Applications for law degrees at top universities swell

Applications for some of the top UK university law degree programmes have shown a significant increase this year, with 8 per cent more students sitting the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).

The figures, which were provided by Pearson Vue, were compiled from the nine universities that run the entrance exam and sit among the top 20 law schools in the country.

LNAT director Christopher Boulle said: “It’s quite surprising to see such a clear increase in demand for places from the same period last year, given that applications to university have fallen.

“We can only assume that students are looking to invest in more career-focussed degrees than in the past.”

The survey also revealed a 4 per cent fall in the number of students who fail to turn up for lectures.

The LNAT is designed to measure students’ abilities alongside A-level results, consisting of a range of verbal reasoning tests and essay questions.

The exam is carried out at the University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, Durham University, University of Glasgow, King’s College London, Manchester University, the University of Nottingham, the University of Oxford and University College London.

The news arrives despite university applications to study law across 26 universities showing a drop of 3.8 per cent according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) (30 January 2012).

The UCAS 2012 figures also showed a headline drop of 7.4 per cent in overall applications for university places in the UK received before the 15 January deadline.