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The LNAT (Law National Aptitude Test) is a compulsory exam for those applying to study an LLB at certain universities. This guide covers what the LNAT involves, along with guidance on booking and sitting the test and a list of universities that require the exam.

The LNAT in a Nutshell

Why?Certain universities use it alongside your personal statement on deciding whether to offer you a place.
When?Test taken in year applying to university
What?Part 1: Multiple Choice Questions
Part 2: Essay
Length?2 hours 15 minutes
Where?Numerous testing centres, managed by Pearson Vue
Cost?UK/EU: £50
Elsewhere: £70

What is the LNAT Test?

The LNAT is a computer-based exam required by 11 universities to differentiate candidates in their selection process for admission to their undergraduate law degree programmes.

It assesses your general comprehension and reasoning skills, both of which are vital for the study and practice of law.

The LNAT exam lasts 2 hours and 15 minutes and is split into two parts:

  • Section A: comprised of 42 multiple choice questions, which counts towards your final result. 
  • Section B: three essay questions to choose from, but you are required to answer one and it does not count towards your final result.
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What Are the LNAT Universities?

There are currently 11 universities that require the LNAT, as well as some international universities.

UK LNAT Universities

  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of Glasgow
  • King’s College, London (KCL)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University College London (UCL)
  • SOAS University of London

International LNAT Universities

  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore
  • IE School of Law, Spain

You may find it helpful to look at our LNAT Scores page, to find out the average scores for admission to the UK LNAT universities.

There are also plenty of universities that don’t require the test, which offer excellent undergraduate law degree programmes.

LNAT Dates

For September 2022 entry into university, you can register for the LNAT from August 2021 to January 2022. However, you must register and take the test before 15th October 2021 if you are applying to Oxford.

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