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Law Admission Test (LAT)

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 + additional points) 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 dual degree programs from 2017 onwards.

If you are interested in studying Law at UNSW in 2018 then you should sit the LAT in 2017. 

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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?

The guiding principle underlying the ranking of applicants for admission to UNSW Law is that a student's academic results (e.g. ATAR) would 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.

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).

Registration

Registrations open for 2017 LAT - Tuesday 2 May 2017.
Standard registrations close - Friday 11 August 2017 at 5pm.
Late registrations open - Friday 11 August 2017 at 6pm.
Late registrations close - Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 5pm. Late registration will incur a fee.

Test date

The 2017 LAT test will be held Tuesday 26 September 2017.

Test locations

The 2017 LAT test will be 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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Please visit our FAQ page for more details on the Law Admission Test. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for here, you can email UNSW Law or ACER at:

UNSW Law: LAT@unsw.edu.au 

ACER: lat@acer.edu.au