HOW TO PREPARE FOR LAW ENTRANCE EXAMS

Congratulations! You have chosen a career which is eternally growing from times immemorial. Yes! It was because of laws which were made that today we witness such structured legal scenario around us. It cannot be denied that this field requires investment of time which one needs to put in to reap its benefits but with every second of your life devoted the harvest it yields would turn out to be fruitful. Hence, keeping in mind the sweat and blood it demands enter the realm of law and start preparing for the law entrance exams. Let’s get going…

In India the most prestigious and most attempted law entrance examinations are CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), AILET (All India Law Entrance Test), LSAT (Law School Admission Test) and SLET (Symbiosis Law Entrance Test) and so on goes the list. For more information on the law examinations conducted in India follow the link given http://lawgica.in/law-entrance-exams/

Here we discuss about the basic strategy which every law school aspirant should apply to crack the entrance test with good marks. To device a particular strategy for cracking a law examination is not a straight jacket formula because every student has his own way of learning and grasping with the understanding of the subject.

Therefore, if we narrow down our understanding in devicing a general way of cracking law entrance examinations we need to understand the patterns on which these examinations work. Herein below we would discuss the different parts of the entrance test which are: a) English b) Logical Reasoning c) Legal Reasoning d) General Knowledge and Current Affairs and e) Mathematics.

Now one would have many questions in mind about starting the course like: Which part should be started first and what part should be concentrated more upon? What should be the time allotment for each section every day? All these questions exist in the minds of every aspirant who is gearing up to take these examinations.

Breaking news! There are no set rules which restrict you to plan your preparation in a specific manner. The most important thing to note is that you should know the nature and pattern of the law entrance examination which you are going to take. Therefore, by analyzing the previous year’s question papers you should create your own unique schedule of preparation.

Hence, you may start with English or logical reasoning or legal reasoning. We would suggest you that you should start with a subject on which you have a superior hold and so you should divide your daily learning hours in accordance with it.    

  1. ENGLISH:

    One of the most significant parts of the law entrance examination is ENGLISH because it covers around 30 to 40 marks weightage depending upon the law entrance examination. The examiner tests the language of the examinee by asking questions based on reading comprehensions, antonyms and synonyms, jumbled words etc. Therefore, while preparing for this section it is to be noted that mocks are attempted for developing reading speed and accuracy, vocabulary development and strengthening grammar. Hence, the student preparing should refer additional grammar books and practice series to create an edge ahead of other students. DEVOTE 1.5 HOURS DAILY TO THIS SECTION. {NOTE: THIS SECTION IS ALSO THE MOST SCORING OF ALL THE SECTIONS}

  2. MATHEMATICS:

    You don’t have to worry about it! This not a board exam so relax! Here according to the scheme of the law entrance exams this section bears the least weightage of all the sections i.e., 20 marks. The level of mathematics which is asked in the examination is that of elementary level and could be managed easily if practiced regularly with continuous guidance. The probable topics on which questions are framed are number system, linear equations, ratio and proportion, averages, percentage, profit loss and discount, mensuration, simple and compound interest, time and work, etc. [though the list is not exhaustive]. DEVOTE 1 HOURS DAILY TO THIS SECTION. {NOTE: REMEMBER MATHEMATICS HAS THE LEAST WEIGHTAGE}

  3. GENERAL AWARENESS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS:

    With time we have seen a gradual decline in the questions based on static general knowledge which is the result of increase in number of more questions based on current affairs. If you analyse the papers and patterns of previous year’s question papers you would notice questions on general knowledge questions related to current affairs. This is the only section after LEGAL REASONING in which a student can score maximum marks. Therefore, it is very important for a student to score in this section as it bears almost 45 to 50 marks weightage depending upon the law entrance examination. As the majority of the paper is directed towards recent developments and current affairs scoring in this section has become easy. Yes! Easy my friends because this section takes the least time in exam because the guess work doesn’t work here as you either know the answer or you don’t know. There is no formula or trick to identify the answer. Hence, staying updated is the only way so you must follow some of these steps to create a compendium of current events and happenings: a) reading newspaper, magazines and journals b) legal, social and political blogs and editorials and c) for the general knowledge practice as many questions as possible from various books. Remember! Make notes of the current affairs and the important topics of general knowledge which are history, geography, civics and economy (both national and international scenarios are to be studied). DEVOTE 2 HOURS TO EACH PART DAILY. {NOTE: MAKE NOTES REGULARLY}

  4. LOGICAL REASONING:

    This section tests your logical aptitude which would definitely take time but once you have invested the required time in its preparation it will be a matter of seconds to find answers to logical aptitude questions. This section bears the maximum weightage with around 50 marks so you cannot afford to misbehave with it. This section requires PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND PRACTICE. This section requires that extra amount of hard work. However, it consists of tricks and tips to solve it but only with practice and regular sessions with your mentor you would be able to crack it. In the exam your ability to identify patterns, logical links and illogical arguments is tested therefore topics such as coding decoding, directions test, syllogisms, series completion, blood relation, analogy etc. DEVOTE 2 HOURS DAILY TO THIS SECTION. {NOTE: LEARN, PRACTICE, REPEAT}

  5. LEGAL APTITUDE:

    This section in the exam will test the candidate’s capability of applying law to the given facts. REMEMBER! THIS SECTION DOESN’T REQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF LAW BUT ONLY IT’S IMPLEMENTATION. This section is of prime importance because this part comprises of 50 marks and is also the easiest of all the parts in its approach provided that you have “READ THE LAW”. Therefore, the most important thing to be kept in mind is these: a) to read the legal provisions thoroughly, b) to practice various questions so that you get acquainted with different case scenarios. Focus on the following topics in law such as criminal law (acts such as Indian Penal Code, some important sections of Indian Evidence Act and Criminal Procedure Code which is OPTIONAL), law of torts (most asked subject), then comes the Indian Contract and Indian Constitution and some miscellaneous topics such as Family Law, Property Law etc. DEVOTE 2 HOURS DAILY TO THIS SECTION. {NOTE: FOCUS ON APPLICATION OF LAW}

#TIPS TO REMEMBER

  1. Analyse the pattern of the examination which you are preparing for and then
  2. Device your own course schedule which could be regularly followed.
  3. Set daily targets to achieve for each section.
  4. Read your study material thoroughly and practice as many questions as you can because the more you practice the less you would panic during the examination.
  5. Allot specific time each day for each section and repeat the pattern while covering the syllabus.
  6. Keep in mind to revise previously covered portions of each subjects. Frequently revise them so that it becomes easy for you to remember them.
  7. Read newspaper, magazine and journals to stay updated. Make notes for current affairs for each day and maintain it till the exam is conducted.
  8. Attempt as many mocks as you can before the exam. This would help you to increase your accuracy and speed.
  9. If you have joined an institution or any online course, attend it regularly so that you stay in touch with the ongoing syllabus. This would help you to cover your course swiftly and easily.
  10. Perform physical activities or practice yoga for mental freshness and activeness. Staying physically fit would help you to concentrate more and would increase your capability to focus.

We recommend you to design your own learning schedule by referring to these steps. Happy learning and ALL THE BEST FOR YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS!   

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