If you’ve decided you want to study law, you’ll need to apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Wondering where to start with your UCAS law application? This page will detail everything you need to know about applying to study law at university using UCAS.
For more information on studying the LLB and entry requirements, please visit our Law at University page.
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UCAS Law: How do I apply?
You will receive help from your sixth form or college with your UCAS application – however, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the process beforehand to get ahead. Your UCAS application for law will include your personal details, grades, a personal statement and a teacher reference.
See our step-by-step guide to UCAS Law below:
- Register with UCAS. You’ll need to create a username and password.
- Fill in your personal details and any additional info.
- Check admissions tests for the universities you’re interested in. Do you need to take the LNAT or Cambridge Law Test? If so, make sure you register for the exams early!
- Choose your university. You can select up to five, and you don’t need to choose the same courses, but remember that your personal statement will need to be applicable to all of them. You can see our Uni by Uni pages for an overview of each law school in the UK.
- Fill in your education history from secondary education onwards.
- Fill in your employment history. This should detail any paid jobs you’ve had, including company details and job descriptions. Any voluntary work, like pro-bono, should go in your personal statement.
- Upload your Personal Statement. This should include your motivation for studying law, any relevant work experience and should demonstrate why you’re the perfect candidate to study law. You can see our Personal Statement Writing Guide here.
- Review your UCAS application. Check for errors and make sure your choices, details and personal statement are all correct.
- Ask for a reference from a teacher. This should detail why you’re a suitable candidate for law.
- Pay your application fee. In 2017, this was £24 for more than one choice. Then send your application!
UCAS Law: When is the deadline?
Applications can be submitted from early September in any one year and the deadline for law courses is in January, so make sure you submit your application before then. However, remember that if you’re applying to study law at Oxford or Cambridge you’ll need to submit your application in October, and can apply to your other choices later.
UCAS Law: How do I write a Personal Statement?
To accompany your UCAS application, you’ll need to write a personal statement. Read our top tips on writing your Law Personal Statement as well as our Writing Style Guide.
UCAS Law: Do I need to take admissions tests?
If you’re applying to study law at Cambridge, you’ll need to take the Cambridge Law Test. Some universities also require you to sit the LNAT before you apply – below is a table of the universities that use the LNAT.
|UK and Non-UK LNAT Universities
|University of Bristol
|University of Glasgow
|Kings College London (KCL)
|University of Nottingham
|University of Oxford
|SOAS University of London
|UCL Faculty of Laws
|National University of Ireland Maynooth
Make sure you remember to check the deadlines for the Cambridge Law Test and the LNAT beforehand. If you’re sitting the LNAT, you’ll need to sit the test by January, whereas for Oxford you’ll need to sit it by October – so check the deadlines in advance! You can find more information on the Cambridge Law Test on our Law at Oxbridge page.
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