Application

 Oxford

 New

 Law

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

Non-selective state 11-18 school

 yes (1 A*,10 A)

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)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

Reputation and good teaching

My school suggested I would prefer it and I like the city better.

Have friends who are already there

Preparation

yes

A practice interview which, although given by a Law admissions tutor of another university, did not help much at all.

Not really since there is little more to them than the UCAS form. I was advised by my school teachers not to worry about the additional personal statement unless there was anything specific to Oxford that I wanted them to know.

Interview

no

no

yes

A one-hour exam. All of it was based on an article, half an hour was meant to be spent on 20 multiple-choice questions, the other half on an essay question.

I only had one interview that lasted about 40 minutes. Half an hour before hand I was given a document to read which formed the basis for the entire interview.

Apart from “Why Law?” All other questions were on the document, which was about the freedom of speech. However, it seemed to resemble more of a discussion rather than an interview. One of the interviewers did most of the talking, helping me understand the topic better and the other occasionally interrupted to ask me to elaborate or defend arguments I made.

Black trousers, shirt and smart top. Took the advice of my friends already at Oxford.

Impressions

New College is large and in the spring/summer very beautiful I’m sure.

Nice size, most were ensuite.

Edible but not great

Only met one but he seemed friendly and approachable.

Very freindly and willing to answer any questions we had.

Final stage

Disappointed as I had enjoyed my three days at Oxford but got over it relatively quickly and moved on.

Looking back

Yes. Oxbridge is only one of 6 applications you can make so there is little to lose

On the first day, before the test and interviews, we had a sort of prep talk by the interviewers and they said that no knowledge of law was required or desired and this seemed to be true as far as I could tell give the sort of questions I was asked. I wouldnÂ’t do any harm however to read a few books on the basic principles of Law and be aware of the latest current affairs. The Times Law supplement is worth reading every Tuesday for a few weeks in the run up to your interview. Best of all however, is to get interview practice. The closer to an Oxbridge interview the better, but even being asked simple, non-Law related questions by somebody you don’t know in a formal situation will probably give you some idea of how you will feel when you come to the real interview.

Don’t worry about it too much and be confident about your own abilities.