Qualitative admissions criteria
Please note that evidence of substantive academic achievement to date (in addition to LNAT) must be provided by applicants. Offers cannot be made on the basis of applications which contain only predictions of future grades and achievements.
Successful applicants for admission to our undergraduate law programmes possess the following qualities, and the admissions process as a whole is designed to identify which applicants possess them in the greatest measure:
Application: motivation and capacity for sustained and intense work;
Reasoning ability: ability to analyse and solve problems using logical and critical approaches, ability to draw fine distinctions, ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, capacity for accurate and critical observation, capacity for sustained and cogent argument, creativity and flexibility of thought and lateral thinking;
Communication: willingness and ability to express ideas clearly and effectively; ability to listen; ability to give considered responses.
Throughout the admissions process, tutors will be seeking to detect the candidate's future potential as a law student. Existing achievement (as revealed in official examinations, predicted examination results, and school reports), as well as performance in the written test and interview, is relied upon mainly as evidence of future potential.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, competence in the English language is also a criterion of admission. In the case of applicants for admission to the Law with Law Studies in Europe programme, competence in the European language applicable to the year of study abroad is also a criterion of admission.
Existing knowledge of the law is not a criterion of admission.