic job for your clients if required. Suppose you have public speaking abilities, as well as knowledge and research. You're nearly invincible.

So, instead of passing judgement on lawyers' speaking abilities based on popular television shows, Bollywood, and Hollywood films, concentrate on preparing for the entrance exam.

  • You cannot crack CLAT without coaching centres.

One of the major misconceptions students have is you cannot crack CLAT unless you enrol for a good coaching centre. Because of this misconception, most of the students take a year drop after 12th, and they move to some other places living far from home, and they face a lot of problems just because they want to enrol in a coaching centre.

The coaching centre undoubtedly helps a lot as there will be a good study environment and a competition as many students prepare for the same exam. Still, it is not a compulsion to enrol. But CLAT is not something that requires a year of preparation and coaching to pass. What you actually need is to follow a good mentor and make a strategy.

Many students rely on coaching institutes because they feel that they have a major role in moulding students to clear CLAT, but that's not the case. Coaching institutes actually teach you, and if you have seen the syllabus and exam pattern, there is not much to be taught. To crack the exam, what actually you need is a lot of practice, and that you can do it by yourself, there are many books available in the market, a lot of study material and YouTube videos that can be used. You can prepare yourself very properly if you are persistent with your work without enrolling.

To Crack CLAT Exam Without a Coaching Institute, here are some tips section-wise on how you can prepare:

  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section of the entrance exam is regarded as a make-or-break section since it contains almost 40 questions. A well-prepared applicant can answer in the shortest amount of time. A close examination of prior CLAT exams reveals that current events questions were asked more frequently than static GK questions. As a result, reading one regular newspaper every day will be beneficial.
  • Legal Aptitude: This section comprises almost 40 questions that take longer to answer than the GK segment. This section contains questions on legal principles and facts. The majority of the questions in this part originate from the legal fields of Torts, Contracts, and Criminal Law, as well as legal GK, the contents of which may vary from year to year. Although a student is not expected to know everything, the objective of this part is to assess a student's aptitude.
  • English grammar and comprehension: This part has over 30 questions that assess the candidate's English skills through comprehension passages, grammar, and vocabulary. Though mastering grammar and vocabulary takes time and effort, it is possible to gain sufficient competence in a short period of time if you use efficient learning techniques and have appropriate guidance.
  • Logical Reasoning: This section also comprises almost 30 questions. This portion requires regular practice; otherwise, a candidate may become stuck on a difficult topic, making this segment time-consuming. This part assesses a candidate's ability to recognise patterns and logical connections and correct erroneous arguments. This comprises logical sequence questions, deductions or syllogisms, analogies, odd man out, statement and assumption questions, and so on.
  • Mathematics: This section comprises almost 15 to 20 questions of percentage, profit and loss, simple interest compound interest, average & mixture, time and labour, and probability are all topics covered in elementary mathematics up to the tenth grade. Even though there are fewer questions in this section, it might help you improve your total score.
  • It is advisable to go for a Mock Test Series that you can't do yourself. The higher the mock test you do, the higher your chances of scoring well in the exam.