Oxbridge interviewers in law look for evidence of a candidate’s motivation, intellectual curiosity, capacity for sustained academic work, ability to reason and communication skills.
When applying to Oxbridge, you will have to complete a UCAS form before the October 15th deadline. Candidates are only allowed to apply to one of Oxford or Cambridge, and they can choose to apply to a particular college, or make an open application. As part of the UCAS form, you will have to write a 4000 character personal statement, and a teacher will have to provide a reference.
The UCAS code for undergraduate Law at Oxford is M100 and M100 BA/Law at Cambridge. The institution code for Cambridge is CAM C05 and for Oxford is O33. Applicants may only apply for Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. It is usual to stipulate a choice of college in the UCAS application, although both universities allow you to make an ‘open’ application via that university’s central admissions office which will then allocate you to a particular. Those wishing to make and open application should enter a ‘9’ in the campus choice box on their UCAS form.
Law with European Law is M190
Law with French Law M191
Law with German Law M192
Law with Italian Law M193
Law with Spanish Law M194
Cambridge Undergraduate Course requirements:
Typical Offer: For applicants taking three subjects at A level the agreed minimum offer is three A grades (with one at A*) and there is no specific subject requirement. The course tends to attract those who have taken A-Level subjects requiring critical analysis and structured appraisal and presentation of an argument. There is no advantage of having studied law at GCSE.
Requirements for Scottish Highers and International Baccalaureate – IB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level
The Cambridge Law Test (CLT) is an admissions exam created by the University of Cambridge’s admissions testing service and is universal across all colleges since 2016. Each candidate applying for Engineering will be required to sit this exam at interview and certain colleges may incorporate additional tests (eg. Churchill).The aim of this exam is to assist the admissions tutors in selecting the most capable applicants, where so many candidates have the required A-level scores. It helps to differentiate candidates particularly in the domains of critical thinking and reasoning, as is used as an adjunct to the other elements of the application process, including the interview. The exam is an hour long essay question in two parts in response to a reference text provided in the exam. Applicants will receive a score from 1-10, where candidates achieving a 9 or 10 are exceptional.
See the website for details of the specific colleges which require this test.
Oxford Undergraduate Course requirements:
The typical conditional offer is A*AA (taken at one sitting). IB: 39 including core points (with at least 7,6,6 at HL)
Candidate must study at least three A-levels, which can be in any subject although General studies is not accepted. A Maths GCSE is necessary to demonstrate some degree of numeracy.
Course I is a three-year course and Course II is a four-year course which follows the same syllabus, with the extra year being spent abroad following a prescribed course at a university within the European Union. Candidates applying for Law with Law Studies in Europe would be expected to have the relevant modern language to A-level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the IB or any other equivalent.
Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): All candidates applying to study Law at Oxford for entry in 2014 must sit the LNAT between 1 September and 20 October 2013. The test must be sat on a computer in a test centre near your home. It will be a test of your aptitudes rather than your knowledge. Test centres are now located internationally. For further details, a specimen paper and information on how to register, please see www.lnat.ac.uk.
Candidates for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language at the time of interview.
Common questions regarding the Oxford and Cambridge Law Courses:
Is there a difference between Oxford and Cambridge?
How do I know I’m clever enough for such an academic degree?
Will tutors be looking to see if I will make a good Biologist or are they only looking at my grades?
Do I have to be hoping for a career in Law in order to apply?
Mentors will be answering these and any other questions at Schools’ Interview Preparation Days or during Private tuition. Alternatively, read some of our blog entries from Oxbridge Law or send us an email at email@example.com and we will try to help you out as best we can.