All Change At Lnat

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The LNAT Consortium, which manages the National Admissions Test For Law (LNAT) has made three new senior appointments.

Dr Dennis Baker, Lecturer in Law at King's College London, has taken over as LNAT Chair.

The Consortium has also appointed Thomas Krebs, a lecturer in commercial law at The University of Oxford, and LNAT manager and administrator Christopher Boulle, as new directors.

Dr Baker specialises in English Criminal Law and in Human Rights Law and has written numerous books and papers on these subjects. He currently lectures at King's College London, where he teaches criminal law and jurisprudence.  Previously he lectured at theChineseUniversityof Hong Kong where he taught postgraduate Criminal Law and Penal Theory, and at theUniversityofCambridge, where he taught undergraduate criminal law.  

Dr Baker said: "Higher education is currently in a state of flux.  As tuition fees increase, so too will the pressure on universities to recruit students from all backgrounds, especially the less privileged.

"It is important for universities to work together where possible to learn from each other and develop successful yet cost-effective best practice, especially in the field of widening participation.

"The LNAT is particularly useful for widening participation on objective merit, as it allows candidates from all backgrounds to display their natural intelligence.  The LNAT cannot be coached for so it allows universities to judge all candidates on objective merit regardless of whether they have had the advantage of being coached for interviews, and regardless of the standard of teaching they have received at A Level." 

"The LNAT is now eight years old and each year sees 7,000 people aiming to demonstrate their abilities and their potential for a career in law in a way which is more representative of their abilities than by using standard qualifications alone."

In the 2010-2011 academic year more than 6,000 students from theUKand overseas sat the LNAT.





Editors Notes:  In the 2009-2010 academic year more than 7,000 people from theUK and overseas sat the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT). 

The test assesses candidates' analytical and reasoning skills, their ability to construct a logical argument, their command of written English, inductive and deductive skills, and their comprehension and interpretation skills.

The LNAT does not replace A levels or their global equivalent but is used in conjunction with formal qualifications, university application form, the candidate's personal statement and, in some cases, performance at interview. Each LNAT university uses candidates' scores differently to suit its own admissions policy.

The LNAT was developed by Pearson VUE, the world's leading test and assessment company, on behalf of LNAT Consortium Ltd to measure a student's aptitude for studying law, rather than their knowledge of law or any other subject.

The LNAT Consortium Ltd was founded in 2004 to run the LNAT, and more generally to improve the process of university admissions in law.  The members of the company, who also nominate its board of directors, are seven of the Universities that use the LNAT as part of their law admissions process. They are the Universities of Birmingham,Bristol,Durham, Nottingham andOxford, together with King's College London and University College London. Other Universities have adopted the LNAT as customers of LNAT Consortium Ltd.