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Is Law Work Experience Necessary for Oxbridge?

I’m currently in Year 12, about to go into Year 13 in September. I don’t have any work experience and am planning to apply for Oxbridge (not entirely sure which one just now), but I see many opportunities for work experience during the October half term. Oxbridge applications are due by October 16th (before half term), so I’m not sure if I should apply for said opportunities. Of course I’m emailing local firms (albeit not much luck) about shadowing work experience, but my main concern is whether or not work experience is crucial for Oxbridge law…
Original post by ionaflowers
I’m currently in Year 12, about to go into Year 13 in September. I don’t have any work experience and am planning to apply for Oxbridge (not entirely sure which one just now), but I see many opportunities for work experience during the October half term. Oxbridge applications are due by October 16th (before half term), so I’m not sure if I should apply for said opportunities. Of course I’m emailing local firms (albeit not much luck) about shadowing work experience, but my main concern is whether or not work experience is crucial for Oxbridge law…

Hey ionaflowers :wavey:

I don't believe work experience is essential for Oxbridge but if you have the opportunity available it may be worth having under your belt. Law at Oxbridge is an academic subject and it is not practical so they will not be accepting you on the basis you could be a superstar barrister or lawyer. Reading law at university is about intellectual interest.

This is a really helpful guide on Oxbridge applications
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice/oxbridge/oxbridge-applications-five-things-you-might-not-know#:~:text=It's%20all%20about%20academics%20at%20Oxbridge&text=Oxford%20and%20Cambridge%20admission%20tutors,extracurricular%20activities%20and%20other%20skills.

It is worth reading some law university texts and engaging with the content/ being in discourse with it. This will also prepare you for your personal statement and interview.
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You don't need 'work experience' for ANY Law degree at any Uni.

You do need to be able to show that you have the intellectual capacity to understand Law concepts and to give examples of this in your PS.

Listen to some of these 'Law in Action' podcasts - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tgy1/episodes/player
- these have some excellent current topics to discuss.
Original post by ionaflowers
I’m currently in Year 12, about to go into Year 13 in September. I don’t have any work experience and am planning to apply for Oxbridge (not entirely sure which one just now), but I see many opportunities for work experience during the October half term. Oxbridge applications are due by October 16th (before half term), so I’m not sure if I should apply for said opportunities. Of course I’m emailing local firms (albeit not much luck) about shadowing work experience, but my main concern is whether or not work experience is crucial for Oxbridge law…

As others have already said, there is absolutely no need to have work experience. What you do need to show is a commitment to the academic course.

One thing I do want to mention is that are you aware that you need to sit the LNAT before the application deadline when applying for Oxbridge?: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/apply/how/law-admission-test and https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/guide/admissions-tests/lnat

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