There are a number of universities that require the LNAT as part of your application, though how they each use your results can vary. Some universities have provided further insight into how they assess your LNAT scores.

Which Universities Require the LNAT?

For 2023 entry there are 12 universities that require LNAT:

  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • 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
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore
  • IE School of Law, Spain
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How Do LNAT Unis Use Your Score?

Some universities provide helpful insight into their LNAT scoring for potential law course candidates. This can help you better understand how your test will be viewed, aside from the standard knowledge that the universities you apply to will receive your scores from Section A and your unmarked essay from Section B. 

The University of Bristol has revealed its weighting to be 60% multiple choice and 40% essay, with the LNAT itself forming 40% of your overall application.

 At the University of Oxford, LNAT essays were anonymised, scored and a comparison process was used to categorise applicants.

 UCL implements a benchmark score that is based on the previous years’ scores – for example, the average LNAT score from 2020/21 was 27 (of those who received an offer).

LSE only takes Section A (multiple choice questions) into consideration, with the essay only being assessed ad hoc for those that hold less well-known qualifications.

The IE School of Law, Spain, an LNAT result with a minimum of 22 will be considered as an alternative to the school’s own admission test.

Other universities that require the LNAT don’t provide further insight into exactly how scores are assessed, though several do stress that it is considered within the wider context of your application and there is no official ‘minimum’ score. 

The University of Glasgow, for example, emphasises in its requirements that it is seeking ‘well-rounded individuals’, suggesting that, while important, the LNAT is certainly not the sole deciding factor in your application. 

Which Universities Do Not Require LNAT?

All UK unis that aren’t listed above do not require LNAT. This means that you won’t have to sit the test if you apply to study law at those universities.

In 2021, the University of Cambridge replaced its Cambridge Law Test with the LNAT test, reducing the burden on applicants to take multiple tests if they applied to other LNAT universities. This follows LSE adding the LNAT to requirements in 2019.

As such, while it’s certainly possible that more universities may join this group in the future to help distinguish between candidates in an incredibly competitive space, there are a number of universities (including those in the Russell Group) that don’t have the LNAT as an entry requirement. 

These universities often have good law schools nonetheless, and some may excel in specialisms that are of interest to you. For example, the University of Southampton has a leading maritime law department.

Requirements for International Students

If you are an EU or international student applying to study law at one of the universities that requires the LNAT, you will need to take the test. There are over 500 LNAT test centres worldwide, of which 350 are based outside of the UK.

Some universities suggest they may be more flexible with test dates for international students taking the test, but it’s advised you contact the university you’re applying to directly for specific dates.

If you are in a country that doesn’t have an LNAT test centre, you should contact any universities requiring the LNAT and request an exemption from each of them. Each request will be considered separately. 

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