By Tanuj Kalia
CLAT 2011 will most likely be held on May 15. Lawctopus will help you throughout the journey. Stick with us. We are expert drivers. We’ll soon come with detailed write-ups for each section of CLAT: English, GK, Legal Aptitude, Logic Reasoning and Maths.
For starters, here are six books and resources which are a must read:
1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
This book is a legend. Any one who starts building his vocabulary is, at some point in life, recommended this book. But many don’t read it, the way it has to be read.
The book must be done like a course and worked upon like a work book. The exercises it has are meant to make sure that the words become your friends and that word-meanings are not memorised but effortlessly imbibed by you.
Please do solve them diligently. Many of the successful CLAT aspirants imbibe the book by the the time they are in their class 10 farewell party!
Work from the first page. Get to know how the books works; which simply stated is this: It works like wonders.
You’ll learn the ‘roots’ of some familiar words, move on to the non familiar ones and in the process build your vocabulary. If you learn the roots well, you vocab will flower!
Go slow and steady with Word Power Made Easy.
Initially you might find the ‘easy’ part ‘difficult’. But as they say, things are difficult before they become easy.
And oh! This book has some brilliant grammar and spelling exercises interspersed here and there. Do not skip them. Think CLAT! Think the National law school you are aiming at.
2. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal
Mr. Agarwal is to the MBA aspirants what Mr. Ratan Lal and Dhiraj Lal are to law students.
This book by RS Agarwal is the perfect resource for any law aspirant wishing to get hold of the commonly asked logic reasoning questions, get the right approach to solve them and learn some useful tricks and tips.
The book has many many questions. Solving all of them would shave off some years of a CLAT aspirant’s life. Since you can at best devote an year to CLAT preparations better first work with the solved examples and then practice with 10 odd similar questions.
And try to solve all ‘types‘ of questions given in the book; even the diagramatical or the pictorial ones.
Though these are unlikely to be asked in CLAT, why take chances? Also, solving different type of questions requires revving up various parts of your brain which will only improve your speed as far as solving logic reasoning questions go.
3. Universal’s guide to LLB Examination
It is ‘the’ book. The book is full of mistakes. Its critics say that it might actually lead you to the wrong path with legal reasoning questions. But ask any law student and he’ll say that the book was ‘useful’; that the book was ‘helpful’.
If one of these critics is a law student at some top national law university, go to his home or his hostel room; you’ll find the Universal’s book there!
Why? The book is a complete guide. It takes many questions from the past year papers, tries to find a pattern among those questions and gives you 100 more similar questions which can be asked in CLAT.
It has thousands of multiple choice questions and nearly 20 sample CLAT question papers. Great for practice!
Solving MCQs is not the best way to go about preparations. But still, if you have time at hand, do solve them. Its not the ‘best’ book but it is ‘useful’. Its also a favourite with the lazy examiners. People who did read the book, will benefit. Sad, but true.
4. LSAT sample questions
LSAT (law school admission test) is administered in US law schools. With CLAT stressing more on logic and critical reasoning questions, solving these questions will hold you in good stead.
The questions require a very high level of English and are pretty tough on the logic component too. For Indian students, the high level of English in these questions might be putting off. But do try solving them.
Even if the CLAT is super-duper tough, you’d have solved something just as tough!
Also by solving different type of LSAT questions, you’ll get used to the ‘surprises’ which examiners come up with. Whatever then CLAT might be, it will spring fewer surprises for you!
5. Pearson’s Concise GK Manual
CLAT committee has already announced that CLAT 2011 will emphasize less on static GK and more on the current affairs. But still, you must have a good hang of the static GK and this book is the perfect way to do that.
Work on the book everyday. Some of it does require rote learning. If you want to learn some very useful and innovative memory tricks ,books by Tony Buzan such as ‘Use your head‘ will be very helpful. Buy Tony Buzan’s books. They’ll help you for CLAT and for life!
Back to Pearson’s Concise Manual. Make sure you finish it by the time you start preparing full fledgedly for your board exams. Don’t leave it to the break between the board exams and CLAT.
You don’t want to stress yourself with cramming to many facts just before CLAT. And if you are too stressed, you won’t make it to that enviable national law school.
6. LST’s Legal Reasoning Module: Two stalwarts, Sachin Malhan and Bhavin Patel who started LST and made it what it is today also made the legal reasoning module. It continues to be an elixir of life for CLAT aspirants.
The stories the even law students at top National law schools use it for studying Torts and Contract law, are true.
LST’s legal reasoning module was pathbreaking. It made the difficult sounding legal principles easy and fun. It gave you many practice questions, many answers and a lots to learn.
IMS Pvt. Ltd. too has very good and well researched legal reasoning modules for CLAT.