Ie University Joins Lnat

Friday, 19 November 2010

One of the world's most renowned international learning institutions, IE University, has joined the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).


Students applying to study the University's new single-subject Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) during the 2011-2012 academic year will now be able to take the LNAT in support of their application[1].


IE University's LLB is designed to train students in both civil and common law, with a particular focus on European Union law. Students can then go on to qualify as a legal practitioner in Spain, or to prepare for qualification as a solicitor in the UK.


Established in 1973, IE Law School has an international faculty of professors, practicing lawyers, businessmen, and civil servants.  It has partnerships with  law schools including King's College of London, Tilburg University, Northwestern University in Chicago, Georgetown Law Center, William and Mary School of Law in Virginia (USA) and the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in Asia.


Soledad Atienza Becerril, IE Law School Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Laws program said: "Our new LLB is a unique program with a highly international focus and a flexible curriculum that mixes on-campus and online classes, offering students the opportunity to access two different legal qualifications.  IE's LLB is intended for those who want to practice law in a global environment.  


"We want to give applicants the best possible opportunity during the admissions process to present us with  their abilities and potential - and  the LNAT will help us to do that."


The LNAT will be used alongside standard admissions methods such as application form and academic qualifications to give a more accurate and all-round impression of the student's abilities, regardless of their education or personal background.


Liora Lazarus, LNAT chair, and Fellow, St Anne's College, Oxford said: "Law is consistently one of the most popular and toughest undergraduate courses, so it's important for universities to be able to differentiate between candidates.  


"The LNAT is designed to assess a candidate's potential, by measuring their aptitude for studying law, rather than their knowledge of law or any other subject.


"It is used by a growing number of UK and international universities to help admissions tutors to identify the students with the most potential, because LNAT results are far less influenced by a candidate's educational or social background or academic achievement.   It is therefore an ideal tool for assessing the ability of  English-speaking candidates both in the UK and overseas."


In the 2009-2010 academic year more than 7,000 people from the UK and overseas sat the LNAT.





Editors Notes:  In the 2009-2010 academic year more than 7,000 people from the UK 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 and Oxford, together with King's College London and University College London. Other Universities have adopted the LNAT as customers of LNAT Consortium Ltd.



[1] Candidates may choose to take the LNAT, IE University's own test or SATS