There are no essential A-level subjects. However, to demonstrate that you have the skills, choose subjects that involve research, analysis and communication – such as law (if it’s an option at your school) history, geography, modern languages, sciences or maths – as these can give you an edge. Be aware that many universities do not accept general studies or critical thinking A-levels PGDL.
Legal work is intellectually challenging and competitive, so universities expect excellent A-level grades as evidence that you’ll be able to cope with the demands of studying law. Entry requirements for an undergraduate law degree at top universities typically range from A*AA to AAB. Other institutions have less stringent criteria, so check when searching for courses.
Some universities specify required GCSE grades in English, maths and possibly a foreign language.
In addition, to study law at university you’ll often have to take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) as part of your application. This does not test your knowledge of law – instead, it assesses your aptitude for the required skills. Fees for those taking the LNAT at a UK or EU test centre are £75.