UCL Faculty of Laws


Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Some of the most common queries we receive relating to applying to an undergraduate programme at the Faculty of Laws

General enquiries

When do you hold Open Days?

UCL Laws participates in the UCL Open Days held in June and September. Visit the UCL Open Day website to find out more.

Please note, to adhere to social distancing requirements UCL Open Days will likely be held online. If you would like to be kept up to date with the Faculty of Laws, please register your interest.

Do you have a view on gap year and deferred entry applications? Can I defer an offer of a place?

As applications for places on our LLB Laws degree programmes are highly competitive, 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 Laws and wish to defer your place, please email us requesting a deferral and outline the reasons for the request, and where applicable you should also attach evidence in support of the request. You should be aware that we would only process a request to defer from an offer holder if you have selected UCL as your firm choice on UCAS.

UCL Laws will only consider requests to defer an application for one academic year and we will not approve any request to defer for more than one year. In such 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 degree programme.

How do I find out whether I should pay tuition fees at the UK/EU or International rates?

You can find information about whether your application will be subject to UK/EU or International fee status on the UCL Current Students website.

The UCL Laws Undergraduate 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.

Visit the UCL Current Students website to find out more

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 and Legal Practice Course (LPC) Courses Central Applications Board.

Visit the Central Applications Board website to find out more

Do you offer Foundation programmes?

No, all of our programmes are at degree level, however the UCL CLIE does offer Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates for international students whose home qualifications do not allow direct admission to UCL undergraduate degrees.

Do you have any part-time or distance-learning LLB programmes?

No, all of our undergraduate degree programmes are full time and based at UCL Laws. You may find it useful to visit the University of London to find details of alternative programmes.

Visit the University of London website to find out more

Can I apply to take an individual module at UCL Faculty of Laws?

Students enrolled at University of London institutions are eligible to apply to undertake individual modules from the Faculty of Laws, but places are limited and subject to availability.

If you are studying at a University of London affiliated institution, you should contact ug-law@ucl.ac.uk to enquire about this process.

What do LLB students go on to do?

Find out about our former students’ experiences since they graduated, what they enjoyed about studying at UCL Laws on their profile pages here. 

 Entry Requirements 

I don't meet the GCSE grade requirements. Can I still apply?

Candidates may re-sit GCSE subjects in order to meet the GCSE requirements. UCL Laws may 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.  

 The Grade 6 requirement has been waived in the past, for example, for mature students studying an access course; students from access & widening participation backgrounds/UCL Access eligible students; students whose GCSE assessment was affected by extenuating circumstances that could not be taken into account by the relevant Exam Board at the time. Extenuating circumstances are circumstances which are sudden, unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond the student's control and proximate to the assessment which affected their performance at assessment, such as a serious illness or the death of a close relative. It is likely that your referee will refer briefly in her/his reference to your extenuating circumstances. 

 Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.   

 If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us laws-admissions@ucl.ac.uk 

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.

If you do not have a Modern Language GCSE, UCL will provide opportunities to allow you to meet the language requirement once you are enrolled at UCL. This will be either through 0.5 course unit in a language as part of your degree programme, or through studying for a specially designed certificate.

Do I need to 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 requirements.

Will I still be eligible for consideration if I am resitting AS level papers?

We will still consider an application where AS examinations are being retaken, providing they are taken before your A Levels are completed.

If your AS resits are likely to affect your predicted A Level grades, your school should make this clear in your academic reference along with any extenuating circumstances that may have affected your original AS sitting.

I have already taken my A2 examinations but am resitting some subjects. Can I still apply?

We are unable to accept an A-level resit result, unless the first attempt result was impacted by extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are circumstances which are sudden, unexpected, significantly disruptive and beyond the student's control and proximate to the assessment which affected their performance at assessment, such as a serious illness or the death of a close relative. If there were extenuating circumstances that affected the original sitting of your exam you should email us at admissions.laws@ucl.ac.uk at the same time you submit your UCAS form. To repeat, we will only consider a result in a resit examination where there were extenuating circumstances proximate to the first sitting of the affected assessment and those circumstances are supported by appropriate evidence from the time of the circumstance.

Application Process 

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, but there is no need for you to enter the UMS marks. Where there is a big discrepancy between your AS performance and your predicted A-level grades, 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.

Can I apply for more than one LLB degree course?

Yes, you can apply for more than one LLB degree programme at UCL Laws. There are two ways to do so: -

  1. Apply to two (or more) UCL Laws programmes through UCAS (using two (or more) of your five choices); or
  2. Submit your preferred choice through UCAS (typically M103 LLB Bachelor of Laws (UCL) and LLB Bachelor of Laws (HKU) or LLB Dual Degree English and German Law with Universität zu Köln or Law with Hispanic or German or French Law) and send an email to admissions.laws@ucl.ac.uk around the same time that you submit your UCAS form to advise us that you have:
  • applied through UCAS for [programme]; and
  • your UCAS number; and
  • that you would like to be considered for the M100 LLB Law, if you were to be unsuccessful in gaining a place on the programme that you have applied for via UCAS. 
What if I decide that I want to apply to study at UCL Laws after I have submitted my UCAS application to another UCL department?

If you have not used all of your five choices, you can contact UCAS and ask them to include one of our LLB Law degree programmes in your application. If you have used all five choices, and have a course or institution choice for which you have not yet received a decision, you can ask UCAS to change your choice to one of our LLB Law programmes up to 14 days after the date of the Welcome Letter being sent to you by UCAS.

Please remember if you choose your degree programme choices after the 15 January, this will result in your application being considered as a late application.

If you have used all five choices and a decision has been made on your original application to UCL, we would not be prepared to consider your application for a place on one of our LLB Law degree programmes.

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, please send it as an attached document to admissions.laws@ucl.ac.uk.

Please ensure that your email includes your full name and UCAS Personal ID.

It is important you send this information as soon as you have submitted your UCAS application, so that 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). All extenuating circumstances affecting examinations should be reported to the examining boards as a matter of urgency, as UCL Laws cannot make adjustments to grades that have been achieved.

Do you conduct interviews for places on the LLB degree programmes?

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. 

We do not usually interview for the three year LLB M100 degree programmes.

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?

If you submit your application by the 15 January deadline, we aim to notify UCAS of our decisions by the end of March, however, you may hear from us before this date.

If my application is unsuccessful, can I appeal the decision? What if there are extenuating circumstances?

We cannot reconsider unsuccessful applications. All applications are reviewed 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 to UCAS.

We 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 new application in the next UCAS cycle. There is no guarantee an offer of a place will be made.

What if I do not meet the conditions of my offer due to extenuating circumstances?

If your examination performance is affected by extenuating circumstances, you should notify your school and the examining board as soon as possible so that they may be taken into consideration when your exams are marked.

We will not accept requests for special consideration due to extenuating circumstances as we expect that the A level grades we receive through UCAS accurately reflect the candidate’s examination performance, and have already taken any extenuating circumstances into consideration.

Can I supply revised predicted grades?

No, UCL considers the information contained on an application as complete and accurate at the point of submission to UCAS. It is not anticipated that any amendments will be made to the personal statement, the reference or the grade predictions provided in the reference.

Should a school/college wish to submit additional information that has not been solicited by UCL then this must be done prior to a decision being taken on the application and no later than 15th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

Revisions to predicted grades will only be considered if there has been a genuine administrative error on the part of the school/college when the original reference was completed. Any requests for such a revision must be supported by a statement from the school/college indicating that such an error has occurred. Such revisions will only be considered prior to UCL making a decision on the application and no later than the 15th January UCAS deadline, whichever is earlier.

Transfers, Senior Status, and Mature Students 

Are mature students eligible for consideration?

Applicants who will be aged 21 years or more on admission are classed as mature students. We welcome applications from mature candidates, but you must still meet rigorous entry requirements for admission to study for the LLB degree programme, and we would expect to see evidence in the application that you have the qualities and skills necessary for the successful study of law at degree level.

Can I apply for advanced standing/accelerated entry/senior status admissions to the Law degree programmes?

No, all successful applicants must enrol at the beginning of year one for the full three- or four-year degree programmes. No credit can be given for programmes studied at other institutions.

Our LLB Law degree programmes are linear, rather than modular, and students must pass the examinations at the end of the first year in order to proceed to the second.

Can I transfer to UCL Laws from a degree programme in another department at UCL?

Although such transfers are permitted in theory at UCL, if you have just started your course in another UCL department and you would like to be considered for a LLB Law degree programme to start immediately in the current academic year, it is unlikely we will 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 Law degree programme in the next academic year, you will need to make this request before the UCAS deadline of 15 January, and have registered to take the LNAT by the 20 January in the same year that you intend to start the course.

You would need to meet our minimum entry requirements of A*AA at 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 requests or applications after the 15 January.

I’m studying law at another university. Can I transfer into year two or three at UCL Laws?

As our degree programmes are heavily oversubscribed, we do not accept applications to transfer to UCL Laws from students already studying at another institution. Should you wish to apply to UCL Laws, you would need to apply, via UCAS, for first year entry for the next academic year and take the LNAT in the next admissions cycle.


Please be aware that you do not need to wait to submit your UCAS application before registering for the LNAT. The LNAT and UCAS application are separate processes and can be completed at any time before the relevant deadlines.

Is there a minimum score for the LNAT?

UCL Laws does not have a benchmark or minimum score required for the LNAT. The majority of successful candidates usually score in the region of 22 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 provided (including the academic profile, personal statement, reference, LNAT score and essay).

Visit the LNAT website to find out more about the test

What if my performance in the LNAT was affected by extenuating circumstances?

You should 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 may permit you to resit the LNAT.

Visit the LNAT website to find out more

What if I cannot take the LNAT before the 20 January deadline?

It is the candidate’s responsibility to register for the test in time to ensure that they are able to meet it.

As the 20 January deadline is well advertised on the UCL Laws website and the UCAS and LNAT websites, we will not consider any application where the candidate has not registered in time to take the test before the deadline.

What if there is no test centre in my country?

If you are unable to find a test centre within reasonable travelling distance from your place of residence, you should let us know as soon as possible and before the 20 January deadline so that we can make any necessary arrangements and ensure that you are able to take the LNAT exemption test.

What if I was registered to take the test before the deadline but was unable to sit it due to extenuating circumstances?

If you were registered to take the test before the deadline but were unable to do so due to illness, bereavement or another unexpected circumstance, you need to let LNAT and UCL know as soon as possible so that we can make any necessary arrangements.

When you contact UCL, you will need to provide your original registration receipt so that we can see that you were scheduled to take the test on time, and any other relevant documentation regarding your extenuating circumstances.

If your extenuating circumstances are accepted by the Director of Undergraduate Programmes, we will allow you to sit the test at a later date.

To be eligible for this consideration you must contact us as soon as possible after your scheduled test date and no later than 20 January. If you contact us after this deadline, we will not be able to consider your extenuating circumstances.