CLAT 2023 counselling begins; Dates, NLU admission process, seat allotment

CLAT counselling 2023 is being conducted for admission to LLB and LLM programmes offered by 22 NLUs.


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Shubham Bhakuni | December 28, 2022 | 08:06 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) have started the counselling process for admission to national law universities. The last date to register for CLAT counselling is January 12, 2023. The CLAT 2023 counselling will be conducted in five rounds. Candidates have been invited to participate in the counselling process in accordance with the rank list and the admissions matrix provided by each NLU.

CLAT 2023 counselling dates



Registration for counselling

December 28, 2022, 6:00 pm

Last date to apply

January 12, 2023, 6:00 pm

Publication of first allotment list

January 18, 2023, 10:30 am.

Last date for admission under first admission list

January 22 10:30 pm

Publication of second allotment list

January 27, 2023, 10:30 am.

Last date for admission under second admission list

January 31, 2023, 10:30 pm

Publication of third allotment list

May 25, 2023, 10:30 am.

Publication of fourth allotment list

June 05, 2023, 10:30 am.

Publication of fifth and final allotment list

June 15, 2023, 10:30 am.

Who can register for CLAT counselling 2023?

Candidates who have received the email/sms invitation from the NLU Consortium regarding the CLAT counselling can register online by logging into their registered account. To complete the CLAT registration, candidates have to pay the registration fee of Rs. 30,000 for general category candidates. Candidates from the ST/ SC/ OBC/ BC/ EWS/ PWD categories have to pay Rs. 20,000 as a registration fee.

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CLAT 2023 seat allotment

Only candidates who have completed the registration and submitted the counselling fee will be considered for the seat allotment. Candidates who have not been allotted a seat in any round of the counselling process may be allotted a seat during subsequent rounds against any vacancies that open up in a particular category.

The first round of seat allotment will be announced on January 18, 2023. Admission under this round will be conducted till January 22, 2023.

Admissions counselling process

Candidates who have been allotted seats at any NLU will have three options as mentioned below;

  • Freeze

  • Float

  • Exit

Freeze option

If the candidate is satisfied with the allotted seat and is not interested in participating in further rounds of seat allocation, they may freeze the seat allocation. Such candidates have to pay the confirmation fee within the stipulated time.

Float option

If a candidate has not been allotted his first preferred NLU and wants to participate in the next round to get a higher preference, he may choose the ‘Float’ option.

Such a candidate must pay the confirmation fee as per the counselling schedule. Under this option, the candidates can hold the allotted seat, and if they get a higher NLU, they will be moved to the newly allotted NLU.

Exit option

In case the candidates are not satisfied with the allotment and do not want to participate any further in the counselling process, they may choose to ‘Exit’ the admissions counselling process.

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Candidates must also note that the If they have chosen a “Float” or “Freeze” option prior to the “Exit” option, the seat allocated to them will be reallocated and the confirmation fee will be forfeited. Such candidates will not be considered for admission in any round of counselling.

The national-level law entrance exam, CLAT 2023 was held on December 18, in 127 exam centres across the country. The CLAT result was announced on December 24, 2022.

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