How to Get a Place in a UK Law Course

Law is an interesting and challenging subject so it's hardly surprising so many young people today want to study law at university. Here's a guide to bagging that place on the course.


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    Research courses. The key information you should be looking for are what the grade requirements are, whether you have to take additional tests, whether the course will qualify you from exception from the Common Professional Examination (although this point will be less relevant if you do not wish to become a solicitor or a barrister), what the optional subjects are and how many optional subjects you get to pick. If social life is very important to you, you could also look into the Student Law Society.
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    If you can, try to gather some legal experience. Although not essential, it will give you something to brag about on your application, making you stand out from the other candidates. Also, see if you can visit court (most magistrate's and crown courts have a public gallery from which you can view proceedings) and read articles/books about law.
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    Get working on your UCAS form and make sure you know the deadlines. The majority of universities use UCAS as their only method of application but you should always double check the university prospectus or website to make sure there are no additional applications you have to do. Your UCAS personal statement could include qualities that will make you a good law student (e.g. attention to detail, enjoy reading), any legal experience you have had and, of course, why you want to study law in the first place.
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    Study hard for your A-Levels/equivalent exam. You'll need to secure good grades in order to get your place.


  • If you are not doing A-Levels, which are the most common entry requirement, you may need to contact the Law School in order to find out what the equivalent requirement is for your qualifications.
  • The most common additional test is the LNAT exam. The LNAT link is provided below for more information. Please note that this is subject to change, so don't assume it will be the same as the last time you checked it.
  • The early bird catches the worm, so don't wait until the last minute to submit your application form. Even though the deadline for most universities is not until mid-January, offers start to be handed out as early as October!


  • Not all UK law courses will qualify you from exception from the CPE. It is VERY important that you check that the course does if you wish to go on to practice. Otherwise, you will find yourself in for yet another year of education.
  • Law is becoming increasingly competitive, so do not be surprised if you are asked to secure much higher marks for your A-Levels than your friends doing other courses.

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