School of Law

Undergraduate admissions information

In this Section:

Entry requirements for our undergraduate courses

Equivalent qualifications

There are many other European and International qualifications that we also accept.

Further advice can be also be sought by contacting our Admissions Office directly. 

Deferred entry

We will accept applications for deferred entry for one year. We encourage applicants who intend to undertake a gap year gaining experience of work, voluntary service or travel to make use of the personal statement section of the UCAS application form to explain their reasons for deferment.

International students

If you are from a country outside the EU and wish to apply to the School of Law, please contact our Faculty Admissions Office for guidance on our entry requirements for international students.

Which A levels do you accept?

Our undergraduate degrees are theoretical subjects and require a high level of literacy. As such, two of your A levels must be in traditional academic subjects.

We do not accept the following subjects. They will only be considered as a fourth A level or AS level. They will not be accepted as part of a conditional offer.

  • Critical Thinking
  • General Studies

If your choice of A level subjects has been constrained by factors beyond your control (for example, your school or college did not offer certain subjects), please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

For further information view our accepted A-level subjects document [PDF: 305KB]

Language requirements

Applicants from countries where English is not the first language will be expected to have one of the following.

  • A grade B in GCSE English Language or equivalent qualification.
  • An overall score of at least 6.5 in IELTS with no less than 6.0 in any component.
  • Internet Based TOEFL: 92 with not less than 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, 22 in writing and 21 in listening.

What should I put in my personal statement?

The personal statement of the UCAS form helps us to assess the nature of your interest in the academic subject you have applied to study. It forms an important part of our selection process at all stages. Accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar are of paramount importance. It is essential that you take this opportunity to demonstrate your enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject you are applying for. 

We wish to hear about...

  • demonstrated interest in and commitment to the subject
  • social and cultural awareness
  • responsibility
  • non-academic interests and activities.

Interest in and commitment to the subject

You should demonstrate that you have questioned your reasons for choosing the degree you wish to apply for, and that you understand what the degree entails. Whilst you may be motivated by professional ambitions, a desire to work in the legal or criminal justice sectors is not a criterion for acceptance onto the degree; we are more interested in learning why you want to study Law, or Criminal Justice and Criminology, for three or four years at university, which aspects of the programme you are particularly interested in, and why. Both Law and Criminal Justice and Criminology are degree programmes which engage substantially with contemporary issues, and your personal statement should demonstrate that you are aware of, and engaged by current relevant news stories and reported policy developments.

It is not essential to have obtained work experience in the legal or criminal justice field; if you have been fortunate enough to have had work experience, please discuss how that experience contributes to your interest in the academic subject of study.

If you are applying for Law with French, German or Hispanic Law, we would like to see some reference in your statement to your interest in combining your legal studies with language studies and study abroad.

Social and cultural awareness

Given the diversity within the University community, it is useful if you have some experience beyond your immediate environment. Many applicants gain this insight through work experience, voluntary work, part-time employment, organised community schemes, and travel. Activities connected to, and independent of school and college, are given equal merit.


All the degree programmes offered by the School of Law lead to professional careers where individual practitioners carry significant responsibility to their clients. You should be able to demonstrate that you have begun to develop this aspect of your character. Demonstration of responsibility through paid employment, or positions of responsibility within school or in your community is desirable.

Non-academic interests and activities

We believe that people that have developed interests outside their academic studies and who try to lead a balanced life are more likely to contribute to the University community in its broadest sense. Successful applicants will have found time to pursue non-academic interests whilst still meeting the necessary academic requirements. The nature of those interests is a very individual matter, but successful applicants will describe evidence of such achievements in for example, sports, performing arts or community service.



How do you select applicants?

The selection criteria treats all applicants fairly and does not discriminate unlawfully on grounds of marital status, gender, gender re-assignment or transsexual status, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, political or other opinion, social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

The Faculty Admissions Office and School of Law Admissions Tutor assess all UCAS applications on academic and non-academic criteria.

In assessing each UCAS application, we pay close attention to the academic record, examining academic achievement in A levels (predicted or actual), AS level examination grades and GCSE grades, and the context of the application. We recognise that, following the A level reforms from 2017 onwards, some A level students will no longer sit AS levels. This group will not be disadvantaged in our decision making process.

As well as the academic record, we pay close attention to the personal statement and reference. Please take note of the advice on this website about your personal statement.




The School of Law welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

In line with the University's obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act, we do not treat disabled applicants less favourably than applicants without disabilities.

The School of Law strives to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that disabled applicants have full and equal access to our admissions procedures and courses.

We keep any judgment about an individual candidate's academic suitability separate from any consideration of the applicant's disability-related support requirements.

As well as responding to individual requests for such adjustments from applicants or students, the School strives to ensure that our admissions process and any related events -- for example, school applicant visit days -- are as accessible as possible.

In line with the Disability Discrimination Act, the School adopts a broad definition of disability, which would, for example, cover many people with dyslexia, long-term mental health conditions or Asperger Syndrome, as well as people who are blind, partially-sighted, deaf, hard of hearing or who have a mobility or physical impairment.

We ask applicants to indicate their disability status on their application form, and we encourage applicants to disclose any disability. Where candidates choose not to disclose their disability, this may make it more difficult -- or, in some cases, impossible -- for the University to make adjustments.

We also advise disabled candidates to contact the University's Disability Team, which is part of the University's Equality Service, once an application has been submitted through UCAS to discuss any support requirements they may have.

We welcome applicants who wish to contact the School directly to discuss any support or adjustments they may require.

This policy should also be read in conjunction with the University of Leeds Undergraduate Admissions Policy, which states the University's broader commitments to delivering a fair and equal admissions process for disabled applicants.

The Liberty building is fully accessible.

Access to Leeds is our undergraduate widening access scheme which allows us to identify the best possible applicants regardless of background. We understand that A-level grades alone cannot tell us everything about an applicant and their abilities.

If you are eligible for the scheme you will receive special consideration from admissions tutors.

If you complete the Access to Leeds programme and receive a course offer, you will also receive an Access to Leeds offer, two grades or 40 UCAS points below the standard offer for your course.

Applicants will still have to complete the study skills assignment and the subject skills assignment.


We welcome applications from mature applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate in some other way that they have above average academic ability.

We look for evidence of success in recent academic study to complement any relevant work or life experience. Two or more A-levels studied part-time over one academic year, or completion of an accredited Access course at distinction level would be acceptable. We consider all applications on an individual basis.

We advise mature applicants to contact the Faculty Admissions Office for advice about current entry requirements.

Pre-entry support

Additional pre-entry support for mature learners is also available from the Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC).

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