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Which is better for getting into Law at Oxbridge classics or french????
Both Classics and French are good academic subjects so neither will hinder your chances. Beyond that it comes down to personal preference- Classics might be useful for Roman law whereas French could be helpful for international law modules. I, for instance, studied A Level French and elected to study Comparative Law as part of my law degree. Had I not done A Level French I couldn't have taken this option as it was a prerequisite due to reading French cases and French law! French might also give you a slight edge later on as having a language is obviously really good and a nice addition to any Training Contract/Pupillage application later on- I have certainly found that it has helped me.
Equally, if your other subjects are science and maths based then Classics might elevate your application by giving you a heavy essay-based subject which could be deemed more relevant to law. This isn't really that important though.
Consider the bigger picture- more can be gained ultimately for French, in my opinion but the main thing I would consider if I were you is 1) which you will do better in as that's all that is really relevant for applications and 2) beyond that which you enjoy most! Good luck!
However, a university has few ways of telling candidates apart. Interview, personal statement, admission test and reference are the only ones that add to examination grades.
Some people will naturally have the skills to shine in those other elements in the admissions process. For others it won't come naturally. Arts-based A levels may help those people who lack them to acquire the necessary skills.