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Law Admission Test (LAT)

2017 LAT results are now available. Candidates will have received a notification email from ACER that includes information on how to retrieve their statement of results via their online account.

You can download your results in a PDF file by logging into your online candidate account, and clicking on ‘View Results’ on your homepage.  You are advised to print a copy of your results for your own records. No hard copy statements will be sent to you. 

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.

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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.

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 dual degree program 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).


LAT is run only once per year so the next sitting will be in September 2018 for 2019 admission. Check back soon for 2018 dates.

Test date

The 2017  LAT was held on Tuesday 26 September 2017. There is only one LAT sitting per year. Check back soon for 2018 dates.

Test locations

The 2017 LAT test was  held in Sydney, Canberra, Armidale and Dubbo.

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