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CLAT 2024 Counselling Process: Selection, Allotment, and Reporting

Updated On - May 24 2023 by Abhinandan Singh

CLAT Counselling 2024 will be held by NUSRL, Ranchi for admission procedure to UG/PG programs at participating universities via CLAT Centralised Online Counselling. The Consortium will release a list of students invited for CLAT Counselling for both UG and PG programs. Candidates interested to seek admission toBA LLB, BBA LLB and LLM programmes at IPU will be able to register for the counseling process. Candidates who will be allotted an NLU will have to deposit Rs. 50,000 for securing an allotted seat during the admission procedure. Read the complete article to know more about CLAT 2024 Counselling.

CLAT 2024 Counselling Schedule: Important Dates and Timelines

Candidates can check the counselling dates form the table given below:

Counselling Dates
CLAT Exam DateDecember 3, 2023
Result AnnouncementJanuary 2024
Counselling Registration ProcessMarch / April 2024
Publication of First Allotment List and payment of feesApril 2024
Publication of Second Allotment List and payment of a fee to the
respective NLUs
May 2024

CLAT 2024 Counselling Procedure

The counselling procedure of CLAT 2024 is done via an online centralized system. It is conducted separately for UG and PG programs. The entire process will be done as per the CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.

The stepwise procedure for final admissions to the 21 NLUs is as follows:

1: Publication of 1st indicative list

  • The merit list to shortlist candidates for the final admissions will be released on the official website. On merit-cum-preference basis of CLAT 2024 scores, the first list for CLAT counselling will be declared.

2: Counselling fee payment and option available to exercise by provisionally selected candidates

This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:

  • In the counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • The requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 must be deposited by provisionally selected candidates.
  • Adjustable fee deposited with the CLAT office will be transferred to the participating NLU in which the candidate has taken admission after completion of the admission process.
  • In case candidates fail to deposit the fee within a specified time frame, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. Besides, their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
  • After payment of fee, candidates have to exercise any one of the options listed below:
    • Lock – Candidates choosing ‘Lock’ option confirms his/ her choice of the allotted NLU. Such candidate shall not be considered for further shifting to any other NLUs of his/ her higher choice in case of any vacancy arising thereafter at the subsequent stage during the counselling process.
    • Upward Shifting – Candidates choosing the ‘Shifting’ option are considered against any other vacancies arising in NLUs of his/ her higher choice via subsequent allotment list. There shall be upward shifting in order of candidates’ preferences provided in the application form. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the counselling procedure by CLAT 2022.
    • Withdrawal – There is an option to withdraw the fee as well in two ways. 
      • Option 1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee
      • Option 2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling. 

3: Publication of 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counselling fee and additional waitlisted candidates

  • A second list will be published by the CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and reserved seats on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a wait list of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, if any.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.
  • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
  • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

4: Publication of 3rd list allotting seats to candidates

  • A comprehensive third allotment list of candidates will be published by CLAT office. Candidates who have paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs make to this list.
  • This list will include candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative list.
  • With the third allotment list, a list of waitlisted candidates, who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, will also be released.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.

5: Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs

  • Candidates need to approach allotted NLU to deposit the balance amount towards admission and other fees.
  • Carry relevant certificates/documents in original issue issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by candidates
  • Respective universities check certificates in original at the time of admission.
  • No admission in participating NLUs will be allowed to candidates failing to produce required certificates/documents in original or meet the eligibility requirements.
  • After the publication of CLAT merit list, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.

Participating Institutes in CLAT 2024

Apart from NLUs, there are other institutes that accept CLAT score for admission to UG – PG Law Courses. The list of participating National Law Universities is as follows:

CLAT Universities
Name of the InstitutesName of the Institute
National Law School of India University, BangaloreNational Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
National Law University, NagpurHimachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
Maharashtra National Law University, AurangabadMaharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, VisakhapatnamTamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
National Law University and Judicial Academy, GuwahatiNational University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
National Law University, DelhiNational Law University Odisha, Cuttack
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, KochiChanakya National Law University, Patna
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, PatialaRam Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Gujarat National Law University, GandhinagarHidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
National Law Institute University, BhopalWest Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
National Law University, Jodhpur-

The following institutions are having MoU with CLAT 2022 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:

Name of the InstituteName of the Institute
Alliance University, BangaloreAmity University, Uttar Pradesh
Asian Law College, NoidaDIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi
Dr. K.N. Modi University, RajasthanFaculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot
Galgotias University, Uttar PradeshGeeta Institute of Law, Panipat
GITAM School of Law, VisakhapatnamHarlal School of Law, Greater Noida
ICFAI University, DehradunICFAI University, Tripura
IFIM Law College, BangaloreIIMT University, College of Law, Meerut
IMS Unison University, DehradunIndore Institute of Law, Indore
Institute of Law, Nirma University, AhmedabadInstitute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura
ISBR Law College, Bangalore Jain University, Bangalore
Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater NoidaKalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur
Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University, JabalpurMSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur
Mewar Law Institute, GhaziabadManipal University, Jaipur
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, JaipurMaharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR
NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater NoidaNMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
PES University, BangaloreRaffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan
Renaissance Law College, IndoreReva University, Bangalore
RNB Global University, BikanerSandip University, Nashik
Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, GurugramShri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
Siddhartha Law College, DehradunSRM University, Haryana
The NorthCap University, GurgaonUnitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar
Vivekananda Global University, JaipurXavier University, Bhubaneswar

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