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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (14 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845680103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845680107
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Soaring applicant numbers in recent years have seen fierce competition for places to study law at university, with many universities receiving up to 20 applications per place. In response to this, the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) was launched last year as a way for leading universities to identify the best candidates for their undergraduate law courses. It was sat for the first time in November 2004 by students applying to Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Nottingham, Warwick, Birmingham, Bristol and UEA. The University of Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan and King's College, London have already indicated their intention to join the LNAT syndicate for the 2005 test and other universities are shortly expected to follow suit.

Given the importance of a good result, and the fact that the test is very different from what many students will have experienced before, there is considerable demand for guidance as to what the test will involve and what admissions tutors will be looking for. Mastering the LNAT is a definitive guide to the subject, explaining the background to the test, how best to prepare for it and the most successful techniques for approaching the questions. Comprehensive guidance is included on both the multiple choice section and essay section of the test, as well as analysis of previous test results and details of the procedure for sitting the test and how the results are calculated and used. The book also includes five practice tests for students to work through, along with complete sets of answers and explanations and a range of sample essays and essay plans.

The information contained in the book is based on a careful analysis of past and sample papers, as well as discussions with admissions tutors and detailed consultations with students. It is designed to give a practical, hands-on insight into what universities are looking for from candidates, rather than simply being a reference work found in a library, and is presented in an accessible and easy to understand format. As such, it is essential reading for those wanting to give themselves the best possible chance of securing a place at the university of their choice.

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Mark Shepherd is a law graduate of Oxford University and is now a lawyer with international law firm Baker McKenzie. He has tutored students in various aspects of law, including preparing for the LNAT, and has also talked and given seminars on the subject.

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The National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) was developed to aid admissions tutors in identifying the best students to accept on their undergraduate law programmes, and was intended to counter the criticisms that the existing admissions process discriminated against those from certain backgrounds. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. Smith on 17 Aug. 2009
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I bought this book 3 years ago when I was applying to study law at University, it is still by far the best book I found and really helped me to understand the LNAT and what the examiner would be looking for. It made the whole process much easier and definitely let me know what to expect. I was one of the first years to take this exam and the whole process seemed very daunting at first, but this book is easy to read and gives a huge number of practice papers making it a very good buy! I have just graduated from Birmingham University Law School and I couldn't have done it without this book helping me through the LNAT. I highly recommend it to anyone considering taking the LNAT.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Awe on 29 Oct. 2007
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Considering how important the LNAT is to admissions processes, its sensible to aim high and attempt practice tests at a higher level than the standard. That being said, this book takes it a bit far and crosses the line between challenging and downright hard. The MCQ's are unnecessarily ambiguous but are explained still in the commentary. Although the advice on the essay section is helpful, the worked question in the sample tests are slightly pointless. A well researched, 1500 word essay, brimming with statistics as done by the author is hardly feasible in the time set in the exam. Buy this only if you want to be VERY pleasantly surprised in the exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By McG on 26 Nov. 2006
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The best bit about this book is the multiple choice questions - there are lots of them, and they do stick quite closely to the style of the LNAT. They are a bit formulaic, they do sometimes seem to put words in your mouth, and clearly they are no substitute for the official sample paper, but they still make for good practice.

The worst bit about this book is everything else. The so-called advice is largely mere grammar and spelling information, and the rest is much too formulaic to be useful when taking the test. Moreover, the sample essays (both questions and answers) are about as far away from the real thing as you can get. If it weren't for the multiple choice questions, I would wonder whether Mr. Shepherd had ever seen an LNAT paper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Boff on 22 Oct. 2006
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The amount of detail that this book goes into, along with the excellent essay sections, are what makes this book remotely worthwhile. However, the sample multiple choice questions and practice exams are, to be frank, ridiculously difficult compared to the real LNAT exams. It doesn't help your confidence and could decrease your performance and motivation if you take the difficulty level as featured in the book as being the difficulty level of the actual exam. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book. The layout and style of writing give it the potential to have been great, but the sample questions - which is the number one thing that I look for in an LNAT book - are far too hard and can give a false perception of what the LNAT is like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Jones on 13 Jan. 2008
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My daughter has just received an offer from Oxford and this book was invaluable in helping her prepare for the LNAT. When she first thought about applying she was really worried about the prospect of having to sit a test that she hadn't been taught for at school and the first textbook she found wasn't much help, but this one provides a really thorough guide as to what to expect and also has lots of well structured practice tests which otherwise seem quite hard to come by.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Prospective Law Student on 29 Oct. 2008
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This is by far the best book on the market in terms of amount of practice. The only way to learn for these critical thinking style tests is to learn the skills and then practice practice practice. Five 2 hour long practice tests is more than ample. The explanations are helpful and the questions challenging.

However I then looked at the LNAT website's own online practice test. The passages were shorter, with more accessible language, and discarded many of the subtle nuances found in the Mastering the LNAT practice tests. While I agree that it is better to over prepare on harder questions and be pleasantly surprised, this is bordering on the ridiculous. By all means buy this book, it's great practice, but if you find it really very difficult, take it with a pinch of salt.

Also to anyone that has it: Practice Test 3, Question 3. Is this mis-worded? I think there is a typo that means both c and e are correct answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cressie on 28 Oct. 2009
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The five practice MCQ tests in this book are extremely helpful. They are consistent with the real LNAT test, though definitely have a higher proportion of the "harder", or more ambiguous questions. Still, this makes for stronger preparation and maybe even a pleasant surprise on the day of the test. In-depth explanations of the answers to each question are very good and were ideal in helping me to acquire the critical approach required to tackle the vaguer and more inference-based questions.

The other sections of the book, however, are less useful. A frankly patronising section on grammar and general writing could be helpful, but seems a little out of place. The questions themselves are good, but his sample responses, perhaps the most important part for some readers, are unrealistic to point of being useless. Other than to dishearten.

All for writing with the best applicants in mind and encouraging them to aim high, but reading Shepherd's well-researched, statistically rich, impossibly long resonses with the expectation that they will be something to aspire to is initially very depressing, then downright irritating. The LNAT website says that in the 40 minutes allowed candidates should write between 500 and 700 words. Shepherd's essays are closer to 1500.

He puts far too much emphaisis on factual knowledge as fundamental to the best essays, and, granted, for some of the questions that come up a sound knowledge base on the subject is essential, and is yet another way of showing admissions tutors evidence of an interest in the law and related subjects, but what they are actually looking for is clarity of thought and coherent written argument and expression.
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