• A strong pre-16 academic profile such as several GCSE grades of A (or 7) and A* (or 8-9)
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades should be no lower than B (or 6)
  • We also consider your overall GCSE subject profile


  • Grade A*AA
  • We also consider your AS grades, if available.

Contextual admissions A-level grades*

  • Grade: AAA

IB Diploma

  • 38 points overall, with 766 at higher level

Contextual admissions IB grades*

  • 37 points overall, with 666 at higher level


  • Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you are predicted or if you achieve the grades that meet our usual standard offer, this will not guarantee you an offer of admission. Usual standard offers are intended only as a guide, and in some cases applicants will be asked for grades which differ from this.
  • We express our standard offers and where applicable, programme requirement, in terms of A-levels and the IB, but we consider applications from students with a range of qualifications including BTECs, Foundation Courses and Access to HE Diplomas as well as a wide range of international qualifications.
  • We believe a broad mix of traditional academic subjects to be the best preparation for studying at LSE and expect applicants to have at least two full A-levels or equivalent in these subjects.
  • There is no ideal subject combination for law. We are looking for evidence of academic excellence, scholarly potential and curiosity.

Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) Score

Additional tests: All applicants must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT). Test centres are available throughout the UK and overseas. LSE only uses the multiple-choice score in its assessment of applicants; the essay is not considered for most applicants. If you are an applicant who would have otherwise been identified as having to sit the UGGA, the selector may wish to consider your essay

English Language Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to be sufficiently proficient in the English language to benefit from their studies at the School. If you have applied for one of our undergraduate programmes, or received an offer, you can meet our language requirements in the following ways:

IGCSE English (Language) as a first language Grade B/6 with the following notes:

  • Pearson/Edexcel English Language A with Speaking and Listening component or five years education in English
  • Pearson/Edexcel English Language B has no Speaking and Listening component and is only acceptable with five years education in English
  • Cambridge CIE First Language English with Merit in Speaking & Listening test or five years education in English
  • Oxford AQA/IGCSE English Language with Merit in Speaking and Listening or five years education in English

International Baccalaureate English with the following notes:

  • English A + Literature
  • English A + Language & Literature
  • English A + Literature & Performance

Higher Level: any grade

Standard Level: at least 6

  • International Baccalaureate English B 7 points at Higher Level
  • IELTS Academic 7.0 overall and 7.0 in each component 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 69 overall with 69 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT (including Special Home Edition) 100 overall, with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 25 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 24 in Speaking 
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced  (CAE) 185 points overall and  a minimum of 185 points in each component
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 185 points overall and a minimum of 185 points in each component

Personal Statement

The quality of an applicant's personal statement is very important at LSE. The School does not interview for places so this is an applicant’s only opportunity to demonstrate they are a good fit for the course. Applicants should consult the advice here, as well as advice from UCAS when preparing to complete this section of their application.

Teacher’s Reference

Universities use the UCAS reference to find out about the academic ability and interests of the student applying, their understanding of their chosen discipline and suitability for university level study. Therefore, the reference should include:

  • The student’s post-16 academic performance and their potential for success in higher education.
    Why they are suited to their chosen subject
  • Skills and qualities that are relevant to their chosen subject area
  • Other essential detail