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Anthropology and Law personal statement

Hi I am planning on applying to 4 LLB courses and BA Anthropology and Law at LSE. I really want to get an offer from LSE and have heard they really like the personal statement to involve enough anthropology. How can I put it in without harming my chances for offers elsewhere?

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Original post by ArchieHunt
Hi I am planning on applying to 4 LLB courses and BA Anthropology and Law at LSE. I really want to get an offer from LSE and have heard they really like the personal statement to involve enough anthropology. How can I put it in without harming my chances for offers elsewhere?


there's no perfect way to manage it as you'll need to equally mention anthropology and law
How can they expect it though when there is only 2 of that type of course in the country, surely as long as there is some talk of anthropology it would be fine because I have to apply to other types of courses to fill my application.
Original post by ArchieHunt
How can they expect it though when there is only 2 of that type of course in the country, surely as long as there is some talk of anthropology it would be fine because I have to apply to other types of courses to fill my application.


lse's personal statement guidance is here, for very competitive courses universities can be quite specific about what they're looking for.
Hi I’m planning on applying to 4 LLB straight law programs at
KCL
Cambridge
Durham
Warwick
And my other course I really like is Anthropology and Law at LSE.
For the LSE course I need to talk about Anthropology lots but at the same time I don’t want it to look like I’m really interested in law for my other unis.
Has anyone got any advice or written a statement like this before?
Original post by ArchieHunt
Hi I’m planning on applying to 4 LLB straight law programs at
KCL
Cambridge
Durham
Warwick
And my other course I really like is Anthropology and Law at LSE.
For the LSE course I need to talk about Anthropology lots but at the same time I don’t want it to look like I’m really interested in law for my other unis.
Has anyone got any advice or written a statement like this before?

Contact the 4 law universities to ask whether you would be disadvantaged with a law and anth PS.

Applying to LSE with a PS that doesn’t cover anth would be a definite nono.
If I covered it by talking about legal anthropology and how law affects people civilisations and the world around us could that work?
Original post by ArchieHunt
If I covered it by talking about legal anthropology and how law affects people civilisations and the world around us could that work?

Ask the universities that you want to apply to for law.
Please just make one thread on any topic - I've merged both of your threads

As for your question - firstly, are you aware that if you do the LSE course, as it is a BA you would have to do a law conversion course afterwards if you wanted to train to be a solicitor or barrister? Realistically, they will probably expect applicants to apply for anthropology elsewhere. And those courses would probably be more understanding if you also talked about law - law is a very competitive course. But equally, as has already been said, LSE are very particular about their PS requirements
Well it’s a qualifying Law degree so I could go straight into law qualifying course if I wanted to. So do you think I should just apply to the LLB or is it worth risking it?
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Have you got an insurance? Because they all have very high grade requirements. I can't stress enough how important the personal statement is for LSE (I'm an offer holder) as there is no interview and they only look at the multiple choice part of the LNAT. Let's be honest teacher references don't mean ****. I'd recommend getting in touch with the unis
Original post by ArchieHunt
Well it’s a qualifying Law degree so I could go straight into law qualifying course if I wanted to. So do you think I should just apply to the LLB or is it worth risking it?


It's very unusual for a BA to be a qualifying law degree! It would definitely be better just to apply for all LLB courses
What did you get an offer for? I really would like to do that degree the issue is it’s one of the only ones in the Uk so I’ll have to apply to other courses and I want a chance in all my courses so my PS needs to be strong for all.
For my PS I was planning on talking about how my social science subjects at a level allow me to thing of humanity and understand why thing are the way they are. I was then going to link it to law and talk about the human aspects of law and things such as human rights ect so it links to anthropology. What do you think?
I did psychology, but I'm a PS reviewer on here.

You don't need to talk about your A Level subjects at all - you should focus on your interests outside of your current studies (so extra reading etc.). Without knowing what anthropology is covered in the course, I'm afraid I can't answer whether it's relevant or not
Original post by ArchieHunt
What did you get an offer for? I really would like to do that degree the issue is it’s one of the only ones in the Uk so I’ll have to apply to other courses and I want a chance in all my courses so my PS needs to be strong for all.
For my PS I was planning on talking about how my social science subjects at a level allow me to thing of humanity and understand why thing are the way they are. I was then going to link it to law and talk about the human aspects of law and things such as human rights ect so it links to anthropology. What do you think?
I'm doing social anthropology at LSE. My advice isn't great since it's been years since I wrote my PS and I'm really unfamiliar with what law programs look for, but there are definitely anthropological ways of talking about the law that don't make you say the word "anthropology." Noting interest in the way that law is actually understood and practised by the people under it, interest in different judicial systems (informal or unofficial or inquisitorial vs adversarial), impacts of international law, interest in how law unintentionally (or intentionally!) impacts different groups differently, e.g. along lines of gender or ethnicity or class. Just quite a large awareness of not only how to practice law but how law is shaped and enforced and what law could be. If you happen to know you're interested in human rights or a particular area where anthro might be very useful, you can insert quite a lot of anthropological points or insights that won't turn off other schools, I imagine.

But this is from the perspective of someone who's never had any interest in pursuing law. I do think they'll be pretty sympathetic to the fact that it's hard to balance these things to appeal to such a rare program.
Original post by Interrobang
I did psychology, but I'm a PS reviewer on here.
You don't need to talk about your A Level subjects at all - you should focus on your interests outside of your current studies (so extra reading etc.). Without knowing what anthropology is covered in the course, I'm afraid I can't answer whether it's relevant or not

If you do write about your subjects does it disadvantage you?
Original post by lunaaaaaaaa12345
If you do write about your subjects does it disadvantage you?

In the sense that it gives you less space to talk about better things, yes. However, different unis will place different levels of emphasis on PSs. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't make it good though, in case they do or you are a near miss candidate at results day
Original post by Interrobang
In the sense that it gives you less space to talk about better things, yes. However, different unis will place different levels of emphasis on PSs. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't make it good though, in case they do or you are a near miss candidate at results day

With lse, do they prefer when studenta dont talk about subjects? Also for anthropology and law, does lse look at lot at personal statement? If i talk about sociological things in my personal statement would i get credited for covering anthropology?
Original post by lunaaaaaaaa12345
With lse, do they prefer when studenta dont talk about subjects? Also for anthropology and law, does lse look at lot at personal statement? If i talk about sociological things in my personal statement would i get credited for covering anthropology?

LSE are very particular about the PS and want it to be focused on the course you are applying for there. Given how competitive the uni is, it's best to talk about things that make you unique and show how much you are interested in the course. As for sociology and anthropology overlap, look at the sorts of topics are covered and whether you are talking about them related to sociology
Original post by Interrobang
LSE are very particular about the PS and want it to be focused on the course you are applying for there. Given how competitive the uni is, it's best to talk about things that make you unique and show how much you are interested in the course. As for sociology and anthropology overlap, look at the sorts of topics are covered and whether you are talking about them related to sociology

Thank you so much for the help. So if i speak about positive social change in society do you think that links to anthropology?

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