Cheers John and Notoriety for your contribution.....
Okay first, u probably already know this but I would advise against discussing career ambitions and suitability for private practice etc… You are applying to study academic law. While we are on this topic, I would recommend for u to re-evaluate your incentives. Many lawyers choose to study a completely different degree during undergrad, and with the launching of the SQE
, this option is very reasonable.
As for the ‘dreadful question’, obviously try and find ways to convey your interests rather than explicitly state your reasons. Personally, I find it easier to talk about 2 aspects. 1
- An interest in the skills developed from the LLB and 2
- An interest for a specific legal principle/theory/concept involved in the LLB. It gives ur PS a level of depth and flavour, shows that you have done some research and can demonstrate a certain level of abstract thinking.
- Skills. Research what skills are involved in the LLB. Somethings to get you started: Evaluation, abstract thinking, written communication etc.... Then discuss its relevance to you. Do you already possess some of these skills? Are you prepared to employ these skills? How can you prove this? This could be in the form of extracurriculars and even A-level subjects.
I would strongly urge you to research and find specific areas of interest (enough to bullsh*t a few sentences on). Because law itself is way too broad, you will find it much easier to demonstrate a sound level of understanding if you focus on a particular area. Go and research into what academic law entails. Maybe look into ur desired uni’s modules and identify some areas that pique your interest, read into it. I would then discuss briefly with reference to a relevant piece of news (maybe in ur intro and conclusion to act as a hook and theme?)
The news is an excellent source to apply what I previously mentioned. As an example, my friend (a llb student at Cambridge) referred to the syria airstrikes (quite relevant at the time coz she is olddd). A small discussion on the UK's uncodified constitution and had a public law theme/focus throughout her PS. I talked about a controversial piece of news on the topic of assisted euthanasia/parental choice in medical practice and linked it to a discussion about law and morality which had a jurisprudence theme running through it. You wanna showcase your ability to discuss and apply these concepts which in turn conveys your interest for law.
However, I would like to stress one thing - be reasonable when discussing these ideas. You do not wanna risk posing as a pseudo-intellectual and discuss topics way out of your depth, you are speaking to academics after all. Enough to demonstrate a decent amount of higher-level thinking and interest is all you need.
Still feeling a little groggy so feel free to pm if u need me to clarify anything. I have listed one way of structuring it (tested by myself a few friends), don’t feel restricted by what I said tho. Be creative (but not that creative, like don’t make puns or anything).
yh i know. But I particular like the OP since she let me nap haha....
(Original post by CollectiveSoul)
OP sounds like someone who needs to do their own research first