The Law Admission Test (LAT) is a professionally designed and marked selection test developed to assess the types of aptitudes and skills that are critical to success in the Law program at UNSW Sydney. 

UNSW Law has always been a destination of choice for students wanting to study Law. Demand is strong, places are limited and the ATAR can only tell us so much about applicants, so we introduced the LAT to assess the skills directly relevant to studying Law at UNSW. If you are a Domestic applicant and would like to study Law at UNSW, you will need to sit the LAT.

Your LAT score, in addition to your academic results (e.g. ATAR + adjustment factors), is 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.

Law Admissions Test (LAT)

Results for candidates who sit the LAT 2020 will be available between mid to late November 2020. 

Frequently asked questions
UNSW Law COVID-19 response to the LAT

UNSW Law and ACER recognise the significant community concerns around COVID-19 and if this will impact the 2020 Law Admission Test. At present the 2020 LAT will proceed as planned on 29 September 2020, with registrations opening on 4 May.

ACER together with UNSW are closely monitoring the situation, heeding government advice and taking all required action to protect the health and wellbeing of candidates and staff.

If the situation changes, updates will be published on the UNSW Law and ACER websites, and communicated via our Future Student newsletters, which you can sign up for here.

Who is eligible to sit the LAT?

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

  • Students enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • Students who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • Students who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to UNSW Law
  • Year 11 students who wish to sit the LAT prior to Year 12 (their HSC year). Your results will be valid for two years – so if you sat in 2019, your LAT results will be considered by UNSW for admission in 2021

*Australian citizens and permanent residents and New Zealand citizens. International students are not eligible to sit the LAT. 

^ 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. Students applying via the UNSW Gateway program are not required to sit the LAT.

Is there a sample paper to help me prepare?

Yes, candidates are advised to attempt the sample paper provided for the LAT which is available on the ACER LAT site. Otherwise, no specific preparation is required. 

I am on a gap year in 2020. Will I need to sit the LAT if I wish to apply for Law in 2021?

Yes, unless you received an offer to UNSW Law for 2020 and have deferred it to 2021 or sat the 2019 LAT.

I am studying at another university and I want to transfer into Law at UNSW. Do I have to sit the LAT?

Yes. Application to transfer is via UAC and you must sit the LAT.

If I’m transferring from another university, what tertiary results will I need to be competitive?

We only consider university studies if you have completed at least one full-time year in your degree (note: shorter periods of study are not added together) and we weight university studies and secondary studies in the ratio 50:50. Transfer applicants generally require a distinction average or above in their university studies and a secondary rank (ATAR or equivalent) in the high 90s to be competitive. Transfer applicants must sit the LAT and are assessed on the basis of both LAT score and academic results. 

I am a UNSW student studying a non-law degree but am planning to apply for an Internal Program Transfer (IPT). Do I have to sit the LAT?

No, UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT) applicants will be assessed on their UNSW results only. 

I am in year 10. Can I sit the LAT in preparation for my HSC years?

No. Students who have not yet reached Year 11 are not eligible to sit the LAT. This includes students in Year 10 or lower who are studying subjects at Year 11 level or higher. 

Do I need to sit the LAT if I am an International Student?

No. The Law Admission Test is for Domestic applications to UNSW Law’s undergraduate programs. International Students are not eligible to sit the LAT.  

Can I sit the LAT more than once?

Yes, you can sit the test more than once. Only your best LAT result will be considered for entry.

Note: The LAT will be offered only once per year and results are valid for 2 years. 

When is the 2020 LAT?

The 2020 LAT will be held on Tuesday 29 September 2020. 

Where is the LAT held?

The 2020 LAT will be offered in Canberra and Sydney. The exact test venue details will be released approximately 2 weeks prior to the test date.

Do I need to register to sit the LAT?

Yes, you must register for the LAT via the ACER website. Registrations for the 2020 LAT open on Monday 4 May 2020.

How much does it cost?

On-time registration for the 2020 LAT is $187 (GST inclusive). The registration fee covers online registration, materials required for the test and provision of test results. Registration during the late period incurs an additional $50 late fee. 

All interstate and overseas candidates will be required to pay an interstate/overseas levy of $156 AUD (GST inclusive), in addition to the registration fee if they cannot attend a test centre and need to sit the test via remote proctoring. 

Is there a concession registration fee?

If you are eligible for a concession, the registration fee is $100 (GST inclusive).

A concession registration fee is available to applicants who hold a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (both issued by Centrelink), or who are listed as a dependant on the current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card of a parent or guardian.

Please note that student cards, Medicare cards, transport concession cards, private health insurance membership cards and Community Service cards do not make you eligible for concession. Please also note that the concession registration fee is not available to overseas candidates. For more details, visit the ACER website

I live overseas/interstate/a long way away and can’t get to a test centre. How can I sit the LAT?

If you reside outside the greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas you are now eligible to sit the LAT by remote proctoring. For the 2020 LAT, remote proctoring is now available for candidates who reside outside of Major Cities of Australia (RA2 - RA5 in NSW as per the ABS rural and remote classification site), as well as candidates who reside interstate or overseas and are not able to travel to a test venue.

Remote proctoring involves sitting the test online with ProctorU under live supervision using your own computer in a suitable location with internet connectivity. Remote proctoring is only available on the main test day, Tuesday 29 September 2020. Candidates must apply for remote proctoring as part of the online application process for the LAT. An additional fee applies, except for concession eligible applicants who reside in NSW, in an RA2 - RA5 location in NSW.

For more details on this visit lat.acer.edu.au/register/ apply-for-remote-proctoring

NSW remote locations

The LAT will be held at major test centres in Sydney and Canberra. Exact venues will be released closer to the test date. 


For the 2020 LAT, remote proctoring is now available for candidates who reside outside of Major Cities of Australia (RA2 - RA5 in NSW as per the ABS rural and remote
classification site).

Candidates who do not reside in RA2 to RA5 locations in NSW (with the exception of the Far North Coast) are not eligible to apply for remote proctoring and must attend a test centre.    

Interstate locations

All candidates who reside interstate (outside of NSW or the ACT) and are not able to travel to a test venue are eligible for remote proctoring. Candidates do not need to check the ABS classification site.  

Overseas locations

All candidates who reside overseas are eligible for remote proctoring. Candidates do not need to check the ABS classification site. 

What is remote proctoring?

Remote proctoring involves sitting the test online with ProctorU under live supervision using your own computer in a suitable location with internet connectivity. Remote proctoring is only available on the main test day, Tuesday 29 September 2020. 

Remote proctoring is available for candidates who reside in NSW in Remoteness Area RA2 to RA5 (as per the ABS rural and remote classification site), and candidates who reside in an Australian state or territory other than NSW or the ACT and are not able to travel to a test venue are eligible to apply for remote proctoring for the LAT. Candidates who reside overseas are also eligible.

Candidates registering to sit the test via remote proctoring will be required to pay a remote proctoring levy of $156AUD (GST inclusive) in addition to the registration fee. Candidates who reside in RA2 to RA5 locations in NSW and are eligible for the concession registration fee do not have to pay the remote proctoring levy.

Candidates must apply for remote proctoring as part of the online application process for the LAT. For more details on this process please click here

If you are unsure of your eligibility, we advise that you contact the ACER LAT office via phone or email: 
E: lat@acer.edu.au
P: +61 3 9277 5502 

Are there reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability or medical condition?

Candidates who have a disability or medical condition which might interfere with their ability to sit the test in the standard manner should apply for reasonable adjustments online via their ACER account as soon as possible after registration. All such requests need to be submitted by no later than 5:00pm AEST 9 September 2020.

Please see the reasonable adjustments section of the ACER LAT website for more details. 

What if I am very sick on the day of the LAT?

Applicants who are prevented from sitting the test as a result of genuine and significant unanticipated illness or misadventure can apply to sit the LAT on one alternative date at a test centre in Sydney. ACER will review each application on its merits and applicants will be notified of the outcome. In the case of a significant unanticipated illness, detailed medical justification from a registered health professional will be required – and in the case of misadventure a statutory declaration will be required.

The alternative test date in 2020 will be scheduled approximately one week after the main test date. For more details on this please visit the Alternative test date section of the ACER LAT website

What is the format of the LAT?

The LAT consists of two questions requiring written responses. You can view the practice material here

Do I need legal knowledge to sit the LAT?

No. The Law Admission Test is designed to assess your skills rather than your knowledge. It will not require any knowledge specific to law. 

How long will the LAT take?

The LAT will be 2 hours in duration, including 10 minutes of recommended reading and planning time per task. We recommend students do the practice paper in preparation for the LAT. 

I sat the LAT in 2019 and plan to sit it again in 2020, so I have two different registration numbers. Which one should I include in my UAC application?

When you apply through UAC you should enter your most recent LAT registration number. Both LAT registration numbers are linked to your ACER account. ACER and UNSW have developed procedures to ensure both results will be considered for applicants who have sat the LAT more than once. We will use your highest LAT score in the admission process.

What results will I need to be competitive?

Law’s entry requirements fluctuate slightly year-to-year. The best indication we can give you is what was required for 2020 admission:

2020 Lowest ATAR: 88.15
2020 Lowest Selection Rank*: 96.00
2020 Median ATAR: 98.1
2020 Median Selection Rank: 98.5
2020 Median LAT Score: 77

 

*Selection Rank = ATAR + Adjustment Factors

Will coaching help me in the LAT?

UNSW Law does not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering LAT preparation. Commercial preparation courses could provide misleading information and advice to candidates. The LAT will assess your ability to generate your own ideas and express yourself through writing. Therefore, the most appropriate preparation for the LAT is to continue with your existing high school or tertiary study and exam preparation which should include practice in formal written expression.

Will HSC Legal Studies help me in the LAT?

The LAT will not require any knowledge specific to law. Therefore, the HSC Legal Studies or similar courses will neither advantage nor disadvantage your performance in the LAT. 

What aptitudes and skills are UNSW Law looking for?

The LAT is a two-hour test designed to assess your aptitudes and skills related to success in studying Law. These include thinking critically, analysing material and organising/expressing ideas. The LAT does not require any knowledge specific to law.

When are my LAT results released?

LAT results are released in mid-November.

Do you use the ‘percentile’ or ‘LAT Score’ in the selection process?

Your percentile rank is not used to assess you for admission to UNSW Law; your LAT score is what we will combine with your academic results in the
selection process.

A percentile rank indicates how you performed in relation to all other candidates who sat the LAT in the same year. For example, a percentile of 42 indicates that your overall LAT score is equal to, or better than, that of 42% of candidates who sat the LAT in the same year as you.

Useful contacts

ACER LAT Office 
Please contact the ACER LAT Office for all enquiries regarding test registration, payment enquiries, remote invigilation procedures, special testing arrangements, and any other test administration matters.

Please note: due to the COVID-19 situation the ACER LAT team is working remotely and do not have access to the office phone so all communication with ACER must be via email.

E: lat@acer.edu.au 

UNSW Sydney LAT Contact Details 

Please contact UNSW Sydney for matters regarding LAT information sessions, admission and selection to UNSW Sydney, and general information on applying to study Law at UNSW Sydney. 

T: 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
E: futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/ask-question