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Before the introduction of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), all the autonomous law schools in India use to conduct their own separate entrance tests, requiring the candidates to prepare and appear separately for each of these tests. CLAT was conducted for the first time on 11th of May 2008 by NLSIU-Bangalore, with a total number of 1037 seats from seven National law schools were offered to be filled by this test. Since then each year CLAT is conducted by National law Universities in the order of their establishment. So far there are 19 National Law Universities in India, the first of which is the National Law School of India University Bangalore, which admitted its first batch of students in 1987. Out of this seventeen National law schools, the National Law University, Delhi conducts its own separate entrance test know as All India Law Entrance Test (AILET).

CLAT Universities

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by 19 National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The 19 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are: • National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).
• NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR).
• National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU).
• The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS).
• National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU).
• Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU).
• Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU).
• Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU).
• Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL).
• Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU).
• National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS).
And many more................
CLAT was conceptualized and implemented pursuant to a case filed at the Supreme Court of India highlighting the hardships of students who would have to appear for several separate entrance examinations. Prior to the case being decided, the Ministry of Human Resource Development brokered a settlement between the various law schools to conduct a common, all India entrance examination which was labeled as CLAT.