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    Hello,
    I've worked my entire life to go to Cambridge. I've gotten 11A*s 1A 1B at O levels, and 6As at AS levels. I'm still waiting for my A level results, but my predicted are good.

    However, last year, I made the mistake of switching from law (which I'd wanted to do my entire life) to medicine simply because of pressure (personal reasons). Now I've realized my mistake, and I want to go back to law.

    I got a few universities from UK offering me places because of the UCAS extra option. But I still want to go to Cambridge. My extracurriculars are okay. I've done piano and violin, debate and MUN, charity and internships.

    The problem is I've not done law as a subject at A levels, and that was my main deterrent. I know I have to sit for the LNAT, and I want to know if not doing law will disadvantage my application and LNAT score. I have done English Language, and was the only person in the whole of my country to get an A at AS levels. (This may be irrelevant, but I just wanted to spare no detail)


    Cambridge is incredibly difficult to get into, and I don't know if it's worth taking a gap year for if I have no chance of getting in. Do I have a chance? Or should I just go to one of the unis that accepted me this year?
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    Can I ask your subjects at A levels?
    I don't believe you will be disadvantaged for not choosing law because a lot of law applicants even at Cambridge don't do law instead they do essay based subjects like English Language and History
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    (Original post by Meltend)
    Can I ask your subjects at A levels?
    I don't believe you will be disadvantaged for not choosing law because a lot of law applicants even at Cambridge don't do law instead they do essay based subjects like English Language and History
    I've done both English Language and History in O levels and AS levels. I dropped English in A2, unfortunately. For A2, my subjects were biology, chemistry, english language, economics and mathematics.
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    I really think you have a good shot just apply and see what happens I think there is no need for a gap year in your case but the choice is yours
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    Take the Gap Year, best time of your life. Dw about Cambridge
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    (Original post by Trisha1701)
    Hello,
    I've worked my entire life to go to Cambridge. I've gotten 11A*s 1A 1B at O levels, and 6As at AS levels. I'm still waiting for my A level results, but my predicted are good.

    However, last year, I made the mistake of switching from law (which I'd wanted to do my entire life) to medicine simply because of pressure (personal reasons). Now I've realized my mistake, and I want to go back to law.

    I got a few universities from UK offering me places because of the UCAS extra option. But I still want to go to Cambridge. My extracurriculars are okay. I've done piano and violin, debate and MUN, charity and internships.

    The problem is I've not done law as a subject at A levels, and that was my main deterrent. I know I have to sit for the LNAT, and I want to know if not doing law will disadvantage my application and LNAT score. I have done English Language, and was the only person in the whole of my country to get an A at AS levels. (This may be irrelevant, but I just wanted to spare no detail)


    Cambridge is incredibly difficult to get into, and I don't know if it's worth taking a gap year for if I have no chance of getting in. Do I have a chance? Or should I just go to one of the unis that accepted me this year?
    You don't need A-level Law to do law at any university, including Cambridge.
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...y-requirements

    What A-levels did you do, and your expected grades?

    Your non-course specific extra curriculars (piano, etc) are not relevant for Cambridge. It's all about having strong (A*AA+) academics.

    Taking a gap year is fine, and you can obviously re-apply to the other universities anyway.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    You don't need A-level Law to do law at any university, including Cambridge.
    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...y-requirements

    What A-levels did you do, and your expected grades?

    Your non-course specific extra curriculars (piano, etc) are not relevant for Cambridge. It's all about having strong (A*AA+) academics.

    Taking a gap year is fine, and you can obviously re-apply to the other universities anyway.
    My A level subjects were chemistry, biology, English language, economics and maths. My predicted grades are 5A*s. Someone told me that, while such universities do not require law, sitting for the LNAT and the Cambridge law pre-interview test requires legal knowledge. Also, I'm an international student, and such universities are pretty selective about international students. I'm from Kenya. How do I stand out from other applicants?
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    (Original post by Trisha1701)
    My A level subjects were chemistry, biology, English language, economics and maths. My predicted grades are 5A*s. Someone told me that, while such universities do not require law, sitting for the LNAT and the Cambridge law pre-interview test requires legal knowledge. Also, I'm an international student, and such universities are pretty selective about international students. I'm from Kenya. How do I stand out from other applicants?
    LNAT doesn't require legal experience. You want to be a lawyer, or at least you want to study law, so it might test if you can think like a lawyer. There are example questions available.

    And having 5 A*s will help you stand out.

    Edit: LNAT examples
    http://www.lnat.ac.uk/how-to-prepare/practice-test/

    However Cambridge has its own test, the CLT, Cambridge Law Test.
    http://ba.law.cam.ac.uk/applying/cambridge_law_test/

    "The questions will not require that you have any prior knowledge of the law. We are looking to test your general skills of comprehension and exposition."

    No university requires A-level Law.


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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    LNAT doesn't require legal experience. You want to be a lawyer, or at least you want to study law, so it might test if you can think like a lawyer. There are example questions available.

    And having 5 A*s will help you stand out.

    Edit: LNAT examples
    http://www.lnat.ac.uk/how-to-prepare/practice-test/

    However Cambridge has its own test, the CLT, Cambridge Law Test.
    http://ba.law.cam.ac.uk/applying/cambridge_law_test/

    "The questions will not require that you have any prior knowledge of the law. We are looking to test your general skills of comprehension and exposition."

    No university requires A-level Law.


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