Application

 Cambridge

 Newnham

 Law

 2005

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (8 A*,1 A,1 C)

A-levels

(A at AS (292 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (275 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (271 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (265 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (299 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA, Excluding Art

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Always wanted to study in the best university.

Cambridge is on the 1st place in Law and I liked the city more than Oxford.

Studied in all-girls school,liked it. No men interrupting.
Beautiful gardens. Very nice atmosphere. Pastoral care.
3min walk to the Law Faculty.

Preparation

yes

One practice interview.
3 sessions with drama teacher on behaviour during the interview. Found it really useful.

Read ‘First Steps in Law’ by Rivlin, The Times Law Supplement on Tuesdays, practiced interview questions from oxbridge-admissions.org(now closed) website.

Interview

yes

LNAT

no

no

Both interviewers tried to make me relaxed at the beginning. Then they dived into the subject.

One general interview with Director of Studies. No general questions though. Only leagal stuff. The other one – Law Interview with law fellow who gave me two A4 sheets with a statute on the european responsibilities to look at 15 mins in advance.

Nothing on personal statement. Why law?
During the first interview I was asked about the case I was interested in. I said Euthanasia and gave her an example of Diane Pretty’s case and we talked about it for 20 mins, during which I thought I had to stand up for my opinion and argue back, since everytime I would say something she would immediately contradict me. She then told me that I was naive in my arguing and as a lawyer I should have different, more rounded opinions. She said she didn’t want me to argue, but wanted me to see all sides of the issue and discuss points. At that point I was sure that I had ruined my chances of a place.Then she gave me a scenario, which went as follows: “If a policeman makes a mistake, what should be done?” I answered her with a question, saying that it depends on the situation. We discussed the scenario. This time I gave her all sides of the argument. I was almost arguing with myself, saying, this may happen, because of that and then contradicting myself and saying that actually no, since in this situation this would be the wrong thing to do…
For he second interview I had 15 min to read a statute on the european responsibilities. She asked me about the phrases, solutions and reasons. I answered something stupid in my opinion. But she was extremely nice and helpful. She said she was meant to be pushing me to see my limits.

Black trousers, black top, relatively smart, no make-up, ponytail.

Impressions

Not in the centre of the city, quiet surroundings, nice people, big grounds with apple trees, loved it.

Good sized rooms, mine is 20sq m approximately, kitchen is small but with all necessary equipment.

Food is OK.

Really helpful and ready to stretch you to the limit, which is good. Nice intelligent people.

Helpful, treat you as if you are their relative, supporting.

Final stage

Very tense. Tried not to think about it and to be realistic but with no success!

On the 4th of January 2006 went downstairs and saw IT(the envelope). It was really thin and very dirty(with postmen’s footprints,I think) for some reason. Opened it with shaking hands and saw ‘We are delighted…’, and started shouting and crying. Then my mom started shouting. Went out to the restaurant this year to celebrate this date. It was the happiest day of my life then.

Looking back

Yes

Don’t be afraid to apply! It is not impossible to get in. Hope for the better but try to be realistic.