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Date extended for Submitting Applications for Law Course

The last date for issuing and submission of filled – in application forms for admission to the three – year Bachelor of Law ( Honours ) degree course at the School of Excellence in Law; Master of Law degree course at PG department of law; three year B.L. degree courses offered at the affiliated government law colleges and diploma courses offered through distance education mode has been extended up to 15th July, 2012, according to a press release issued by the law university.

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LL.M. Entrance Test to be held on 15th January, 2012

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations has invited applications for an entrance examination to be held in Thiruvananthapuram on 15th January, 2012 for admission to the LL.M. course in the government law colleges in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Thrissur, and Kozhikode.

Applicants should be Indian citizens of Kerala origin. Those who have passed the LL.B. examination with minimum 50 per cent marks may apply. Those appearing, or have appeared, in the regular final – year LL.B. examination may also apply.

Such applicants should produce the degree certificate at the time of seat allotment. There is no upper age limit for government law colleges admission.

government law colleges application forms and prospectus can be downloaded from website : The Law College application fee is ₹ 800. Instructions for the submission of Law College application is given in the prospectus.

Completed applications with documents send by registered post or in person before 30th December, 2011 and should be reach to,

The Commissioner for Entrance Examinations,
Housing Board Buildings,
5th Floor, Santhinagar,
Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001.

Law Colleges exam admit cards can be downloaded from 9th January, 2012 from website :

There will be two papers. Each paper will have 100 objective – type questions. Each correct answer will get three marks. One mark each will be deducted for every wrong answer.

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Seminar on IT and cyber forensics

The Clinical Justice Education Organisation (CLIJEO) of Government Law College, Kozhikode, will organise a three – day national seminar on ‘legal and regulatory mechanism governing information technology and cyber forensics’ on the Law College campus, here, from February 18, 2011 to February 20, 2011.

The inter – disciplinary seminar, funded by the University Grants Commission, will be addressed by resource persons from India and abroad.

At a press conference here on Monday, organisers said the seminar would open up venue for academicians, judges, lawyers, police officers and students to have a better understanding on the latest developments in the IT and cyber forensics sector.

Ibrahim Baggili, director of the Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory in Abu Dhabi, and Pavan Duggal, senior Supreme Court lawyer, would be among the resource persons

The seminar would discuss Indian IT Law, issues in cyberspace, cyber advocacy, challenges of Indian Evidence act, legal issues related to proprietary and non – proprietary software, cyber culture and cyber terrorism.

Those who wish to present papers on newer topics would be allowed on submission of a 15 – page abstract to the organising committee.

Organising committee members Thilakanandan, John Varghese and I.P. Sreekanth were present at the press conference.

For registration, Contact :

Phone No. : 9447890134.

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Legal Studies – A great Career Option

The legal discipline is gradually emerging as an attractive career option for students thanks to the spread of knowledge, information and awareness.

This seems to be the direct result of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation, which has transformed the world into a global village and a knowledge society.

More and more students had started opting for legal discipline since 1980s when the national law colleges and universities came into existence. But the momentum gathered with the introduction of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) in 2008.

Since then the standard of entrance examination has touched a new high as the legal field has thrown open new avenues for law graduates.

The biggest benefit of CLAT and the five – year L.L.B. degree course is that it saves one year for students; students earlier used to pursue the three – year L.L.B. degree course after a three – year degree course.

In the wake of increasing demand for law graduates in the private sector, the National Law College and universities, which recruit students through CLAT, have formulated new syllabi and techniques to equip them with the latest in the legal domain.

This makes the students from these institutions not only well – versed in law but also skillful in the interpretation of law according to the demands of time and circumstances.

Another attractive career option for law graduates, especially for girls, is the judicial services. In the recent times, girls have been outnumbering boys in law entrance examinations and judicial services examinations.

The CLAT examination consists of four major components :

  • Legal awareness / legal reasoning
  • Test of English language
  • General knowledge
  • Mathematical / logical ability

The legal awareness segment is an entirely new arena for candidates with any background, be it science, commerce or humanities. This segment tests the candidate’s basic legal acumen. It consists of four parts : legal terms and maxims, civil law, criminal law and Constitutional law.

A sound knowledge of Constitutional law is important, without which one cannot master the other laws. Legal terms are the backbone of legal awareness.

For example, if one is not aware of the minute differences between terms such as accused, guilty or convicted, cognizable and non – cognizable offences, mens rea, caveat emptor and venditor, void, voidable or void ab initio, one cannot understand the problems of law and solve them. In the Civil and Criminal law segments, one must have a good knowledge of the basics.

For the test of English language, students must have a clear knowledge of the fundamentals of English grammar and composition, and vocabulary.

The segment on vocabulary begins with important words, their meaning and usage. This is followed by synonyms and antonyms. These segments are a cakewalk for students who have a good vocabulary.

Good use of English language also includes good knowledge of idioms and phrases, and some special words related to some specific professions or trades. To check the level of competence in vocabulary building, one must practise answering multiple – choice questions (MCQs).

The vocabulary building segment consists of ten verticals: words and their meanings, their usage, synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, one – word substitution, word formation, specific words, spelling of words, and related MCQs.

The grammar part again consists of parts of speech (number / gender form of noun, degrees of comparison (adjective), prepositions, conjunctions and other cases). To be comfortable in composition of sentences, one must have good understanding of tenses, voice, and narration.

The right understanding of modals, determiners, and non – finites is indispensable. Once candidates get acquainted with these aspects, then reading comprehension, sentence completion, sentence correction and other ancillary verticals become easy to tackle. One must also be aware of the common errors that are usually made by candidates in competitive exams.

The mathematical and logical ability segment tests a candidate’s intelligence – quotient level and speed. To crack this segment one must able to use matriculation level mathematical formulae, their applications, tricks and short cuts to solve problems in the given time.

To clear CLAT test, candidates must focus on guided, qualitative and organised studies. It is important to remember that assimilation of knowledge is more important that its accumulation.

To tackle the general knowledge segment, focus must be on history, polity, geography, science, general awareness and current affairs. Mere reading of matriculation level science textbooks along with a monthly magazine to keep in touch with current affairs will suffice.


  • Time management is most important
  • Brush up the fundamentals of English
  • Build up ample vocabulary
  • Prepare brief notes in general knowledge
  • For current affairs, read one monthly magazine
  • Try to understand the basics of legal awareness
  • Master legal terms and maxims
  • Practise answering MCQs
  • Solve previous years’ question papers
  • Take mock tests


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