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You Aced Your LNAT but Didn’t go to Law School. Now What?

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So you’ve sat the LNAT, achieved an amazing score, but now you’re unsure about which path to take to become a lawyer?

Many students often find themselves at a loss when waiting on university acceptance letters, and sometimes things don’t go to plan.

Perhaps you’re proud of your score but don’t get into your first choice of university. Maybe you’ve simply changed your mind about beginning your study this year.

Here we are going to talk about all the ways the LNAT is beneficial to you even if you don’t take the results straight to law school.

(*A quick note – Please be aware that LNAT results are not carried over from one year to the next so you will have to resit for each year you apply to law school*)

Find out more about the LNAT with our free guide >>

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What can you learn from taking the LNAT?

I sat my LNAT back in 2017 and achieved some results I’m proud of to this day, however, I didn’t end up at Law school. Here’s what I learned from the LNAT and how I’ve applied these skills to further my general education:

1. Logical deduction skills

This skill which you practise by answering the multiple choice section of the LNAT can be applied to tasks in other degree subjects you may go on to study, such as analysing critical articles in an English degree or deducing the cause of a patient’s symptoms in medicine.

You may go on to apply for training contracts at law firms, here you should apply this skill to the activities you’ll be asked to carry out at assessment centres to impress your potential employers!

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2. Identifying not what is said, but what is implied

This skill will help you particularly if you decide to apply for jobs, legal or not. It enables you to read between the lines of what an employer is asking for and pinpoint the qualities they might be looking for in an employee.

3. Determining important details

This skill can be used daily if you go on to study any subject at a university. You will find yourself attending detail dense lectures and will discover it is impossible to note down everything that is said. In this instance, you can use your finely tuned skills to determine what will be important for future assignments or exams.

4. Your ability to succeed

Personally, this is the most important thing I’ve learned from sitting the LNAT. The exam taught me that I had the potential to achieve my goal of becoming a lawyer and helped increase my confidence in my own abilities.

If you’ve sat the LNAT, use your experience to fuel your confidence when applying to future career opportunities, legal work experience or insight days!

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What to do after taking the LNAT

If you have taken the LNAT and passed, now you must wait for your offers from your chosen universities.

Alternatively, you may find yourself in unforeseen circumstances like myself, and are now unable to accept your offer to law school.

When I found out I had got into my chosen university to study law, I was ecstatic, but it soon transpired that I would have to study an alternative subject for reasons out of my control.

In instances like these, it is important to remember the skills you used in your LNAT and practice applying them wherever possible if you want to continue to pursue your legal career another way!

Law is an extremely competitive degree and you may not get the grades you want. If this is the case don’t be disheartened – there are plenty of routes into a career in law and I will discuss these next.

Read What are Some Other Options for a Law-Related Career

Alternative ways into law after the LNAT:

If like me, you decide not to take your LNAT results straight to law school there are many alternative options to a career in law.

If you’ve decided university isn’t for you, you have the option of legal apprenticeships or routes to becoming a chartered legal executive. Both positions are ideal for someone who has begun learning the essential skills for the LNAT.

Find out more about law apprenticeships at our free conference

Read about law apprenticeships in our guide >>

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Alternatively, you may want to study a non-law undergraduate degree. If this is the case, upon entering your third year of university, you should start applying to vacation schemes and attend university open days for a Graduate Law Degree.

Find out more about the law conversion course >>

Compare different universities with our uni by uni comparison table >>

No matter what path you chose, congratulations on your LNAT results and the skills you have now acquired for life!

Written by Rhianna Ryan

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