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University Information

The London School of Economics and Political Science, known as LSE, is one of the leading social science universities in the world. It specialises in economics, politics, law and sociology. Founded in the late 1800s, the university’s reputation was pushed forward extensively by Bertrand Russel, who taught there between 1895-1896 and again between 1937-1938. LSE has been part of the University of London since 1900, and its Old Building and current campus in central London has been present and/or expanding since 1920. LSE has associations with 16 Nobel Prize winners and 37 current or past world leaders amongst its alumni. Even Mick Jagger was an undergraduate in 1961, before dropping out. Clement Attlee was an assistant lecturer in 1912. The LSE Students’ Union is not alien to controversy, often finding headlines for its stance on political issues or tendency towards strong statements. There are 9600 students at the university from 140 countries.

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Course Information

LSE explains that its students ‘learn that law is not a body of knowledge stored in libraries, but a presence all around us, constantly evident in our social, civil and business interactions.’ That means studying law here involves exploring issues as they are pertinent to society, rather than simply learning huge amounts of information by rote. The law school at LSE is perhaps the leading legal research institution in the UK, ranked No. 1 for quality of legal research in 2008 and again in 2014. Students therefore are taught by academics at the very forefront of the subject, and who are actively pushing law – and how it fits with society – forward. Most teaching at LSE is done by full time members of staff, who are dedicated to their students and their prospects.

Admissions Statistics & Process

Admission to LSE for law is highly competitive. Looking at 2019-2020 data, there were 1362 home applications to 331 offers, and 1162 overseas applications to 179 offers. That’s an overall rate of 2524 applications to 510 offers, or a success rate of 20%. As part of the admissions process, LSE will look at the combination of subjects that you have taken, in addition to your individual scores.
– The school believes that a broad ‘mix of traditional subjects’ is the best preparation for study, although there is no ideal combination for law
– Per the university, ‘a high level of literacy is expected and this is often evidenced by an applicant’s choice of post-16 subjects.’ This means that subjects like English Literature or History would be encouraged.
– You must be able to explain in your personal statement what aspects of law are of particular interest to you
– You should be able to link your current academic studies to law, and to your pursuit of a degree in the subject
– You ought to provide some thoughts and ideas on topics and subjects that you have encountered within the world of law, either through school or through independent activities
– You ought to have read around the subject to some extent already and be able to demonstrate this through the personal statement

Key Dates

The main key date to be aware of, as LSE does not interview, is the submission date for your LNAT. You must submit this score by the 31st December; submissions after this date may not be considered.

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Additional Assessments for LSE Law

All applicants to LSE for Law will sit the LNAT. This is an aptitude test, which means that it does not rely on knowledge of law. Instead, the test is designed to help universities assess raw ability and intelligence. The test is divided into two parts, Section A and Section B. Section A is in  multiple choice format, and takes place on a computer. You will read passages of text, and then answer comprehension questions on them. You receive a score out of 42, and this is your LNAT score. Section B tasks you with writing an essay from a choice of three possible subjects. However, this essay is not marked and will not contribute to your score. Nonetheless, it can be seen by universities, and some therefore use it as part of their application process. At LSE though they state that ‘the essay is not considered for most applicants.’ The essay may be used if the applicant is identified as otherwise having to sit the UGGA.

LSE Law School Interview Questions

At the time of writing, LSE does not interview for Law. You should therefore focus on the LNAT and your personal statement.
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