Application

 Oxford

 Magdalen

 Law

 2001

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

Selective state school/grammar school

 yes (5 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(B 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)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

Because i wanted to work in an environment with like-minded people, and because the terms were short.

I preferred Oxford because it’s closer to home and because for me it has more prestige.

It’s the only one I went to look around and because its absolutely gorgeous.

Preparation

yes

Not really, i had a practice interview with a teacher, but everyone applying for uni did, so wasn’t really extra.

Be honest, say something about the college specifically, and be really enthusiastic about oxford. i think it also helps if u say that u liked the idea of one on one tuition.

Interview

no

yes

Two history pieces. One was from my A/S exam, mainly to show how i worked under pressure. The other was a more developed essay, this was to show how my style had developed in the few months since. Very boring and dull, but i got an interview so i went right somewhere

no

I had two interviews. One with the law and History tutor, about history. The othe about Law.

I was asked questions relateing to my essays in the first, as well as being asked to distinguish between some law related words… that was hard. The second, i was given a case and had to read through it, the guy asked me questions about that.

I wore a suit basically, although a lot of people went informally.

Impressions

It was amazing, it was so gorgeous. Magdalen’s one of the richest, so we had free food, it was yummy!!!! also college bar was ace, and they gave us free alcohol, which was even better!!!! the people were all really friendly.

Rooms were nice, desk, sink bed wardrobe fridge. the sizes varied, mine was quite big, i was staying in one of the houses rather than the big halls.

Good

It was good, mostly chips etc, but healthy stuff too.

They were friendly enough, a bit scary though.

They were really nice, really friendly…. the ones i met were a bit nutty, but that was cool

Final stage

Well i was kinda expecting it, there were 90 people for 10 places, and i didn’t really think my grades were good enough, i also mucked up the interviews. So i was slightly dissappointed but i’m not sure if i’d have been suitable for it, after all they know what they’re looking for and if you’re not it, well who cares.

Looking back

Yeh!!! it was a great experience, i had a week off school and it was nice to get to know what uni life was like.

Read a lot about law, know the basics of the system, like about appeal cases… your most likely to get a case on tort law.

Don’t try and be funny, it’ll backfire, also be really attentive during the interview, try and talk to the tutotrs if you have a ‘drinks party’ and just be really friendly.