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Law National Aptitude Test

The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT) helps you decide if law is the right career path for you. At Durham the test helps us to assess your aptitude for the skills required to study law and we use the results, alongside other parts of the UCAS form, to help select the applicants we think are most likely to succeed on our course.

The LNAT is a test of your:

  • Verbal reasoning skills
  • Ability to understand and interpret information
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning abilities
  • Ability to analyse information and draw conclusions 

LNAT is a two-part test – multiple choice questions based on passages of text and an essay.

The multiple-choice part of the test is marked out of 42 and this, as well as your essay, are made available to the universities you apply to help in the selection process. 

LNAT is an essential requirement before we consider your application.  

You'll need to register and book your LNAT before 20 January in the year in which you apply.  You'll need to sit LNAT before 31 January in the year in which you apply.  You should ensure that you link Durham to your LNAT account.  If you don’t do this then we can't easily access your results which will delay a decision being made on your application.

You can't sit LNAT more than once in any year and results can't be carried forward from one year to the next.

You can find out more about LNAT, including registration and testing dates, how to prepare for the test and sample papers at LNAT