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Upper age limit for CLAT 2015 scrapped by High Court


The Allahabad High Court has ruled against imposing a maximum age limit for appearing in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015. CLAT 2015 is the law entrance exam that serves as the gateway to five-year integrated LLB programs.

Prior to this new ruling by the HC, only those under the age of 20 could appear in the exam. Thousands of aspiring law professionals across India are likely to benefit by HC’s intervention on the matter.

CLAT 2015 will be organized by the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU) Lucknow for admission to 16 national law schools. The exam will be held on May 10, 2015. The petition to quash the upper age limit was filed by Devasheesh Pathak and 20 others. After carefully examining the matter, the court stated: “age limit indicated in the advertisement for CLAT 2015 as well as the information brochure was without authority of law, as there was no provision of law which clothes the University with the power to fix the upper age limit”.

In an earlier judgment delivered on February 26, 2015, the HC observed: “I am constrained to observe that the vice-chancellor of Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, who is also convenor of CLAT-2015, has completely shut its eyes and has not considered that when the Bar Council of India (BCI) itself has withdrawn the notification prescribing the upper age limit as 20 years for admission in the stream of Integrated Bachelor of Law Degree Programme by means of notification dated September 28, 2013, he had no authority in law to prescribe the upper age limit for appearing in CLAT-2015, as it is merely an examination conducting University.”