Annual Entrance Examination


The Council of Legal Education has established an Admissions Board to set and conduct an annual entrance examination for the purpose of selecting applicants to fill available spaces at its Law Schools in Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas and Jamaica for admission to its two-year programme. The Board is the final sanctioning authority in respect of all matters concerning the examination and the allocation of places to successful candidates.

Students are also required to submit an application form to the Law School which you are zoned to attend.



The examination is open to persons who are holders of the approved qualifications or who expect to receive that qualification prior to the commencement of the Law School’s Academic year in September of each year.

The approved qualification is:
(i) a first degree in law from a common law jurisdiction; or
(ii) the Common Professional Examination Certificate (U.K.) together with vocational training.
(iii) an applicant in possession of a law degree other than that of the University of the West Indies or the University of Guyana where the latter degree was obtained prior to 1998.

All applicants must:

(a) Request the University or Institution he/she attended to forward to the Registrar of the Hugh Wooding Law School an official transcript of his/her academic record. Receipt of transcripts and other supporting documents later than the end of January of the year in which admission is sought may adversely affect eligibility for admission in that year.

(b) Sit the Annual Entrance Examination conducted by the Council of Legal Education. In order to sit this examination, a separate application form (white form) must be completed and submitted by no later than January 31 directly to:

The Secretary of the Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
Norman Manley Law School
University of the West Indies
Mona Campus, P O Box 231
Kingston 7

(c) After admission to the Law School, complete transition courses i.e. Law and Legal Systems and Constitutional Law, designed to familiarise him/her with West Indian systems of law. These transition courses are to be completed during the first year of the two-year programme.


The Examination:

The Examination will be by way of testing in selected core subject areas in essay/problem format. There will be one paper comprising the following:

Traditional Core Subjects:

Equity; and
Criminal Law.

Two questions will be set in each subject area and applicants will be required to answer five questions, one question from each of the subject areas.

This paper will be of three hours duration.

N.B. A manual relating to the examination, including model questions will be made available to all applicants.



Examinations will be held at approved University Centers in the following countries:

Organization of Eastern Caribbean States
Trinidad and Tobago

Applicants will be advised in due course of their assigned Centre.



The examination will be held in July each year and applicants will be duly notified of the date.
CLE Entrance Exam Timetable 2017


Application Forms:

are available online and can be downloaded from our How to Apply page. Applications forms are also availabe from:

The Convenor, Admissions Board,
Council of Legal Education,
Norman Manley Law School,
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus,
P. 0. Box 231,
Kingston 7,
Jamaica, W.I.

Telephone: (876) 927-1235; 927-1899


The Convenor, Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
c/o Registrar, Hugh Wooding Law School
Gordon Street, St. Augustine
P.O. Bag 323, Tunapuna
Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.

Telephone: (868) 662-5835; 662-5860


The Convenor, Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
c/o Registrar, Eugene Dupuch Law School
P.O. Box SS6394
The Bahamas

Telephone: (242) 326-8507/8

N.B. THE DEADLINE for the submission of applications is January 31 of the year in which you wish to apply.


Application Fee:

There is a non-refundable application fee of US$150.00 or the local equivalent. A Manager's Cheque/Draft should be made payable to the NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL. This fee includes the cost of all preparation material and the examination fee; and MUST accompany the completed application form. Personal cheques or company cheques will not be accepted.



All further enquiries should be directed to:

The Convenor, Admissions Board
Council of Legal Education
Norman Manley Law School
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
P. O. Box 231
Kingston 7

Telephone: (876) 927-1235; 927-1899 Fax: (876) 977-1012
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