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About the LNAT

About the LNAT

What is the LNAT?

LNAT was developed by a consortium of UK universities as a way to assess a candidate’s potential to study law at the undergraduate level. It is designed to test verbal skills necessary for legal education, such as comprehension, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, induction, and deduction.

The LNAT is used alongside standard methods of selection such as A-Level (or their global equivalent) results, university applications, and admissions interviews, to give a more accurate and rounded impression of the student’s abilities. Note that the LNAT is not designed to replace regular school grades, and admissions committees will consider applications on a holistic basis.

Do I Need to Sit for the LNAT?

The LNAT must be taken by all applicants (UK, EU and overseas) to undergraduate law programmes at

  • University of Bristol
  • Durham University
  • University of Glasgow
  • King’s College London
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • The University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • SOAS University of London
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore (SUSS)
  • IE University, Spain

LNAT Test Format

The LNAT is a fully-computerized test. It is a 2¼ hour test in two sections.

Section A

This section is a multiple-choice reading comprehension section. It consists of 42 questions in total, and spans 95 minutes. The questions are based on 12 argumentative passages, with 3 or 4 multiple-choice questions on each. These passages are drawn from a variety of sources, including academic journals, and span a variety of topics and are not limited to matters related to law.

Students may review their answers at any time during the 95 minutes, but they will not be able to return to the multiple-choice section once they begin Section B.

Section B

This is an essay section. Students will have 40 minutes to answer one of three essay questions on a range of subjects to demonstrate their ability to argue economically and to come to a conclusion. These questions will generally be on controversial topics related to current affairs. Extensive amounts of technical knowledge are not required; however, having good general knowledge will be highly beneficial.

When to Take the Test

Students must take the test in the UCAS year in which they are applying to university. Students can only sit the test once in the cycle (September to June), and results cannot be carried over from one year to the next.

That second point is worth emphasizing, as it means that timing is somewhat important. Students must ensure that they sit for the test early enough to make their application deadlines, but also be careful not to take it too early before they feel well-prepared. Because the LNAT can only be taken once per cycle, any student who wishes to try it a second time for a better score would have to wait until next year to reapply. Read about the LNAT test dates here.

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