Durham University Law

By | 24th May 2017

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Durham University Law

Durham Law School is a world leader in legal education and research. Our award-winning academic staff produce ground-breaking research with impact and active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. Durham Law School is in the QS World Rankings top 40 law schools and our research was ranked 3rd best in the UK’s last national Research Excellence Framework in 2014. We are proud to deliver some of the best results for student satisfaction and employability – and our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, Members of Parliament and in Government. Our top-ranked global law courses are very competitive with an excellent and diverse student population from across the world delivering a cutting-edge, research-led curriculum with a commitment to small group teaching through seminars and tutorials much prized by employers.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their studies. Please contact the Law School for further information.
  • Mature applicants are invited to send a copy of their curriculum vitae to the Law School Admissions Secretary for advice before submitting a formal application through UCAS.
  • We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking as part of our offer.
  • Typical IB score 38 to include 666 in higher level subjects.
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Centre offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take an International Foundation Year pathway programme at the Durham University International Study Centre.
  • Completion of the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) Examination is required.

We do not interview candidates for the LLB degree.

LNAT: National Admissions Test for Law

Durham Law School uses the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) to assist in selecting applicants for admission. The LNAT is used by several Law schools at universities in the UK and is a uniform test for admission to their undergraduate Law degrees. Anybody who wishes to be admitted to an undergraduate Law degree at one of the participating Universities must sit the LNAT as well as applying through UCAS.

Performance in the LNAT is one of a number of grounds on which admissions selectors determine the relative merit and potential of applicants. As a part of this process, performance in the LNAT may be used to distinguish between otherwise similar candidates, alongside the other evidence available to admissions selectors from a candidate’s UCAS application.

It is important to note the following:

  • Both parts of the LNAT examination – the multiple choice score and the essay – are always considered by admissions selectors when assessing an application;
  • No minimum score is required for the multiple choice part of the LNAT.

In our assessment of an LNAT essay, admissions selectors in the Law School look – in particular – for evidence of the following positive attributes:

  • Focus on the particular question;
  • Clarity of expression and fluency of prose;
  • A logical progression and structure;
  • Reference(s) to relevant evidence;
  • An ability to recognise, and address, counter-arguments;
  • A concise and effective conclusion.

For further details, including registration instructions, deadlines and timescales, sample test papers and details of test centres worldwide, see the LNAT website at: www.lnat.ac.uk

While it is possible to apply for deferred entry to Law via UCAS, applicants should note that they would be required to take the LNAT test in the year that they apply. For example, a candidate applying in autumn 2015 for deferred entry in October 2017 would be required to take the LNAT in the 2015 admissions cycle.

Science A-levels

Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This applies only to applicants sitting A-levels with an English examination board.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

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Durham Law School
Palatine Centre
Stockton Road
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42800
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 42801

Undergraduate Admissions:Email: law.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42856

Postgraduate Admissions:Email: law.pgadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 46848