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My teachers gave me AAA predicted grades. I want to do Law but at GCSE I only got:

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I am doing Maths, History and Politics

What do I do?
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I’m sure that’s fine - you’re gcse grades are great! And I think you need AAA for law at Oxford, so you may as well give it a shot
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They're fine. Probably at or just below the offerholder average for the 'top' unis.
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Those GCSEs are absolutely fine. I achieved very similar GCSEs - three 9s, five 8s, three 6s - and currently hold an offer to read Law at Oxford. You have nothing to lose by going for it, and if you don't apply you'll never know what might have happened.
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‘Only got’
What those grades are amazing and are what I’m achieving for😭
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‘Only got’
What those grades are amazing and are what I’m achieving for😭
"only got" is in the context of applying to Oxford though.

Maybe Oxford Mum could tell us something about the GCSE profile of successful Law applicants
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"only got" is in the context of applying to Oxford though.

Maybe Oxford Mum could tell us something about the GCSE profile of successful Law applicants
Wait so those amazing GCSE grades may not be good enough for getting into oxford then?🥺
Oh yes, she would be very helpful at them moment!
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Wait so those amazing GCSE grades may not be good enough for getting into oxford then?🥺
Oh yes, she would be very helpful at them moment!
Oxford Mum will know the average grades that people get into Oxford Law with, which could be helpful for OP. Not that Oxford will accept or reject them on the basis of GCSE grades alone, they will take many other factors into account too
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Oxford Mum will know the average grades that people get into Oxford Law with, which could be helpful for OP. Not that Oxford will accept or reject them on the basis of GCSE grades alone, they will take many other factors into account too
I want to get into law myself so I’m very curious to what she has to say.
Although I haven’t done my research into which uni might the best I’m just focusing on getting good grades for GCSEs at the moment.
Also because I’m scared yr10’s might get their predicted grades too.....
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I want to get into law myself so I’m very curious to what she has to say.
Although I haven’t done my research into which uni might the best I’m just focusing on getting good grades for GCSEs at the moment.
Also because I’m scared yr10’s might get their predicted grades too.....
Hi Rose! The average number of A*/8/9s for an Oxford Law applicant is 5.2. The average number of 8/9s for an Oxford law offer holder is 8 or 9. Note OP has 7. The successful Oxford law offer holder on this thread has 8. Note the 8 or 9 A* is an average, so it may be ok. However it is different at Cambridge. I know someone who got a Cambridge law offer with lower GCSEs. However a Cambridge standard law offer is A*AA and for Oxford is AAA. I hope this helps you make a balanced decision. Of course you will also need to ace the LNAT for Oxford. There are LNAT practice books available on Amazon if you need one. Try the lawyer portal as well.

https://www.thelawyerportal.com/

It's filled with lots of law goodies.
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Hi Rose! The average number of A*/8/9s for an Oxford Law applicant is 5.2. The average number of 8/9s for an Oxford law offer holder is 8 or 9. Note OP has 7. The successful Oxford law offer holder on this thread has 8. Note the 8 or 9 A* is an average, so it may be ok. However it is different at Cambridge. I know someone who got a Cambridge law offer with lower GCSEs. However a Cambridge standard law offer is A*AA and for Oxford is AAA. I hope this helps you make a balanced decision. Of course you will also need to ace the LNAT for Oxford. There are LNAT practice books available on Amazon if you need one. Try the lawyer portal as well.

https://www.thelawyerportal.com/

It's filled with lots of law goodies.
OMG you’re so helpful!
I didn’t even know you had to take a separate test for law to get into Oxford.
Wow you really learn something new everyday😲
I’ll look into that thank you sooo much I’m quite young,only in yr10 about to do my GCSE’s but honestly knowing that you need quite high grades to get into law gets me more motivated to always push myself! Xx
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OMG you’re so helpful!
I didn’t even know you had to take a separate test for law to get into Oxford.
Wow you really learn something new everyday😲
I’ll look into that thank you sooo much I’m quite young,only in yr10 about to do my GCSE’s but honestly knowing that you need quite high grades to get into law gets me more motivated to always push myself! Xx
I am very, very happy to hear this. It's never too soon to get going, so read a few starter books like Devil's advocate, quite a short, entertaining book giving succinct hints on how to get on as a barrister, including reading The Sun newspaper and practising speaking in front of a mirror into your hairbrush, lol

Or read a couple of these

http://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxfo...ng_for_Law.pdf

Or letters to a law student - that's another good book.

You are only in year 10, so you have time on your side. Look at broadsheets or newspaper at specific cases and see if there is anything you would like to research more. Or is there is any specific part of the law you would like to look into. The more you eventually start specialising, the better.

I always recommend you try to go to local magistrates/county courts to observe cases (when Covid-19 is over). Look at the case, the prosecuting and defending lawyers, the magistrate, the judge and appraise what you are hearing and how each professional approaches the case.
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I am very, very happy to hear this. It's never too soon to get going, so read a few starter books like Devil's advocate, quite a short, entertaining book giving succinct hints on how to get on as a barrister, including reading The Sun newspaper and practising speaking in front of a mirror into your hairbrush, lol

Or read a couple of these

http://www.ox.ac.uk/sites/files/oxfo...ng_for_Law.pdf

Or letters to a law student - that's another good book.

You are only in year 10, so you have time on your side. Look at broadsheets or newspaper at specific cases and see if there is anything you would like to research more. Or is there is any specific part of the law you would like to look into. The more you eventually start specialising, the better.

I always recommend you try to go to local magistrates/county courts to observe cases (when Covid-19 is over). Look at the case, the prosecuting and defending lawyers, the magistrate, the judge and appraise what you are hearing and how each professional approaches the case.
I’m telling my best fried all of this too since she also wants to be a lawyer.
I thought you had to be over the age of 16 to go to courts wow😲 but I’m not sure what the actual process for this would be and I’d also have to go through the process of applying with no help since my parents can’t speak English.
Do you have to apply online or something?
Again thank you so much this is soooo helpful Xx
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Apply on line to go to court? No you just turn up ( in the good old days you did) I think it’s 14 but just go and see when things get back to normal. Make sure you dress smartly. You cannot go to observe family court ( divorce) but my sons once went to Nottingham crown court to see a famous murder trial. A good idea would be to phone the courts themselves beforehand. It’s interesting to see both sides of the coin, the small cases and the more important ones.
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Apply on line to go to court? No you just turn up ( in the good old days you did) I think it’s 14 but just go and see when things get back to normal. Make sure you dress smartly. You cannot go to observe family court ( divorce) but my sons once went to Nottingham crown court to see a famous murder trial. A good idea would be to phone the courts themselves beforehand. It’s interesting to see both sides of the coin, the small cases and the more important ones.
Ohhh so I’ll call the courts and just ask politely if I can ‘attend the hearing’ wait is that what you’re supposed to say?😭
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Yes, that’s it. I am wondering whether COVID-19 will have changed things, that’s all
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Yes, that’s it. I am wondering whether COVID-19 will have changed things, that’s all
Ahhh yes you’ve got a point,maybe I should start looking into it during September.
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Ahhh yes you’ve got a point,maybe I should start looking into it during September.
That's a great idea, I wish you all the luck in the world
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That's a great idea, I wish you all the luck in the world
Awww you’re so sweet.
Thank you Xx
(Oh and I’ve already started reading letters to a law student,you’re right it’s pretty good)
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Awww you’re so sweet.
Thank you Xx
(Oh and I’ve already started reading letters to a law student,you’re right it’s pretty good)
Glad you like it.
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