Application

 Cambridge

 Gonville and Caius

 Law

 2002

 rejected

Applicant

 A-levels

 pre-qualification

 home

 United Kingdom

 Comprehensive School

 yes (7 A,4 B)

A-levels

(A at AS)

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

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

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

Other universities

N/A

Decisions about the application

Obviously the best teaching, brilliant job opportunites, gorgeous surroundings (yes i know, poor reason! Youre all thinking the same tho!) and obviously the prestige of an Oxbridge degree. I also felt Cambridge would challenge me and stretch my limits, meeting like-minded people along the way.

Live close to Cambridge, so know it well, went on Law Seminar in March at Cambridge and loved the atmosphere.

Links with school, fantastic environment to work in, know people who are very happy there. Felt i had the best chance of gaining an offer from Caius.

Preparation

yes

I had a mock interview with the headteacher and head of sixth form, both of whom had never been to Oxbridge or studied law in any depth….helpful 🙂

Interview

no

no

no

2 interviews, one with Director of Studies, which was alright, and 1 with a law lecturer. Both very friendly, gorgeous rooms! Given some legal problems to work through before the interview with the Director of Studies.

“So you’re interested in Law? Talk to me about a legal problem which you find interesting”. Eek! Waffled about Amina Lawal, the woman in Nigeria being stoned to death under Sharia law. She pursued this for what seemed like an eternity, then spoke briefly about work experience, and then went on to the legal problems. Had to pick 2 out of 5, and basically she said “what do you think?”, so i tried to give my opinion on what i think i would do, but i got the feeling she wanted more specific stuff on what the law would actually do. Guided me when i got stuck, although did roll her eyes a lot, and whenever i said something she would say “well thats not how i would see it!”. Overall, wasnt as bad as i expected. 2nd interview, the man was lovely, made me feel very at ease. Expected in depth probing about my personal statement, but there wasnt! It was all about current affairs, very similar to the 1st interview.

Suit and shirt, wanted to feel professional and in control! Also expected everyone else to be in suits…most were.

Impressions

All extremely friendly.

Final stage

Small, white manilla envelope, with Caius stamp on it, 28th December. Just said the usual “due to the number of places available” etc.

Looking back

Of course, otherwise i would always be thinking “what if”.

Read the Times Law Supplement every Tuesday, try and gain a solid opinion on everything!

Be yourself, be as confident on the outside as possible, dont be scared to pause to think when they ask you a question.