Law Admission Test

Your future success as a UNSW Law student reflects more than just your ATAR.

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The Law Admission Test (LAT) is a professionally designed and marked selection test developed to assess your critical thinking and analytical skills, problem-solving and ability to organise and express ideas.

UNSW Law & Justice 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. We developed the LAT to assess the skills directly relevant to studying Law at UNSW and excelling in your future legal career.

If you’re a domestic applicant and would like to study the Bachelor of Laws at UNSW, you’ll need to sit the LAT. Your LAT score, in addition to your academic results, such as ATAR + adjustment factors, is used in our selection process to allow us to better differentiate between the many high-achieving applicants.

Watch the 2021 LAT Information Evening

Lawyers today are required to be well-rounded individuals with strengths, skills and interests that pertain to more than merely academics, and the LAT reflects this.

Alex Zoras, 2021 Co-President of the UNSW Law Society

Read about Alex’s top 5 tips for sitting the LAT.

Frequently asked questions

General information

  • The 2021 LAT is on Thursday, 30 September 2021. The LAT is offered once per year and results are valid for 2 years.

  • Given the evolving COVID-19 scenario in NSW and other States and Territories, and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our candidates, we have made the difficult decision to cancel face-to-face test centre sittings in Sydney and Canberra and move the 2021 LAT fully online via remote proctoring.

    Please note that there is no additional cost to sit this year’s test online via remote proctoring.

  • Yes, you must register for the LAT via the ACER LAT website. Registrations for the 2021 LAT opened on 3 May 2021. On-time registrations close on 13 August 2021 (5pm AEST). Late registrations close on 8 September 2021 (5pm AEST) – a late fee applies.

  • The LAT consists of two questions requiring written responses. We encourage you to attempt the sample paper available on the ACER LAT website. Otherwise, no specific preparation is required.

  • The on-time registration fee for the 2021 LAT is $189 (GST inclusive). The registration fee covers online registration, materials required for the test and provision of test results. Late registration incurs an additional $50 fee.

    Given the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, UNSW Law & Justice will waive the remote proctoring levy for all candidates in 2021.

  • Yes, the concession registration fee is $100 (GST inclusive).  The remote proctoring levy will be waived for all candidates in 2021.

    A concession registration fee is available if you hold a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (both issued by Centrelink) or are listed as a dependent on a parent or guardian’s current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card. 

    Please note that student cards, Medicare cards, transport concession cards, private health insurance membership cards and Community Service cards don’t make you eligible for concession. The concession registration fee is not available to overseas candidates.

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

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

  • 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’ll use your highest LAT score in the admission process.

Eligibility

  • All domestic applicants* who wish to study a Bachelor of Laws double degree at UNSW need to sit the LAT^, including those: 

    • enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent) 
    • who have already completed their secondary schooling, e.g. those on a gap year
    • who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to UNSW Bachelor of Laws 
    • in Year 11 who wish to sit the LAT before Year 12 (their HSC year). Your results are valid for two years – so if you sit the LAT in 2021, your results will be considered by UNSW for admission in 2023. 

    International students are not eligible to sit the LAT. 

    *Domestic applicants include Australian citizens and permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens. International students are not eligible to sit the LAT.  

    ^Domestic applicants that aren’t required to sit the LAT as they’re assessed under multiple other criteria include: 

  • Yes, unless you received an offer to study law in 2021 and have deferred it to 2022 or sat the 2020 LAT.

  • No, only students applying to study one of our Bachelor of Laws double degrees are required to sit the LAT. If you’re applying for the Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice/Bachelor of Laws double degree, you’ll need to sit the LAT. 

  • Yes, you must sit the LAT and will be assessed based on both your LAT and academic results. We only consider the academic results of your university studies if you’ve completed at least one full-time year in your degree (note: shorter periods of study are not added together) and weight university studies and secondary studies in a 50:50 ratio. 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. 

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

  • If you’re eligible to participate in the UNSW Gateway Program, you’re not required to sit the LAT to apply for an early conditional offer. LAT results won't be used to assess your Gateway early conditional offer application. However, you can register for and sit the LAT if you'd like to retain the option of entry to Law & Justice through the LAT admission process.

  •  No. If you haven’t reached Year 11, you’re not eligible to sit the LAT. This includes if you're in Year 10 or lower and studying subjects at Year 11 level or higher.

Preparing for the LAT

  • UNSW Law & Justice doesn’t recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering LAT preparation. Commercial preparation courses could provide misleading information and advice to candidates. The LAT assesses 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 practising formal written expression.

  • No. The LAT is designed to assess your skills rather than your knowledge. You won't require any previous study of the law. HSC Legal Studies or similar courses won't impact your performance in the LAT.

  • The LAT assesses your aptitudes and skills in thinking critically, analysing material, and organising and expressing ideas. The LAT doesn’t require any knowledge specific to law.

Sitting the LAT

  • In 2021, all LAT candidates will sit the test via remote proctoring. Remote proctoring involves sitting the test online with ProctorU under live supervision using your computer in a suitable location with internet connectivity. Remote proctoring is only available on the main test day and candidates must select remote proctoring as part of the online application process for the LAT.

    For more details on remote proctoring, visit the ACER LAT website

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

    In 2021, all LAT candidates will sit the test via remote proctoring. Given the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, UNSW Law & Justice will waive the remote proctoring levy in 2021.

    Candidates must select remote proctoring as part of the online application process for the LAT. For more details on this process, please visit the ACER LAT website.

  • If you have a disability or medical condition that might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner, please apply for reasonable adjustments online via your ACER account as soon as possible after registration. Requests need to be submitted by no later than 5pm AEST 8 September 2021.

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

  • If you're prevented from sitting the test due to genuine and significant unanticipated illness or misadventure, you can apply to sit the LAT on an alternative date. ACER reviews each application on its merits and notifies applicants of the outcome. In the case of a significant unanticipated illness, detailed medical justification from a registered health professional is required – and in the case of misadventure, a statutory declaration is required.

    The alternative test date in 2021 will be scheduled approximately one week after the main test date. For more details, please visit the alternative test date section of the ACER LAT website.

LAT Results

  • LAT results are released in mid-November. 

    You’ll receive a percentile rank and LAT score on your statement of results. Your percentile rank indicates how you performed in relation to all other candidates who sat the LAT in the same year. Your LAT score is the mark you received on the test.  

    There’s no pass or fail mark for the LAT. We often receive enquiries from students when the LAT results are released as they’re worried that their LAT score was much lower than they expected. Because entry to UNSW Law & Justice is so competitive, students who sit the LAT are often used to getting results at school in the 90s. When they receive a LAT score of 65 or 70, they’re understandably upset and confused.  

    As the LAT is attempted by a very small subset of all students, and this subset is likely to be made up of very high achievers, LAT scores shouldn't be viewed in the same way as a result of an HSC course. A score of 70 or 80 in the LAT isn’t like an HSC mark of 70 or 80. The median LAT score for 2021 entry was 79. UNSW Law & Justice determines the lowest acceptable score from year to year, which will vary depending on the applicant pool. 

  • The entry requirements into the Bachelor of Laws fluctuate slightly year-to-year. The best indication we can give you is what was required for 2021 admission: 

    2021 Lowest ATAR: 87.15*/ 86.05** 

    2021 Lowest Selection Rank^: 92.90 + LAT 

    2021 Median ATAR: 96.9 

    2021 Median LAT Score: 79 

    *Based on a non-UNSW Gateway Early Conditional Offer  

    **Based on a UNSW Gateway Early Conditional Offer 

    ^Selection Rank = ATAR + Adjustment Factors 

  • Your percentile rank isn’t used to assess you for admission to UNSW Bachelor of Laws double degrees; your LAT score is what we’ll 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, 42 per cent of candidates who sat the LAT in the same year as you.

  • Each LAT writing piece is examined and marked by two expert assessors. Results are only released after careful calculation and checking. LAT results are final and no appeals are allowed.

Registrations for the 2021 LAT are open

ACER LAT office 

Contact for enquiries regarding test registration, fee payment, remote proctoring procedures, special testing arrangements, and any other test administration matters.

E: lat@acer.edu.au
W: lat.acer.edu.au

UNSW Sydney

Contact for information about LAT information sessions, admission and general information on applying to study Law at UNSW Sydney.  

T: 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)