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Applying and Entry Requirements

Find out how to apply to an undergraduate degree programme at the Faculty of Laws

How to apply

Applications for admission to the LLB degree programmes at UCL Laws must be made online through UCAS. Applicants must also take the LNAT alongside their UCAS application.

UCAS

To apply to UCL Laws you must submit your application by the 15 January UCAS deadline. We will not consider any applications submitted to UCAS after 15 January.

When you apply through UCAS, you will be able to track the progress of your application and stay up to date with responses from universities as decisions (hyperlink to key deadlines)on your application are made. Key deadlines are also published on the UCAS website. The UCAS website is also excellent source of information and advice for students applying for degrees.

National Admission Test for Law (LNAT)

Deadlines

All applicants to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL Laws must take the LNAT alongside your UCAS application, and must take it no later than 20 January in the admissions cycle in which they are applying.

You must register for the LNAT before the 15 January.

If you do not take the LNAT by the 20 January deadline in the relevant admissions cycle, your application will be regarded as a late application, and therefore we will not be able to consider you for a place on one of our LLB degree programmes in the relevant admissions cycle, even if your original application was submitted by the UCAS deadline of 15 January.

Registering for the test

You can register to take the LNAT at a test centre near you: the LNAT has 500 test centres in 165 countries around the world.

Please note that applicants who register for the LNAT just before the registration deadline may experience difficulties obtaining an available test slot by 20 January due to high demand. We recommend registering and booking the test as early as possible to avoid this problem.

Special arrangements

If you require special arrangements for the LNAT please follow the instructions on the LNAT website well in advance of the deadline.

If you are struggling to get a test arranged, please get in touch with us ahead of the LNAT deadline.

About the LNAT

Together with your UCAS application, the LNAT will give us a rounded impression of your abilities.

The LNAT measures the reasoning skills at the heart of legal education, including:

comprehension
interpretation
analysis
synthesis
induction
deduction

The LNAT is a two-part test. The first part includes multiple-choice questions based on passages of text, and the second part requires you to answer one of three essay questions. The LNAT is a computer-based test and lasts for two hours and 15 minutes.

When you have completed the test, your scores from the multiple-choice section are checked by computer, and a mark out of 42 is created. This mark is known as the LNAT score. Your LNAT score and your essay will be sent to participating universities, including UCL. Your results from the LNAT are then used to supplement your university application and demonstrate your aptitude for studying undergraduate law.

You are advised to familiarise yourself with the style and the format of the test before you take it. The LNAT website provides lots of resources and information to help you prepare for the test and what to expect.

  • Find out more about how to register and book a test on the LNAT website.

Entry requirements

Full details of entry requirements (including A levels, GCSEs and equivalents) can be found on the individual programme pages on the UCL Prospectus.

Please note that all of our LLB programmes are heavily over-subscribed. Meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does not guarantee admission onto a programme. Please ensure that you read all the information on this page, including the Frequently Asked Questions section before applying.

A levels must be completed 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 requirements. 

We are unable to accept A level resits (including re-starting year 12) unless your first attempt was impacted by extenuating circumstances.

If you do not meet our GCSE requirements, you may re-sit GCSE subjects.  UCL Laws may also waive the maths and/or English language GCSE Grade 6 requirement(s) (but not below the UCL benchmark of Grade 5 unless there are very exceptional circumstances), at the Faculty Tutor's discretion, where there is good reason to do so.  More details of this (and other admissions information) can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page, which we recommend that you read.

You must also complete the National Admissions Test for Law, the LNAT. Please see above.

Academic entry requirements

For more application information for UCAS programmes, including further information about entry requirements, visit the following UCL Prospectus pages:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to show that your command of the English language, both spoken and written, is adequate to meet the demands of the degree programme. UCL Laws requires applicants to demonstrate an ‘Advanced’ level of English.

UCL’s preferred English language qualifications are GCSE English Language and the British Council International Language Testing System (IELTS). Requirements for these qualifications and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), are:

  • GCSE/IGCSE English Language: pass at grade B.
  • IELTS: overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.
  • TOEFL: 109 overall with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening.

A full list of the other acceptable qualifications can be found on the Acceptable English language qualifications page of the UCL Prospective Students website.

In accordance with UK Visas and Immigration requirements, students who require a Tier 4 Visa to enter the UK must meet these English language requirements. 

Accepted foundation qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma 
Pass in Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the credits in the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. 

Birkbeck Certificate of Higher Education in Legal Studies
An overall grade of 70% (Distinction overall). 

King’s College London International Foundation Programme 
Successful completion of the programme at grade A (70%), with A/75% in [subject one] and A (70%) in [subject two]. Final mark of B+ (65%) in the English for Scientific Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking modules is acceptable proof of English language proficiency. 

Queen Mary University of London International Foundation Programme in 1) Social Sciences, Law, Arts and Humanities and 2) Science and Engineering 
1) Social Sciences, Law, Arts and Humanities
Completion of the programme with Distinction (70% average) with at least one module at 70% and remaining modules at 65%. 
2) Science and Engineering 
Successful completion of the Programme with Distinction with 80% in at least two modules of the same subject and at least 70% in all remaining subject modules. 

Royal Holloway University of London University Foundation Programme 
Successful completion of the programme with 70% overall including 70% in one relevant core module and 75% in the pathway module. Pass required in the IELTS component at UCL English Language ‘Advanced’ level. The UCL Advanced level is equivalent to IELTs overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. 

SOAS International Foundation Programme/Intermediate Certificate Course in Comparative International Studies 
Successful completion of the programme with 67% overall, with a minimum of 72% in one optional subject and a minimum of 67% in a second optional subject. Pass in the Intensive English for Academic Purpose/Study is acceptable proof of English language proficiency. 

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates 
Award of UPC for Humanities or Science and Engineering with an overall mark of 70%, plus 76% in one elective unit, and 70% in a second elective unit. 

University of Warwick International Foundation Programme 
Distinctions in all modules, with 85% in at least one module and 80% in one further module. 

University of London Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law 
Successful completion of the programme with minimum 60% in each module. 

No other foundation courses or foundation years meet the benchmark or general entrance requirements.

International student visas

If you come from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and wish to undertake undergraduate study in the UK, you will need to apply for a visa. You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa up to 3 months before the start of your programme of study, however we recommend that you start to familiarise yourself with the immigration requirements as soon as you decide to apply for university in the UK to ensure that you can be fully prepared for the visa application process.

We strongly recommend that you read the information regarding the application process on the UCL International Students website and the UK Visas and Immigration website before you begin your application.

Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)

A CAS is a 14-digit reference that is given to you by UCL and confirms to the UK Visa and Immigration Service that you are a genuine student.

If you are made an offer to study at UCL Laws and it is expected that you will need to a visa to study in the UK, we will send you an email asking you to log into the UCL Portal to confirm the personal details we hold for you.

It is important that all the names that appear on your passport are included in our records (the order of the names does not need to match that on the passport, as long as they are all present). If your current passport is due to expire before the end of your studies, it is important to check with the relevant visa application services whether you need to renew your passport before confirming your details with UCL and making your visa application.

We are only able to provide a CAS once an applicant is in receipt of an unconditional offer that has been firmly accepted via UCAS, and only once we have been provided with proof of the necessary academic qualifications and English language proficiency.

Please note that we are only able to issue a CAS 90 days prior to enrolment on the degree programme. It is for this reason that we do not begin this process until late June.

UCL will assess your English language proficiency as part of the admissions process. However, as part of your visa application, you will also have to demonstrate evidence of sufficient funds to pass a maintenance test and of your educational qualifications, academic progression and English language proficiency by providing proof of your results, for example, your school-leaving certificates.

Please see the UCL English language requirement webpages for further information (please remember to look under Advanced for the level required for the LLB degree programmes).

You will find practical advice for EU nationals regarding Brexit on our Brexit FAQs page: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/brexit/support-ucl-community/faqs-students

    How your application is considered by UCL Laws

    Please read the information below so that you are clear about how your application will be assessed. Please also read our frequently asked questions as these may also answer any queries that you may have. 

    Stage One - Academic Qualifications

    Once we receive your application from UCAS, one of the first things we look at is whether your application meets our minimum academic entry requirements. These are published on our prospectus and on our website. Unfortunately, due to the level of competition for places on our programmes, if you are not predicted to meet or exceed the academic entry requirements, and/or have not previously met the entry requirements, we will not be able to consider your application further.

    Stage Two - LNAT MCT result

    The LNAT is a vital part of your application to UCL Laws. Once we have assessed that you meet the minimum academic criteria, we will look at your LNAT performance. The LNAT is a two part test, a multiple-choice test and an essay. Each year, UCL looks at the average MCT score of applicants from the previous year or years and sets a benchmark threshold score for the current admissions cycle. Applications from candidates who meet that threshold will then be considered by Admissions Tutors. In the academic year 2019/20, the average LNAT score of LNAT test results received by UCL was 22, and the average LNAT score of candidates who received an offer at UCL was 27. Please note that there is no score that will guarantee an offer. 

    Stage Three - Academic Consideration

    Once we have determined that you meet the academic requirements, and that you have obtained a competitive LNAT score, your application is then passed to an Admissions Tutor for consideration. The Admissions Tutor will mark your LNAT essay. The essay part of the LNAT provides academic selectors with a genuine example of a candidate’s own written work and with an invaluable tool in assessing the applicant’s writing skills and ability to formulate, develop and defend argument, skills which are essential to undertaking legal studies. The essay therefore carries considerable weight in the selection process at UCL.

    An Admissions Tutor will consider all information provided in your UCAS application. This includes academic history; the motivation demonstrated towards studying law, extra-curricular activities, the academic reference, the LNAT multiple-choice score and LNAT essay. We are primarily looking for candidates that can demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and aptitude for studying law.

    What qualities are tutors looking for?

    Students on our undergraduate degree programmes come from many different backgrounds, and bring their diverse experiences and ideas to UCL Laws. However, when you apply to study with us, our tutors will be looking for you to demonstrate three key qualities for success in legal education:

    • Motivation: you can apply yourself to different tasks and have the ability to engage with sustained and intense work. 
    • Reasoning ability: you can analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, draw fine distinctions and separate the relevant from the irrelevant. You can make accurate and critical observations, and present your ideas through sustained and cogent argument. You can think laterally and demonstrate your creativity and flexibility of thought. 
    • Communication: you have a willingness and ability to express your ideas clearly and effectively, your able to listen and give considered responses. 

    Tutors will be seeking to detect your future potential as a law student. Your existing achievements (which can be demonstrated by your official examinations, predicted examination results, and school reports), as well as performance in the LNAT, is relied upon as evidence of future potential. Your personal statement and your academic reference also play an important role in assessing your suitability to study law.

    UCAS provides lots of helpful advice and information about writing your personal statement, visit the UCAS website to find out more.

    If your first language is not English, you will also have to demonstrate that you can meet UCL’s English language requirements. In the case of applications to the LLB Law with a European Legal System degree programmes (M141, M142, M144 and M146), you will also need to demonstrate your proficiency in the language related to the programme you have chosen. If you apply for the LLB Law with a European Legal System degree programmes and are a native speaker of the related language, you are not required to have a formal language qualification, but your referee should confirm your proficiency in the reference.

    Existing knowledge of the law is not a requirement for admission.

    Interview process

    If you have applied to one of our LLB Law with a European Legal System degree programmes, and we are considering making an offer to you, we will invite you to attend an interview in order to assess your competence in the language of your programme.

    Your knowledge of the law is not being assessed at this stage and will not be considered at your interview, so please don’t worry about knowing everything before you arrive!

    To explore your motivation for the programme and to help put you at ease, your interviewers might ask questions about your interests and hobbies. UCL Laws has a very active student community, so your general accomplishments may be explored during the interview.