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Allahabad HC decision on CLAT age limit challenged in Supreme Court

The Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU) – the university responsible for overseeing the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015, has approached the Supreme Court to allow it continue with the CLAT age limit (20 years) for admission into undergraduate programs.

Seeking the apex court’s intervention against an earlier Allahabad High Court order, the RMLNLU submitted a writ petition. Meanwhile, the RMLNLU administration has decided to continue inviting application from candidates above 20-years.

“If the Supreme Court agrees to the 20-year age bar, we will reject the applications of candidates who are above 20 years. In case, they quash our writ petition, we will include all applications of candidates who are above 20 years of age”, said JD Gangawar, CLAT convener, as reported by the ToI.

RMLNLU has so far received approximately 45,000 application forms for its undergraduate and post graduate programs. Of these 45,000, around 35,000 have already deposited their fees. There are 2,164 seats in undergraduate courses in all 16 national law schools. The number of PG courses in all these institutes combined stands at 568.

It is worth mentioning here that the Allahabad High Court, on February 26, quashed the maximum age limit of 20 years for appealing in CLAT for admission into the five-year integrated LLB program. The program includes: BA LLB (Hons), BSc LLb (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BSW LLB (Hons) and BCom LLB.

The 25-year age limit was challenged before the Rajasthan High Court. Hearing a PIL filed by two students of NLS, Bangalore, and the High Court had issued notices to the coordinators of the CLAT examination and convener and the Bar Council of India.

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