UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes

What qualities are the tutors looking for?

Successful applicants for admission to the UCL Laws programmes possess the following qualities:

  1. Application: motivation and capacity for sustained and intense work;
  2. 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;
  3. 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 making an offer. The purpose of the interview 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 issues
  • 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 College.



This page was last modified on 9 October, 2013

National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)
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