We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background. The programme guidance below should be read alongside our general entrance requirements information.
We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on the UCAS application form, including your:
- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- subject combinations
- personal statement
- teacher’s reference
- educational circumstances
You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements page.
What we are looking for in an application for LLB Bachelor of Laws
Successful applicants for this programme are usually predicted to achieve or have already achieved a minimum of A* A A in their A-levels (or 38 and above International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) points, with 7 6 6 at Higher level).
In addition we are looking for a strong pre-16 academic profile such as several GCSE grades of A (or 7) and A* (or 8-9), or equivalent, and your GCSE, or equivalent, English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B (or 6). We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile, and your AS grades, if available.
All applicants must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). The test must be taken between 1 September 2019 and 20 January 2020. Test centres are available throughout the UK and overseas. LSE only uses the multiple-choice score it its assessment of applicants; the essay is not considered. Find out more about the LNAT.
Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this.
We express our standard offers and where applicable, programme requirement, in terms of A-levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.
Information about accepted international qualifications
Information about other accepted UK qualifications
We consider the combination of subjects you have taken, as well as the individual scores. We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A-levels or equivalent in these subjects.
There is no ideal subject combination for law. We are looking for evidence of academic excellence, scholarly potential and curiosity. The degree requires a significant amount of reading, research and attention to detail, so a high level of literacy is expected and this is often evidenced by an applicant's choice of post-16 subjects.
In addition, we are looking for an applicant's ability to cope with a demanding workload. Whilst taking a fourth AS-level or Extended Project (EP) is not required, the Law Department recognises the value of these additional subjects for providing useful skills and breadth of learning, and would encourage students to take up these opportunities where available.
We understand, however, that not every student has the opportunity to complete a fourth AS or EP. Consequently, conditional offers will never include a fourth AS or EP, and students who are unable to take these additional qualification will not be at a disadvantage.
Applicants offering mostly quantitative subjects at A-level (or equivalent) should demonstrate their ability to cope with these aspects of the programme through their personal statement, teacher’s reference, extra-curricular activities or performance in GCSE or equivalent qualifications.
Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-level will be considered with an essay writing subject.
Find out more about subject combinations.
Personal characteristics, skills and attributes
For this programme, we are looking for students who demonstrate the following characteristics, skills and attributes:
- an ability to apply logic and follow complex lines of reasoning
- high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
- good communication skills
- an ability to ask questions and think independently
- intellectual curiosity
- motivation and capacity for hard work
In addition to demonstrating the above personal characteristics, skills and attributes, your statement should be original, interesting and well-written and should outline your enthusiasm and motivation for the programme.
You should explain whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how this relates to your current academic studies and what additional reading or relevant experiences you have had which have led you to apply. We are interested to hear your own thoughts or ideas on the topics you have encountered through your exploration of the subject at school or through other activities. Some suggestions for preliminary reading can be found above in the preliminary reading section, but there is no set list of activities we look for; instead we look for students who have made the most of the opportunities available to them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their intended programme of study.
You can also mention extra-curricular activities such as sport, the arts or volunteering or any work experience you have undertaken. However, the main focus of an undergraduate degree at LSE is the in-depth academic study of a subject and we expect the majority of your personal statement to be spent discussing your academic interests.
Please also see our general guidance about writing personal statements.