Successful applicants for admission to the UCL Laws programmes
possess the following qualities:
motivation and capacity for sustained and intense work;
Reasoning ability: ability to analyse and solve problems
using logical and critical approaches, ability to draw fine distinctions,
ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, capacity for accurate
and critical observation, capacity for sustained and cogent argument, creativity
and flexibility of thought and lateral thinking;
Communication: willingness and ability to express ideas
clearly and effectively; ability to listen; ability to give considered responses.
Tutors will be seeking to detect the candidate’s future
potential as a law student. Existing achievement (as revealed in official
examinations, predicted examination results, and school reports), as well as
performance in the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) and in some cases,
performance at interview, is relied upon mainly as evidence of future potential.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English,
competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. In the
case of applicants for admission to one of the Law with a European Legal System
degrees, competence in the European language applicable to the year of study
abroad is also a criterion of admission.
Existing knowledge of the law is not a criterion of admission.
The Interview Process
We would interview those to whom we are contemplating making an offer for
one of our Law with an European Legal System degree programmes (M141, M142,
M144 and M146) in order to assess the applicants competence in the relevant
European language. We may
also interview applicants to our 'straight' law programme (M100) who are identified
as requiring particular consideration, to whom
we are contemplating
is to assess candidates’ suitability for the degree programme to which
they have applied.
At interview, applicants are expected to:
demonstrate an interest in the world of ideas and topical, moral, political & social
demonstrate an ability to reason cogently
express their views with clarity
demonstrate motivation for the study of law.
Interviewers will be looking for evidence of the general qualities,
above, expected of a successful applicant to the law programme. Knowledge of
the law is not being assessed and is irrelevant to the assessment of the interview.
Interviewers may ask questions about the applicant’s
interests and enthusiasms in order to ease the candidate into the interview
proper, or in order to assess the candidate’s motivation. The applicant's
general accomplishments may be taken into account in considering the contribution
a candidate may make to the extra-curricular life of the Faculty and/or the