Application

 Oxford

 Lincoln

 Law

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (9 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS)

(A at AS)

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

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Tutorial system enables you to pursue own acedemic goals and interests. Allows a much more friendly and closer relationship with tutors, as well as the opportunity to have your education tailored to your own personal needs

Oxford offers a Jurisprudence degree, which I felt would help set the Law in context more than at Cambridge. Also as a keen debater, I have competed in both Oxford and Cambridge Union Finals – I have always found the Oxford Competition to be much more friendly and better organised, which I think reflects well on the Uni.

Small and friendly, thus being a similar atmosphere to my current school. Also was attracted to its reputation for good food – I can’t be doing eating s*** for three years!!!

Preparation

yes

LOADS!!!! They organsised a mock interview day where we had lots of practice. I wasn’t interviewed by any academic lawyers (usually priests who had been to Oxbridge!!!!), but nevertheless it was a useful exercise; being able to talk about yourself with ease

Remember that you are reading a Law degree for its academic interest, AND NO OTHER REASON! Any bulls*** about why you want to be a Barrister etc. is a complete waste of space on the UCAS form. This is NOT why you should want to read a Law degree. Read Law for Law’s sake. Have a real desire to explore pertinent legal issues, and express this on the form.

Interview

no

no

yes

1 Hour written test – you can’t do much to prepare, so don’t worry about it! However, it did remind me a little bit of my Critical Thinking AS/AEA, with a MAJOR philosophical slant to it. Specimin papers are availible from the OCR website.

I had 2 interviews, both on the same day. I was given a short law report to read and review on my night of arrival, and then was grilled on it for 30 mins at 11:30 the next day! They pushed me really hard, to see how much my mind could cope with it all (I think). Both tutors generally looked unenthused by my presence for the whole interview; one randomly muttered and tutted while I was speaking, which was a little distracting!

My second interview was very general on my UCAS form. These tutors just let you talk and talk until you had nothing else to say, and then would move on to the next question. It was almost like a test to see if you could blow your own trumpet with a bit of tact and modesty. Mid-way through, one of the Law lecturers asked me some general questions about the human rights of terrorists. For the last 5 mins, we went back to talking about my UCAS form again.

Any questions for us? (They asked this 1st which I wasn’t expecting) What is ‘necessity’? Are there any times when a defence of necessity would not be appropriate? Why Law? Tell me about X (i.e. a hobby on your UCAS form) Is it right to torture a terrorist in order to gain information that may save millions of westerners?

A Suit – I always seem to act more professionally in one!

Impressions

It’s FANTASTIC. Really friendly, small, typical Oxford – the most perfect ‘grass’ that I have ever seen and an ab. fab. library.

Large room, though could have done with a lick of paint. A rather random sink in one of the wardrobes!!! Saw some of the rooms in the college itself, which were a lot nicer. En-suite bathrooms etc. Oh…….and the bed was shocking, the worst I have ever slept on. I’m not a big chap at all (5ft 8), but my feet were sticking out the end, and you just sink into the middle.

Excellent

A lot of mince, I think they were doing on the cheap for us that week, but it was still very tasty. The college menus are on their web-site, and it looks as if you are very well fed during your time at Lincoln.

Generally pleasant, and fairly sympathetic. One interviewer did mumble a little, so I had to listen quite hard.

The JCR looked after us all really well, and rallied round you for moral support, and cups of strong coffee, particularly after interviews. I thought that I had totally screwed up my first interview. A student helped me calm down though, which must have improved my performance in the second interview.

Final stage

Well…….ummm…….I went hysterical. Have you ever seen a blubbering 17 yr old boy?…well there was Jamie from Poprivals, I suppose. Anyway, that was me. The last time I cried was when I grazed my knee in the playground at 9 (seriously). The day after the letter arrived, I was a bit subdued, and overwhelmed. You can’t help for feel for the other people who must have been rejected and its amazing that you managed to beat so many other great people to gain a place. But in reality, I’m going nowhere unless I get my 3As, and that (just) keeps my feet on the ground!

Looking back

Yes, had a fab time on the interview week. Made loads of friends and really look forward to going there to study.

BE YOURSELF, and if you are good enough, they will accept you. Also, more importantly, read Law for the right reasons, not just because you want to enter the legal profession. Law (especially at Oxbridge) is not a vocational degree, and so they are looking for people who want to read Law for its academic interest alone.