Application

 Oxford

 Merton

 Law

 2002

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 N/A

 N/A

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,2 B)

A-levels

(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)

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

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

Details about the offer

 conditional

A in English Literature

AB

yes

N/A

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I had always been pretty bright as a child but I only made the final decision to apply once I received 5A’s in my AS-Levels, that gave me some confidence that it was a possibility. I never expected to get in though but I think that attitude worked in my favour.

I did not think there was much in Cambridge other than the university and a lot of fields, Oxford was a beautiful town with plenty to do. Plus it has a better reputation for law, I heard Cambridge was more of a science university.

I walked around the college (not on an open day) and thought it was really good. I asked a friend who had just received an offer what he thought of Merton and he said it was held in high regard, it also had accomodation for all 3 years. I had one copy of the Norrington table in which it finished 6th so I thought I had a fair chance, I only realised that it had the highest average position since the tables were compiled but dont ever let anything like that put you off, i still got in which was a big surprise!

Preparation

yes

I had to arrange a practice interview myself whcih was decent practice but other than that all they gave me was the form.

Just relax and be honest, the forms are only used to give the uni some idea of how many people will be applying asap so they can make arrangements, mostly they don’t bother to read what you write!

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes a one hour written test but i did no prep whatsoever.

I felt that both my interviews were disasters, in the first one the guy was pretty quiet and didnt really challenge me although I still managed to contradict myself. The second interview was with a devil woman, I said “Hello how are you” and she replied “I havent got much time so lets just rush through this”, she also told me I was wrong every five seconds so I got pretty angry and told her she could not read properly and that if I was a fireman I wouldn’t bother to save her.

I was given one and a half hours to read a court judgement and was given the questions as well, the questions wre almost exclusively the ones I was given with the extract but I was also asked what i would do if I won the lottery and what I would be if i wasnt a lawyer.

A suit buit only because I saw the interviewer beforehand and they were wearing a sut, otherwise I’d have worn something casual.

Impressions

Absolutely beautiful, peaceful but exactly the kind of place I wanted to study in. Some of the larger colleges intimidated me but Merton had the perfect size.

Nothing special outside the college but inside the college accomodation was amazing, fireplaces woith huge living rooms and separate bedrooms

Good

Nice enough people but I felt they were overly aggressive during interviews and I wasn’t afraid to tell them so.

All normal, nothing like what I expected. You always get yopur public school twats (in the minority, most public school people are actually pretty fun) who think they own the place and are dead certs for a place. Very few of them get in though.

Final stage

I intially received a phonecall and asked whether they were sure they had the right person. I then convinced myself it was a hoax but when i received the letter a few days later I was in complete shock, it took several days for it to sink it. It was prob the best feeling of my life and I just felt like I had accomplished something great.

Looking back

Yes because I feel it is the place i want to study in.

The best thing you can do is try and talk to someone studying law at oxbridge, even if it means chatting to an undergrad helper at an open day. Try and keep informed of current legal events but dont expect to be asked about them at interview, just use them to check that you have an interest in the subject. Other than that remember there really is no prep you can do for a law interview!

Just give it a go, don’t put yourself under pressure but realise that oxbridge is only one way of going through life. There are plenty of other ways which will lead you to the same success. If you have any queries please email me, i did a lot of research and can be a great deal of help if you want it.