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CLAT and LSAT India are the two most sought-after law entrance examinations in India. With the growing demand for legal studies among students, aspirants seeking admission in top law schools are appearing for a variety of tests. If both the entrance tests land you in a law school then what makes them different?
As both of them are the two most popular law exams across the country, students often face a dilemma of choosing between both of the exams. Being a law aspirant, how will you decide whether to go for CLAT or LSAT India in the first place?
Let us first have a quick look at the highlights of both the exams:
CLAT is a national level entrance test organized by the National Law Universities (NLUs) on a rotational basis. Through CLAT, prospective law students are granted admissions to BA LLB and LLM courses offered at various law schools accepting CLAT Scores in India. Around 50,000 candidates register for CLAT every year.
LSAT India is a national level entrance test organized by the Pearson VUE on behalf of LSAC India. Through LSAT India, applicants are granted admissions to BA.LLB and LLM programs offered by over 70 law colleges in India.
There are various parameters that set both the law entrance exams apart. They are as follows:
Qualifying 10+2 exam is necessary to meet the minimum eligibility criterion for the UG law programs for both exams.
There are several differences in the exam pattern of both law exams. They are as follows:
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The exam fees for CLAT are INR 4000 (INR 3500 for reserved category). The fees for LSAT India are INR 3800 (INR 4250 with LSAT India Handbook).
We will look at 3 aspects- difficulty level, level of competition and skills tested in the exam to see which amongst CLAT and LSAT India is tougher to crack.
The difficulty level of questions asked in CLAT is moderate. However, students have to attempt more number of questions in less time. The time constraint and negative marking make the exam more challenging. This is why CLAT is considered more difficult.
The difficulty level of questions in LSAT India is also high. Although negative marking is not applicable, the questions are more complicated and the sectional time limit makes it harder to solve all questions.
CLAT is the key to NLUs. Around 50,000 students fight for about 2984 seats for the LLB course whereas the seats for the LLM program are even lesser (around 600). So the level of competition is very high. As LSAT India is the gateway for a greater number of law schools, the competitive spirit amongst its applicants is less fierce.
CLAT tests an individual’s analytical and critical skills through logical reasoning as well as his knowledge in the fields of general awareness, mathematics and law. There are a variety of questions which allows students to make up a lower score secured in one section by doing well in the other.
LSAT India assesses different skills like reading and comprehension, organization and management of information, critical analysis and evaluation of reasoning and arguments of others. These skills are considered essential for success in law colleges. LSAT has a lesser variety of questions so the chances of making up for the lost marks are slim.
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The decision to take CLAT or LSAT India involves the consideration of a number of factors. Students must choose the exam after analyzing all the alternatives. Both the law entrance tests have its fair share of challenges and obstacles. These tests are important and open the door to many opportunities in the legal field. The differences between the exams will help you in making the final decision.
As per previous years’ trends, the fight for CLAT seats is much more difficult and brutal but the reputation is all worth the effort. This does not mean that LSAT India is not difficult. There are several good law schools that fall under the umbrella of it which make it a good alternative for CLAT.
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