Application

 Oxford

 Keble

 Law

 2008

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 N/A

 Independent – selective

 yes (8 A*,1 A)

A-levels

(A at AS (250 UMS))

(A at AS (282 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (291 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (256 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Other universities

yes

N/A

LSE offer

Decisions about the application

Probably the reasons most people apply. It’s got one of the best academic reputations in the world and I wanted the prestige that comes with being an Oxford graduate.

I always preferred Oxford as a city and I heard it had a better night-life than Cambridge. Also,I had the impression that the atmosphere at Oxford was less ‘snobby’ than at Cambridge.

I thought I’d be good at Law as I think I’m quite good at debating and I enjoy subjects which are quite closely related to Law such as Politics and History. It’s always difficult to answer this question without sounding ridiculous, like I did on my personal statement!

I knew someone who went to Keble and she said it had a really good atmosphere, being one of the more informal colleges.

Preparation

yes

My Economics teacher who had been to Oxford gave me a little practice interview but it wasn’t really anything like the real thing. It was still quite helpful in building confidence and that though.

Well, they tell you that you need no prior knowledge of the UK legal system but I think knowing a bit more about it would’ve helped me as I hadn’t done Law as a subject. There’s a book called the ‘Law machine’ which is good for finding out the basics. Also, learn some basic legal definitions because they tend to ask those sometimes, eg. contract, terrorism, public property, etc.

Interview

yes

Yeah, did the LNAT and got 22 which is OK.

no

no

I couldn’t really tell whether they were good or bad at the time. After I did the first two, I thought I’d be rejected straight away but then I got called back for a third one so I thought they might be interested in me. Then I had a fourth one at Christ Church college which didn’t go so well and I reckon this was probably the basis of my rejection.

They asked me an easy question about my personal statement to ease me into the situation and they got into the hard stuff. They basically just gave me legal scenarios in all four interviews and asked me my views on it. For example, one of the scenarios involved a murder where a man stabbed another man in his sleep. The murderer didn’t know that his victim had already died in his sleep from a heart attack. Should the stabber be convicted of murder?

Yeah, so they start with an easy question then they move onto the legal scenarios. For example, one of the scenarios involved a murder where a man stabbed another man in his sleep. The murderer didn’t know that his victim had already died in his sleep from a heart attack. Should the stabber be convicted of murder? Another involved a breach of contract involving a builder and a property developer. They asked whether the builder should pay full compensation for doing an inadequate job.

Shirt and formal trousers. I thought it was a good balance between a suit and jeans/t-shirt. However, I didn’t find out about my third one till 5 minutes before the interview so I had to go in jeans!

Impressions

It was quite nice, the red brick buildings are really beautiful and the college bar is pretty cool. Although the JCR’s not as nice as some

The one I stayed in was a big room with an en-suite.

Distinctly average.

One of them was the typical Oxbridge interviewer and he really tried to psych you out. The other one was quite nice to my face but I don’t know what he thought of me behind my back! Generally, they were quite friendly.

I didn’t see many but the ones that were helping out were quite geeky. A few of them were really nice and helpful though.

Final stage

Very nerve-racking because most of my my friends’ decisions arrived before mine.

I got a letter through the post about 2 weeks after and I immediately knew because it was a woefully thin letter. I was very disappointed for a few weeks but I got over it and am just as happy to be going to London.

Looking back

Yeah, it’s definitely worth a shot if you’re prepared to go through with the effort of applying early.

Don’t get too nervous, it’ll affect your ability to think clearly. Easier said than done though.