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I thought it would be a good idea to start this thread now that we're getting closer to the UCAS deadline! I've seen a few other threads like this for other subjects but it seems like there isn't one currently in use for law

So here are a few questions so we can all introduce ourselves

Law or law with law studies in Europe?
Which college?
GCSE (or equivalent) grades:
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades:
Why law?
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend?
What other unis are you applying to?
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic

Hopefully this thread will be quite helpful for us all!
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Law or law with law studies in Europe?: Law
Which college?: Magdalen
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 999999999A^ + A* in HPQ
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: history, latin, maths, further maths, and law-based EPQ, predicted A*A*A*A*A*
Why law?: I like how it uses a range of skills (essay writing, logic, analysis...) and how it involves interpreting legislation, applying it to the facts, and then arguing your reasoning
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend?: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken is a great book that raises a lot of good questions, and Eve Cornwell on Youtube is great to get an insight into life as a law student / solicitor
What other unis are you applying to?: LSE, UCL, King's, and Durham
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic: I'm feeling pretty good so far; I've booked the LNAT so that's currently my main focus, along with my virtual work experience with Linklaters; slightly disappointed about interviews being online this year as it would have been nice to visit Oxford and meet other law applicants if I got shortlisted!
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Law or law with law studies in Europe?: Law
Which college?: Magdalen
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 999999999A^
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: history, latin, maths, and further maths, predicted A*A*A*A
Why law?: I like how it uses a range of skills (essay writing, logic, analysis...) and how it involves interpreting legislation, applying it to the facts, and then arguing your reasoning
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend?: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken is a great book that raises a lot of good questions, and Eve Cornwell on Youtube is great to get an insight into life as a law student / solicitor
What other unis are you applying to?: LSE, UCL, King's, and Durham
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic: I'm feeling pretty good so far; I've booked the LNAT so that's currently my main focus; slightly disappointed about interviews being online this year as it would have been nice to visit Oxford and meet other law applicants if I got shortlisted!
I highly recommend Cheslie Angeles - she's like my fav study youtuber (also law student well was one)
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Hello!

Law or law with law studies in Europe? law
Which college? Worcester
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: I'm actually an Australian student and we don't do GCSEs or an equivalent so I don't have any.
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: (In Aus we do 6 subjects) - English, Literature, maths, Specialist maths (guessing this is like further maths), chemistry and Ancient History. In Aus we have an ATAR (number between 0 and 99.95) and I'm predicted around a 99 (my school hasn't confirmed yet).
Why law? I find legal theory really interesting - it combines ethics, philosophy, analysis and essay writing into one subject.
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? What about Law is a very good introduction to law
What other unis are you applying to? Australian ones - international fees is expensive so if I can't get into Oxford I'll just go to an AU university.
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic? Mainly Stressed. Because the school year ends in November over here it means I am currently trying to study for my final exams and do my Oxford application. Although I'm honestly relieved that all interviews are online because it means I won't have to buy an expensive plane ticket!
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Hi everyone! I’ve been on the Oxford applicants thread for a while and have yet to come across a law applicant on there which I thought was pretty weird so yey for this thread!

Law or law with law studies in Europe? Law
Which college? Pembroke probably but also torn with Worcester and Wadham
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 999999888D* (bad school too so hoping that’s a help)
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: English Lit, History, Law and EPQ - no predicteds yet but hoping for A*s and A in English
Why law? A long (and weird) story about being persuaded by my gcse history teacher, but I really love how everything can be interpreted differently and the philosophical approaches to law. Ive also been loving commercial law; strange mix.
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? Just starting the rule of law, hoping that’s good. I’ve found online work experience and essay comps to be very useful. I’ve been trying to read into more advanced topics as I feel the introductory books will be seen as a waste owing to me taking A-Level Law.
What other unis are you applying to? Definitely Warwick, Bristol and Leeds - the last one will either be LSE or UCL but I have yet to make a definitive decision.
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic absolutely awful! Booked my LNAT for October and bricking it. I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety because I’m so freaking worried about everything, also recently ADHD which is completely unrelated but making my studies a lot harder. I’m really behind on my personal statement progress too. I have just got accepted onto the Clifford Chance insight day though which I’m really excited about
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Hello!

Law or law with law studies in Europe? law
Which college? Worcester
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: I'm actually an Australian student and we don't do GCSEs or an equivalent so I don't have any.
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: (In Aus we do 6 subjects) - English, Literature, maths, Specialist maths (guessing this is like further maths), chemistry and Ancient History. In Aus we have an ATAR (number between 0 and 99.95) and I'm predicted around a 99 (my school hasn't confirmed yet).
Why law? I find legal theory really interesting - it combines ethics, philosophy, analysis and essay writing into one subject.
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? What about Law is a very good introduction to law
What other unis are you applying to? Australian ones - international fees is expensive so if I can't get into Oxford I'll just go to an AU university.
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic? Mainly Stressed. Because the school year ends in November over here it means I am currently trying to study for my final exams and do my Oxford application. Although I'm honestly relieved that all interviews are online because it means I won't have to buy an expensive plane ticket!
Hi! If you don’t mind me asking, which AU universities? If I don’t get into Oxford I’m really interested in doing a year abroad in Australia and maybe you’ll know more about which universities are good? I really like the look of UNSW and Sydney Uni but Brisbane looks good too
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Hi! If you don’t mind me asking, which AU universities? If I don’t get into Oxford I’m really interested in doing a year abroad in Australia and maybe you’ll know more about which universities are good? I really like the look of UNSW and Sydney Uni but Brisbane looks good too
Hi! That's amazing you want to come to Australia (we've got great beaches). I'm applying to the University of Sydney as my first preference (it has the no. 2 law course in AU) and the University of Queensland because I actually live in Queensland, its not as good as Sydney but still a great course and no. 1 in Queensland. Although, personally I think Sydney is a bit more interesting than Brisbane, its just got more to see and do, like the Opera House, Sydney Harbour bridge, beaches, the blue mountains are also close by, and the buildings have more of an Oxford aesthetic if that's something you like - wow I sound like tourist guide!
I haven't decided where else I'm applying yet, possibly Monash in Melbourne. I don't know much about UNSW but I think its in the top 3. The university of Melbourne is the no.1 law school but you can only do law for post graduate. Monash university is also really good if you like Melbourne though.

I don't know how doing a year abroad works exactly but keep in mind that when you apply to Australia they only look at your grades so the entry requirements tend to be very high, especially for law, (I need a higher ATAR for Sydney than for Oxford), but definitely go for it!

Hope I've been somewhat helpful and if you have any other question let me know!
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Hi! That's amazing you want to come to Australia (we've got great beaches). I'm applying to the University of Sydney as my first preference (it has the no. 2 law course in AU) and the University of Queensland because I actually live in Queensland, its not as good as Sydney but still a great course and no. 1 in Queensland. Although, personally I think Sydney is a bit more interesting than Brisbane, its just got more to see and do, like the Opera House, Sydney Harbour bridge, beaches, the blue mountains are also close by, and the buildings have more of an Oxford aesthetic if that's something you like - wow I sound like tourist guide!
I haven't decided where else I'm applying yet, possibly Monash in Melbourne. I don't know much about UNSW but I think its in the top 3. The university of Melbourne is the no.1 law school but you can only do law for post graduate. Monash university is also really good if you like Melbourne though.

I don't know how doing a year abroad works exactly but keep in mind that when you apply to Australia they only look at your grades so the entry requirements tend to be very high, especially for law, (I need a higher ATAR for Sydney than for Oxford), but definitely go for it!

Hope I've been somewhat helpful and if you have any other question let me know!
I’m gonna be honest, I’m liking the look of Sydney because I watch Bondi Rescue 😂 Year abroad has to be with a partner school, so I can’t just pick any uni but I think all the ones you mentioned are partnered with at least one of my options. I’m not sure how the grades work, but I’m pretty sure years abroad go on the basis of your work at university, not previously. So I’ll just have to make sure I do well on my degree
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Law or law with law studies in Europe? Law and German Law
Which college? - Wadham
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 999999999
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: A*A*A*A* in biology, chemistry, German and EPQ
Why law? Really interdisciplinary in both the areas of study (e.g. international law and land law are v different) and also the types of skills necessary (e.g. memorisation, argumentation, communication, logic, attention to detail).
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? Elle the law student on YT is really useful and encouraging, especially if you come from a state school. Eve Cornwell is also good (maybe less so for actual insight into studying law, but her LNAT vid and uni vlogs are really good and her other content is funny). In terms of books I'd definitely recommend What About Law as an introduction to what studying law is actually like.
What other unis are you applying to? Definitely Bristol and Leeds, maybe Liverpool and Glasgow? I don't think I want to go to London so that rules out quite a few good ones :/
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic? Terrified atm lol. My LNAT is on the 23rd September which is so scary
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Law or law with law studies in Europe? Law and French Law
Which college? Merton
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 9999999999 + A in FSMQ and A* in EPQ lvl 2
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: French, Maths, Further Maths, English. A*A*A*A* predicted
Why law? Inspired by my work experience
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? What about Law? (that's the book name)
What other unis are you applying to? UCL, Durham, LSE, KCL
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic Kinda nervous tbh
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Hey!

Law or law with law studies in Europe? Law and French Law
Which college? Merton
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: 9999999999 + A in FSMQ and A* in EPQ lvl 2
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: French, Maths, Further Maths, English. A*A*A*A* predicted
Why law? Inspired by my work experience
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend? What about Law? (that's the book name)
What other unis are you applying to? UCL, Durham, LSE, KCL
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic Kinda nervous tbh
You can do an EPQ at level 2?? You learn something new every day
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You can do an EPQ at level 2?? You learn something new every day
There are different levels of EPQ??
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You can do an EPQ at level 2?? You learn something new every day
Yep haha! My school has this thing called enrichment where you can do food studies, debating, some sports thing or EPQ level 2 in year 10. The qualification is only worth half a GCSE though, so kind of like the A-level level 3 project in that respect?

We were encouraged to give it a go for fun though (there were literally 4 of us lol) so it's not that deep compared to an A-level one. It's also not really taken seriously by anyone. I did mine on the relationship between maths and music because I was interested in it at the time, but I'd def go for something more legal if I could redo it!!
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Yep haha! My school has this thing called enrichment where you can do food studies, debating, some sports thing or EPQ level 2 in year 10. The qualification is only worth half a GCSE though, so kind of like the A-level level 3 project in that respect?

We were encouraged to give it a go for fun though (there were literally 4 of us lol) so it's not that deep compared to an A-level one. It's also not really taken seriously by anyone. I did mine on the relationship between maths and music because I was interested in it at the time, but I'd def go for something more legal if I could redo it!!
Ohhh I think I’ve heard of that before then, I’ve just seen it given a different name I have a friend who did one but it wasn’t available at my school :/
And I know how you feel - I did my EPQ this year on how climate change is a human rights crisis because I didn’t know I wanted to do law when I chose the topic so I sort of wish I could go back and do something different now !
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Yep haha! My school has this thing called enrichment where you can do food studies, debating, some sports thing or EPQ level 2 in year 10. The qualification is only worth half a GCSE though, so kind of like the A-level level 3 project in that respect?

We were encouraged to give it a go for fun though (there were literally 4 of us lol) so it's not that deep compared to an A-level one. It's also not really taken seriously by anyone. I did mine on the relationship between maths and music because I was interested in it at the time, but I'd def go for something more legal if I could redo it!!
we do enrichment at college but my nasty state school didn’t have anything like that lol. i’m still on the research and planning phase of my epq now as my college starts it in summer term of year 12 but i’m doing the consequences of wrongful convictions and the reparations that can be made basically. it’s not the most legal topic ever but i’m exploring things like legal aid cuts and lack of judicial diversity so it all fits
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Law or law with law studies in Europe?: Law with Law studies in Europe (France)
Which college?: Magdalen also!
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: AAAAAAA in National 5s
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: In this year’s Highers I got AAAAA, though all grades are devalued due to the shambles created by ScotGov and SQA. For Advanced Higher I will be studying English, Modern Studies and French.
Why law?: Important subject to society, the detailed study and practice of which is essential.
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend?: Arbitio for the LNAT is useful. I enjoyed reading The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham, which is a classic prospective-law-student favourite. ‘Undergraduate Admissions PodOxford’ is a good podcast series for getting to grips with applying to Oxford, if the process is foreign to you as it is to me.
What other unis are you applying to?: Glasgow, Leeds, Aberdeen and (Durham / Manchester)
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic: Very stressed. Have gotten into a bit of a slump during lockdown (think due to the ‘oh well there’s always tomorrow’ attitude) and the deadlines are creeping up around me. Have booked the LNAT for 5th October and forked up the 50£ even though I could have waited to be approved for a full bursary.
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Law or law with law studies in Europe?: Law with Law studies in Europe (France)
Which college?: Magdalen also!
GCSE (or equivalent) grades: AAAAAAA in National 5s
A-level (or equivalent) subjects and predicted grades: In this year’s Highers I got AAAAA, though all grades are devalued due to the shambles created by ScotGov and SQA. For Advanced Higher I will be studying English, Modern Studies and French.
Why law?: Important subject to society, the detailed study and practice of which is essential.
Any good books, resources, etc that you'd recommend?: Arbitio for the LNAT is useful. I enjoyed reading The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham, which is a classic prospective-law-student favourite. ‘Undergraduate Admissions PodOxford’ is a good podcast series for getting to grips with applying to Oxford, if the process is foreign to you as it is to me.
What other unis are you applying to?: Glasgow, Leeds, Aberdeen and (Durham / Manchester)
And how are you feeling about your application so far, both in general and in relation to the pandemic: Very stressed. Have gotten into a bit of a slump during lockdown (think due to the ‘oh well there’s always tomorrow’ attitude) and the deadlines are creeping up around me. Have booked the LNAT for 5th October and forked up the 50£ even though I could have waited to be approved for a full bursary.
i’m applying to leeds too! i live there and it’s a great student city if you were wondering
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i’m applying to leeds too! i live there and it’s a great student city if you were wondering
Yeah, I’ve heard a few people say that - I’ll admit that was a lot of the appeal. It’s also not too far from home for me too which is always nice. The North is the best part of England!
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Yeah, I’ve heard a few people say that - I’ll admit that was a lot of the appeal. It’s also not too far from home for me too which is always nice. The North is the best part of England!
I have to agree
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I have to agree
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