Is downing college (Cambridge) significantly more competetive for law?Watch
I know through the pooling system I’m equally likely to get into *cambridge*but then I could be pooled to any college, more likely Homerton or Robinson or something right? (Not that they aren’t lovely too)
But like, my first choice would for sure be downing, but Corpus Christi is a close second for me. I wouldn’t say I’m an above average applicant, probably below average if anything, so should I bother applying to Downing, or am I more likely to get into corpus and so should apply there?
I guess what I’m asking is? Is the competition at downing for law places overstated, or is it really that all the best law applicants apply there, and so many people get pooled?
(Also if anybody does law at any Cambridge college feel free to leave application tips, bc I am struggling 🥲😭)
You would be more likely to get the college you applied for if you applied for Corpus Christi than if you applied to Downing, basically.
However, the pooling system only comes into play after interviews, and so you need to be interviewed to be pooled. So if for some reason the college/course combo you apply to uses other factors to shortlist to interview and doesn't interview as high a proportion of applicants as usual (such is the case with Trinity maths I believe, where they use among other things GCSEs to shortlist applicants, unlike most other colleges where they are considered but not used so formally I gather), then you might be at a slight disadvantage applying to that particular college if your aim is just to get into Cambridge at all.
All in all I think something between 20-33% of applicants across the board end up getting pooled so I don't think it's worth getting too attached to any particular college from the get go. Also remember that your college won't really make a difference academically, since lectures are usually arranged centrally and tutorials may be arranged at any college by your tutor or DoS, so you may well end up having tutorials at Downing if you do law elsewhere anyway. Also I believe the general consensus is most people are happy with the college they end up at, even if it's not the one they applied to (or even if it's one of the ones applicants often dread the prospect of ending up at *cough*Girton/Homerton*cough* - as it goes I gather Girton is very popular among its students incidentally and I've heard their balls are quite...much. Also they have a pool unlike every other college!).