Manchester Uni joins LNAT consortium

The University of Manchester has become the latest higher education establishment to join the National Admissions Test of Law (LNAT).

The LNAT has received growing interest from UK universities, which is largely attributed to the rising demand for undergraduate places.

The university’s director of external relations and clinical legal education, Dinah Crystal OBE, said: “We believe the LNAT will give us a medium to look at and beyond A Level results and identify students with raw talent, regardless of their educational or social background,”
“It will also give candidates a valuable opportunity to show off their abilities and flair for the study of law, and we look forward to implementing the LNAT as part of our admissions procedures for the 2012 academic year.”

The news arrives following the controversial entry test for law students attracted criticism last month (January) after the company in charge of administering the LNAT, Pearson Vue, failed to send results to students on time and in a small number of cases released inaccurate figures.

LNAT was developed by a consortium of UK universities, including Birmingham, Bristol, Durham and University College London as a fair way to assess a candidate’s potential to study law at undergraduate level.

There are now 10 UK universities that require A-level students wanting to study law to sit the LNAT, which is a computer-based test provided at over 500 test centres in 165 countries around the world.

Chair of LNAT and fellow at St Anne’s College Oxford, Dr Liora Lazarus said: “Admissions tests can be a very valuable evaluation tool as they can demonstrate a candidate’s aptitude and skills rather than simply their knowledge, something which is especially useful with borderline cases and with widening participation.”