I have been noticing a lot of law aspirants taking a drop because they are not able to make it to the NLUs or to the top NLUs. I have been wondering whether it is a good idea to do so or will it harm the student’s career in a way that he/she may not realize it right now. I have even met the students who have taken a drop for 3 years. I consider that taking a drop is a very bad idea and it can hurt a student’s career in such a way that he may not realize but it could have cost him a lot.
Here are some of the reasons why you should not take a drop:
- You never know how much you will be able to score next year; it is like shooting an arrow in dark.
- The maximum you can improve is 10 to 15 marks as CLAT syllabus is not huge and extensive as JEE. So generally, if you get 50 marks this year, you will be able to score 70 next year but that will not be enough. However, there can be exceptions.
- The number of students taking CLAT is increasing every year so you will get tough competition each year.
- You will lose one year of practical experience that you can get after graduation. Even if you do free internships for a year after graduation, you will get valuable experience that will help you in placements more than an NLU tag.
- All competitive exams like UPSC or Judiciary have an upper age limit and you would have one less shot at those exams if you drop a year.
- Ultimately, your knowledge only counts and not your university. There are students from 3rd tier law schools who get placed on top law firms.
Many times, CLAT coaching institutes encourage students to take a drop especially those who have done a crash course and very tactfully convert them to a full year student so that they can generate more revenue.
Actually, taking a drop involves a huge risk and that risk involves the career of a hard-working student. One should take a risk but it should be a calculated risk with some options to back you up if you fail again, therefore I suggest to all Law Aspirants to take an admission in a private law school and work hard. Ultimately, you will be placed if you have it in you and if you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and legal skills to the recruiter. Even if you want to appear for CLAT again, do it after taking an admission in a law school so that you can be on the safe side even if you are not able to crack the CLAT at the second attempt.
All the best!
Dean, Faculty of Law