CLAT 2023 Legal Reasoning: Important topics, books, and preparation tips to score well

CLAT 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2022 for admission in UG and PG programmes.


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Deepti Shikha | October 13, 2022 | 02:54 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The national level law entrance exam, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2022, in offline mode. Legal reasoning and awareness is an important part of CLAT examination. It carries a weightage of 25% in the test paper. Therefore, to improve their overall CLAT score, candidates should prepare this section well.

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CLAT 2023 legal reasoning test format

Number of passages

Four to Five passages of 450 words each

Type of questions

Multiple Choice Questions will be asked from each passage

Total number of questions

Total number of questions - 35 to 39

CLAT 2023 legal reasoning syllabus

In the legal section candidates will have to read passages of around 450 words each. These passages will be related to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. The topics will be include from the CLAT syllabus given below:

  • Torts

  • Contracts

  • Criminal Law

  • Constitutional law

  • International law

  • Intellectual Property Law

  • Family Law

  • General Legal Principles

Structure of legal reasoning section in CLAT 2023

Aspirants will get series of questions in CLAT 2023 that will require them to:

  • Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage.

  • Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations.

  • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

Study materials to refer for CLAT 2023

Candidates to prepare for CLAT legal reasoning section should study from standard study material for CLAT 2023 and newspapers:

  • LexisNexis Butterworths

  • Legal Awareness and legal aptitude by AP Bhardwaj

  • Newspapers such as - The Hindu and The Indian Express

  • Legal journals and legal current affairs

  • News and editorial analysis

  • Universal’s CLAT Guide

CLAT 2023: How to prepare for the legal reasoning section?

Candidates to ace the legal reasoning section of CLAT 2023 should follow the following preparation tips:

  • Read legal issues prior to CLAT 2023 that will help in understanding the passage clearly.

  • Read the editorial sections of newspapers like ‘The Hindu’ and ‘Telegraph’ to increase the reading speed.

  • Special attention should be paid to landmark judgments and important cases from previous years.

  • Work on legal vocabulary including legal jargons, legal terms, foreign phrases, and maxims to understand the passage quickly.

  • Solve the official CLAT sample papers and previous year papers to analyse your speed and accuracy.

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