Law Graduate Assessment Test (Law GAT) is a mandatory test to be enrolled as an advocate in the lower judiciary (i.e. District Courts) anywhere in Pakistan.  The test is conducted by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan on quarterly basis in a year.

The aim of this post is to help the law graduates prepare for the Law GAT. This post shares the new syllabus (revised by Pakistan Bar Council in February, 2021), portions of the past papers, registration procedure and other requirements for Law GAT.  

Registration procedure for Law GAT

Portion of the Law GAT, 2018

  1. The Magna Carta was signed in which year:

(A) 1217

(B)1500

(C)1215

(D) 1300

2.            Which amendment in the US Constitution gave women the right to vote:

                (A) 15th

                (B) 19th

                (c) 24th

                (D) 26th

3.          All of the following fundamental rights guaranteed by the 1st amendment to the US Constitution except:

(A) Freedom of Speech

                (B) Freedom of Religion

                (c)  Right to Petition

                (D) Due Process

4.            Which of the following proposals put an end to the deadlock in drafting of the first constitution of Pakistan:

(A) First Basic Principles Committee (BPC) report

                (B)Agreement on the creation of One Unit

                (c) Second Basic Principles Committee (BPC) report

                (D) None of the above

5.            When was the first Constitution of Pakistan abrogated:

(A) 7 October, 1958

                (B) 7 October, 1964

                (c) 5 August, 1975

                (D) 5 August, 1977

6.            Which of the following was not provided by the 1962 Constitution of Pakistan:

                (A) A Basic Democracies order

                (B)Only a central list of subjects

                (c) Chapter on Fundamental Rights

                (D) A powerful president who was responsible for administration and affairs of the State

7.            According to the 1973 Constitution which of the following territory is not part of Pakistan:

                (A) Islamabad Capital Territory

                (B)Gwadar

                (c) Tribal Areas

                (D) Azad Jammu Kashmir

8.            The fundamental right of fair trial and due process under article 10A of the 1973 Constitution is available at which stage of the proceedings:

                (A) Framing of charge and institution of suit

                (B) Lodging of complaint

                (c) Service of summons

                (D) At the appellate stage

9. Which of the following is not a fundamental right provided by the Constitution of Pakistan:

                (A) Freedom of trade, business and profession

                (B) Right to fair trial

                (c) Security of person

                (D) Promotion of social justice and eradication of social evils.

10.          Which article of the Constitution 1973 provides that judiciary shall be separated progressively from the executive:

                (A) Article 175 (3)

                (B) Article 177

                (c) Article 184

                (D) It is not provided by the Constitution

11.          According to John Austin the subject matter of Jurisprudence is law:

                (A) Moral

                (B) Ethical

                (c) Positive

                (D) Critical

12.          A court is adjudicating on a matter relating to extradition of a fugitive and seeks the assistance of an independent expert in the field of international law. What is the legal term used for such a friend of the court:

                (A) Pro Bono

                (B) Persona non grata

                (c) Amicus curiae

                (D) Habeas Corpus

13. B, an employee of the company D is retiring after 20 years of service upon retirement, company D gives B his pension benefits as well as makes an ex gratia payment:

                (A) No, such payments are legally required to be made only to employees whose employment is terminated.  

                (B) No. An ex gratia payment is one not required to be made by a legal duty but is anything done as a matter of favour out of goodwill.

                (c) It varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

                (D) Yes, the laws of employment require such payment to be made once an employee has served for at least 20 years.

14.          A trust is said to be created inter-vivos, when:

                (A) It is created during life time.

                (B) It is created upon death.

                (c) More than five people have created it.

                (D) It is created between a family.

15.          Stare decisis is the underlying basis for which legal doctrine:

                (A) Doctrine of Laches

                (B) Doctrine of Severability

                (c) Doctrine of Harmonious Construction                

(D) Doctrine of Precedent

Requirements/Conditions for Law GAT

Portion of the Law GAT, 2020

1.            Punishment for blasphemy, as per Section 295-C of PPC read in the light of Ismail Qureshi v The Government of Pakistan (PLD1991 FSC 10) is:

a.  Death or imprisonment for life and fine

b. Death or imprisonment for life

c. Death and fine

d. None of the above

2.            When Qatl-e-amd is not liable to Qisas?

a. When an offender is a minor or insane.

b. When and offender causes death of his child or grand-child, how low-so-ever.

c. Both a & b

d. None of these

3.            In financial matters or future obligations other than Hudood cases or any special law, number of witnesses required is:

a. One man or one woman

b. One man or two women

c. Two men or four women

d. One man and one woman

4.            The word ‘offence’ is defined by the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 as:

a. The act or omission punishable by any law enforceable in Pakistan.

b. A thing made punishable by this Code.

c. Both a & b

d. None of the above

5.            The Magistrate shall make a memorandum at the foot of record of confession to the effect as provided in section the Criminal Procedure Code, 1898.

a. 161

b. 164

c. 165

d. 170

6.            Session Judge can pass:

a. Only death Sentence.

b. Only Ten Years Imprisonment

c. Only Life imprisonment

d. Both A and C

7.            The Limitation Act 1908 passed on

a. 14th May 1908

b. 7 August1908

c. 2 August 1908

d. None of the above

8.            Limitation period to file a revision petition in High Court under S.115 of CPC is:

a. 30 days

b. 60 days

c. 90 days

d. None of the above

9.            S. 28 of Limitation Act does not extinguish the right in:

a. Suit

b. Appeals

c. Execution applications

d. None of the above

10.          Equity emerged to;

a. To mitigate the drawbacks of common law

 b. To replace Common law

c. to apply customs

d. All of the above

11.          Ubi Jus Ibi Remedium refers to the maxim;

a. Delay defeats Equity

b. There is no wrong without a Remedy

c. Equity follows the law

d. None of the above

New Syllabus for Law GAT (Page 1 of 2)
New Syllabus for Law GAT (Page 2 of 2)

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