UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

UCL Laws Undergraduate Programmes

Frequently Asked Questions

» When do you hold Open Days?
» Must I achieve A*AA at A-level in one sitting?
» I don't have a GCSE Modern Foreign Language, will this prevent my application from being considered?
» Is there a minimum score required for the LNAT?
» What if I can get A*AA at A-level but don’t have a pass at a fourth subject at AS-level?
» Do I need to put my AS results on my UCAS application form?
» Will an A-level in my first language be considered as a preferred subject?
» Are mature students eligible for consideration?
» What if I have additional information to provide in support of my application?
» What if my performance in the LNAT was affected by extenuating circumstances?
» Can I apply for more than one LLB degree course?
» Can I apply for advanced standing/accelerated entry/senior status admissions to the Law programmes?
» What if I decide I want to apply to study Law at UCL after I have submitted my UCAS application to another UCL department?
» Can I transfer to the Faculty of Laws from a degree course in another department at UCL?
» Can I transfer to UCL from a law degree course at another University?
» Do you have a view on gap year and deferred entry applications? Can I defer my offer of a place?
» Do you conduct interviews for places on the LLB programmes?
» When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
» If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal the decision? What if there are extenuating circumstances?
» What if I do not meet the conditions of an offer that I have accepted? What if I want to send my examination paper for a regrade?
» What if I do not meet the A*AA entry requirement and intend to resit some exams?
» How can I determine whether I would have to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU or Overseas rates?
» Do you offer the LPC or CPE (conversion) courses?
» Do you offer Foundation programmes?
» Do you have any part-time or distance-learning LLB programmes?

When do you hold Open Days?
The Faculty of Laws participates in theUCL Open Day (see www.ucl.ac.uk/openday for details). We also attend the University of London Information Days held in September each year at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1 (see www.london.ac.uk/openday for details).

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Must I achieve A*AA at A-level in one sitting?
Yes, the entry requirements of A*AA must be fulfilled in the same sitting. A*AA awarded over two different years, for example AA in one year and an additional A* the following year will not satisfy our entry requirments.

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I don't have a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language, will this prevent my application from being considered?
If you are not studying a Modern Language GCSE, this will not prohibit the consideration of your application. For students who do not have a Modern Language GCSE, UCL will provide opportunities to meet the language requirement once enrolled at UCL. This will be either through taking a 0.5 course unit in a language as part of the degree programme or through studying for a specially designed certificate.

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Is there a minimum score for the LNAT?
UCL does not have a benchmark or minimum score required for the LNAT. The majority of successful candidates usually score in the region of 20 or above. Offers can be made to applicants who score lower when all other elements of their application, including the LNAT essay, are particularly strong. Similarly a high score in the LNAT is not a guarantee of an offer as applications are considered on the basis of all the information provide (including the academic profile, personal statement, reference, LNAT score and essay).

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What if I can get A*AA at A-level but don’t have a pass at a fourth subject at AS-level?
This requirement supports the aims of Curriculum 2000 in broadening the post-16 curriculum. However, the Faculty Tutor has discretion to waive this requirement in the light of certain unavoidable circumstances, but full details of those circumstances must be provided by the school, preferably in the academic reference of the UCAS application.

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Do I need to put my AS results on my UCAS application form?
If you have claimed your AS certificate then your grades should be entered on the UCAS application form. There is no need for you to enter the UMS marks. Where there is a big discrepancy between the AS performance and the A-level predictions it would be helpful if the referee could include an explanation in the reference. Candidates who are unable to enter AS level grades, for example because their school does not cash-in results and claim certificates, will not be disadvantaged.

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Will an A-level in my first language be considered?
An A-level in a candidate's first language will not count towards the required A*AA grades at A-level. Candidates should make it clear on their UCAS application if the A-level in a language is not their first language.

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Are mature students eligible for consideration?
Applicants who will be aged 21 years or more on admission are classed as mature students. UCL’s Faculty of Laws welcomes applications from mature candidates but they must still meet rigorous entry requirements for admission to study for the LLB and we would expect to see evidence in the application that the candidate has the qualities and skills necessary for the successful study of law at degree level. We would normally invite to interview those mature candidates whom we are contemplating making an offer.

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What if I have additional information to provide in support of my application?
If you have additional information that you wish the Faculty Tutor to take into consideration you should send it to the Undergraduate Admissions Officer, UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG marked clearly with your UCAS Personal ID number. It is important you send this information as soon as you have submitted your UCAS application, so the Faculty Tutor can make an informed decision on your application.

We encourage schools to write to us with important information on students holding offers from us, especially if they think that there are circumstances that might affect a strong student’s examination performance. Such circumstances might be personal (illness or family trauma) or administrative (school time-tabling or staffing difficulties).

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What if my performance in the LNAT was affected by extenuating circumstances?
Contact LNAT as soon as possible after the test and inform them of the circumstances and produce supporting evidence. If LNAT considers the evidence acceptable and adequate they will put the candidate on the special cases list and we will be informed. We can then take that into account when considering the application. It is very important you do not delay contacting LNAT to inform them of the circumstances as this may affect your chances of being put on the special cases list.

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Can I apply for more than one LLB degree course?
Applicants should apply for either M100 Law or for one of the Law with a European Legal System programmes (e.g. M141 Law with French Law). Candidates who apply for M141, M142, M144 and M146 will automatically be considered for a place on M100 should we be unable to offer a place on the programme to which they have applied. In some, relatively few, cases an applicant may be offered a place on a course other than that for which she or he has applied.

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Can I apply for advanced standing/accelerated entry/senior status admissions to the Law programmes?
No, all successful applicants must enrol at the beginning of year one for the full three- or four-year degree course. No credit can be given for courses studied at other institutions. Our LLB degree courses are linear, rather than modular, and students must pass examinations at the end of the first year in order to proceed to the second.

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What if I decide I want to apply to study Law at UCL after I have submitted my UCAS application to another UCL department?
If you have not used all five choices you can contact UCAS and ask them to include one of our Law courses in your application. If you have used all five choices and have a course or institution choice upon which you have not yet received a decision, you can ask UCAS to change your choice to one of our LLB courses up to 14 days after the date of the Welcome Letter sent to you by UCAS. Note that choice changes after 15 January will result in your application being a LATE application.

If you have used all five choices and your original application to UCL has been given a decision we would not be prepared to consider your application for a place on one of our LLB degree courses. This would effectively be asking for the benefit of six choices, which is not allowed by UCAS.

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Can I transfer to the Faculty of Laws from a degree course in another department at UCL?
If you have just started your course in another UCL department and you would like to be considered for the LLB to start immediately in the current academic year; although UCL theoretically allows interdepartmental transfers, it is unlikely we will ever have any places available. If you are a current UCL student and you are enquiring about being considered as an interdepartmental transfer student to start the LLB in the next academic year, you would need to make this request before the UCAS deadline of 15 January and have registered to take the LNAT by the deadline of 20 January in the same year you intend to start the course. An applicant would still have to meet our entry requirements of A*AA at GCE A-level or the international equivalent. Many students prefer to re-apply through UCAS as this means they can use all five choices on the UCAS form. We will not consider any LATE applicants; this is because we manage to fill all our places with those applicants who apply by the deadline of 15 January.

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Can I transfer to UCL from a law degree course at another University?
The Faculty of Laws is in no position to accept applications into the second year since all our programmes are currently oversubscribed and there isn’t sufficient capacity within the Faculty in terms of student numbers. This is likely to continue to be the case since competition for places at UCL Laws is very steep with over 2500 applications for 175 places resulting in us filling our quota every year.

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Do you have a view on gap year and deferred entry applications? Can I defer an offer of a place?
In light of very steep competition for places on our LLB degrees, we will exercise our discretion when considering deferral requests. We will consider an applicant’s change of circumstances or the desire to seek employment, secure funding or engage in Law related activities during a gap year.

If you have not yet received a decision on your application and wish to defer your entry please contact us as soon as possible so that your application can be considered for the correct year of entry. If you have received an offer from UCL Faculty of Laws and wish to defer your place please email us requesting a deferral and outline the reasons for the request; where applicable you should also attach evidence in support of the request. Please note that we will only process a request to defer from an offer holder if UCL has been selected as the firm choice through UCAS, and requests to defer an offer will not be considered until after the UCAS deadline of 15 January as our priority is dealing with those applicants who are waiting for a decision.

The Faculty of Laws will only consider requests to defer an application for one academic year. The Faculty will not approve any request to defer for more than one year. In these cases you must either withdraw your application and re-apply the following year for deferred entry, or withdraw your application and reapply in the admissions cycle of the year you intend to start the LLB.

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Do you conduct interviews for places on the LLB degree programmes?
We interview most Law with European Legal System candidates and all candidates identified as requiring particular consideration, to whom we are contemplating making an offer. Interview is by invitation only and we will contact you if the Faculty Tutor wishes to invite you for interview. Wherever possible we will give at least two weeks’ notice of an interview date, and of course if a date you are offered clashes with mock-exams or something equally important at school we will try to reschedule. All interviews take place here at Bentham House and usually last about 30 minutes.

If we are interviewing an applicant for one of the Law with another European Legal System programmes, a part of the interview will be conducted in the relevant language.

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When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
In view of the large number and high standard of applications to this faculty each year, we do not necessarily make decisions in the order in which applications are received from UCAS. On those applications submitted before the UCAS 15 January deadline, we aim to notify UCAS of our decisions by the end of March, and of course sooner where possible. The deadline imposed upon us by UCAS for on-time applications is in early May and in some cases our decision process can take until then, notwithstanding the anxiety this wait may cause to some applicants.

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If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal the decision? What if there are extenuating circumstances?
The Faculty of Laws will not reconsider unsuccessful applications. Applications are considered very carefully on the basis of the information provided on the UCAS application form. Any additional information in support of your application must be provided as soon as possible after your application has been submitted. UCL will not consider any new information that is submitted after a decision has been processed. If your application is unsuccessful and you would like to be reconsidered you would need to submit a fresh application during the next UCAS cycle.There is no guarantee an offer of a place will be made.

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What if I do not meet the conditions of an offer that I have accepted? What if I want to send my examination paper for a regrade?
Whilst we would hope to be sympathetic and hold the place for the candidate, in practice we are constrained by permitted numbers. If, after we have confirmed all the places of those candidates who have met their conditions, we have any places left we will consider those candidates who have selected UCL as their Firm choice and have missed their offer conditions by a small margin. It is usually unlikely, however, that we will be able to admit any applicants who do not meet their offer conditions. If you have selected UCL as your Insurance choice then it is most unlikely that we would be able to hold a place for you.

If you decide to send your examination paper away for a regrade and are successful in obtaining the required grade by 31 August following the initial publication of your results, then we would be able to confirm your place.

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What if I do not meet the A*AA entry requirement and intend to resit some exams?
We would not normally offer a place to an applicant who will not achieve A*AA at A-level in the first sitting. However, if an applicant’s examination performance has not met expectations because of extenuating circumstances (for example illness, family trauma, school staffing or time-tabling difficulties) and the school provides full information in the academic reference of the application, we would be sympathetic to resits.

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How can I determine whether I would have to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU or Overseas rates?
Please refer to the main UCL webpages: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/undergraduate-study/fees-and-costs/. The Faculty Admissions Office cannot discuss your individual fee status by telephone or by personal visit, nor can we enter into correspondence on this issue for prospective applicants. Please note that once a fee status is determined it will remain unchanged for the duration of the degree programme in most circumstances.

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Do you offer the Common Professional Examination / Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) or the Legal Practice Course (LPC)?
No, you should contact the Common Professional Exam / Graduate Diploma in Law / Legal Practice Course (LPC) Courses Central Applications Board in Guildford, Surrey. (www.lawcabs.ac.uk)

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Do you offer Foundation programmes?
No, all our programmes are at degree level.

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Do you have any part-time or distance-learning LLB programmes?
No, check with University of London

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This page was last modified on 28 April, 2014

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