What is the LNAT?

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) gives you the opportunity to enhance your application by demonstrating your aptitude for Law. This means that, if your A-Level predictions are below our requirements you will have an additional opportunity to prove that you would make an excellent student. If you do well on the LNAT test you are more likely to receive an offer to study with us, and more likely to succeed on our degree programmes.

What does the test involve?

The LNAT test consists of a multiple choice section and an essay.

There are 42 multiple choice questions and these give a choice of five answers to a question about a passage of text, often taken from a newspaper, book, or other piece of literature. This part of the text examines whether you can comprehend and analyse written material.

In the essay component of the test you will write a 500-600 word essay from a choice of three topics. We are looking for a well-structured essay with good spelling and grammar. It needs to be clear, giving a balanced argument including introduction, arguments for and against, and a conclusion.

There are practice tests available on the LNAT website and we recommend you do these several times. The only other way we recommend you prepare is to read a quality newspaper every day as this will familiarise you with the language likely to be used in the multiple-choice section of the LNAT and assist with forming coherent arguments in the essay component. The structure of the test means that last-minute coaching is unlikely to help and is not something which we recommend..

Our LNAT deadlines

All home/European Union applicants must submit a UCAS application form by 15 January and must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) by 20 January. 

After this date you will be considered as a LATE applicant and we are under no obligation to consider you.

All overseas-based applicants must submit a UCAS application form before 30 June, and sit the LNAT by the same date. Provision has been made for the location of test centres across the world. However if a prospective applicant finds that it is impossible or impractical to sit the LNAT, an exemption may be requested. Please contact Law-LLB@bham.ac.uk for exemption.

Birmingham Law School requires applicants for the following programmes to sit the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) for 2016 entry:

University of Birmingham use of LNAT 

The University of Birmingham has taken the decision to withdraw from the LNAT Consortium and remove the LNAT admissions test from its formal entry requirements for students starting in September 2017 and beyond. The University is committed to using the LNAT in the forthcoming admissions round, as advertised, but the test will not be used thereafter. Applicants applying for entry in 2016 (or deferred entry in 2017) will therefore be required to take the test, but applicants in subsequent years will not.

Following a review of our admissions processes, the decision has been taken to phase out the use of the test in order to focus attention on academic performance and the demonstration of skills relevant to the programme through the personal statement and teacher references. 

Further information on the LNAT, including details of how to register, can be found at www.lnat.ac.uk