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UCL improves Laws admissions process

3 February 2004

UCL is among the eight top law schools in England that have established a new admissions test for undergraduate law programmes.

Candidates applying for entry in 2005 will be the first to take the LNAT (National Admission Test for Law) in November 2004.

The test has been introduced to provide additional information about a candidate's potential for a career in law. It is not a replacement for A-levels, which will be considered alongside the LNAT results for the selection process.
UCL will be introducing the test alongside the universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, East Anglia, Nottingham and Oxford. Once the test is established, other law schools will be welcome to use it.

The LNAT intends to facilitate fairer grounds of selection, regardless of educational or personal background. It will identify the aptitude and skills necessary to succeed in a law programme, assess general intellect, comprehension, analysis skills, logic and judgement, and enable fairer selection among international applicants.

No prior study for the test will be necessary, and sample questions will be made available for the two-hour examination.
UCL's Professor Rodney Austin (Laws) is Sub-Dean and Faculty Tutor responsible for undergraduate admissions. He said: "The test will enable law schools to choose more objectively and rationally, and thus more fairly, between equally well qualified candidates, of which there are many more than the places available. It will also enable us to select candidates with more modest or unorthodox qualifications but who nonetheless have the potential to read law, thus widening participation in higher education and in legal education in particular. Because LNAT will test candidates' intellectual aptitude rather than knowledge of a particular subject, differences in educational, social and economic background should not significantly affect the test results achieved by candidates."

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