Department of Law

Undergraduate Admissions selection criteria
Entry 2015

Quick guide

Programme Name


Applications 2013

Places 2013

Standard A level offer

Standard IB offer

Essential Qualifications

LLB Bachelor of Laws




A*AA (including A* in a generally preferred subject)

38 points with 7,6,6 or 6,6,6 at HL

A fourth subject at AS (if taking AS levels)

Frequently asked questions...

  1. What qualifications does LSE look for?
  2. Which international qualifications are accepted by LSE?
  3. What does LSE look for in the Personal Statement?
  4. What is LSE's deferred entry policy?
  5. Does LSE consider mature applicants/applicants with non-standard qualifications?
  6. What should I do if my circumstances change after I've submitted my UCAS form?
  7. Where can I find out more information about the course?

1. What qualifications does LSE look for? 

(a) Subject combinations
The Law selectors are looking for students who have studied a broad and eclectic mix of subjects, thus there is no one 'ideal' subject combination, however, as with all programmes at LSE, at least two traditional academic subjects are preferred. The study of Law 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. A level Law is not seen as an advantage for this programme; neither is it a requirement for LNAT to be taken. The selectors are looking for evidence of intellectual diversity and curiosity rather than being overly influenced by individual subject combinations.

Please note:  The information regarding subject combinations given above is for guidance purposes only. Further information about A level (or equivalent) subject combinations is available in the Entry requirements| section.

(b) Academic profile (predicted and achieved grades)
Successful applicants for this programme are, usually, predicted A*AA in their A level examinations (or 38 and above IB points). Most have already achieved excellent GCSE grades including the majority at A* and A. The Law selectors consider not just the number of top GCSE grades that you have, but also your overall GCSE subject profile and regard the GCSE English Language grade, in particular, as a sound indicator of ability. 

If you are currently following an A level or IB programme but have not previously studied a GCSE curriculum, you should still list your most recent school leaving qualifications in the relevant section of the UCAS form.

Your AS grades are also taken into consideration as these give the selectors a clear indication of your ability to satisfy the minimum entry requirement of A*AA at A level. Thus the higher your AS grades the better chance you will have of being made an offer.

Please remember, however, that the information above relates to minimum entry standards. Applicants who are predicted A*AA at A level or 38 and above IB points are not automatically guaranteed an offer; much will depend on other factors, such as commitment to further study, as outlined in the personal statement.

The selectors have the discretion, in exceptional circumstances, to vary the standard A level or IB offer, if they feel it is appropriate to do so.

The entry profile for the LLB Law degree programme can be found on the UCAS website by following the link to 'Course Search|'

2. Which international qualifications are accepted? 

A wide range of international qualifications are accepted in lieu of A levels, for example the American College Board Advanced Placement (AP), the Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC), the European Baccalaureate (EB), the French Baccalaureate (FB) and the Abitur. Canadian and Australian High School Diplomas are also accepted.

In addition strong applicants with other international qualifications may be asked to sit our LSE UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA)| test. This allows LSE academics to see examples of written English performed under examination conditions and is particularly useful where school certification is not based upon a standardised national curriculum. The UGAA test, which comprises a précis section, an essay section and a mathematics section, can be taken at any recognised centre anywhere in the world, without any financial cost.

For more information on the qualifications that are accepted without the need to sit the UGAA test and those for which the Entrance UGAA will be required, see the country-by-country guide. 

3. What is looked for in the Personal Statement? 

The Law Department at LSE does not routinely interview applicants as part of the decision making process, hence the personal statement plays a key role in the application process. General guidance on how to structure your personal statement is available on our Admissions Criteria website by following the link to the personal statement| section. You are strongly advised to make use of this information prior to submitting your application, although as with your predicted grades, simply following the guidelines will not automatically guarantee that you will be made an offer.

For Law an original and interesting statement which outlines your enthusiasm and motivation for the study of Law is expected. The selectors want to see evidence of your ability to produce clear and concise text; thus you may wish to include your views on current legal issues. They also want to be convinced that you understand what is involved in studying law at an institution like LSE.

The main focus of your statement should be programme specific, as less importance is attached to extra curricular activities than your academic strengths. The selectors are keen to know why you wish to study Law, whether there are any aspects of particular interest to you, how it relates to your current academic programme and what additional reading or relevant experiences (e.g. attending court hearings) you have had which have led you to commit to this challenging degree programme.

If you include details of extra curricular activities such as such as music, drama, art, work experience, charitable or sporting involvement, the selectors are particularly interested in knowing how you have benefited from the experiences. 

Personal characteristics and skills that will be useful to students in their study of Law will be those such as the abilities to apply logic and follow complex lines of reasoning (thus critical thinking skills can prove useful); high levels of accuracy and attention to detail; good communication skills and the ability to ask questions and think independently. In addition you should possess intellectual curiosity and have the motivation and capacity for hard work.

4. What is LSE's deferred entry policy? 

Applications for deferred entry are considered by the Law Department. If you are unsuccessful in securing an offer for deferred entry before you have completed your A level (or equivalent) examinations, you may apply again in the following cycle once your results are known.

If you have already planned to take a gap year you are advised to explain how you intend to spend it, how you think it will affect you and how it will benefit you specifically, as part of your personal statement.

If, after submitting your application, you subsequently decide that you wish to take a gap year and commence your programme at LSE a year later than originally planned, you should contact the undergraduate admissions office with your request. However, no guarantees can be given that you will automatically be allowed to defer your entry, and the selectors reserve the right to refuse your request to be considered for a deferred entry place.

5. Do you consider mature applicants/applicants with non-standard qualifications? 

Yes we do. Applications from the above are welcome and are considered individually on their own merit.  Unlike many school leavers, mature applicants often benefit from a range of experiences which make them well-suited to a study of Law, however, it is possible that they will be asked to sit the School's UG Admissions Assessment (AGAA)| test and/or be invited for an interview. We recognise that it is a big commitment to return to or start a demanding academic course of study after some time out of mainstream education and wish to satisfy ourselves that you know what will be expected of you if you were to be offered a place at LSE.

6. What should I do if my circumstances change after I've submitted my UCAS form?  

We normally expect all relevant information to be provided on your UCAS form. However, we recognise that in a few cases, your family, personal or educational circumstances may change.

If you are affected by any changes such as revised predicted grades (possibly as a result of re-sits), illness (possibly requiring a period of hospitalisation), disruption to your education (possibly caused by a change in staffing or a move to a different school), you should contact the undergraduate admissions office who will be able to offer you further advice.

7. Where can I find out more information about the course? 

You can read about the structure and content of the LLB Law| programme, here and on the Department of Law| website. See also BSc Anthropology and Law.|