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Programme of Support for Law

Applications to study Law are very competitive and will require early research and preparation in Year 12. There are many pathways to becoming a lawyer in the UK – please see the PowerPoint presentation ‘ Introduction to Law’ below. Some UK universities require the LNAT admission test as an important part of their application process. In this programme you will find information on:

  • Career Pathways into the legal profession – solicitor or barrister
  • Solicitor Apprenticeships
  • LNAT prep and list of universities that require them
  • Recording of Sneak-a-Peek Speaker event – Old Wits talk about their legal career journeys


Career Pathway into the Legal Profession

LNAT Admission Test

LNATs are slightly different to other admission tests, they have to be taken at an external test centre and the pupils have to register and pay for themselves on the website concerned. You need to have sat the LNAT test before submitting your UCAS application for the university to consider your application. The nearest test centre to school is in North Street, Guildford. It’s run by Pearson. The LNAT test can be taken on any day that there is an appointment slot free at the test centre selected. The earlier they book, the more chance they have of getting an appointment on the day of their choice. Registration opens on 01 August, test dates begin in September. There is a charge of £50.


What Does the LNAT Test Involve?
In terms of LNAT exam structure, the test is split into two parts:

1. Section A: Multiple Choice Questions (95 mins)
The multiple choice section is designed to test comprehension. You must read and digest 12 passages of text and answer three to four multiple choice questions on each passage. There are 42 questions in total. Your multiple choice question score is what counts towards your final result. You can score a maximum of 42, with one mark per question. Practising online questions will give you a flavour of what to expect in the real exam and enable you to hone the techniques you need to score highly. For this reason, we recommend you have a go at our free LNAT Question Bank.

You can find out more about how to practise for Section A here


2. Section B: Essay Based Question (40 mins)

The essay-based section of the test does not affect your overall score. During this part, you are required to pick one of three debatable essay topics. You must then formulate an intellectually reasoned, convincing, balanced and conclusive argument around your chosen topic. The maximum word count is 700 words, so around 500-600 is recommended. Go to the LNAT essay page for some essay example questions. 

Go to the LNAT Guide for free LNAT practice question



Step 1: Set up account on the Pearson Vue website

Step 2: Check email and follow instructions sent to you by Pearson Vue to book.

The earlier you book, the more likely you are to get the date and centre you want.

Demonstrate Skills:

A legal career demands:

  • intellectual ability – law is complex so logic and analytical skills are needed
  • flexibility – no two days are the same
  • commitment – training requires significant effort and resource
  • strong oral and written communication skills


Work Experience

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