All applicants applying to study the LLB (course code M100) at LSE for entry in 2019 (or deferred entry in 2020) are required sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). The LNAT is not required for any other programme at LSE.
Why has LSE introduced the LNAT?
Each cycle LSE receives a very high volume of highly-qualified applicants to study the LLB. The LNAT will provide additional information about applicants’ aptitude for the study of law and is intended to be used alongside existing assessments in order to make fair admissions decisions.
What is the LNAT?
The LNAT is the National Admissions Test for Law and is used by several UK universities as part of their admissions process.
The LNAT is a 2 ¼ hour test in two parts: a multiple-choice section based on a passage of text, and a written essay.
It is designed to test applicants’ aptitude for studying law at university; it does not require any prior knowledge of law. As such candidates do not need any additional coaching to sit the test and we do not endorse or recommend paying third parties offering coaching help or preparatory materials. The LNAT website has official information and guidance on how to prepare for the test, including sample papers.
We strongly recommend visiting the LNAT website before you make your application for detailed information about the test. www.lnat.ac.uk.
When and where do I take the test?
The test can be taken between the 1st September 2018 and 20th January 2019. You may submit your application to LSE through UCAS before or after you take the test, however the test must be taken no later 20th January 2019 for your application to be considered.
You may only sit the test once per application cycle. Test results cannot be carried to the next application cycle if you reapply.
The test is administered by Pearson VUE and test centres are available throughout the UK and overseas. You must register with Pearson VUE on the LNAT website to book your test. For further details, see www.lnat.ac.uk.
What is the cost of taking the test?
The cost for candidates to take the test can be found on the LNAT website. Help is available for UK/EU students who cannot afford the cost of the test. UK/EU students entitled to certain state benefits can apply for an LNAT bursary. To for more information and to apply for a LNAT bursary see http://www.lnat.ac.uk/registration/paying-for-your-test/
How will LSE use the LNAT in admission decisions?
At present, we will only use the multiple-choice score in the assessment of applicants; the essay will not be considered.
There is no set minimum score in the multiple-choice section that applicants are expected to achieve in order to be successful, instead the score may be used to help distinguish between similarly qualified applicants.The multiple choice score will form part of our holistic assessment of applicants and will be used alongside all other information on the UCAS form, including academic record, contextual information, the reference and personal statement.
Can I be considered for entry to the LLB at LSE if I have not taken the LNAT?
No, all applicants applying to the LLB programme are required to sit the LNAT; we will only consider applicants who have sat the LNAT by the 20th January 2019.
In extreme circumstances an applicant may be allowed exemption from the test, for example if there is no test centre in your country of residence or access to the test centre is disrupted by civil unrest or natural disaster. Exemptions are rare and considered on a case by case basis by each individual university.
If I take the LNAT test do I need to sit the UGAA?
Some applicants taking non-traditional qualifications or less well-known qualifications may be required to sit the Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA) as part of their application to LSE. The UGAA is an assessment administered by LSE that assesses applicants’ English and Mathematics ability. For more information about the UGAA including a list of qualifications requiring the UGAA please see the UGAA pages.
Applicants to LSE’s LLB programme are exempt from sitting the UGAA. However, if you are also applying to other LSE programmes you may be required to sit the UGAA, particularly if the programme has a mathematics entry requirement. On making your application you will be notified by email if you may be required to take the UGAA.