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Admission tests for law degrees

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In Scotland, admission tests are used by some universities as part of the application process for law degrees. The information that follows outlines what these tests are and where you can find more details.

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT)

This is the test used by some universities as part of the entry requirements to law degrees. Currently, the only university in Scotland to use this is the University of Glasgow. 

Like UKCAT, this test isn't concerned with your academic knowledge. Rather, it assesses your aptitude for the skills needed to study law. 

Test format 

LNAT consists of two sections. 

Section A is a computer-based multiple choice exam, which involves reading passages of text and then answering questions on your understanding of them. You have 95 minutes to complete this section. You are given a mark out of 42 and this is referred to as your LNAT score. 

Section B involves writing an essay from a list of three subjects. You are given 40 minutes to complete it. This section isn't marked by the test centre, so doesn't contribute to your LNAT score, but it is used by the university to see your ability to construct persuasive arguments and draw conclusions. 

Important dates 

You need to sit the LNAT test in the UCAS year in which you are applying to the university and you can only sit the test once in that period, or cycle. 

The important dates for 2017-18 cycle, for entry to university in autumn 2018, (for all universities except Oxford) are: 

There are other deadlines in June 2018 for late applications, but these usually only apply to international applicants. 

The fee for sitting the test is £50. 


If you sit the test on or before 20 January 2018 you receive your results in early February. For dates after that, you will receive your results in early August. 

However, your LNAT score and essay are made available to your chosen universities within 24 hours of you completing the test, so they see your score before you do. 

More information 

The LNAT website has more detailed information, including what to do if you: 

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