Application

 Oxford

 St Anne’s

 Law

 2007

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Grammar School

 yes (7 A*,5 A)

A-levels

(B at AS (210 UMS))

(A at AS (283 UMS))

(A at AS (299 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (263 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

(A at AS (287 UMS); predicted A; gained A at A2)

Advanced Extension Awards

(predicted Distinction; gained Distinction)

(predicted Merit; gained Merit)

Details about the offer

 unconditional

yes

yes

yes

I received offers from Durham, Bristol, Leeds & Newcastle, withdrawing from Warwick. I deliberately chose not to apply to a London uni such as LSE because the student experience at a London uni didn’t appeal to me at all.

 offer met

Decisions about the application

I was a reapplicant and felt that I had applied for the wrong course at the wrong college last year, and that I was a bit hard done-by in the interview.

Preferred the Law course, Oxford has always appealed to me way more than Cambridge (although I’m not sure why..)

I really wanted to apply for Law last year but I was not sure if I would be good enough, and if it was what I wanted to do for three years. I then did Bar Mock Trial and absolutely loved it, and decided that I would withdraw my English application and reapply the next year.

Absolutely loved the college – although obviously not so aesthetically pleasing as some of the more traditional colleges, it had a really great atmosphere and everyone I met was so friendly. Also pleased that there is enough accommodation for everyone to live on site for three years (student house hassle didn’t really appeal), that there are small kitchens if you don’t fancy hall food and a very good chance of an ensuite in the second and/or third years.

Preparation

yes

I had left school, but had a mock interview with my head of sixth form. It was pretty rubbish, and made me panic loads about the interviews – he clearly didn’t really have much of an idea what law interviews entailed! 😉

I read a couple of bog-standard books about the legal system that I had stuck on my personal statement, and also (rather cynically) a book written by one of the law tutors at the college that I had got my Theologian (!) boyfriend to get out of the Social Sciences library. Nothing I did helped at all, or had any bearing on the interview – I felt like I had wasted my time. The tutors were at pains to point out that no legal knowledge was needed to do well in the interviews, which made me relax loads.

Interview

yes

I sat the LNAT two days before the Oxbridge deadline and got 27/30.

no

no

I really enjoyed both of them – they were just like mock tutorials. Challenging, but satisfying all the same.

I had two interviews with two tutors that lasted 40 minutes each. They both had a ‘helper’ who were postgrads I think helping them out. They were running late for both interviews – I had to wait 40 minutes outside before the first and 20 outside for the second.

First one I was given something to look out outside about contracts and things like invitation to treat. All legal terminology was explained on the sheet, then we had to prepare responses to 5 different scenarios. This was the first thing we covered, then there were a couple of ethical questions that didn’t really have any answers and then I was asked to define 5 pairs of words and explain differences between them. Second one I was given a sheet about the UN and a new country and I had to explain whether I would have allowed it to be part of the UN or not, then we had a debate about the smoking ban. The second one was much harder and I thought I’d done really well in the first but I honestly couldn’t tell how the second one went – the interviewers were much more aggressive.

Smart clothes, the type I had to wear as uniform in sixth form and also what I wore as part of my gap year job in the City, mostly because I felt really comfortable in them after wearing them for 3 years!

Impressions

As I’ve said previously – really really nice. Not particularly attractive from the outside, but nice grounds and buildings inside.

Room was really nice, although freezing and I was kept awake by the wind banging trees against the window both nights. Heaps of toilets, showers and baths everywhere.

Awful – I think I’m going to get skinny next year!

Fantastic – quite radical and I felt that not getting to be taught by them would have been really disappointing.

All of them were lovely, but one student in particular (a 2nd year lawyer) really calmed me down and gave me her mobile to tell her how it all went because she wasn’t going to be on duty during my interviews.

Final stage

I wasn’t as bothered or as stressed as I thought I would be – especially as getting rejected would mean my gap year wasn’t really worth the gamble and I wouldn’t be going to the same university as my boyfriend. I had quite a positive impression from the interviews but was a bit perturbed to see I was first on the list of those who were going home – especially as my surname doesn’t begin with A!

My mum opened the letter for me and rang me at work, although I didn’t want her to but she insisted because it ‘felt a bit thick!’

Looking back

Most definitely.

Don’t panic – you can’t do anything to prepare, so just think on your feet and do your best!