Application

 Oxford

 Somerville

 Law

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Independent – non-selective

 yes (4 A*,5 A,1 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)

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

I wanted to see if i was capable of getting my degree at one of the best institutions in the world… apparently not 🙂

I preferred the city of Oxford over Cambridge in terms of size and atmosphere

A mixture of previous application to offer ratios, the atmosphere of the college and its description as one of the more ‘friendly’ colleges

Preparation

yes

Yes i had a couple of practise interviews (none of which were at all useful in retrospect) plus some tutoring sessions from my teacher

Since i didnt get an offer, i’m not sure what they are looking for…i was advised not to address the choice of college on the form in case i was passed onto another college…

Interview

no

no

yes

Yes, preparation was absolutely impossible because the content of the exam was nothing to do with law! it was about an ‘experience machine'(!). All in simple english so not hard to understand the comprehension etc

I was given a case study together with 2 legal rules to apply to the situation 15 minutes before my interview. I was called into the room and absolutely grilled about my application of the two rules. Then the circumstances of the case study were changed and i was asked about my new outlook on the situation etc

They were all to do with the case study… ie ‘has george committed murder’?

I wore a suit although this was probably unnecessary since not many people did. I just felt i would be in a more business like frame of mind if i was dressed formally.

Impressions

I didn’t like my time at somerville. Nobody was particularly helpful to be honest and some of the undergraduates really did appear to be quite arrogant although some were very nice. It was a beautiful place though.

My room was very large, full of old furniture, kind of spooky and very cold but nice in a strange way! no ensuite bathroom but there was one along the corridor.

Good

I only encountered two. both appeared very nice in the pre-interview meeting with all candidates but once in the interview i didnt like the way they handled things…they took notes on me as i was speaking which i found somewhat disconcerting. they weren’t too bad though, just doing their jobs i guess.

As i said before, some very nice but others arrogant

Final stage

I expected the letter to say what it did… it came on xmas eve, i opened it, rolled my eyes at it then drank my cup of tea 🙂

Looking back

Hard question because it would have killed me not to know whether i could have gotten in or not..on the other hand i’m now torturing myself with the fact my teachers said they thought i could have gotten in on another subject (such as history) so i cant win!

Concentrate more on tuning up your outlooks on situations rather than learning in depth material about law which is what i did…they didn’t like that, they kept wanting to know what my own opinion was instead.

Dont buy in to the hype about oxford, its a very good university but there are equally good institutions which i think are much nicer places to be…therefore i would say, apply if you think you want to buy dont make it your only priorety, you will make yourself ill. see it as a chance that may or may not happen.