I am thinking of applying to the following universities:
1. University Of Birmingham
3. Durham University
4. Warwick University
5. Coventry University
As of yet I have only done around 61 hours of work experience(no part-time jobs or any extracurricular activities e.g. NCS or Duke Of Edinburgh Award). I was wondering whether this would be enough. However, during my work experience placement I did go court and observe around 5 cases and talked to 3 barristers. I was thinking of doing a part time job during the summer holiday, but I was wondering whether I should just focus on my studies as I want to obtain 2 A*'s and an A.
Thank you for your help.
Law work expereince/ extra curricular activities watch
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- 30-06-2016 19:47
- 30-06-2016 19:54
This is fine - 61 hours is more than most applicants will have (not the the universities will really care about how long you've done it for)
Most universities don't consider extra-curriculars as part of your application unless they specifically relate to the course you're applying for
Grades + law work experience is all you need
(Coventry will give you an offer regardless of work experience)
- 30-06-2016 20:10
You do need to show that you understand what a career in Law involves so the court observation stuff is excellent and so is the 'talked to barristers'. You need to use this to illustrate a bigger point rather than just 'I did these things'. Use one of the cases you saw in court to explain how you feel about a career in Law and why you want to do this job - overcoming social inequalities, representing the less articulate/confident etc. If you can do any other 'observation' stuff like this over the summer, go for it - watching more court cases, a few days shadowing a solicitor etc.
Don't forget that you need to show that you understand the need for 'people skills' so any part-time/volunteer work is useful as a way to explain this. Even doing something like a Race for Life or any other sponsored/charity event can be used to show that you have a sense of social responsibility, will see a task through to the end, enjoy a challenge, don't give up easily etc.
There are Law lectures available to watch/listen to online :
Edinburgh ( http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/people/joshaw/podcasts),
Gresham College (http://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch/?subject=law),
and BBC R4 Law in Action (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006...odes/downloads)
You also need to read some Law books. This is partly so you can mention this in your PS but also so you are sure you want to spend 3+ years reading this stuff! Its hard work and you need to certain you are really interested before you start the degree. Ideas of stuff to start with .... 1) https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-About-...7309684&sr=1-1 , 2)https://www.amazon.co.uk/Law-Very-Sh...university+lawLast edited by returnmigrant; 30-06-2016 at 20:12.
- 02-07-2016 00:45
Screw Coventry as a choice, its not respected at all as opposed to your other choices. Durham and LSE require A*AA for Law and LSE are incredibly picky on so many A*s at GCSE. In place of Coventry, Leicester would be good, AAB which is lower than the others and still respectable for Law despite not being Russell Group.
- 02-07-2016 12:47
I would agree that Coventry is possibly not the finest alternative choice for Law - but people make choices for all sorts of reasons and do not deserve the derision of others.
To find a 'lower offer' choice (or possibly two), a good place to look is WhatUni (http://www.whatuni.com/) as you use a grade range (ie. BBB) as a filter. Look at Brighton, Derby, Keele, Gloucestershire, Worcester as possible alternatives. Remember all LLB degrees are accredited by the Law Society - ie.therefore all these 'lower' Unis still have to be training to the required high standard the Law Society requires.Last edited by returnmigrant; 02-07-2016 at 12:48.