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What is the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT), and how can you prepare for it?

Rebecca Dowbiggin
March 19th 2020

In this blog, our UCAS applications specialist Rebecca Dowbiggin delves into the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT), including what it is and how, with additional support from law school admissions consulting experts like William Clarence, you can prepare efficiently for the test.

A growing number of UK Universities now require prospective undergraduate Law students to sit the Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT). 

These universities include Bristol, Durham, KCL, LSE, Nottingham, Oxford and UCL, amongst others.  
The LNAT is not developed to test a student’s knowledge of Law, or indeed of any other subject; it is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than educational achievement. 

The skills that students need to perform well in the LNAT are those they require to succeed in the study of Law at undergraduate level.  

If you are applying to any university that requires the LNAT as part of its admissions procedure, thorough preparation will be necessary as your LNAT score will undoubtedly determine your chances of success. 

The LNAT itself consists of two parts:

Section 1:  A computer-based, multiple-choice exam. 

For this part, you are required to read passages of text and answer questions that test your comprehension. This section of the test is graded out of 42 and your mark is termed your ‘LNAT score’. 

Section 2: An essay 

In this part of the test, you are required to write an essay, selected from a choice of three proposed titles. This essay does not contribute to your LNAT score, but allows an examiner to evaluate your ability to synthesise ideas, construct a compelling and argument and reach a logical conclusion.  

Both the LNAT score and the essay are made available to universities, where they are then used alongside standard methods of selection (such as A-Level grades), university applications (inclusive of Personal Statements), and admissions interviews to give a more accurate and rounded impression of a student’s abilities. 

Preparing for the LNAT through William Clarence Education’s LNAT Webinar 

As law school admissions consulting service providers, the team at William Clarence are adept at preparing students to score highly in this challenging test.  
Our LNAT webinar outlines everything you need to know about the LNAT, providing you with the foundational knowledge of the LNAT you require to successfully commence your preparations.  

The webinar will explore the following: 

1. Outlining the basics  

This includes what exactly the LNAT, how students need to register, and what to expect from the test day. 

2. Explaining what the test is and how it is marked

By understanding the mechanics of the LNAT, students can ensure that they understand exactly what is required in terms of preparation in order to score highly. 

3. Detailing how to approach the multiple-choice section of the test 

This part of the webinar will explore the ways you can improve your essential verbal reasoning and critical thinking skills.  

4. Analysing what the examiners are looking for in the essay section of the test  

During this part, we will explore different aspects of the essay such as content and structure, and how we recommend that students prepare for these.  


Module 1 - Tuesday 31st March 2020, 9am - 10am UK time  

Module 2 - Tuesday 7th April 2020, 9am - 10am UK time  

Module 3 - Tuesday 14th April 2020 9am - 10am UK time 


£90+VAT per student per module 

£250+VAT per student for full course 

Please register your interest by contacting the team.


Looking for further support with your law school application? 

Our law school admissions consulting experts here at William Clarence have extensive experience in helping students achieved their desired place at law school, and would be delighted to offer their advice as part of our law school application service.  

For more information, visit our Law School Application Advice and Consulting page, or contact us today to arrange an initial consultation.