UK Universities Requiring LNAT for LLB & Undergraduate Law

This is a brief overview of the UK Universities requiring LNAT for admission to various LLB and Undergraduate Law Degrees. In general, these are some of the top ranked institutions in various UK and Global Law School rankings.

In each cycle, these institutions receive a very high volume of highly-qualified applicants to study the LLB and Law programs. The LNAT provides additional information about applicants’ aptitude for the study of law and is intended to be used alongside existing assessments in order to make fair admissions decisions.Often the LNAT is a key differentiator within a pool of applicants with similar previous scholastic achievements.

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) is essentially an aptitude test which is used to evaluate your suitability to study law. It is designed to assess verbal reasoning, deductive logic, basic data interpretation and command of written English. The LNAT does not require any prior knowledge of Law.

A common factor among most of these UK institutions accepting LNAT scores is that they are part of the Russell Group Universities. This is a alliance of some of the most prestigious and oldest universities in the UK. These Universities are consistently among the top universities in various rankings, academic and research parameters.

The Russell Group is the equivalent of the American Ivy League of prestigious universities. It is a self-selected body with it’s own management.

Click here to read the latest version of this article – List of Undergraduate Courses or Programs from Top Law Schools and Universities in the UK, requiring LNAT for admission.

Oxford University – Faculty of Law

There are two types of Law courses at Oxford: Course I is a three-year course; Course II is a four-year course which follows the same syllabus, but with a third year abroad at a university in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain (studying French, German, Italian, or Spanish law), or the Netherlands (studying European and International law).

Students on Course II (Law with Law Studies in Europe) gain additional skills through exposure to different legal systems and the different approaches to teaching practised by our European partner institutions.

There is a risk that the UK’s departure from the European Union may impact on the year abroad in Course II. Students who have graduated in other subjects may undertake the accelerated ‘Senior Status’ version of Course I. For further information about the courses, please refer to the official website.


All candidates must take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as part of their application. Candidates for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language at the time of interview.

UCL – Faculty of Laws

For almost 200 years, UCL (University College London) Faculty of Laws has been a pioneer in legal academia. As the first faculty of common law in the country, they were also the first university to offer degrees in English, and in 1888 Eliza Orme, the first woman to obtain a law degree in England, graduated from UCL Laws.

UCL Faculty of Laws is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the UK. They have achieved the highest rating in the last four instances of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), and score highly across a range of student surveys and university leagues tables published over the previous five years.

With growing demand worldwide for lawyers qualified in more than one jurisdiction, the four-year double degree programs involve two years of study at UCL and two years at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) or the Universität zu Köln in Germany. This will lead to the award of two Bachelor of Laws degrees – an LLB from UCL and an LLB from HKU or a LLB from Universität zu Köln in Germany.


All students applying for Law programmes must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) before their application will be considered. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

London School of Economics – Department of Law

LSE Law is one of the world’s top law schools with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and legal research.

Staff and students in the LSE Law Department come from all over the world, and bring to the Department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research.

In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 10 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2020. In the QS World University rankings for 2020, the Department was ranked sixth (out of 200 departments worldwide).


All applicants must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). LSE only uses the multiple-choice score it its assessment of applicants; the essay is not considered for most applicants. If you are an applicant who would have otherwise been identified as having to sit the UGGA, the selector may wish to consider your essay.

University of Glasgow – School of Law

Scots Law LLB – If you intend to practice in Scotland as a solicitor or advocate you should apply for the Scots Law LLB. If you already hold an Undergraduate degree, you may apply for the two-year fast-track Scots Law LLB.

Common Law LLB – If you intend to practice law in a Common Law jurisdiction such as England & Wales, Eire, Canada, USA, or India you should apply for the Common Law LLB. LSE offers a four-year Common Law LLB degree, as well as a two-year accelerated Common Law LLB for those who already hold an undergraduate degree.

Common Law LLB + LLM – If the jurisdiction you plan to practice in requires three years study for bar admission, LSE Dept of Law also offers a combined two-year Common Law LLB and LLM programme.


For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. With the exception of applicants to the LLB (Fast Track), applicants to all LLB degrees who do not already hold an undergraduate degree are required to take the Law National Aptitude test (LNAT)

King’s College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law

The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in the world.

The School was established in 1831 and has played an integral role in the life of King’s since the university was formed almost 200 years ago.

When you study as an undergraduate in The Dickson Poon School of Law there are some international courses that you apply to directly via UCAS and some that you can elect to study only once you have enrolled on our LLB.


After your first year of the Law LLB you have the option of applying to study one of the following dual degree or study abroad pathway options. If you are successful in gaining a place on a pathway the duration of your degree would be four years with the exception of English Law with Hong Kong Law (three years). The LLB pathways currently include:


All applicants are required to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). LNAT results will not be carried over from one academic year to the next. Applicants who wish to transfer to the Law with European Legal Studies course and wish to spend their third year in Bologna, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Zurich or Neuchatel must have a very high degree of competence in the relevant language. Transfer is not guaranteed as entry is competitive.

Durham University Law School

The Durham Law School is one of the world leaders in legal education and research. Their LLB degree is a flexible, full-time course delivered over three years – and fully approved as a Qualifying Law Degree for careers as a barrister or solicitor.

The LLB provides students with an excellent understanding of the law of England and Wales as well as legal research and practice. Students have the opportunity to specialise across a wide range of optional modules from public law and human rights to corporate and international law as well as modules in other subject areas.


Durham Law School uses the National Aptitude Test for Law (LNAT) to assist in selecting applicants for admission. Performance in the LNAT is one of a number of grounds on which Durham University admissions selectors determine the relative merit and potential of applicants.

Both parts of the LNAT examination – the multiple choice score and the essay – are always considered by Durham Law School admissions selectors when assessing an application.

University of Bristol Law School

The University of Bristol Law School is a centre for an intellectually demanding, research-informed legal education. They aim to produce accomplished, well-rounded, enquiring graduates with a rich, ethically grounded appreciation of law in business and society.

The School offers a range of courses and programmes to a diverse body of students from all over the world, including qualifying law degrees at undergraduate and Masters’ level.

All of their programmes are distinguished by an international outlook and have established partnerships with universities in Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Australia, giving their students opportunities to study abroad.

All University of Bristol Law School undergraduate courses satisfy the degree requirements laid down by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


All applicants must sit the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) before the relevant deadline.

SOAS – School of Law

SOAS University of London is a leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

The School was founded in 1916 as the School of Oriental Studies. It took its present title in 1938, by which time it had also established itself as a centre for African Studies. It moved to its present site in 1941.

In an increasingly interconnected world, law is no longer the preserve of single jurisdictions as legal issues are no respecters of national borders. A SOAS Law degree addresses this need by providing our students with an educational experience that equips you with a distinctive set of skills far beyond what is offered by most traditional Law Schools.

Applicants who already hold a Level 6 qualification (or equivalent) may be eligible to apply for entry onto the Senior Status LLB, a two year QLD. For more information refer to the official website and prospectus for the year.


Applicants with standard qualifications (such as A levels, International Baccalaureate or other High School qualifications considered equivalent to A levels) are not required to take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT), but the School of Law will consider making lower offers (eg AAA, AAB, ABB or 37, 36, 35 in International Baccalaureate) to candidates who do so and perform promisingly in that Test.

SOAS School of Law also encourages applicants with non-standard qualifications (including Access to Higher Education Diploma and Foundation Courses) all of whom are required to take the LNAT. They also encourage students taking the SOAS Foundation Courses at IFCELS to apply. Students offering level 3 BTEC qualifications either on their own or in combination will be required to take the LNAT.

University of Nottingham – School of Law

The University of Nottingham – School of Law is consistently ranked among the best law schools and they are known for their excellence in teaching, coupled with a strong research base. Their staff are internationally recognised in their fields and are active scholars and teachers.


They also have a variety of study abroad options. Students on the BA or LLB Law degree courses can apply to transfer to one of the four-year law degree programmes. The practice is to transfer a select number of students who have successfully completed their first year of study. Successful students will spend the third year studying at an overseas university. The courses available are:


All applicants, including overseas applicants, must take the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) exam if you are applying for an undergraduate law degree at the University of Nottingham.

Check out our other article on how these Universities Rank in various UK and Global University Rankings.

UK Universities Requiring LNAT for LLB and Law undergraduate admissions LawMint