Law as a career is gaining popularity with every passing day. CLAT witnessed almost 65000 candidates in 2019 for admissions. However, the aspirants have a lot of doubts and questions revolving around the exam. There are very few sources available who have the answers to those questions.
With this post, we are trying to cover some of those questions.
What are the skills I need to become a good lawyer?
It is one of the most important questions in the life of a law aspirant. The problem is, many law students ask this question after they have appeared for the exam or have invested time and money into the preparation for CLAT.
The ideal time is to ask this before you move an inch towards CLAT prep. There is no fixed curriculum or skillset that you MUST have in order to do well in law. Every successful lawyer has his/her own set of skills that works the best for him/her. However, there are a few basic skills that are required to be a successful lawyer.
- You should have a reading habit since this profession, right from law school to legal practice, involves a lot of reading.
- You should have a good command over the English Language since all major drafts and contracts are in English. It is not necessary to be a fluent English speaker (it is preferred though) but one should be good at writing English.
- You should either have good research skills or have a knack for legal research.
- You should be fairly good with technology since the days of typewriters are gone, a lawyer needs to be tech-savvy to cope with the competition.
These are some of the basic attributes that you should have before you decide to start preparing for CLAT. There are many other skills that are necessary to become a good lawyer but those can be developed in law school
Can I keep CLAT as my backup after IIT or NEET?
This is not a question of “can” but more of a “should”. It is possible that you may have the mental prowess to cope with the preparation of IIT and CLAT simultaneously and even crack CLAT by such preparation. However, do not forget there is a 5-year-long journey after the exam and then starts the real struggle. CLAT is just the first hurdle among many and is also the easiest to cross.
So even though you can keep CLAT as your backup plan, you should not. You should pursue law only if you are interested in becoming a lawyer and are passionate about the law.
Do I need to study law in detail to crack CLAT?
NO. No, you do not need to study the law at all in order to crack CLAT. It is a bad idea to refer to a bare act at all during CLAT preparation. In the legal aptitude section, the questions do not test your knowledge of the law but your ability to apply a given principle of law. Therefore do not waste your time reading bare acts of statutes.
CLAT has 200 questions in 120 minutes, how do I complete the paper?
You don’t. That’s the whole point of it being a time-bound multiple choice paper. It is not your board examinations which will fetch you marks for getting the steps of questions correctly. No, this exam does not test your ability to do all the questions in record time.
The aim is not to complete the 200 questions in 120 minutes. One should target only those questions that she is confident about or atleast can make an educational guess. One should know which questions to attempt and which questions to leave since there is a 0.25 negative mark for each wrong answer.
So aim at solving all the questions you know and to do that, you will have to be fast enough to atleast read every question once not to solve every question.
The English section is one of the biggest, I am from a Hindi medium school.
There are thousands of CLAT aspirants who belong to Hindi medium schools. Out of all those who qualify for admission into NLUs, there is a big chunk which hails from Hindi medium schools. An aspirant does not need to be a fluent English language but needs to have command on the subject to solve the questions that come in the paper. This can be done by practice from the recommended books like Wren and Martin.
However, students from the Hindi medium schools need to work on their English since it is the need of the hour and they can miss out on opportunities due to this one thing.
I am not good at maths, will I be able to crack CLAT?
First of all, the maths paper in the CLAT exam is the shortest, it consists of 20 questions and it fetches you 20 marks. Considering the syllabus and the effort required to cover the chapters, it is considered to be the easiest 20 marks you fetch on the paper.
However, there are some aspirants who are not good with maths at all, even they have a good chance of cracking the examination. Out of the 180 marks (200-20 of maths), even if you score above 135, you will easily get into a National Law University.
I have my boards and CLAT in the same year, where do I invest my time?
Always keep your board examinations as your top priority. There are many options available if you do not score a good enough rank in CLAT. Scoring well in the board examinations is necessary. If you flunk your boards and do well in CLAT, it is of no use since you will not be allowed to take admission in any college.
There are options for you to pursue graduation from a good college and go for 3 year LLB if you score well on your board examinations. Also, after the boards are over, you get more than a month of dedicated time for CLAT prep.
So until your boards are over, allocate a few hours for CLAT but prepare for your boards, give your best to CLAT once Boards are over.