The LNAT Universities: Do You Need to Sit the Test?

What are the 9 LNAT colleges and what should I do in the test? LNAT colleges use the test to see if you have the aptitude to study law. Applicants to the prestigious LNAT universities are often very evenly matched on paper. Read on to find out if you need to take the LNAT to study law at the universities you are applying to.

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What are the ten LNAT universities and do I need to sit the test? 

LNAT universities use the test to see if you have the aptitude for the skills to study Law. Applicants to the prestigious LNAT universities tend to be very closely matched on paper, with the majority receiving all A – A* grades so the test helps the admissions tutors differentiate between applicants.

Read on to find out if you need to take the LNAT to study Law at the universities you are applying to. 

What is the LNAT?

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) is a 2 hour 15-minute undergraduate admissions test that some universities require you to take as part of your application to study Law. The LNAT is split into two sections, A and B. Section A is made up of multiple-choice questions and Section B is an essay question.

The LNAT Universities

The following are LNAT universities and you must take the LNAT to apply:

LNAT University Course Code
University of BristolM100, MR11, MR12 and MR13
University of CambrigeM100
Durham UniversityM101, M102
University of GlasgowM114, M1R7, M1R1, M121, M1R2, M122, M1R3, M1M9, M1RR, M1R4, M123, MN11, MN12, MV13, ML11, MQ13, MQ15, ML17, MV11, MV15, ML12, MR17, M100, M9R1, M9R2, M9R3, M9R4, MN19, ML13, M1L1, MQ93, MQ95, MV91, MV95, ML92
King’s College LondonLM21, M100, M121, M122, M190
LSEM100
University of NottinghamM100, M101, M1R1, M1R2
University of Oxford
M100, M190, M191, M192, M193, M194
SOASM100 LLB and all other combinations including Law. M102 LLB Senior Status does not require the LNAT
UCLM100, M101, M102, M141, M142, M144, M145, M146

If you are applying to the following non-UK universities, check with the universities if you need to sit the LNAT:

Why do LNAT universities require you to take the test?

LNAT universities require their applicants to take the LNAT because it helps the admissions tutors differentiate between applicants who have similar grades. It is also helpful when applicants have different qualifications. For example, it can be hard to compare an applicant who has A-levels with applicants who have Advanced Highers, the IB or qualifications from other countries. The LNAT gives the admissions tutors more information on which to base their decision of who to give a place at the university to.

The admissions tutors at the LNAT universities will look at your LNAT score from Section A and your essay from Section B. LNAT universities use this to see if you have the aptitude and the skills to study Law rather than to assess your knowledge of the Law. However, knowledge of current affairs is helpful for writing the essay in Section B.

Why is Section A of the LNAT used?

The purpose of Section A is to give the admissions tutors an indication of your comprehension and reasoning skills. The admissions tutors want to know that you can understand, analyse and interpret texts since these skills are essential when studying Law. In order to answer the questions correctly, you must be able to distinguish between statements of fact and opinion and focus on the detail without jumping to conclusions. It also tests your ability to select the relevant information and make logical deductions.

What are universities testing with Section B of the LNAT?

The admissions tutors read your Section B essays to see if you can put forward a convincing and balanced argument. The tutors look for applicants who are thinking outside of the box and can back up their arguments with evidence. They will assess your English skills (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) and ability to write clearly and succinctly.

What happens next with the LNAT?

There are no official cut off scores for LNAT universities so we can look at the average scores for successful candidates instead. Successful Oxford University applicants tend to score around 27, Glasgow applicants score around 22, King’s College scores around 25 and successful UCL applicants score around 26 on the LNAT. Therefore, applicants should really aim for a score of 27 or more to help secure their places at a top LNAT university.

If you achieve a good LNAT score and write a strong essay, this will help your application to study Law stand out to LNAT universities. You will receive your results depending on when you took the test. For example, if you took the LNAT before January, you will receive your results by February. However, remember that you can only take the LNAT once between September and July unless there are extenuating circumstances. Make sure you’ve got all the important LNAT dates in your calendar.

We wish you the best of luck with your LNAT!

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