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Law Admission Test (LAT)

The 2018 LAT will be held on Tuesday 25 September 2018. 

Registrations for the 2018 LAT are open on the ACER website and will close on 10 August 2018. 

The Law Admission Test or LAT is a written test that is used to demonstrate your aptitude and suitability for studying undergraduate Law at UNSW. Your LAT score, in addition to your academic results (e.g. ATAR + adjustment factors) will be used in our selection process to allow us to better differentiate between the many high achieving applicants to Law. The LAT was introduced in 2016 for entry to UNSW Law double degrees.

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About the LAT

The LAT consists of two questions requiring written responses. It is designed to assess aptitudes and skills that are critical to success in the Law program including critical thinking and analysis, and organising and expressing ideas in a clear and fluent way. You will have two hours to complete the test.

Test date

LAT is run only once per year, with the next sitting on Tuesday 25 September 2018.

There is an alternative test date for those who can not sit the LAT on Tuesday 25 September due to exceptional circumstances. The alternative LAT date will be approximately one week after 25 September.*

Students who have an evening graduation ceremony on 25 September or 24 September can request via ACER to be placed in either the AM or PM test sitting. In order to be considered for testing on the alternative date due to clashes with compulsory school activities (e.g. year 12 graduation ceremonies) students must:

  1. Register to sit the LAT at
  2. Contact the LAT Office (via the online registration messaging function, or by email at to apply to sit the test on the alternative test date and provide appropriate supporting documentation (e.g. a program for the day supplied by your school and a letter from the principal).
  3. Students will hear back from ACER within 5 working days to confirm whether their request for the alternative test date was successful. Students and/or schools should provide detailed supporting documentation to avoid their application being held up.*

The 2018 LAT will be held in Sydney, Canberra, Armidale and Dubbo.

*ACER is no longer accepting applications to sit the LAT on the alternative test date or AM/PM sitting due to clashes with compulsory school commitments.

Who runs the LAT?

The LAT has been developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in conjunction with UNSW Law for selection into undergraduate level programs in Law at UNSW. The test is run by ACER.

How will the LAT results be used?

The guiding principle underlying the ranking of applicants for admission to UNSW Law is that a student's academic results (e.g. ATAR) remains an important component of the selection process. You will be assessed for entry on the basis of both your LAT score and your academic results. Academic results are combined with the LAT score on a sliding scale. All students who complete the LAT receive a boost to their Selection Rank. The higher the LAT score, the larger the boost and the further you move up in the ranked list.

Who can sit the LAT?

All domestic applicants* who wish to study an Undergraduate Law double degree at UNSW need to sit the LAT^. This includes: 

  • Those enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • Those who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • Those who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to Law
  • Year 11 students who wish to sit the LAT prior to their HSC year (LAT results are valid for two years)

*Australian citizens and permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.

^Indigenous students undertaking the Pre-Law Program at UNSW are not required to sit the LAT as they are assessed under multiple criteria in the Pre-Law Program. For more information about the Pre-Law Program, visit Nura Gili or contact Jeni Engel (Director of Indigenous Legal Education at UNSW Law).


Registration for the 2018 LAT is now open on the ACER website and closes at 5:00PM AEST on 10 August 2018. 

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