The National Admissions Test for Law, or LNAT, is run by a consortium of UK
universities. The LNAT must be taken by all candidates
applying to an undergraduate programme at one or more of these universities.
ten universities are participating institutions:
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Glasgow
King's College London
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University College London
National University Ireland Maynooth
IE University, Spain
All applicants to UCL undergraduate law degrees are required
to take the LNAT as soon as possible after
submitting their UCAS application and no later than 20 January in the
admissions cycle in which they are applying (final registration 15 January).
It is the responsibility of candidate's to register and book the LNAT as soon
as possible to ensure they can get a test slot by the deadline. Please
note that candidates who register for the LNAT just before the registration
deadline may experience difficulties finding an available test slot by 20 January.
Applications from candidates who have not taken the LNAT by the deadline will
be LATE applications and we therefore would not be able to consider the application
for a place on one of our LLB degree programmes, even
was submitted by the UCAS deadline of 15 January.
test is designed to provide an assessment of a candidate’s potential
for law degree courses. It is not a replacement for A levels. It will be used
as an additional piece of information for selection decisions alongside A levels,
GCSE results and the other information available to law schools on a candidate’s
application form, as well as, where applicable, the candidate's performance
The LNAT is intended to improve the selection process and to make
it fairer to all candidates, whatever their educational background, by:
to identify applicants with the aptitude and skills necessary for success
on law degree courses
providing objective evaluations of candidates from a
wide range of social
and educational backgrounds by assessing essential general intellectual skills
of comprehension, analysis, logic and judgment
enabling more informed and
equitable selection decisions to be made on candidates with the highest possible
grades in public examinations
enabling more informed and equitable selection
decisions to be made on candidates who may have more modest grades for a
range of reasons but who have
to succeed on law degree courses
decreasing the overall burden of testing
of candidates by substituting a uniform national test for the tests that
the individual law schools would otherwise
enabling the fair selection of candidates with many different academic
qualifications, from many different countries
The test will be of two hours and 15 minutes duration and will have two
first, of 95 minutes, will be multiple choice questions assessing candidates’ ability
to read, understand, analyse, and make logical deductions from 12 passages
of text in formal English. There are 3 or 4 questions for each passage.
the second, of 40 minutes, will be an essay
chosen from a list of titles.
Since these are not tests of knowledge but of fundamental
intellectual skills, no prior legal study will be necessary. It is believed
that the test will be relatively impervious to coaching.
It is hoped that by eliminating the need for any extra study the test will
be fairer to all candidates and particularly those candidates whose educational
or social background may not provide equal opportunities for preparation. In
this way the test will help to widen participation in higher education.