Application

 Oxford

 Trinity

 Law with Law Studies in Europe

 2008

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 Ireland

 Grammar School

 yes (11 A*)

A-levels

(A at AS (270 UMS))

(A at AS (270 UMS))

(A at AS (260 UMS))

(A at AS (290 UMS))

Details about the offer

 conditional

AAA

yes

yes

yes

 grades pending/unknown

Decisions about the application

Oxford is better for law/law with law studies in Europe

Visited Trinity and met tutors at the open day in June, it made an impression.

Preparation

yes

A mock interview.

For law, don’t worry too much about current affairs as I wasn’t asked anything about anything in the news or court cases. In terms of preparation, all you can really do is make sure you are prepared to speak confidently and in a relaxed mannar in an interview setting, and are practiced at close reading through reading a high-standard newspaper.

Interview

yes

LNAT

no

no

no

no

I had two interviews for law in trinity college which I found quite relaxed and not that stressful, although I found
that they passed very quickly as I was thinking so much. My French interview was much more taxing, as the interviewer wasn’t as friendly as the law lecturers, and seemed less inclined towards making me feel comfortable. Also, when discussing French current affairs, she seemed to disagree with me quite strongly on a certain political issue, which made the interview seem tense and uncomfortable.

Grey trousers and a cardigan to one and a black dress and smart jacket to another. I wanted to feel comforable and like myself, while still looking relatively compotent.

Impressions

I gained a very good impression.

Good sized room, with a fridge, sink, desk, armchair, bed, and wardrobe bigger than mine at home, though perhaps that says more about my home than the college accommodation!

Excellent.

Welcoming, helpful and informal.

Very helpful and nice.

Final stage

Nervous, I tried not to think about it, and for the most part I managed not to until the day before, when I became agitated, nervous and anxious.

I received my offer in a letter, in an A4 envelope. Initially I thought it was a rejection as it was quite thin, but it contained several pages and was an offer!

Looking back

Yes. (Although the process of applying did not take a year, that seems quite dramatic! If I was comsumed with thoughts of Oxford for an entire year, perhaps I would not have enjoyed my interviews so much due to added pressure.)

Don’t stress about it too much; it’s easier said than done, but it is true that past a certain standard amount of preparation that the tutors will be able to see through, there is nothing you can do to make yourself into an “Oxford person.” If you don’t receive an offer, you will most likely find that you would not have been suited to Oxford anyway, so you should think of it as a blessing in disguise.