Application

 Cambridge

 St Edmund’s

 Law

 2007

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (3 A*,7 A)

A-levels

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

(A at AS; predicted A; gained B at A2)

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

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted NA; gained Merit)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

undecided yet

yes

no

Also applied to Oxford (you can apply to both as a graduate). Rejected after interview.

Decisions about the application

The teaching structure, the reputation.

I didn’t – applied to both.

Initially tactically, but I really liked it when I went to look round.

Preparation

no

My university, beyond providing references, gave me no advice whatsoever.

Interview

yes

LNAT. Was told in the interview that the University’s Education department had done a study on the LNAT and found there is no correlation whatsoever between the scores on the multiple choice section and final degree result. So they only look at the essay!

yes

2 essays

yes

one hour written exam taken just before the interview. they read my answer in the half an hour beforehand and that was what we mainly talked about.

Went well, really enjoyed it actually. Made them laugh, they made me laugh. Law tutor is an extremely nice bloke.

If I could give one piece of advice, having done both Oxford and Cambridge interviews, the most important thing you can do is make them like you! If you’re in the interview room you are almost certainly clever enough to be offered a place. But they have to know that you will be fun, or at least responsive, to teach. While they’ll never choose a nice twerp over a rude genius, they will be thinking whether or not they want to spend a lot of time with you for the next few years. So by all means try to impress them intellectually, but make sure you don’t come across as surly or boring. Law is taught through discourse, and if yours isn’t particularly stimulating you’re unlikely to get in.

Why should justice not be retributative?
Are you going to get a First?
Tell us about your dissertation.

cords, nice shirt, nice jumper. what i normally wear, felt comfortable.

Impressions

2 new buildings with v luxurious rooms. old building smaller and few ensuites but still fine.

n/a

Very nice indeed, really charming, friendly and not intellectually arrogant or intimidating. Seemed like they wanted to get the best out of me, rather than find reasons not to accept me.

Only met one, he was very nice and friendly.

Final stage

Benn rejected from Oxford a week before I heard, so was rather impatient. Very relieved when I heard.

Received a call telling me I was in.

Looking back

Hell yes

Do a lot of reading, not law textbooks, but newspapers, The Economist etc. Think about what you read, especially unusual cases that defy or define a particular social trend.
Work hard in your first year at uni! All your grades are in front of the tutor.