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Law Admission Test (LAT)

Main Round Offers for 2017 have been released via the UAC website

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UNSW Law is broadening our assessment of applicants for entry to the Undergraduate Law Dual Degree programs. The Law Admission Test (LAT) has been introduced to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for our Law program and allow us to better assess applicants. Your LAT result, together with your Selection Rank (ATAR + additional points) or academic result, will provide us with a more rounded view of your aptitudes and skills for our Law program.

If you are interested in studying Law at UNSW in 2018 then you should sit the LAT in 2017 (dates to be announced shortly). 

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About the LAT

The LAT will consist 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.

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?

You will be assessed for entry to UNSW Law on the basis of both your LAT results and your academic results. Academic results will be combined with the LAT result on a sliding scale so that those with very high academic results require a lower LAT score, and those with lower academic results require a higher LAT score.

Law Admission Test (LAT)

We anticipate that applicants' academic results will need to be at least 95.00 (or minimum IB score of 36) and they will need a high LAT score to be competitive for an offer. For current year 12 students academic results include your ATAR plus any additional points you are awarded for admission to UNSW Law. If for example, you have experienced severe long term educational disadvantage you may be competitive if your ATAR is 89.65 and you have been granted 6 EAS points to make your academic result for UNSW Law 95.65 and you perform well in LAT.

Please note that Guaranteed Entry will not apply to UNSW Law programs in 2018 as admission will be based on both academic results and LAT results.

Who can sit the LAT?

All domestic applicants* who wish to study an Undergraduate Law dual degree program at UNSW in 2018 will 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 (your LAT result will be valid for two years so you can use it to apply for Law in 2019).

*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 Melanie Schwartz (Acting Director of Indigenous Legal Education at UNSW Law).


Registrations for the 2017 LAT sitting have not opened yet. Please check back soon for registration dates or join our mailing list and we will send you details as soon as we have them.

Test date

The 2016 LAT was held on Monday 26 September 2016. 2017 test dates have not been confirmed.

Test locations

The 2016 LAT was held in Sydney, Canberra, Armidale and Dubbo. 

Applications for special exam invigilation can be arranged. For more information please visit the ACER LAT website.

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