How to Get into LSE for Law

Year after year, applicants come to me seeking advice on how to get into the most competitive subjects at the most prestigious universities. One of the most common questions I receive is ‘How do I get into LSE for Law?’

I’m the right person to ask, and that’s not because I’m an LSE alumnus, but because 85% of my clients applying to LSE receive an offer!

LSE is ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide’s world university rankings (2023) and boasts an extremely competitive admissions process. So, my success rate is no easy feat but my methodology is simple. If you can successfully apply my advice, you’ve got this in the bag.

Law is a rigorous and demanding subject. Hence, this course is particularly selective with an acceptance rate of just 13%. Only a small selection of applicants receive an offer, and the application process is far from easy. This means you MUST be prepared.

To get into LSE for Law you need to fit their student profile, and this is not purely academic. Yes, your subjects and grades are very important, but you need to demonstrate that you are an ideal candidate through actions rather than words.

Don’t forget, the information below is just a fraction of the knowledge our team has! If you want to maximise your chances of success, contact our admissions tutors; they have first-hand experience with the LSE admissions process and what is required to succeed at each stage. We can help you create an application in line with LSE’s specific values.

You can also check out my previous article on how to get into LSE or our guide on applying for Law. We also have an article on what to do if you don’t meet LSE’s entry requirements.

Contents

  1. Check LSE’s entry requirements
  2. Do you know LSE’s recommended subjects?
  3. Ready for LSE’s admissions tests?
  4. Is it hard to get into Law at LSE?
  5. 4 tips on how to get into Law at LSE
  6. Your application: have you mentioned Corporate Insolvency Law?
  7. Going bananas with your referencing?
  8. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?
  9. Sharing Insider Secrets: Get 1-to-1 guidance from an expert admissions tutor
  10. FAQs

Check LSE’s entry requirements

LSE offers two undergraduate Law courses that are highly competitive, and applicants are expected to have an excellent academic track record. 

My insider tip: LSE might very well be the most grade-obsessed university in the United Kingdom. Its admissions process does not take the same “holistic” approach as Oxford and Cambridge. LSE values applicants with a history of top GCSE and A level (or equivalent) results. It pays close attention to historic grades, so your GCSEs should mostly range from 7-9 (A-A*), especially in essay-writing subjects. You must have a 6 (B) at minimum for English Language and Maths. But really, any grades in traditional academic subjects that fall at a B or lower, are worth retaking/improving. 

You’ll need to meet high entry requirements to gain your offer from LSE. Aim to surpass the requirements to increase the competitiveness of your application.

Undergraduate course:A level Requirements:International Baccalaureate Diploma Requirements:
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)A*AA38 points, with 766 in higher level subjects
Anthropology and Law (BA)AAB37 points, with 666 in higher level subjects

Applying from the United States or another country outside of the UK? If you need more information regarding grade requirements, such as international qualifications, take a look here

We also made a table where we compiled LSE’s postgraduate and undergraduate degrees, acceptance rates and entry requirements!

Please note: Competition for places at the LSE is extremely high. This means that you are not guaranteed an offer – even if you are predicted or if you achieve the required grades. LSE’s entry requirements are a guide, and in some cases, applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this. Moreover, each year you are compared to your peers, hence standards fluctuate in accordance with this. 

Worried that you won’t achieve the necessary grades to study at the London School of Economics? Our A level and IB tutors can help. We have extensive experience helping students excel in their coursework and final exams, and achieve entry grades for this competitive course. Reach out to my team for support. 

You can also check out our article on what to do if you don’t meet LSE’s entry requirements.

My insider tip: The LSE Law course exercises a heavy workload and is extremely rigorous. You will be expected to construct comprehensive arguments, and you must be able to write and communicate in a sophisticated fashion. Be sure that you excel in these areas, and if not, that you are truly motivated to master them, or you might find yourself struggling to keep up. Need advice on whether Law at LSE is the right fit for you? Or are you looking for support to complete the Law degree? We are here to help.

Do you know LSE’s recommended subjects?

There is no ideal subject combination for either of the Law courses. However, your academic achievements do need to be somewhat focused.

Firstly, both Law courses favour a mix of traditional academic subjects and prefer their students to have studied at least two. So, avoid vocational subjects if you can and prioritise traditional ones!

  • For LLB Law: LSE predominantly prioritises evidence of “academic excellence, scholarly potential and curiosity.” Consequently, demonstrating research and exploration is recommended. LSE does expect a high level of literacy to be evidenced by applicants’ post-16 subject choices. LSE specifically notes that this degree requires copious reading, research and attention to detail. So, subjects that require these skills (such as, English Literature, English Language and/or History) are recommended. 
  • For BA Anthropology and Law: LSE is looking for students who have studied a breadth of varying subjects. Successful Anthropology and Law applicants have studied subjects like: English, History, Economics, Languages, Sociology, Music, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, RE, Psychology and Art. Hence, it could make a competitive application to have a diversity of subjects, and for one of them to be English, History or something else of this nature. 

Insider tip 1: LSE does not consider a fourth AS level or Extended Project (EP) on par with an A level. Completing one will never be included in a conditional offer and taking one will never disadvantage your application (as LSE is aware that many students lack the opportunity). However, LSE’s Law department does value these additional subjects as they teach useful skills and prove the ability to cope with LSE Law’s demanding workload. So, if you have the chance to complete an AS level or EP, you should as LSE clearly encourages it and it could make your application more competitive! 

Insider tip 2: Both Law courses state that applicants with A levels (or equivalent) in Maths and Further Maths need an essay writing subject to be considered. The LLB course goes as far as to say that applicants with quantitative backgrounds should prove their ability to cope with the literacy aspects of the programme through their personal statement, teacher’s reference, extracurricular activities or performance in GCSE or equivalent qualifications. So, if you’d like to make your application to LSE Law more competitive, get a literacy subject under your belt. If you can’t do this, pursue literacy outside of the classroom!

Insider tip 3: As LSE prefers traditional academic subjects, LSE’s Law courses favour English and History A levels over Law. So, don’t fall under the impression that you should be studying Law – it won’t make your application more competitive! Focus on getting amazing results in a diversity of traditional subjects, this is most important for success.

Need advice on whether Law at LSE is the right fit for you? Or are you looking for support to complete the Law degree? We are here to help.

Ready for LSE’s admissions tests?

The LNAT:

For LLB Law, all applicants must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). For BA Anthropology and Law, the LNAT is not required. 

The LNAT lasts for 95 minutes and is split into two parts: a multiple-choice section based on a passage of text, and a written essay. The LNAT does not require prior knowledge of Law. Instead, it tests applicants’ aptitude for studying Law at university level.

LSE receives many applications from highly-qualified applicants to study Law. The LNAT will provide additional information about applicants’ aptitude for studying Law and will be used alongside existing assessments to make admissions decisions.

Don’t forget to check out our article on how to prepare for the LNAT!

What LNAT score do I need for LSE?

If you’d like to get into LSE Law, you should try to get the highest score possible as LSE is very grade focussed. Over the years, LSE has reported that their successful Law students achieved 26 on average. So, try to attain 26 at minimum.

Worried about smashing the LNAT? We have expert LNAT tutors who can help you!

Please note: If you do not have a record of recent or relevant study, or if you have non-standard qualifications, you might be asked to sit LSE’s Undergraduate Admissions Assessment (UGAA). Ordinarily, this test is held in March every year. If necessary, candidates are contacted individually to invite them to sit this test after their application to LSE.

Is it hard to get into Law at LSE?

As we’ve covered, applying for LSE is no simple feat. Studying Law is particularly competitive and challenging. I’ve detailed the LSE acceptance rates below so that you can get a clear understanding of the competition.

Course TitleAcceptance Rate
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)13%
Anthropology and Law (BA)11%

My expert team of admissions tutors can help boost your chances of getting into LSE to study Law. Thanks to our network of experienced tutors, many of whom are LSE graduates and ex-admissions officers themselves, we have the very latest and best knowledge on what LSE is looking for in top Law applicants. Get in touch with us today to chat with a member of our team about how we can help with your application to LSE.

What are the fees for Law at LSE?

Tuition fees vary. The table below shows the annual course fees for LSE’s Law students (2023-2024):

UK StudentInternational Student
£9,250£25,272

You can find out more information about what fees you will pay on LSE’s fee status page. You can also view LSE’s fees, funding and scholarship page to find the funding options available to you.

4 tips on how to get into Law at LSE

1. Your application: have you mentioned Corporate Insolvency Law?

Take it from me, when applying for Law at LSE, you should prepare for each stage of the admissions process thoroughly.

  • Your grades – preparation for your LSE application really starts from the moment you begin your GCSEs (or equivalent). Excellent grades are essential in order to be considered for a place at LSE, so you should be aiming for 9-8 (A*-A) in your GCSEs and A*AA-AAB in your A levels depending on your chosen Law programme.
  • Your LNAT – if you’re applying for the LLB, you’ll need to take the LNAT. It’s important that you prepare for this in advance with an expert who knows what the examiners will be looking for. You want to get the highest score you possibly can! Your performance could dictate whether you get an offer. Reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants or LNAT tutors for more information on this.
  • Your UCAS application – the first official stage of your LSE application is completing your UCAS application online. As well as your grades, this includes your personal statement. This is the first chance you’ll get to showcase your suitability for Law at LSE and prove that you are interested and committed to the subject areas. Go out of the box by mentioning undergraduate-level concepts like Tort Law and Corporate Insolvency Law. More importantly, demonstrate an understanding of them! Your personal statement needs to stand out from the crowd and be as specific as possible to Law and LSE itself. Why are you the perfect fit for this course at LSE? Find out how to write a stand-out personal statement in our helpful guide.

Need some help with any of the steps above? We have experts for each niche: GCSE tutors, A level tutors, personal statement tutors, and LNAT tutors. We can help you smash each and every step.

Ensure that your personal statement ticks off the qualities that your course is looking for in an applicant:

CourseCharacteristics 
LLB Law
  • Capacity to apply logic and follow complex reasoning
  • High levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good communication skills
  • Capacity to ask questions and think independently
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Motivation and hard working
BA Anthropology and Law
  • Interest in diverse cultures and societies
  • Capacity to ask incisive questions
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Capacity to adopt a creative and flexible approach to study
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Motivation and hard working
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Equal interest in both anthropology and law

Insider tip 1: Attend any in-person or virtual open days for more tips and tricks on how you can make your application stand out. You can also use the open day to chat with some LSE Law professors and build a rapport which could help you with your application. Don’t forget to search LinkedIn for LSE Law graduates who you can reach out to for further application advice!

Insider tip 2: Your referee’s statement is just as important as your own! So, choose wisely. Get to know them so that they can get to know you. Choose someone who can vouch for your potential in the field of Law. Ask them to mention your qualities and achievements that showcase useful skills for Law (but don’t have them repeat things that are already in your statement). LSE has an outline for what a reference should provide here.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

2. Going bananas with your Referencing?

Have you referenced ‘Bananas, beaches and bases: making feminist sense of international politics’ by C Enloe? This is just an example, and it may or may not be relevant to your interests, but you get the gist. 

Deep dive into research. Name-drop an academic and talk about their recent research to elevate your personal statement. Go niche and get specific! I jump more into this below.

LSE Law applicants have a slim chance of success, so it’s important that you do everything you can to make your application stand out from the crowd. Your academic ability might get you on the shortlist, but it’s not necessarily what secures your place. LSE particularly looks for applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in Law, are intellectually curious and have a well-rounded profile. There are many ways you can show this, such as:

Complete the preliminary reading

LLB Law and BA Law both include preliminary reading lists on their course pages. You should prove your enthusiasm and dedication, and expand your knowledge, by working your way through your chosen course’s list of texts. Then, find your own texts that you can use to analyse them.

CourseReading list
LLB Law
  • T Bingham The Rule of Law (Allen Lane, 2010)
  • S Chakrabarti On Liberty (Allen Lane, 2014)
  • C Gearty On Fantasy Island: Britain, Europe, and human rights (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • H Kennedy Eve was Framed: women and British justice (Vintage, 1993)
  • N Lacey Women, Crime, and Character: from Moll Flanders to Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • P Sands East West Street: on the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016)
BA Anthropology and Law
  • M Foucault Discipline and Punish: the birth of the prison (Penguin, 1979)
  • B Latou The Making of Law. an ethnography of the conseil d’etat (Polity Press, 2009)
  • M Mamdani From Subject to Citizen: contemporary Africa and the legacy of late colonialism (Princeton University Press, 1996)
  • S Merry Getting Justice and Getting Even: legal consciousness among working-class Americans (University of Chicago Press, 1990)
  • A Reed Papua New Guinea’s Last Place: experiences of constraint in a postcolonial prison (Berghahn, 2003)

There’s more to this list available on the course page!

How to ACTUALLY go beyond your school syllabus

I’ve found that LSE loves evidence of students’ self-learning because it demonstrates their desire to develop higher-level thinking and shows that they are ready to study Law at university level. 

So, I advise studying the first 2-3 weeks of a 1st-year module for LSE Law and talking about this in your application to show that you are ahead of the competition. Take the time to read a large breadth of quality literature around some chosen niches within Law e.g. Contract Law or Foreign Relations Law. 

You can reference an LLB case book and analyse it to demonstrate that you can work at university level. You could even choose an event or a period within historical Law and read widely about this. 

Whatever you choose, show that your understanding of Law goes beyond the syllabus by talking about very specific, less-known, and complex concepts. Double check that you are not choosing popular texts that many students applying to Law might point to. Try to find something unknown, underrated, niche, and/or peculiar.

My insider tip: Faux Harvard referencing can help your point stand out visually. How much better does this comment look when I cite it? 

Similar to post-Communist Europe, many viewed the freedom of cyberspace in conjunction with the abolition of the state: “The claim now was that government could not regulate cyberspace, that cyberspace was essentially, and unavoidably, free. Governments could threaten, but behaviour could not be controlled” (Lessig, 2006).

This simple tweak can help your personal statement to look like an academic text!

Catapult your Application to the Top with Certain Extracurricular Activities

For Law, LSE wants to hear that you enjoy literacy, debating, problem-solving and critical thinking and that you have experience in this outside of class. They look for students who have made the most of the prospects available to them to improve their knowledge and comprehension of law. In other words, LSE values students who have challenged themselves and committed themselves to law outside of the classroom.

If your school, or another local organisation, has a mooting event or student government body, take part! Even better, if you take a leadership role. 

Maybe you’ve written a column about the current legal system’s practices and policies, or perhaps you are part of a debating society that discusses topics such as these. If yes, showcase this! If not, consider getting some experiences like these under your belt.

Please note: Although LSE loves students who have completed a bunch of extracurriculars, the bulk of your application should be focused on academia. Try to mention your extracurriculars in just a couple of sentences at the end of your personal statement.

Insider tip 1: LSE Law will appreciate it if you’ve participated in Model United Nations or any freelance writing work.

Insider tip 2: LSE Law values any proof that you can manage a heavy workload so it’s important that you demonstrate your successful involvement in other commitments whilst maintaining your high grades. Extracurriculars are not to be overlooked. Having amazing grades but no experience outside of your standard curriculum will not make for a competitive application. You could take an extra AS level, an extended project (EP), enter an essay-writing competition, write for your school newspaper or even join a theatre production.

Lay the ‘Groundwork’ for Acceptance

LSE is more career oriented than other universities. They really value on-the-ground work so this is where you can stand out.

Work experience in the legal industry can demonstrate your drive and commitment to Law. Expressing what skills you have learned from this experience and how they will help you with your course will also make you a more attractive candidate. 

Remember, context is important. Remain as relevant to Law as possible e.g. shadowing a judge, attending court hearings and/or working as an intern for a law firm.

If you have impressive work experience under your belt, talk about it right at the start of your personal statement. What did your team achieve during that time? Demonstrate how this opportunity taught you skills relevant to your degree and future career, and talk about your intention to work professionally for this employer after graduation – or an even better one!

3. You’ve mentioned a solid 5-year plan, right?

Something I tell all my clients is to have a 5-year plan. This can set you apart from the others. What would you like to do with this degree and why do you need it? After successfully completing your undergraduate Law degree at LSE, where will you be?

Don’t worry, you don’t have to necessarily stick to your plan. In fact, it is expected that your interests and ambitions will change as your knowledge and experience grows. Having a plan is simply a great way of demonstrating to LSE that you are committed to Law and that you are motivated to succeed at your degree, and thus would be a valuable LSE student.

The first step to having a plan is to develop an understanding of the industries a Law degree can lead to and the specific areas you can specialise in. For example, identifying an interest in becoming a barrister, solicitor, corporate legal advisor, or earning a PhD in legal studies shows you are a forward-thinking candidate serious about your career. Talking about what you might explore or focus on in your final year proves drive, ambition, and motivation. 

Relating your areas of study, activities and personal passions back to potential careers is essential to presenting a targeted, future-focused candidate profile in just a few sentences. 

My insider tip: LSE values applicants with a specific and ambitious career plan because they want their students to go on to get good jobs after university and maintain a strong LSE alumni network. So, mention your career aspirations in your application and be specific. What institution or company do you want to work for, and what do you want to specialise in? If you’re unsure, educate yourself. 

4. Sharing Insider Secrets: Get 1-to-1 guidance from an expert admissions tutor

If you want to apply to LSE, it’s important that you’re aware of how competitive the Law course is.

My team of admissions tutors have many years of experience in helping students develop their academic profiles, tailor their application to LSE’s admissions criteria, and prepare for the LNAT exam.

Here, at The Profs, 85% of students applying to LSE gain admission! With us, you’ll gain invaluable independent study skills that will prepare you for study at an elite UK university, as well as a deeper and broader understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to study Law at degree level. Why risk your future? Reach out to our experienced team today.

FAQs

What are the entry requirements for LSE Law?

The typical entry requirements for LSE Law are A*AA at A level or an equivalent qualification. 

However, remember that these are only guidelines and admission is competitive. Other factors are considered (mentioned in this article). Moreover, if the standard of your peers is higher than the usual grade requirements, LSE might expect higher grades from you too. Read this article for more information. 

We made an undergraduate and postgraduate table where we compiled LSE’s courses, acceptance rates and entry requirements! You can also check out my previous article on how to get into LSE or what to do if you don’t meet LSE’s entry requirements.

How important is the LNAT for LSE Law admissions?

The LNAT (National Admissions Test for Law) is an essential part of the application process for Law at LSE. It tests your aptitude for the skills required for Law, such as comprehension and reasoning. Preparing thoroughly for the LNAT can enhance your chances of securing a place at LSE. Reach out to The Profs’ admissions consultants or LNAT tutors for more information on this.

What subjects should I study at A level for LSE Law?

LSE does not prescribe any specific A level subjects for entry to its Law programme. However, subjects that demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills, like History or English, can be beneficial. LSE particularly favours a diverse combination of traditional academic subjects. You can read more about this in this article.

What can I do to make my application for LSE Law stand out?

To make your application stand out, offer a glowing academic track record and polish your personal statement. Articulate your interest in law, your career plan, work experience, and extracurriculars, and demonstrate your understanding of Law (using readings). You’ll also need a strong score in the LNAT and excellent references. Read this article for all the tips or get support from our expert admissions team

How competitive is it to get into LSE Law?

Admission into LSE Law is very competitive due to the high number of applicants each year and the programme’s global reputation. LSE’s LLB Law has a slim acceptance rate of just 13%. However, if you apply our tips and advice successfully you can get in.